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Come See Upstate New York in Bloom!


Upstate New York, much like Canada, experiences cold, snowy and grey winters. While I think winter brings its own set of loveliness and fun—with gorgeous snow covered streets and downhill adventure, I always look forward to spring when everything comes back to life and nature gets its color back.

In New York State, there are tons of ways to celebrate spring with the prettiest seasonal symbol—flowers! Keep reading to discover places you can see the state in bloom.

Orchids in Bloom has got to be one of my favorite spring events. It takes place at the Strong Museum in the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. You can marvel at over 150 types of tropical orchids from all over the world! Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the serenity that the butterfly garden offers year-round.

Sonnenberg Gardens is always a sight to behold, but especially during their Wildflower and Orchid Show. Taking place the weekend of April 21st–23rd, there will be guided tours, family activities and educational talks for you to enjoy. It’s a great way to welcome spring!

The Lake Erie Grape Belt region is beautiful, but when the iris are in bloom, it’s breathtaking. Generally blooming their brightest around Memorial Day weekend, it’s the perfect location for sightseeing and picnicking—I take a trip every spring to do so!

Rochester is actually known as the “flower city.” With a rich botanical history, you can still find beautiful gardens and parks all over the city. But our floral reputation is most prominent during the Lilac Festival. Taking place each May, when the lilacs are most beautiful, thousands of people from all over the world travel to Rochester to experience the 10-day-long festival! Located in Highland Park, which boasts 1,200 floral bushes that display 500 different types of flowers. There is entertainment, food and natural beauty abound!

The gorgeous blooms in Upstate NY are worth a trip across the border! If you’re looking for even more to do on your trip this spring, we’ve got you covered.