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Nestled on the southern banks of Lake Ontario. Discover our scenic waterways, rural culture, and fresh-air experiences.
Home to Darien Lake Amusement Park, the world-famous “JELL-O Museum”, Batavia Downs Gaming, and more.
Your four season destination for outdoor adventure and family fun.
The gateway to the Finger Lakes, wineries, culinary delights, and Americana main streets.
Check W hout a t ’What’ s I n ss iInside de THE ULTIMATE FISHING TOWN Catch all the fun at Point Breeze, where you’ll find world class fisheries on Lake Ontario.
RIDE THE RAILS Enjoy a leisurely round trip ride aboard a vintage passenger coach.
PLAY FOR DAYS
THE GRAND CANYON OF THE EAST
Darien Lake Amusement Park is “destination fun” all summer long.
Year-round fun at the state park named best in the USA.
FOLLOW THE JELL-O BRICK ROAD
RUN AWAY TO THE RODEO
Learn about the local heritage of America’s most famous dessert.
Liquid fun for all ages at a 10,000 square foot indoor waterpark.
Savor the Finger Lakes flavor at boutique wineries.
SCENIC SOARING Enjoy a breathtaking ride above the treetops at sunrise or sunset.
Experience bronc and bull riding, calf roping and more at the country’s top rodeo.
SLIP, SLIDE & SPLASH
FRUIT OF THE VINE
FLY THROUGH HISTORY Take a ride in a vintage restored plane and see historic aircraft and exhibits.
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ESTLED BETWEEN NIAGARA AND Monroe Counties is the lake plains region
of Orleans County with 24 miles of Lake
Ontario shoreline. The Erie Canal winds its way through three villages that have been repurposed for modern times including whimsical shops, restaurants, studios and museums. The remaining landscape is populated primarily by working
farms, orchards and vineyards amidst unique cobblestone and sandstone architecture.
Dip your line into the Ultimate
FISHING TOWN b POINT BREEZE Catch all the fun at the Ultimate Fishing Town
of Point Breeze, where you will find year-round
Barn Quilt Trail
world-class fisheries on Lake Ontario and its
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tributaries that are teeming with colossal trout
The trail has grown to include more than fifty barns and buildings adorned with hand painted quilt squares throughout the farming communities of Orleans County. The village of Kendall is the official center and starting point of the trail, where visitors can pick up free maps at Partyka
and salmon. “Hook up” with an experienced fishing charter or guide service to maximize your expectations for the most enjoyable day on the water. orleanscountyfishing.com
Farms as well as other nearby locations.
1420 County Line Road (Rte. 272), Kendall, NY 14476 585-659-9131 • partykafarms.com
Cruise, Paddle or Sail
D OAK ORCHARD HARBOR Launch a sailboat, powerboat, canoe or kayak at Oak Orchard Harbor for a pleasant cruise on Lake Ontario. The tree-lined gorge, carved by the Oak Orchard River,provides a scenic backdrop for a full service port featuring a professional charter fleet, sailing clubs, parks, marine sales and repairs, fuel,
pump out stations, lodging and restaurants. orleanscountytourism.com/waterways
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In 1916, the original Oak Orchard Lighthouse was swept away in a storm. In 2010, a grassroots effort enabled construction of a replica of the Oak Orchard Lighthouse on the Oak Orchard River, housing local maritime historical artifacts and a gift shop. Climb to the top and peer out the windows for breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and summertime sunsets.
MEDINA & PARADE OF LIGHTS
Welcome in the holidays the Saturday following Thanksgiving at the annual Olde Tyme Christmas festival featuring the spectacular Parade of Lights. Arts & crafts vendors, wine tastings, visit with Santa, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, pets on parade and several musical performances are featured throughout the day. Bundle up for the fireworks display which precedes the 50-float Parade of Lights.
14357 Ontario Street Kent, NY 14477 • 585-752-0647 oakorchardlighthouse.com
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RIDE THE RAILS
AT A RAILROAD MUSEUM
TASTE of ORLEANS
HM EDINA RAILROAD MUSEUM Located in a 300’ long freight house built in 1905, the Medina Railroad Museum exhibits railroad and fire fighting history, including the largest HO scale model railroad layout in the eastern US. Enjoy a leisurely 34 mile round trip, two hour ride through the Erie Canal Heritage Corridor aboard comfortable vintage 1947 Budd passenger coaches. Check their website for more themed excursions.
530 West Avenue • Medina, NY 14103 • 585-798-6106 • railroadmuseum.net
G NIAGARA WINE TRAIL Orleans County has 3 wineries and a meadery
for adults to enjoy the fruits of their labor. At 810 Meadworks, they start with fermented
honey and then spin all kinds of wild variations on your usual mead. Leonard Oakes Estate Winery is recognized for their signature Steampunk Cider
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celebrated at the end of the summer at their
Cruise the Erie Canal or cycle the 25 mile towpath to 3 port villages in Orleans County. View bluebirds in Albion, artistic murals in Medina, hike to Holley Falls and take note of the 7 lift bridges in action. Ride under the famed Erie Canal Culvert where the road passes under the canal (as featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not!). Order a cycling guide at
annual Steampunk Festival. Salamaca Estate Winery is determined to bring you the best of every vintage. Schwenk Wine Cellars has been producing wines in Orleans County since 1980, growing grapes in Orleans County since 1970. 810 Meadworks: 113 West Center Street • Medina, NY 14103 585-542-9810 • 810meadworks.com Leonard Oakes Estate Winery: 10609 Ridge Road Medina, NY 14103 • 585-318-4418 • oakeswinery.com
Salamaca Estate Winery: 2660 Hindsburg Road • Albion, NY • 14411585-283-4094 • salamacaestatewinery.com Schwenk Wine Cellars: 1456 Bills Road • Kent, NY 14477 585-682-4629 • schwenkwinecellars.com 6
THRILLS Genesee County
F YOU’RE BRINGING THE KIDS OR are just a kid at heart, Genesee County is ready to play! Any time of year is the
right time to visit thanks to a wide range of both indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities. We’re home to the largest theme park in all of New York State and you can round out your visit with the JELL-O Museum, wildlife refuges and parks, history museums, amazing golf, Minor League Baseball and so much more.
PLAY FOR DAYS at New York’s Largest Amusement Park!
J DARIEN LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK RESORT
Darien Lake Amusement Park is “destination fun” all summer long! The 1,200 acre resort boasts six world-class roller coasters, the region’s largest waterpark and more than 45 family friendly rides, in park concerts and a nightly laser light show. Stay for days with a wide variety of on-site lodging options, including the rustic 196- room lodge, deluxe cabins,
SPOT EAGLES AT NEW YORK STATE’S
LARGEST WILDLIFE REFUGE 1) I ROQUOIS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
New York State’s largest wildlife refuge is a haven for wildlife and is filled with wellmaintained trails where hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing can all be enjoyed. The Refuge also features a wonderful, new interpretive nature center that provides year-round education. A favorite activity by visitors is bald eagle spotting at different locations – watch them soar in the sky above or reside in their nests.
1101 Casey Road • Basom, NY 14013 585-948-5445 • fws.gov/refuge/iroquois
a 4-bedroom guest house, RV’s or campsites. 9993 Alleghany Road • Darien Center, NY 14040 • 585-599-4641 • darienlake.com
America’s Most Famous Dessert!
SEE THE BIRTHPLACE OF WESTERN NEW YORK
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1! JELL-O GALLERY MUSEUM
One of the world’s most recognizable brands, JELL-O, was created right here in LeRoy! Visit the JELL-O Gallery Museum to learn JELL-O’s fascinating story. Enjoy a docent led tour through the history of “America’s Most Famous Dessert” and browse the unique gift shop. As an added bonus, tour the transportation exhibit on the lower level of the museum or go next door to visit the wonderful Historic LeRoy House. 23 East Main Street (Rt.5) • LeRoy, NY 14482 • 585-768-7433 • jellogallery.org 8
This 1810 stone building is home to the Holland Land Office Museum and offers thousands of artifacts pertaining to the history of Western New York. Batavia is known as the “birthplace of Western New York” because out of the Holland Land Office came the sales and disbursement of over 3.3 million acres of land. Free admission, donations accepted.
131 West Main Street • Batavia, NY 14020 585-343-4727 • hollandlandoffice.com
1# P ALM ISLAND INDOOR WATER PARK The waterpark, located inside the Quality Inn and Suites, features fun for all ages. Bigger kids and adults love the two fully enclosed 24’ tall body slides. Smaller kids
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have a blast in Monsoon Lagoon, the beach entry children’s pool and play area that has a single racer slide, rope-pull shower and five-way tipping buckets.The park and full service hotel is located off the New York State Thruway. 8250 Park Road • Batavia, NY 14020 • 585-344-2100 palmislandindoorwaterpark.com
Live racing, gaming, dining & more! 1$ BATAVIA DOWNS GAMING Batavia Downs first opened for harness racing in 1940. It is the oldest running wagering harness track in North America, with live racing July to December. More than 70 years later, Batavia Downs today is thriving as the place for excitement. The facility just added an 84-room boutique hotel, and features over 790 gaming machines, a variety of restaurants, a sports bar and an entertainment venue.
AT NEW YORK STATE’S FIRST COUNTY FOREST
8315 Park Road • Batavia, NY 14020 • 585- 343-3750 • bataviadownsgaming.com
SOAK UP THE SUN 1% D ARIEN LAKES STATE PARK
This hidden gem of a state park features 158 camping spots, a recreation lake, great picnic locations, 18 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails and even a disc golf course. The campgrounds are a nice option for campers visiting the nearby amusement park. The centerpiece of the park is the 12-acreHarlow Lake which is good for canoeing or kayaking, fishing and swimming.
10475 Harlow Road • Darien Center, NY 14040 • 585-547-9242 • nysparks.com/parks/144
ENESEE COUNTY PARK, 1^ G FOREST & INTERPRETIVE NATURE CENTER
Enjoy year-round recreation, learning and free entrance at this impressively quiet peaceful oasis. The Interpretive Nature Center houses lifelike specimens of local wildlife and hands-on fun for kids in the Discovery Zone. Hike 10 miles of trails that will take you through wildflower meadows and creeks. Activities include walking, hiking, skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, geocaching and fishing in the park.
11095 Bethany Center Road East Bethany, NY 14054 • 585-344-1122 co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks
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W OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Wyoming County
YOMING COUNTY IS YOUR four-season destination for family fun and outdoor adventures. Enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or horseback riding in winter. Experience the spring sweetness of maple sugaring, the exhilaration of white water rafting, or one of our many unique agricultural tours. Camping, hiking, fishing, boating and sightseeing highlight our summer offerings. Fall affords the perfect time to cruise a country road, take in a festival, or hike our many trails and enjoy the vibrant fall colors.
GRAND CANYON OF THE EAST RIDE NEW YORK’S HISTORIC
STEAM ENGINE TRAIN
1& LETCHWORTH STATE PARK Voted the #1 State Park in the USA, and known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, Letchworth Sate Park is a must see destination! Take in the three magnificent waterfalls of the Genesee River, dine at the beautiful Glen Iris Inn, and visit the state-of-the-art Humphrey Nature Center. The park also has whitewater rafting with Adventure Calls Outfitters, kayaking, and hot air ballooning with Balloons Over Letchworth. In the winter enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. There is something for everyone all year long! 1 Letchworth State Park • Castile, NY 14427 • 585-493-3600 • nysparks.com/parks/79
OUR Go on Safari INBACKYARD
The Arcade & Attica Railroad is the only fully operational steam locomotive that still exists in New York State. With roots that date back to the 1800s, the A&A is a historic treasure. A popular attraction for thousands of tourists annually, young and old, the railroad provides a truly unique experience. Steam excursions last approximately two hours and include themed rides and stunning scenery! Back at the depot itself, a gift shop and historic museum complete your ride into history.
278 Main Street • Arcade, NY 14009 585-492-3100 • aarailroad.com
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Experience over 300 exotic animals up close as you take a guided tour through the park. Visitors will be treated to an interactive and interpretive tour that includes the ability to feed animals like buffalo and elk by hand. Your visit will be complemented by a beautiful timber frame lodge that includes a restaurant, gift shop and petting zoo. Some of the exotic animals on display include zebras, bison, wildebeest, camels, ostrich, llamas, emus, alpacas and more!
ALBC uses local products from area farms to brew beers on tap, including Amber Ale, Burst IPA, S’More Porter and the always popular Gorgeous Pale Ale. Not just a brewery, the ALBC is also known for their food, like their unique variety of burgers. In addition to the ALBC, the Silver Lake Brewing Project will open fall of 2016 in Perry and add another must visit stop to your Wyoming County Craft Beer Trail!
44 North Main Street Warsaw, NY 14569 • 585-786-3559 amberlanternbrewingcompany.com
2887 Royce Road • Varysburg, NY 14167 585-535-4100 • hiddenvalleyadventure.com WHERE IS THAT? Each listing’s number is plotted on the map on page 2.
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RELAX AND FISH
Cheer on the
AT BEAUTIFUL SILVER LAKE 2@ S ILVER LAKE STATE PARK This 836 acre year-round fishing destination is home to panfish, walleye, largemouth bass and more! During the winter, fish on the ice and participate in Silver Lake’s annual tournament. There is public boat access at Silver Lake State Park. Rent a lake house and enjoy a variety of the unique entertainment available, including the Silver Lake Institute (music, shows, etc.), Shake on the Lake (performed at the Perry Public Beach) and The Club on Silver Lake (18 hole public golf course).
2! ATTICA RODEO This nationally recognized rodeo takes place every August at the rodeo grounds in Attica, and in 2014 was voted Top Rodeo in the country! Experience bronc and bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and team penning events that will provide fun and excitement to all ages. Can’t make it for the big event in August? Events take place at the rodeo grounds all summer long!
4229 W. Lake Road, Castile, NY 14427 • 585-493-3600 • nysparks.com/parks/104
230 Exchange Street • Attica, NY 14011 • 585-591-1649 atticarodeo.com
Get dinner and a movieat the
2$ C HARCOAL CORRAL & SILVER LAKE TWIN DRIVE-IN
Eat, play mini golf, view a classic car show, play arcade games and catch a drive-in movie all on the same night! Home to one of the last remaining
2# B EAVER MEADOW AUDUBON CENTER This 384 acre nature preserve is one of the premiere nature centers in New York and includes access to over eight miles of guided trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There is also a visitor center, indoor exhibits, gift shop, nature art exhibits, animal exhibits and wildlife observation windows. Beaver Meadow has a staff of naturalists that provide educational support and outreach programs. This is a perfect year-round destination for all ages!
twin-screen drive-in theaters in the US, the Charcoal Corral plays first-run double feature movies all summer long. They also host classic cruise-in car nights, weekly live concerts, an arcade, and many kinds of dining experiences, from char-grilled favorites and pizza and wings to all-youcan-eat pasta nights and ice cream.
7037 Chapman Road • Perry, NY 14530 • 585-237-5270 • charcoalcorral.com
1610 Welch Road • North Java, NY 14113 • 585-457-3228 • buffaloaudubon.org
FINGER L LAKES WEST
IVINGSTON COUNTY IS HOME TO beautiful vistas and stunning landscapes everywhere you look.
Located just 35 minutes south of Rochester, Livingston has activities for the whole
family! From boating, swimming, and fishing in the Finger Lakes to hiking, biking, and picnicking in a top rated park,
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visitors can have it all. Enjoy delicious wine, dining, shopping and relaxation in one of the many historic villages.
Raft, balloon, bike or hike at the
#1 STATE PARK IN THE USA 2% LETCHWORTH STATE PARK
TASTE THE FLAVORS
of the Finger Lakes 2^ DEER RUN WINERY &
EAGLE CREST VINEYARDS
Letchworth State Park is one the most scenically magnificent areas in the country. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs as high as 600 feet. Visitors have over 66 miles of forest trails to choose from for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Come to “the Grand Canyon of the East” and see what has drawn the admiration of tourists from all over the United States. 1 Letchworth State Park • Castile, NY 14427 • 585-493-3600 • nysparks.com/parks/79
Deer Run is a family-owned boutique winery on Conesus Lake producing award-winning wines. Eagle Crest is the second oldest continually operating winery in New York, producing 100% pure grape wine.
Deer Run Winery: 3772 West Lake Road • Geneseo, NY 14454 585-346-0850 • deerrunwinery.com Eagle Crest Vineyards: 7107 Vineyard Road • Conesus, NY 14435 585-346-2321 • eaglecrestvineyards.com
BOAT, PADDLEBOARD OR CANOE
Along Our Scenic Waters 2& CONESUS LAKE & HEMLOCK LAKE
Get refreshed by cool waters, unwind with a warm breeze, and fall asleep to the sound of waves. Conesus Lake is the western-most Finger Lake and is known as an 8 mile-long boating, fishing, and outdoor mecca. Hemlock Lake features an undeveloped tree-lined shoreline which adds to the natural appeal of this pristine seven mile-long Finger Lake. Conesus Lake: East Lake Road • Conesus, Geneseo, Groveland and Livonia • conesuslake.org Hemlock Lake: East Lake Road • Hemlock & Livonia
TAKE A RIDE IN A HISTORIC PLANE 2* NATIONAL WARPLANE MUSEUM View an impressive vintage aircraft collection and historical displays. Take a ride in a historic restored aircraft and don’t miss the annual airshow. Home to “Whiskey 7”, a restored WWII C-47 that led the first wave of paratroop drops on D-Day and the “Memphis Belle”, the famous B-17F shown in the Hollywood feature film.
3489 Big Tree Lane • Geneseo, NY 14454 • 585-243-2100 nationalwarplanemuseum.org
TOUR INSIDE A
WORKING DAM! 2( MOUNT MORRIS DAM & RECREATION AREA The largest dam of its type east of the Mississippi River. The Mount Morris Dam offers free, ranger guided tours of the inner workings of the dam, daily April through October! The Recreation Area is a free, day-use park with hiking trails, picnic shelters, and a playground in a beautiful setting overlooking the gorge. Stop in the Visitor Center for informational displays and rotating exhibits. 6103 Visitor Center Road • Mount Morris, NY 14510 • 585-658-4790 • lrb.usace.army.mil
ENESEE VALLEY 3) G HUNT RACES
From the opening day parade to the thrilling equestrian races every October, the Genesee Valley Hunt has been passing down a piece of history from generation to generation for the last 139 years. Experience elegant tailgate parties, live horse racing, boutique shopping, a NYS wine and food market, wagon & pony rides, and more!
3320 Nations Road • Geneseo, NY 14454 585-243-3949 • GVHraces.com
DEPRESSIONERA ART UP CLOSE! SEE
Bike or hike through the countryside! 3! G ENESEE VALLEY GREENWAY STATE PARK
A 90-mile multi-use trail spanning the state from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border. The majority of the trail is an old railway bed that is a straight, level surface consisting of cinders, gravel and mowed grass perfect for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. The Greenway passes through woodlands, wetlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages.
Explore the only gallery in the country dedicated to artwork created during the Great Depression. In the darkest days of the 1930s as part of President Roosevelt’s promise of a New Deal for Americans, qualified artists and artisans were paid to create art for hospitals and schools. Over 200 easel paintings have been saved, restored, and are on display at the gallery.
4 Murray Hill Drive • Mount Morris, NY 14510 585-243-6785 • livingstonarts.org
Avon, Piffard, Mount Morris • 585-493-3600 • nysparks.com/parks/189/
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Where to Stay!
Reserve a waterfront cabin or cottage spring through fall or a cozy room at a canal-town Bed & Breakfast year round. OrleansCountyTourism.com
Nine major hotel chains offering over 1,000 guest rooms right off Exit 48 of the I-90. Stay where you play! VisitGeneseeNY.com
Cozy motels, boutique bed and breakfasts, unique inns and lodges, and campgrounds and cabins â€“ all in peaceful serene settings for your relaxation and enjoyment! GoWyomingCountyNY.com
After a day in the Finger Lakes, unwind in one of the many quaint bed and breakfasts, historic inns, chain hotels, or lakeside rentals that Livingston has to offer. FingerLakesWest.com
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Explore the best of the Byways! Located halfway between Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes, the Country Byways region of New York State is a...