Leave a little more to the imagination with these natural playgrounds! Mostly made from logs or stumps, be prepared to play alongside your child as they balance and jump amongst the trees. Looking for other wooden playgrounds? Check out these Old School Castle Playgrounds and Bears Playgrounds!
Lilac Adventure Zone
249 Highland Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
This newer playground within Highland Park is perfect for hide-and-seek, "The Ground is Lava" and parkour practice! It is the most intricate and popular natural playground in the Rochester area!
Abraham Lincoln Park
Empire Blvd, Webster, NY 14580
Tucked away in the shade behind a more traditional playground, you will find a log cabin and several logs and stumps for climbing and balancing on at Abraham Lincoln Park. Pack a lunch and go for a hike to extend the trip!
Cumming Nature Center
6472 Gulick Rd, Naples, NY 14512
This natural playground at Cumming Nature Center greets you before hitting the trails within the beautiful pine forest! There is a little wooden shelter, several log structures, stumps and a balance beam. Visit when the nature center is open: Wednesday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The center is Free to visit for RMSC members. If not a member, it is $3 per person or $10 per family.
Seneca Park Zoo
2222 St Paul St, Rochester, NY 14621
This playground is huge and perfectly placed at the zoo. Older children will love the challenges laid out for them. Younger children will find endless areas to explore. Some local Mamas have joked that they would get a zoo membership just to be able to go to this playground often. Visit while you can! This is reportedly a temporary play area while the zoo continues its construction.
Mendon Ponds Park
27 Pond Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
The natural play structures at Mendon Ponds Park are not the main attraction, but it certainly is an added bonus! The log tunnels and stairs can be found adjacent to Wild Wings Inc. and in front of the Birdsong Fairy Trail.
Avon Driving Park
350 Spring St, Avon, NY 14414
This park offers a lot of opportunity for kids to play and connect with nature. Next to the small natural playground area are two larger Bear Playground Structures. The natural play area consists of logs cut into steps and balance beams. There is also a hiking trail with creek access!
Winton Branch Library
611 Winton Rd N, Rochester, NY 14609
These logs perfect for climbing and balancing on are hidden behind the Winton Library! If you head down the sidewalk and behind the library, you will see a very short wooden trail. That's where this area can be found!
For more information on all of these playgrounds and more, check out the playground page HERE
We started our donut journey back in late winter, but we wanted to hold off and share it with you on this special day... National Donut Day!! Here are the Donut Shops unique to the Rochester Area
Ridge Donut Cafe
1600 Portland Ave, Rochester, NY 14621
Who hasn’t heard of Ridge Donuts!? They live up to all the hype and truly are so delicious! They also have sourdoughs donuts (which are my favorite), breakfast sandwiches, and even lunch items! They have booths and high chairs to enjoy your donuts there! The price is $7.99 for a half dozen donuts.
Misfit Doughnuts and Treats
133 Gregory St, Rochester, NY 14620
Misfit is a vegan donut option. The donuts were delicious! They are a heavier donut but you would never be able to tell they are vegan with all the flavor packed in there. They also have a plethora of vegan choices for your coffee creamer. This donut shop did not have high chairs when we visited but were told they are on the shopping list! They have fun stickers you can purchase for $2. Everyone should check them out! (Street parking only)
1700 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14609
The atmosphere here is so old school, I love it! There is a Salvatore’s pizza within the building. The donuts are always decorated to perfection and delicious. They also do custom number donuts and cakes for birthdays. They have high chairs and are reasonably priced!
Photos Courtesy of Donuts Delite
127 Railroad St #120, Rochester, NY 14609
Boxcar has three categories of donuts: First class ($4), Executive ($3), and Coach ($2). They are a little on the expensive side but totally worth the price. The donuts are nice and doughy and they are not shy with the “toppings”. Boxcar also has a full menu and bar. I recommend the Chicken and Waffle sticks! They do have high chairs perfect for your little ones and even have little dinosaurs hidden around the restaurant to find! There is free parking across the street with a code. Let us know what you think!