Highland is a vast park with sledding, festivals, hiking and a year-round conservatory. Near Highland Ave and Meadowbrook Rd, you can find a new, all natural playground. On the other side of the park is a second playground near the Lamberton Conservatory. This park is also home to the widely popular Lilac Festival.
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From fishing, to hiking, to the playground, nature center, fairy trail and bird sanctuary, Mendon Ponds Park can supply a full day of fun! There is plenty to do and unlimited opportunities to connect with nature in all seasons. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. Dogs are not allowed on the fairy trail and in the Wild Wings areas. The typical playground, hiking trails and Wild Wings Facilities are driving distance from one another.
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The playground is off of Douglas Rd. by the Hundred Acre Pond. It has a spring car, typical swings, baby swings and fun train structure. There are two separate structures for the young and old. There is a seasonal restrooms here as well as a big pond to explore just over the hill.
Kent Park is a quaint park with a small playground that leads into the Webster Arboretum. Within the arboretum, one can find a variety of plants, beautiful gardens and a pond and stream. The pond and stream is home to many water species that children can observe and explore.
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Durand Eastman Park has a beautiful arboretum, a hidden playground, an expansive beach and seemingly limitless hiking opportunities. Come again and again all year round to enjoy all that Durand has to offer. Be sure to check out Camp Eastman as well!
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Northampton Park is a Monroe County Park that encompasses Springdale Farm and the new Alpine Adventure Zone!. If heading to the farm, the playground near Springdale Farm is the first thing you see upon entering the parking lot but there is so much more! Check back here for details regarding the farm as they develop with the ongoing changes of the pandemic. Note, dogs are allowed at Northampton Park but not within Springdale Farm.
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Long Acre Farms is a must visit every fall (or spring or summer!) It is open May through October and boasts New York’s longest running corn maze, a gift shop, ice cream stand, winery, summer concerts, free activities for the kids and extended activities with the purchase of an admission bracelet. Admission fees vary depending on time of year with season passes available.
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Known for its easily accessible 50 foot waterfall, this park is a little gem located in the heart of Wolcott. The trail to at Wolcott Falls Park is roughly 0.1 mile long, making a perfect stop for a short walk and play date at the play area!
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Powder Mills Park offers year round fun. The fish hatchery is a unique and peaceful experience of feeding fish and the sledding hill is excellent! Playground, Pavillion, Fish Hatchery and Sledding are all driving distances from one another. There are 3 seasonal restrooms: (1) Off Park Rd by Rand Lodge (2) off Woolston Rd by Powderhorn Lodge (3) Off Woolston Rd next to the Oak Tree Lodge. Also nearby, you can find the historic mushroom house with its unique architecture.
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Egypt Park has a farm-themed playground with a trail that connects the playground parking lot to the Lollypop Farm Trail. Other activities include hiking trails through the woods and going within the building at Lollypop Farm.
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Black Creek Park is a great place to visit any time of year. Within the park you will find a playground, fishing, and hiking. Along one of the hiking paths, you can find, “fairy houses!” There is also a large sledding hill and opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing!
To learn more about the park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/black-creek-park/
Webster County Park is a favorite here! Between the multiple playgrounds and beautiful pier with creek access and sand to play in, how can it not be?! Campsites are also available for rent so you can stay and play.
To learn more about Webster County Park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/webster-county-park/
Hamlin Beach State Park is divided into 4 areas: Area 1 has many play structures and walking paths along the lake, Area two has beautiful lodges to rent and beach access (no swimming), Areas 3 and 4 has a swimming beach and another unguarded beach can be found at Area 5. The Park is open year round with a car entrance fee during swimming season.
To learn more about Hamlin Beach State Park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/hamlin-beach-state-park/
Leonard A. Bergman Park is a large 35-acre park located in a safe neighborhood on the edge of the city. The fenced-in playground at Bergman Park is inclusive offering wheel-friendly access, an accessible swing, and transfer stations allowing those in wheelchairs to lift themselves on to the equipment.
Additional amenities include a pavilion, public restrooms, grills, horseshoes, baseball/softball fields, and basketball courts.
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Allegany State Park Rte 1, Salamanca, NY 14779, USA
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Allegany State Park is the largest state park in New York State and is divided into the Red House Area and Quaker Area. Nestled within the 65,000 acre park are overlooks, playgrounds, hiking, swimming, fishing, nature trails, caves, and even a waterfall. Red House Area can be accessed from I-86 exits 19 and 21. There is so much to see here you definitely won't get it all in with one visit. Consider camping over or visit again and again! The following information outlines a visit to the Red House Area. Please note, there is a seasonal car entrance fee of $7 to enter the park.
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Highland Park playground is a hidden gem tucked away in the city of Salamanca. This inclusive playground is perfectly situated on a low-traffic road and features a rare ropes course to encourage being active as well as play equipment for both 2-5 and 5-12 year olds. This small park boasts several ADA features so everyone will enjoy something here. There is a small open air pavilion with single picnic table. There are no bathrooms at the park.
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This park fits a lot into one space. Along with a turf field, softball field, tennis, wall ball and basketball courts, this park highlights a sledding hill and upscale playground! Seasonal bathroom facilities and pavilion are located near the playground.
To read more about the park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/thornell-farm-park/
Johnson Park is a small town location which has some unique amenities. Set back from the road there are two playground areas (large and small), skate park, baseball field and several volleyball nets. There is also grills and an open air pavilion with bathrooms. Visit in the winter for free ice skating!
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Shortsville Budd Park is a fantastic small town park that gives a big town feel to anyone who visits. There is ample space to move around, playground, basketball and tennis courts as well as seasonal events that welcomes everyone. Across the street there is a dog park, great fishing spots as well as access to the creek and a community garden.
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6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA
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The new Playground for All at Chestnut Ridge Park had its grand opening October 22, 2021. This fully accessible, inclusive play space features a padded play surface with wheelchair accessibility throughout. Children and adults of all physical and developmental abilities are welcome to enjoy themselves in a sensory-rich environment. The playground is located next to the casino, just above the sled hill. There is a large parking lot and indoor restrooms. The park is about 40-minutes from Ellicottville but is well worth the drive.
Hamlin Park has much more to offer than meets the eye! There is a large playground, year-round restrooms, and lots of open space. The park serves as a general multipurpose recreational facility. There are 2 open-air pavilions and lots of open space so bring a lunch and make a day of it!
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