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.
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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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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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!
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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.
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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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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!
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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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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.
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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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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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Billy Wilson Park is located just down the road from The Friendship Fortress and Michael Phelps Swim School. Completed in 2019, the playground has a padded surface with wheelchair accessibility. Kids love to run, crawl, and ride up and down the ramps of this playground. The rubber surface makes this a great visit any time of the year! After the playground, enjoy a shaded walk through the Great Baehre Swamp.
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Lucille Ball Memorial Park offers beautiful views of Chautauqua Lake and has a lot to explore! The playground is perfectly situated near bathrooms, a pavilion, and just a short walk from the boardwalk. There are statues of Lucille Ball, one of America's most beloved female comedians, positioned around the perimeter of the park. The late star was born in Jamestown, NY and lived in Celoron, NY for many years. The park is adjacent to the Celoron Lighthouse which is open daily from dawn to dusk. Kids love to run along the boardwalk and look for fish and other wildlife along the shore! There is a large free parking lot and a few nearby shops and eateries to explore. Take a walk across the street and enjoy a bit to eat and shop at Brindle Barn Co or have a sweet treat at The Lakeside Scoop.
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Marilyn Toohey Park playground renovations were recently completed to include an all-inclusive playground and splash pad. The park is conveniently located a few short minutes from Art Park and positions within walking distance of the Niagara River and many delicious restaurants offering gorgeous views.
In June of 2022, construction was completed for the new all-inclusive playground and splash pad. This project was a joint project by the Village of Lewiston and Mason’s Mission Foundation. The original structure is now complemented by inclusive equipment with extensive thought given to promote parallel play opportunities. There is a 2-bay zipline, a wheelchair-accessible swing, an in-ground merry-go-ground, and a sway and fun. Rubber surface is under most of the new equipment with several areas still using wood chips for the surface. The playground structures are in full sun, but there is a pavilion nearby as well as several shades positioned over the play equipment.
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.
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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.
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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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