We were lucky enough to watch the cows get some special pumpkins left over from Halloween and they really enjoyed them! As a side note- if you have whole pumpkins that are not carved you can donate them to the animals after Halloween. Both the cows and pigs love them they are a favorite snack!
We then went on to see the ducks at the pond and there was many there! We even saw a few that looked like George Washington! Be on the lookout for them, they are adorable! After this we went inside the shelter. You are not allowed to see the small animals at this time in the front, but you could walk the hallways and see the dogs and cats. We also went around out the back door where the large cow statue is and saw that they moved the potbelly pigs up to the front so you can visit them easier.
Around Rochester there are so many enjoyable trails. Here are our top 10 Easy Hikes around Rochester! Each of these trails are stroller/wheelchair accessible and are easy to maneuver.
Birdsong Fairy Trail
27 Pond Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
This is a favorite with children and adults. Explore nature, visit the fairy houses, and play on a natural play area near the parking lot and halfway through the loop trail. Have more time? Visit Wild Wings Inc. just a short walk away. If you want to keep the trail short and simple, either turn left once the fairy houses end to loop back to the parking lot or turn around and enjoy the houses one more time!
Butterfly Nature Trail
Canal Park, Macedon, NY 14502
The Butterfly Nature Trail is a community project started in 2012. The upkeep of this trail is maintained by a local group of devoted citizens. This is an adorable trail to bring children to explore and check in on the fairies! This is a 1/4 mile linear trail designed for all abilities in mind - wheelchair and stroller friendly!
Turning Point Park
260 Boxart St, Rochester, NY 14612
Turning Point Park has a well loved stroller friendly trail - however, if starting out on Boxart Street, there is a steep hill to manage before getting down to the boardwalk. This also means a steep climb back to the car! The boardwalk trail from there is fairly level and very beautiful. It is a linear path however so you can make the walk as long as you would like. It is a 2.8 mile walk to the Ontario Beach Park from Boxart Street (one-way).
Channing Philbrick Park (Linear Park)
1 Linear Park Dr, Penfield, NY 14526
This park features a pavilion, grills, seasonal public restrooms, green areas, handicapped fishing access, kiosk and hiking trail along Irondequoit Creek. Picnic tables overlook the creek where kids can play. Can you find the waterfall? It's hidden in plain view! Keep your eyes peeled!
9190 Catchpole Rd, North Rose, NY 14516
Here’s a fun place to go and it’s off the beaten path. This hidden gem is located in North Rose and you can easily pass by it if you aren’t on the lookout. The path itself is an elevated bridge so it is easy to navigate with a stroller. Bring your camera there’s a lot of wildlife for you to observe. There are also fairies that live in these woods as well!
99 Victor Rd, Fairport, NY 14450
This path makes for a lovely stroll through Lollypop Farm that the whole family will enjoy. The paths are wide and flat and there are several farm animals to be viewed along the walk. You can also go inside Lollipop Farm to see more animals and read educational resources.
Ontario Pathways, Phelps NY
1990 NY-96, Phelps, NY 14532
Ontario Pathways is a 23 mile long trail for walking, hiking, and biking with so much to explore. Please check out the official website map for different entry points to different trails. The entry way in Phelps has fantastic kid friendly waterfalls and creek access to explore for tadpoles and fish.
Pal-Mac Aqueduct County Park
555 W Main St, 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.
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.
You don't always need a gym to work out! Have the kids join in on the workout or put the baby in the stroller. Jog or walk the trails and stop at the various exercise equipment as you breath in the fresh air. All are free and all are stroller friendly!
1525 Calkins Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534
Tinker Park is popular for its Nature Center and hikes through the woods. However, there is also a fitness trail just beyond the bridge to the pond. The trail is 1.2 miles and does a loop around the park. The workout equipment is simple (unlike the machines at some other parks) but it gets the job done! There are signs at each station describing the exercise.
Fellows Road Park
499 Fellows Rd, Fairport, NY 14450
Fellows Road Park is one of our favorites to use for the fitness trail! There is a great playground near the parking lot but if you continue on further you will see the start of the Fitness Trail. The trail loop is just under 1 mile and the equipment was in great working condition when we visited.
Greece Town Hall Campus
3 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612
A handful of exercise equipment can be found at the Greece Town Hall campus by the pond. If you follow the trail around the pound, tennis court and playground, it is just under half a mile. There is also a story trail along the path! The trail is paved making it great for strollers and bikes as well. With the nearby playground and Rec Center, this is a great place to entertain the kids while you get a couple steps in!
1350 Chiyoda Dr, Webster, NY 14580
One of the more unique fitness areas can be found behind the Webster Recreation Center. The walk to this area in itself can be a workout for some! If you follow the Chiyoda Trail from the Rec Center parking lot to this area behind the baseball fields, it's just under 1/3 mile. You can also take a shortcut through the baseball fields. Once there, you will find a parkour style fitness area! This area can be entertaining and challenging for kids and adults! There is a climbing wall, tunnels, tire course, balance beams and more. If you have any energy left, First Responders Playground is also just a short walk away!
Manchester Getaway Trail
55 North Ave, Manchester, NY 14504
The Manchester Getaway trail is 1.5 miles and runs from NY Route 96 to Clifton Street in the main Village. The trail was opened and maintained in mid 2012 and continues to be a popular walking destination for many people on a daily basis. On this trail you will find creek access to the Canandaigua Outlet and seats to enjoy the view as well as a few exercise fitness stops to have a bit of fun on your trek along the river. The trail is flat and stroller friendly you will also see some fun sculptures on your walk as well!
Penfield's Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Park Way, Penfield, NY
Unlike the fitness trails listed above, this trail at Penfield's Veterans Memorial Park is for kids only! Labeled the "Tot Trail" this path is near the playground and very short. The equipment is small and simple - fit for any kid or toddler!
Aside from the above mentioned trails, you will also find fitness stations often next to or apart of a playground! Some of our favorites are pictured below!
Reading a story with the kids is a walk in the park - Literally! Check out these parks that have a story trails along their paths. Be sure to stop at the playground after! Happy Reading!
Frank Baker Park
Buffalo Street Canandaigua, NY 14424
This story path stretches across a 1/3 mile loop at Frank Baker Park in Canandaigua. It is stroller and bike friendly! There is a nearby playground so be sure to plan both into your visit!
Greece Town Hall Campus
3 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612
The Greece Town Hall Campus is a child's wonderland! It has a beautiful and imaginative playground as well as a nearby splash pad (currently open to residents only). The recreation center has an abundance of open gym programs for little ones and the library is a short walk away. Right behind the fenced in playground you will see a path around the pond. Along this path is a children's story! f you continue on the trail around the pound, tennis court and playground, it is just under half a mile.
Wegman Road Park
510 Wegman Rd, Rochester, NY 14624
Directly behind the playground at Wegman Rd Park in Gates is a ~1/8 mile loop for kids to run and bike around. Just recently a story trail was installed around this loop! The current story on display is "Amazing Grace" by Mary Hoffman. (September 2020)
Palmyra Community Story Walk
402 E Main St, Palmyra, NY 14522
Here is a fantastic little spot amongst mature trees near the creek behind the local library. The stories are updated on a regular basis so you never know which characters will be featured. Stop by the library or splash in the nearby creek when storytime is over!
Water St Clyde, NY 14433
Tucked into the eastern corner of Lauraville Landing Park (Nearest the parking lot) you will find a educational story trail! The current story discusses the life cycle of a butterfly. This trail is well shaded by overhanging trees, and even runs along the Erie Canal. Be sure to enjoy the playground after!
Macedon Story Book Trail
Canal Lock 30, Macedon, NY
This is a adorable trail along the canal where you can view the story, watch passing boats and check out the Butterfly Trail which runs parallel to it!
The Granary Trail at Fort Hill
The Granary Trail at Fort Hill, Victor, NY 14564