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Courtesy of the Communications Bureau, City of Rochester, NY

Check out some of these activities in the Rochester area that not only help you stay active, but also offer a great tour of the area’s outdoors.

Hiking and Biking
Rochester’s impressive park and water systems give way to some natural, rustic beauty within the confines of the metropolitan area. The environment allows visitors and local urbanites alike to stretch their legs and get some exercise minutes from the city center. Hikers and bikers can make their way to nearby waterfalls and Genesee River’s gorge via the Genesee Riverway Trail, a 3.4-mile paved pathway connecting downtown Rochester to Genesee Valley Park. Similar trails can be found at Highland and Seneca Parks as well. For more serious cyclists, extensive trails are accessible. Take, for instance, the famous Erie Canalway Trail, which offers travelers 450 miles of trails and scenic views along the waterway. No motorized vehicles are allowed on this extensive trail, making for a safe and quiet route.

Golf enthusiasts: a heavenly place full of championship fairways and historic greens awaits. With 62 resort, semi-private and public golf courses within a 45-mile radius of the center of Rochester, this city and its surrounding areas closely resemble a golfer’s paradise. Play where the greats have played at Oak Hill Country Club, the famed site of past (and future) PGA Championships, The Ryder Cup and the U.S. Open, or keep it casual at one of Genesee Valley Park’s two 18-hole courses. If you’re looking for a top rated, authentic golfing experience, don’t miss teeing up at Greystone Golf Club, a Scottish links course with rolling hills and grass mounding.

Canoeing and Kayaking
Get some peace and quiet on Rochester’s waterways. Gliding along the Genesee River on kayak or canoe with the Rochester skyline in view is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors in the city. The Genesee River eventually connects to the Erie Canal, where there are plenty of places to dock your boat to explore some of Rochester’s historic sights. If you don’t feel like stopping, simply paddle along the waterway and take in the natural scenery. The Genesee Waterways Center located in Genesee Valley Park has canoe and kayak rentals and is a good docking station or entry point for a day of water exploration. Not familiar to kayaking or canoeing? The GWC can teach you how through lessons at Lock 32 White Water Park.

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