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Rochester rocks the great outdoors with a metropolitan flair. You'll find 12,000 acres of parkland, two dozen county and city parks, and multiple waterways waiting for you to hike, bike, paddle, fish, ski, and more. The city is uniquely positioned just south of Lake Ontario along the northern flowing Genesee River featuring an intersection with the historic Erie Canal just south of the city center. You'll even find a 96' waterfall in downtown Rochester! 

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Hit the links in Rochester with more than 60 public and semi-private golf courses within 45 minutes. The community has been named the #10 Best Golf City in the United States and #1 for affordability by Golf Magazine. Custom golf quotes are available through the Rochester Golf Trail. You can also attend major championships, including the PGA Championship returning in May 2023.

With Great Lake Ontario, the historic Erie Canal, roaring Genesee River, many creeks and glacially developed Finger Lakes, there is no shortage to accessible ways to get on the water. It is a paddling paradise open to rowing, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking! 

Meander through 10+ kilometers of trails, wetlands, and climbing forest roads over more than 350 hectares at Cumming Nature Center. This nature preserve celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes and also serves as an educational center where you can investigate the intricacies of nature.