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!
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!