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World’s Largest Collection of Lilacs, Rochester, NY

Turns out, we didn’t need that $10 box of Claritin after all. Unfortunately, the Lilac Festival in Rochester was rained out yesterday, which was the only day we had to visit. But since it was one of the reasons we drove up to Rochester, I still wanted to drive over to Highland Park to see what we could.

We drove around the perimeter of the park, and saw several rows of tall lilac bushes in various shades of lavender and purple. We stopped the car in front of this lovely bed of pansies, and the girls were brave enough to jump out for a quick photo in the driving rain and gusty wind. Oh, and Matt was gracious enough to get out to snap the shot!

Hurry up, we're getting soaked!

The ten-day festival isn’t over until May 22nd, so if you’re near Rochester, try to get there! The park is home to the world’s largest collection of lilacs — over 500 varieties and more than 1,200 bushes. Plus, there’s free entertainment, including children’s shows, arts & craft vendors, food, and other activities.

After we left, we still enjoyed our day in Rochester. We had lunch at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, spent a few hours at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and enjoyed a local delicacy, Abbott’s Frozen Custard. It was hardly 50 degrees out, but that’s never stopped us before!


  1. Leigh said,
    May 16, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Sorry it was rained out, that’s a bummer! My mom was just in NY and went to a tulip festival. I’m not sure it was “the world’s biggest” but she says it was beautiful!

  2. jamie said,
    May 26, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    i caught your blog on the Abbott’s website, sorry about the rain, Rochester is known for the weather not behaving. You could come next year to Rochester for the Imagine RIT festival which I’m sure the kids will love and it may be the biggest innovation festival… Sorry for bragging but I love my city and we have so much to offer… I was wondering why you ended up at the RMSC and not Strong National Museum of Play?

    • Traci Suppa said,
      May 26, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

      Hi Jamie; I’m glad you found us at the Abbott’s site! Man, that is some GOOD custard. We did go to The Strong on Monday, and will be writing a blog post soon about their world’s largest collection of electronic games. Since we knew that was the plan for Monday, we decided to do something different on Sunday.

      I love Rochester! I would move there tomorrow just to live near a Wegmans!