Established in 1888, this was Rochester's first public park. Site of the hugely popular Lilac Festival, Highland Park has more than 500 varieties of lilacs. Walking paths crisscross the park and lead to a reservoir that provides an unobstructed view for miles to the south.
The Lamberton Conservatory, built in 1911, houses arid desert species and lush tropical vegetation. It's incredibly popular on snowy winter days. 180 Reservoir Ave. 585/753–7270. $3. Daily 10–4.
At the corner of Mt. Hope and Reservoir avenues, a block west of the Lamberton Conservatory, is the squat Warner Castle. Headquarters of the Rochester Civic Garden Center, it has art exhibits and educational materials about gardening. 585/473–5130. www.rcgc.org. $1 donation. Tues.–Thurs. 9–4.
South and Highland Aves., Rochester, New York, 14620, United States