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rochester, ny  for families

Rochester, NY for families

Rochester Museum & Science Center
(RMSC)- includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention.

Seabreeze Amusement Park- Seabreeze is the amusement park and water park closest to home, located right on the shore Lake Ontario at the top of Route 590 to the East. Seabreeze has both thrilling adult rides such as the Jackrabbit (the fourth oldest operating coaster in the country), classic family rides such as the Carousel and Train, and some great rides for the under-8 set such as the Kiddie Swings. The waterpark section of Seabreeze has "liquid fun for everyone"--includes adult and kiddie slides, wave pool, lazy river, and more. It's not too big, and not too small, and it's a very good price (rates vary per ticket type; click here for current rates.

Genesee Country Village and Nature Center- Genesee Country Village is located about a half-hour to Rochester's southwest in Mumford. The Village features 59 restored houses, businesses, and places of worship from the 19th century. A stroll through the village (especially on one of their event days such as Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, War of 1812 Encampment, and Civil War Reenactment) brings parents and kids alike back to the 1800s. The GCV's Silver Base Ball Park is the only place where you're likely to hear "Fine hurl, sir!" meant as a polite compliment. The GCVM also features a nature center.

Rochester Red Wings- The Rochester Red Wings are a Triple-A baseball team based in Rochester, New York. The team plays in the International League and is the top minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The Red Wings play in Frontier Field, located in downtown Rochester.

Wickham Farms- Wickham Farms is a fun place for families to spend an hour, an afternoon or all day! Attractions include a jumping pillow, batting cages, kiddy train ride, a mini golf course, farm animals, and a free weekly storytime. In the fall, we have a corn maze, hayrides, a u-pick pumpkin patch, and u-pick apple orchard. In our barn, we serve 32 flavors of ice cream, frozen custard and casual meals. We make cookies from scratch and fry our own donuts in the fall. Wickham Farms also does a seasonal CSA from their farm, which has been well enjoyed by many Rochesterians. 

Pinnacle Athletic Campus- Aimed at becoming the ultimate sports tourism destination in Upstate New York, Pinnacle Athletic Campus has something for everyone in the family. A combination of indoor and outdoor, team and individual sports, training and competition facilities, as well as an array of outdoor adventure amenities make our Campus the true recreational epicenter of the region.