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Genesee Valley Park

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Address: Elmwood Avenue at the Genesee River, Rochester, NY 14620
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+1 585-328-3960
06:00 - 20:30
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Gem of an Urban Park

Genesee Valley Park is a peaceful, beautiful, spacious Olmsted-designed park in the City of Rochester (Frederick Law Olmsted is the most famous of American landscape... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Genesee Valley Park is a peaceful, beautiful, spacious Olmsted-designed park in the City of Rochester (Frederick Law Olmsted is the most famous of American landscape architects/designers--his most famous project was New York's City's Central Park). The Park's setting is unique--the Genesee River and Erie Canal meet at the park to form a fascinating, four-way water intersection. The main pieces of... More 

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Coventry, Connecticut
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218 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This Park is large beautifully manicured with old tall trees, Genesee river and Canal and bikeways runs though it. With lots of parking spaces, large pavilions, it is excellent for family picnics and long walks, reminds us of old Central Park! Highly recommended.

Thank Felixberto E
Henrietta, New York
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

My granddaughter, visiting Rochester from North Carolina, wanted to go whitewater rafting while here. Unfortunately, the statewide drought made that impossible. We thought that a quick trip to Genesee Valley Park would allow us to go kayaking instead. Did it ever! The staff at Genesee Waterways Center greeted us warmly, explained some of the options for our trip; and, got... More 

Thank Joe D
Findlay, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

...if we actually had the opportunity to experience it. My family wanted to try canoeing through the Genesee Waterways Center. We arrived around four-thirty and according to them, rentals run from eleven to six, but they would not allow us to canoe because we were supposed to arrive at least two hours before they closed. Why list the closing time... More 

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Rochester, New York
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Not a good area of the city. I think they are trying to clean up around the park. Do not go at night!

1 Thank Tony T
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

Beautiful park designed by Olmstead, lovely in the fall. The large specimen trees are one of a kind. Erie canal views. A must see.

1 Thank Beth B
Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

A Frederick Law Olmstead designed park right near U of R and Strong Hospital. The parks stretches over the expressway as well. Great bridges that take you over the Genesee and the Canal.

Thank jenhaught
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Really not much to say about this park. Nothing outstanding other than its size. A good place to walk about and maybe have a picnic.

Thank Parrotheadjoe
Rochester, New York
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171 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Genesee Valley Park is one of the oldest parks in Rochester and it's right on the banks of the Genesee River. It's right next to the University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital. College Town a new shopping district is also nearby. I'm very fortunate because I can ride my bike from my house down the Erie Canal tow path... More 

Thank jawlmt
Penfield, New York
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228 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

A truly historic city park located where the Genesse River meets the Erie Canal and the Riverway Trail meets the Canalway Trail. One of the oldest parks in the areas, it is great for bicycling, golf, canoeing & kayaking and picnicking!

Thank AR R

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