Top 20 Animals & Wildlife locations in United States
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Live update: Updated January 18, 2022
1. Mendon Ponds Park
95 Douglas Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472, USA
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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.
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/
Powers Farm Market is a well loved local farm with fresh produce and a plethora of animals! They offer food dispensers throughout the area to feed the animals. While there, be sure to check out the famous Powers tepees! These are free to enter and such a fun spooktacular place to explore in the fall.
To learn more about Powers Farm Market, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/powers-farm-market/
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/
This beloved conservatory is a great place to head any time of the year. It offers a sense of warmth and beauty in the middle of winter and makes a great stop when playing at the playground and hiking the trails in the summer. Kids love the wide variety of plant life and to observe the quails and turtles as they roam around the conservatory premises.
More information on Highland Park and the Conservatory can be found on our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/highland-park/
Moss Lake Preserve is a great place to play, hike, and explore. Moss Lake is free to enter and open daily from dawn to dusk. There is a picnic area overlooking the bog and a 2.5 mile hiking trail good for all skill levels. The highlight of this visit will be feeding the bullhead fish! The preserve is dog friendly (dogs must remain leashed). Be sure to bring a small amount of bread/crackers!
For more info, check out the full coverage on our website at https://wnyplaybook.com/moss-lake-preserve/
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/
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.
To learn more about Northampton Park and Springdale Farm, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/springdale-farm-at-northampton-park/
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/
Bristol’s Garden Center has multiple greenhouses and garden supplies. A play area for kids can be found within the center to make the trip a fun one along with two parrots within the building. Bristol’s is not far from Eastview Mall and Gourmet Goodies. Make the day of it!
To learn more about Bristol's Garden Center, head to our website: https://rochesterplaybook.com/bristols-garden-center/
Ladue Alpacas welcomes groups of any size to visit by appointment. Feed the herd of their beautiful alpacas, hang out with mini goats and take a walk on the fairy path! Seasonal alpaca-fiber crafts sessions can be added to your tour upon request and alpaca gifts available as well. Contact Kim via their Facebook page to schedule your visit, $10/person
Alpaca Yoga also available during the summer months!
Audubon Community Nature Center is stunning and definitely worth the drive to Jamestown. The Nature Center is packed with interactive and educational exhibits including live animals and an indoor natural play area. Outside you will find over 5 miles of trails, a native tree arboretum, educational gardens, AND a natural playground. Read more on our website at https://wnyplaybook.com/audubon-community-nature-center/
This is always our first stop when we visit ASP! Cars are allowed to drive up to the tower, however you may leave your car on the main road and hike up to the tower, which is less than a half mile. This is a perfect spot for the kids to run off some energy. After you take in the picturesque views and learn about the history of the tower pack up and head to your next spot.
For more info, check out our website at https://wnyplaybook.com/allegany-state-park-red-house-area/
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.
For things to do, check out our full coverage at https://wnyplaybook.com/allegany-state-park-red-house-area/
Case Lake Access Site is well-known by fishers and paddlers, but has so much more to offer. Case Lake has a modern playground, picnic area with large pavilion, and a brand new handicap accessible boat launch installed in 2021. There is a lot of open space to play as well as picnic tables, charcoal grills, and large rocks for the kids to climb on.
For more info, check out https://wnyplaybook.com/case-lake/
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.
Double D.A.B is a beautiful farm offering pony rides, scenic trail rides, and petting farm tours with friendly faces to greet you. Check out our page for more details on this adventure!
Penn Dixie Fossil Park is the perfect place for diggers of all ages to dig, explore, and find fossils. The 54-acre park sits on an ancient undersea environment that existed 380 million years ago. Penn Dixie is the number 1 ranked fossil park in the United States, yet many local families have never visited. This hidden gem is well worth the drive. You are not going to find an experience quite like this anywhere in the state.
Check out the full article on our website. https://wnyplaybook.com/penn-dixie-fossil-park-nature-reserve/
Hemstreet Farm Llamas offers a unique animal encounter and tour around the historic Hemstreet Farm property housed on the Buffalo Creek Reservation of the Seneca Nation. The farm features over half a dozen gentle and intelligent llamas. Choose between a barn visit or trail hike with llamas. Next, head over to Hamlin Park and enjoy a picnic lunch alongside the colorful playground. End the day at Taste Bistro for a tableside s'more experience!
Check out our full coverage of this farm at http://wnyplaybook.com/hemstreet-farm-llamas/