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Beautiful lilacs and other blooming shrubs in the spring

The park has thousands of blooming shrubs/bushes and is a must see in the spring when the lilacs... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
Victor, United States
Great park

Great park, in May tulips and lilac trees & flowers in full bloom..it’s beautiful to walk... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
Susan J
Rochester, New York
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The annual Lilac Festival is the most popular event on the calendar here, one of the country's oldest city arboretums.
171 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2728
+1 585-753-7275
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

The park has thousands of blooming shrubs/bushes and is a must see in the spring when the lilacs are in bloom. Great walking and the smell of lilacs is incredible. If you go during the Lilac Festival there is plenty to eat and drink and...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Great park, in May tulips and lilac trees & flowers in full bloom..it’s beautiful to walk. Fantastic military memorial. Great walking/running paths.

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 21 June 2018

This park is spectacular all year long! The lilacs smell great in the spring, but there are many lovely pines and shrubs, trees and flowers that will really make you say "wow."

Thank Colleen C
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Fun time with food vendors, kiosks selling items, meeting friends, listening to the band, eating kettle corn, and smelling the fragrant lilac bushes.

Thank rosecmj
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Nice place to walk and enjoy spring flower bloomings, especially lilacs! But parking is kind of tricky for first time visitors and not much informatiom where to see in the park.

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 18 June 2018

My kids and I love to visit Highland Park, especially since the addition of the new wooden playground off Highland Ave. Fun walking trails, two great playgrounds, the reservoir, the Conservatory. So much to see and do. Definitely a fun place to visit when in...More

Thank goldengirl217
Reviewed 2 June 2018

A beautiful park with hilly paths to wander. Best during May Lilac Festival. Bring water. There are public bathrooms, thankfully!

Thank SpreheG
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Beautiful gardens to see, there are different types of trees & flowering bushes along the path. Great place for a picnic or special event pictures. Winding path up a hill leads to a wonderful view. Make it to the top to see the water basin...More

Thank reneer687
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Lilacs and magnolias were in bloom. The fragrance was wonderful. Considerable crowd for a weekday afternoon, but with beautiful weather. The gardens are worth walking around. The music at night probably gives people something to do, but I think that the festival overall is probably...More

Thank Mtkx
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Highland Park is always a fun place to visit, but even more so during the Lilac Festival. The lilacs were perfect this year....out in full bloom! All the other flowers and activities were perfect too...a great day in the park!

Thank Larry W
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Chloe L
28 November 2017|
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Response from Donna L | Reviewed this property |
Not dumb! Good question! Yes it is. It’s a great place to walk and sled too!
8 June 2017|
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Response from Diana R | Reviewed this property |
As with others, I'm sorry I did not see this question before your visit. I hope you had a wonderful time, and that you saw the lilacs (which sometimes get forgotten among the razzmatazz of the part of the festival that is... More
Debbie R
18 May 2017|
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Response from Diana R | Reviewed this property |
I second what both of the prior respondents said. The Lamberton Conservatory will be open for a very small fee (less than $5.00. - I think it is $2 or $3. In there you can walk through a number of different climate sections... More
Carol S
17 May 2017|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
Go to the Lilac Festival website. Google will get you there. On it there is a section for handicap parking. There is also a shuttle service that is free if that works better for you. Everything else about the festival is... More