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.
To learn more about Mendon Ponds Park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/mendon-ponds-park/
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.
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.
To learn more about Highland Park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/highland-park/
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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Pick N Patch is a popular spot to buy pumpkins and establish family traditions. The farm has a variety of activities available- some are free and some come with a wristband purchase. They are open for summer and fall activities.
Cost: Fun Seeker Band – $12, Adventure Band- $10, Corn Maze Entry ONLY – $7, 12 Apple Blaster Shots – $5
To learn more about the Pick'n Patch, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/pick-n-patch/
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.
To learn more about Long Acre Farms, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/long-acre-farm/
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.
To learn more about Powder Mills Park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/powder-mills-park/
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.
To learn more about Egypt Farm, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/egypt-park/
Located at the top of Keuka Lake, Red Jacket Park offers a beautiful spot to seek shade, visit a playground and cool off in the lake. This park is about an hour drive from the City of Rochester but makes for a great stop if exploring Penn Yan for the day. Consider stopping by Oak Hill Bulk Foods and the Spotted Duck while in the area!
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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.
To learn more about Kent Park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/kent-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/
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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3391 Fairville Maple Ridge Rd, Newark, NY 14513, USA
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The Apple Shed is a quaint farm market that has U-Pick apples and pumpkins. There is a lot to do including a corn pit for the kids to play in (Must be 10 or under), goats to feed, a small playground and hard cider tasting from Old Goat Cidery.
Cost: Free to roam the grounds and play. During Halloween season, they have a haunted house for $3 per person, you can choose spooky or not spooky!
To learn more about the Apple Shed, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/the-apple-shed/
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/
Pat McGee Park is a small, quaint park located on Main Street at the North end of Franklinville situated next to the American Legion Field. There are two small playground areas, a large pavilion, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and lots of open space to play. There is a portable toilet on the premises. Check out our website https://wnyplaybook.com/pat-mcgee-park/ for more info.
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.
For more information, check out our website at https://wnyplaybook.com/highland-park-playground/
Basil Marella Park is a beautiful park with much to do! After playing on the playground explore the wheel-friendly path, creek and the fitness trail. A sledding hill can be found a short walk away from the playgrounds.
For more information on Basil Marella Park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/basil-marella-park/
The Semmel Road Park playground is partially shaded and near the towns highway department so you are likely to spot some heavy equipment! This is also one of the few playgrounds with one of those cars kiddos can sit in! Continue the fun by exploring the fenced in tennis and basketball courts as well as walking paths through the woods.Head to Semmel Road Park for free ice skating in the winter!
To read more about the park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/semmel-road-park/
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!
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22. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
353 Court St, Rochester, NY 14607, USA
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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park is an Industrial style playground found with the city of Rochester. The playground features a single fountain “splash pad” to cool off in after climbing its unique structures. Though this playground is geared toward older children, it can be fun for kids of all ages. There is plenty to do around this playground including ice skating in the winter and the year-round museum of play and play walk. The park also hosts the beloved Roc Holiday Village in December as well as Ice skating!
To read more about the park, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/martin-luther-king-jr-memorial-park/
The Buffalo Zoo is well-balanced with indoor and outdoor exhibits that showcase the animal's large enclosures and charming brick architecture at the 3rd oldest zoo in the United States. Two lion cubs were born in March of 2021 and are a treat to see! Visit multiple times and watch how fast they grow and mature.
Barcelona Harbor is a free family friendly beach with wide open space, a short hiking trail featuring a small waterfall at the end, and more! We visited on a hot, summer day and we did not feel crowded at all. Be sure to check out the Barcelona Lighthouse right next door before you head back home.
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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