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SUMMER GUIDE '10: Introduction 

And the living is easy

Congratulations: you've made it to another glorious summer in Rochester, your reward for putting up with the less-than-cooperative Western New York weather the rest of the year. You've earned these sunny skies, warm breezes, and days that seemingly last forever. Better make the most of it.

How to do that? City's answer for this year is to hit the road, Jack. While there are certainly more than enough summer activities in the immediate Rochester area (more on that in a minute), the season affords your best chance to jump in the car and head outside the region for a day trip. No matter which direction you go -- north, east, south, west -- there are some amazing experiences all within a gas tank of Rochester. From major metropolitan zoos to natural sculpture parks, internationally known speedways to sports halls of fame, our writers have picked out some diverse diversions great for whiling away a day, but which will still have you back in your bed by midnight.

Still, nobody would blame you if you wanted to stay closer to home. After all, Rochester itself has no shortage of awesome events going on over the next three months. Instead of giving you page after page of boring, uninformative listings, we've brought back last year's popular feature, "What to do every day of the summer," in which our writers select just one event per day and gives you the details. It's not a comprehensive look at everything going down this year -- for that you should check City Newspaper every week -- but it should give you a taste of more than 100 festivals, concerts, special events, art exhibits, and more that should keep you plenty busy until fall.

In This Guide...

    SUMMER GUIDE '10: Day trips to the east

    Day trips: east: Head east to go deep, get buzzed, and catch a wild ride
    BY JEN GRANEY Summer blows by all too quickly, and unless you make specific plans, you can pretty much blink and miss it.

    SUMMER GUIDE '10: Day trips to the south

    From gorgeous gorges to serious history, Ithaca, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen have much to offer
    BY KATHY LALUK Rochester has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment, but everyone still needs a getaway now and then.

    SUMMER GUIDE '10: Day trips to the west

    From indoor water parks to fantastic zoos and parks, go wild to the west
    BY KATE ANTONIADES Splash Lagoon

    SUMMER GUIDE '10: Events

    What to do every day of the summer
     [ CALENDAR ] BY JACOB BLISS, DALE EVANS, EMILY FAITH, JESSE HANUS, REBECCA RAFFERTY, ERIC REZSNYAK, AND NICK STATT There's so much to do in Rochester in the summer.

    SUMMER GUIDE '10: Movies

    Down the block from the blockbusters: Artsy-fartsy alternatives to the typical summer-cinema pyrotechnics
    So what usually happens is I cobble together a list of films to write about for a summer movie preview, and with any luck a unifying theme will present itself. This time?

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