Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the area. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY
Phone: (585) 538-6822
Hours: 10 AM – 4PM Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Getting There: A note for All Finger Lakes visitors. Public transportation is virtually non-existent in the area. The best way to get around is by car, rentals are available. Taxis and limo services also exist if you choose not to drive yourself.
Admission: All Access runs $16.50 for Adults, $13.50 for Seniors and Students, $10.50 for Children 4-16 and free for 3 and under.
This living museum takes you inside the life of 18th and 19th century Americans. The authentically furnished Colonial cottages and Victorian mansions provide a glimpse of life in a simpler time. The historical interpreters in period costume will guide you through the Town Center and take you inside the world of the period church, doctor, tinsmith, cooper, potter and shoemaker. Children will delight in the many hands-on activities supervised by staff who know their history as they participate in butter churning or the use of an authentic printing press. This truly immersive experience even offers 19th century dining options and afternoon tea in Hosmer’s Inn. So watch demonstrations, participate in games and activities and learn as you progress through three distinct time periods and experience a large swath of American history firsthand.
Address: 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY
Phone: (585) 428-7999
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30AM – 3:30PM, Closed Sunday
Getting There: About 30 minutes from last stop via NY-383 N
Admission: Free of charge
While this may seem like an odd choice for a family vacation, a brief stop at this cemetery is sure to be the surprising treat of your Finger Lakes stay. For one it is a far cry from your average place of burial. Featuring gorgeous statues and lush landscaping this is more like a palace garden than a macabre stopover. It is not unusual to find locals picnicking or strolling on the grounds, appreciating the free beauty of the area. In addition to the sights, this is the oldest municipal cemetery in the nation. It combines elements of a museum with a place of rest and is home to such historic figures as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Frank Gannett and members of the Rochester family. Guided tours are available to add to the academic experience. Don’t discount this stop as, in the Finger Lakes, even a cemetery can offer a picturesque view.
Address: 1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 263-2700
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10AM – 5PM. Friday and Saturday 10AM – 8PM, Sunday Noon – 5PM
Getting There: About 10 minutes from last stop via Mount Hope Ave.
Admission: Ages 2 and older $13.50, Under 2 are free. Extra charge for butterfly exhibit.
This shrine to all things fun will literally bring out the child in everyone. The youngest will enjoy typical children’s museum fair like a virtual supermarket, exhibits on childrens lit and endless interactive exhibits to see, touch and crawl on. Older children will enjoy a history of video games with the opportunity to play many classic and contemporary games. Adults will enjoy a historical toy collection that will contain many past favorites as well as set off the antique-lover in anyone. The additional charge for the butterfly garden will be well worth it as the entire family will appreciate the beauty of walking through a lush garden among a thousand real butterflies that will literally be within arms reach (if not on your arm). If you are still doubting that this museum has something for every child (and adult) view their full list of exhibits and find everything from the Berenstein Bears to comic book heroes, Monopoly, Sesame Street, Aquariums, American boardwalk games and LEGO’s just to name a few.
Address: 1488 New York 444, Victor, NY 14564
Phone: (585) 742-1690
Hours: Summer Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 9AM – 5PM with tours from 10AM – 4:30PM. Trails open at 8AM daily.
Getting There: About 30 minutes from last stop via I-490 E
Admission: Full admission $3 for Adults and $2 for CHildren. Self-guided walking tours of trails are free.
This site was once a thriving Native American community and home of the Seneca people. One of the six tribes comprising the Iroquois Confederacy the Seneca helped provide some of the inspiration for our American system of government. The actual settlement here was destroyed in a 1687 French attack, but today families can tour an authentic recreation of a traditional Seneca-bark longhouse. The site offers self-guided tours of the house and the grounds as well as guided tours featuring live Q & A sessions with real Seneca tribe members. With Seneca influences running deep through everything from modern medicine to cuisine, there is a lot to learn here in a very special setting. In addition to the history there is a great amount of Seneca art and culture on display for a truly inclusive experience.
Address: 33 Ossian St, Dansville, NY 14437
Phone: (585) 335-9470
Hours: Launches Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6PM, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 6AM. All for Labor Day weekend 2014 (August 29 – September 1)
Getting There: About an hour from last stop via NY-15 S
Admission: $5 per person 12 and older, children under 12 are free
Celebrating its 33rd Anniversary in 2014 the Dansville Balloon Festival, renamed the New York State Festival of Balloons, is the largest hot air balloon gathering of its kind. A wealth of activities and a range of options provide something for the entire family to enjoy. The 6PM launch is the perfect end to your day. Whether you stand on the side and simply watch hundreds of colorful balloons soaring over the majestic landscape, or opt for the once in a lifetime chance to actually ride in one (contact Gerri for more info). Enjoy the famed town where the Red Cross was founded while seeing more hot air balloons in one place than you can anywhere else in the country. In addition to the sights and potential rides there are food concessions for an easy family meal along with activities including rides and lumberjack shows for children and music acts for the whole family. To top it all off, proceeds from the event go to benefit local charities so you can create lasting memories while serving a good cause.