11 Weekend Getaways for Families from Rochester, New York & How To Save on Your Stay

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Planning a weekend getaway from Rochester, New York is a great way to take a quick trip, enjoy quality family time, and take a break from the everyday. With amazing family friendly destinations in every direction, Rochester is a great starting point for your family weekend getaway. I’ve partnered with Expedia to bring you 11 of our favorite weekend getaways for families from Rochester, New York  and share how Expedia is helping families save money with their Add-On Advantage program.

I love family travel and planning travel with my family. The moment we hit the road or arrive at the airport the excitement begins. Traveling offers family time that is a change from the everyday. We get to see new things and experience new places together. Family travel is one of my favorite ways to create memories together.

As much as I love family travel the cost can add up, especially for a family of 5. To save on family travel I am always searching and researching ways to save on our family vacations.

How to Save Using Expedia Add-On Advantage

I am really excited to partner with Expedia to share their new Add-On Advantage program. It is super easy and can save you up to 43% on hotel accommodations. When you book a car, flight, or package through Expedia you unlock hotel deals until the start of your trip.

Simply log-in and book your car/flight/package.

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Within minutes of booking you will receive a confirmation email. As soon as I refreshed my page on Expedia I had unlocked the Add-On Advantage deals. This gives me time to research the hotels I want to stay at and find the best deal.

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Do not book your hotel when you do your initial booking. Wait until after your car/flight/package are reserved, that is when the Add-On Advantage deals will open up. Also you must use the Add-On Advantage during the time of your car/flight/package booking.

Expedia Add-On Advantage offers flexibility in making our travel plans. It was really fun to search for different weekend getaway destinations from Rochester. We picked a weekend we had availability, booked the car, and started researching places we wanted to visit.

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As you search the hotels will have a yellow tab that says Add-On Advantage. This lets you know what hotel deals you have unlocked. Availability varied as we searched different destinations. We also researched what family activities we wanted to do during the weekend.

There are so many amazing family friendly destinations within driving distance from Rochester. Ultimately we had a small time frame and didn’t want to spend too much time in the car. We decided to take a short road trip to Syracuse, New York and spend some time exploring the area and visiting a few places we have had on our list for a few years.

During my research I discovered many family weekend getaways that we can’t wait to make plans to visit soon!

11 Awesome Weekend Getaways for Families from Rochester, New York

Lake Placid, New York: Drive Time – 4 hour 52 Minutes

Lake Placid has been on our list to visit for a few years now. I would love to see the Olympic Village and take in the view of the Adirondacks. You can go bobsledding and visit the Olympic Museum. There are many family friendly things to do and Lake Placid is a great place for families.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Drive Time – 1 hour 36 Minutes

We love a visit to Niagara Falls and visit often. Niagara Falls has so many options. You could spend the weekend on Clifton Hill enjoying the Wax Museums and Arcades. You could visit Niagara-On-the-Lake full of charm and quaint shops.

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We loved riding the Maid of the Mist. Get up close to the falls with a boat ride. Be ready to get wet and see the falls in a whole new way. The Maid of the Mist is on the American Side and would be a great stop on your way over. Your family could view the falls from the American and Canadian side.

New York City, New York: Drive Time – 5 hours 29 Minutes

New York City is gigantic. From amazing places to eat to incredible museums to tour, New York City has something for everyone. We haven’t visited as a family yet but when we do I plan on visiting the Statue Of Liberty. It is one place I have never been and I would love to take my family.

Boston, Massachusetts: Drive Time – 5 hours 56 Minutes

Boston is a city full of history. This is another big city I visited before kids but we haven’t visited as a family. The New England Aquarium is a must do and there is a Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield on the way that I’ve been wanting to visit.

Buffalo, New York: Drive Time – 1 hour 15 Minutes

Buffalo, New York may not be the first place you think of for a weekend getaway but it has amazing places to visit. I may be biased because I grew up there but Buffalo has a lot to offer. They have great food, an awesome zoo, and lots of festivals all summer long. They also have one of the best playgrounds. It is on Lake Erie and my kids ask to go back to it all the time.

Lake George, New York: Drive Time – 3 hours 59 Minutes

Lake George is great if you like to camp and even if you don’t there are many nice places to stay. Six Flags Great Escape offers amusement park fun, an indoor water-park, and on-site accommodations. If a quieter vacation is your speed enjoy the many hikes and other outdoor activities Lake George has to offer.

Toronto, Canada: Drive Time 3 Hours 6 Minutes

Toronto is an awesome city with so much to do you could spend a week enjoy it all and still have more to see. Toronto was our first weekend getaway as a family of five. We traveled there when my youngest was 3 months old. Some of our favorite attractions are Canada’s Wonderland, Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Toronto Zoo. Read more about our favorite family friendly Toronto Attractions.

Best of Toronto for Families

Alexandria Bay, New York (Thousand Islands): Drive Time – 2 Hours 43 Minutes

Plan a family weekend to Alexandria Bay for a relaxing and quiet pace. Enjoy time by the water and exploring the quaint towns. Visit Bolt Castle-one of the can’t miss attractions at Alexandria Bay. This area is perfect for a family weekend of relaxation and enjoying family time.

Corning, New York: Drive Time 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Corning is a great place to visit for a family weekend getaway. We love visiting the Corning Museum of Glass to watch the glass pieces being made and explore the many exhibits and classes they offer. The Rockwell Museum is a fun museum where you can learn about Western History. We visited Corning for a weekend and really enjoyed the town and fun family activities.

Hershey, Pennsylvania: Drive Time 4 Hours and 35 Minutes

Visiting Hershey is visiting a chocolate paradise. The town was built on Hershey Chocolate and everywhere you look you find small details. From the Hershey Chocolate Lamp Posts that line the streets to the Hershey Factory Tour at Hershey Chocolate World this family weekend getaway is all about the chocolate.

We also make time for a day at Hersheypark. Hersheypark is an amusement park that has rides and attractions for all ages as well as Hershey character meet and greets and a zoo.

Syracuse, New York: Drive Time 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Syracuse is close and offers a lot of family friendly attractions. Destiny USA is a mall and entertainment complex that has something fun for everyone. Plan a day visiting the animals at The Wild Animal Park or the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Green Lake State Park offers a beautiful beach and park for you to enjoy time outdoors.

We ultimately picked Syracuse because we had so many places we wanted to visit that a weekend stay made it easier to see them all. It was definitely a great place to visit for a family weekend away.

Rochester families have so many choices for a weekend getaway. From big cities to outdoor camping areas there is something for every family that offers a great place to enjoy some quality family time. Using the Expedia Add-On Advantage opened up ways for my family to save money on our family weekend getaway and offered us flexibility to pick the right place for us.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer | 5th Aug 18

    There seems to be a good amount of options for things to do near Rochester. I had no idea Niagara Falls was so close to there!

    • Leah | 13th Aug 18

      Thanks for reading! Yes there is so much to do in and around Rochester. Niagara Falls is a must do for a day trip!

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