One of the best features around in and Rochester is the easy access to water pathways. Some of the best flat areas to use your stroller or ride a bike with friends and family is the Canal Path, many even have a nearby playground! Here are some great options to enjoy on a beautiful day.
Genesee Valley Park
Moore Road, Rochester, NY 14620
Genesee Valley Park is well loved by hikers and cyclists. There are many paved walking paths and fun pedestrian bridges. What makes this park a gem is that it is made up of The Genesee Riverway Trail, the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail AND the Erie Canalway Trail. From one of the pedestrian bridges you can see the Erie Canal meet the Genesee River!
The playground nearest the canal/river is found near the beautiful Roundhouse Pavilion (pictured). This playground is walking distance from the newer "Genesee Valley Playground for all Children." If you park in the parking lot nearest the tennis courts off of Genesee St (near the inspection of Genesee and Elmwood) you can easily walk to both playgrounds. Just follow the canal trail to the Roundhouse Shelter! There is also a parking lot off of Moore Rd if you are looking for a closer parking spot to this playground.
Meridian Centre Park
2025 Meridian Centre Blvd, Rochester, NY 14618
A brand new playground was just erected at Meridian Park in Brighton. This is right off the 590 but hidden behind a business complex. If you head through the business parking lot, you will find the playground right behind the building. Venture just a little further and there is a path leading to the Erie Canal Heritage Trail. You can follow this trail down to a path that leads to the woods and eventually back to the playground. It's a great central meeting point for a playground date and hike.
Schoen Pl Pittsford, NY 14534
Shop and sip along the canal landing located on the North side of the Erie Canal in Pittsford. This is a quaint place to stroll the canal, listen to live music and feed the ducks. There's duck food available for purchase, nearby ice cream stands and even a brewery along the water. Duck food: $1.00. Boat tours, Pittsford Dairy, and other vendors also available.
Butterfly Nature Trail
Canal Lock 30, Macedon, NY 14502
The Butterfly Nature Trail is a community project that started in 2012. The upkeep of this trail is maintained by a local group of devoted citizens. Here you can see the old canal entrance which splits into the new one! This is an adorable trail to bring children to explore- watch out some fairies live here!
Holley Canal Falls
1 Holley Falls Park Rd, Holley, NY 14470
Just outside of Brockport is the quaint town of Holley and within this town is the beautiful Holley Canal Falls. The wide gravel trail is wheel friendly and does a one mile loop to the top of the falls, follows along the canal and passes by a playground. There are shortcuts throughout that are not wheel friendly but get you closer to the falls and a more direct route back. You can stand at the top of the falls without a barricade between so tread cautiously. The waterfall was man made to remove access water from the canal so visitors are able to see water coming in from the canal and down to the falls.
Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park
555 W. Main Street, Palmyra, NY 14522
The Pal-Mac Park is a lovely place to take a stroll. The area is approximately three acres to explore with kids and family. There are paths to follow around the aqueduct itself as well as down the sides of the canal. You can have an up front view of the waterfalls or go fishing or have fun on the exercise trail!
Palmyra Wetland Nature Trail
299-143 Church Street, Palmyra, NY 14522
The wetland trail is a fantastic low key walk with much to see and listen to. The wetlands are active with many different birds. The area is surrounded by the canal and wetlands on both sides and the walkway is very wide and flat for frequent stops to see the wildlife.
Greece Canal Park
Rotary Lodge, Greece Canal Park
There is a wheelchair and stroller friendly canal path from the parking lot to the overlook at the Canal at Greece Canal Park as well as a nearby playground! Use "Rotary Lodge, Greece Canal Park" in the GPS to find this playground. The playground that you will initially see when pulling into the park is not a quick walk to the canal but great for toddlers! There are picnic tables throughout the park but none close to this playground nearest the canal- pack a blanket to picnic!
99 O'Connor Rd, Fairport, NY 14450
We love going to Perinton Park to grill while enjoying the views along the canal. It's a great spot for a peaceful picnic with its bathroom facilities and large playground nearby. There's swing benches and a little library along the canal as well as a small boardwalk. If the kids can sit long enough, you will likely catch some kayakers floating by. Pack some food, and enjoy the fresh air (Feeding the ducks is not permitted at the location).
Thomas Creek Wetland Walk
43 Liftbridge Ln E, Fairport, NY 14450
The Wetland Walk is a short loop along a boardwalk, parallel to the canal path and right within the village of Fairport! The path is beautiful, easy and stroller friendly. If you finish the short wetland walk, you can follow the canal trail into the village and beyond! Stop by Fairpour for coffee, Created by Us for pottery painting or the many other shops in the village to extend the trip.