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“The Lilac Festival is a gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Highland Park

Highland Park
Ranked #4 of 140 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The annual Lilac Festival is the most popular event on the calendar here, one of the country's oldest city arboretums.
Alpharetta, Georgia
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“The Lilac Festival is a gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

We lived in Rochester for many years and went to the Lilac festival every year. We were visiting friends there this past weekend and were able to go the weekend before the official Festival starts. It was all the beauty with none of the crowds. This park is on a great piece of sloping property, has paved and dirt trails, a conservatory, tulip beds, pansy beds, flowering trees, tons of lilacs, viburnum, and other delights. It smelled good as soon as we got out of the car. Great for photographers too. A must visit. Anytime during May should be a winner.

Visited May 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Lilac Festival is World Class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

A beautiful park that is the location of the World's Spectacular Lilac Festival. Also, don't miss the pansie bed, beautiful.

Visited May 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“Park in the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Highland Park is a peaceful, beautiful spot right in the city of Rochester. Not downtown Rochester but in the heart of a centrally located neighborhood. It's a beautiful spot to walk, run, do tai chi or just have a nice outing with friends. It's of course the home of the annual Rochester Lilac Festival. That's a whole other story and a trip to the festival or just to visit the lilacs in May is a beautiful trip in itself. This park is old with stately trees and different "rooms" within it's confines. It's so worth the visit that I go out of my very often just to drive through even if I don't have time for a stroll.

Visited January 2013
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Rochester, New York, United States
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“Lilac's In Bloom”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Rochester ,NY is I feel is one of the best kept secrets of NY. State. In the spring of the year Rochester opens it's spring doors with one of the most beautiful sites, Highland Park. This park in Late April or early May displays acre's and acre's of the most beautiful flowering Lilac's. Hundreds of different species of these trees and bushes abound the hill sides of this park. Also called the Lilac Feasterville with crafts, food, entertainment and much more. At this time of the year you not only see the beauty of the blossoms and the variation of the colors but the fragrance of the flowers makes you A wear of nature's many talents. People have come cross country to see this site. So if you enjoy flowers and garden visit Rochester, NY Lilac Feasterville. I with friends and family enjoy this exhibit of mother nature annually.

Visited May 2012
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Pittsford, New York
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“great in the summer or the fall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

when the lilacs are in bloom, they are world class, the park is clean and safe, just use common sense later in the evening, as it is in the middle of the city. parking all over the place. great place for photos or a wedding.

Visited September 2012
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