Rochester is a multifaceted city that caters to all ages. With its vast range of national parks, music halls and historic sites, the area of Rochester has become one of the most visited cities in New York State outside of the city of the same name. With the recent addition of the Riverside Hotel to the centre of the city, where you can find the best wedding venues in Rochester, there are more reasons than ever to visit the city. Whether you’re here for a weekend away with the kids or you’re on a two-week family retreat, the city of Rochester boasts plenty of family friendly attractions to keep you active during your visit. Below are some of our favourite spots to visit with children in Rochester, giving both adults and kids alike equal attention.
Genesee Country Village and Museum
About a half hour drive outside of Rochester city, the Genesee County Village gives an accurate representation of life in the early 19th century, with replica houses transporting visitors back into the past. With civil war re-enactments and even a 19th century baseball park, adults and children alike will no doubt learn a little something.
Darien Lake Amusement park
The Darien Lake Amusement Park is another historic attraction located a little further out of the city than its Seabreeze sibling. The Darien Lake Amusement Park is one of the most popular in New York state, attracting thousands of people every day.
Rochester Museum and Science Centre
With over 200 interactive exhibits, the science centre is an accessible and friendly environment for kids to learn more about science. With a planetarium, nature centre and science museum, this centrally located museum also tells an exciting history of the area, full of ingenuity and invention. With the Stasenburgh Planetarium located in a 60-foot dome on site, this museum will dazzle both young and old.
Full to the brim with corn mazes and animals, the Stokoe Farm is located just outside of Rochester and gives you chance to explore the world of agriculture up close and personal.
Seabreeze Amusement Park
This homegrown amusement park is plonked right on the edge of Lake Ontario and is easy to get to from Rochester. With a balanced range of child friendly and adrenaline fuelled adult rides, the park is one of the oldest in the country, having been opened in 1879. A notable feature is the Jack Rabbit roller coaster, an historic attraction opened all the way back in 1920 and still going strong.
Seneca Park Zoo
Opened back in 1894, the Seneca Park Zoo is 20 acres of all-round wild fun. With a variety of animals kept in a beautiful open park, this zoo makes for a great day out. With Giraffes, Lions and a whole host of exotic animals, this is one of the most extensive zoos in the state.
Strong Museum of play
The Strong Museum of Play is one of the most unique museums in Rochester, bringing research into and the preservation of toys together into one amazing interactive museum exploring all things play. From 19th century toy collections to modern day trends, the Play arm of the national Strong Museum organisation aims to explore and understand the culture and social history of the American citizen, and through this impressive cataloguing of children’s toys, they seem to have done the job in an engaging and accessible way.