Though it might not feel like it, Old Man Winter will have come and gone before you know it. Along with the brighter, warmer weather the coming months will also provide an opportunity. Take this opportunity as a family adventure for yourself or (when school is out) for the whole family. If you live in the Rochester area, we’ve compiled a list of five such adventures for you and your family to embark on. As long as your kids can last a couple of hours in the car, you’ll be good to go!
Formerly “The Strong National Museum of Play,” this museum is part of an educational institution known as “The Strong” – dedicated to the study and exploration of play. The museum itself is home to the largest collection of materials related to play. There is a regularly rotating array of short-term exhibits such as current highlights featuring Hot Wheels, Nintendo and Pez. In addition there are a slew of mainstay attractions featuring Monopoly, comic books and the Toys Hall of Fame. Your kids might groan when they hear the word “museum” but they definitely won’t find themselves bored here. The best part of this day trip? It’s only a 5 minute drive from the heart of Rochester.
A little less than a half hour drive from Rochester likes the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Unlike The National Museum of Play, this destination will be a little bit more of an educational experience for the kids in the traditional sense. The 700-acre complex is the third-largest collection of historic buildings in America. The village itself is made up of 68 buildings that have been preserved since the 19th-century. Genesee Village is populated by costumed staff members who will train you in the ways of crafts such as weaving, woodwork and gunsmithing. If you’re looking for a day trip that gives your family a historical perspective, look no further!
When you’re a kid, summer = swimming. Beat the heat this summer by taking your family to Roseland Water Park – less than an hour drive from Rochester proper. Roseland Waterpark is the largest water park in the Finger Lakes region with everything you could hope for from a water park: lazy rivers, wave pools, rafting and waters slides of all kinds. If you’re drenched to the point of pruning, there’s a beach volleyball court for you to take advantage of as well as a picnic ground where you can barbecue for lunch. A general admission pass for adults guarantees everything that’s mentioned above for around $28. Your kids however get in free!
If you’re in Rochester, here’s another day trip that isn’t all that very far from home. Seneca Park Zoo is a mainstay of the Rochester community that has been entertaining and educating for nearly 120 years. The Zoo is known for educating many Western New York communities on issues of environmental awareness, recycling and animal conservation. Seneca Park Zoo is home to mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish, and arachnids from over 90 species of animals. Since it is open year-round, the Seneca Park Zoo hosts all sorts of events for children and adults alike including Breakfast with Santa, the Halloween-themed “Zoo Boo” and the more adult-themed “ZooBrew.” A trip to the zoo HAS to be on your list of family day trips, right?
Who can pass up the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature herself? The area that makes up Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls that lay between the border of the United States and Canada. Recognizing its inherent beauty Niagara Falls was actually named New York’s first state park in 1885. The American side of Niagara Falls is less than a 2 hour drive from Rochester – which gives you plenty of time to ship the family out, enjoy the beauty and be home by dinner.
So there it is Rochester. We’ve given you a healthy start to plan your family trips this spring/summer. If you’ve been in the area a while, you already know that there are many sights to see in the area. If you’re new to Rochester? You can thank us later. Safe travels!
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