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!
If you are looking for a way to cool off this summer in a spot that is a little more tranquil and less frequented than a public pool or beach, head to the creekside! There are many spots in and around Rochester. Grab those water shoes and a net-and remember to always practice water safety skills. There are many more great spots beyond this list. Send your recommendations our way and we will put together another list for next summer!
Powder Mills Park, Fish Hatchery
115 Park Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534
Why it's great for wading: Powder Mills is an excellent spot to spend a summer's day. With the fish hatchery, hiking trail and creek all within close proximity, it makes for a great way to fly through a hot day. We like to start off feeding the fish at the hatchery then head to the trail for a short hike in the woods right behind the building. After finishing the hike, the kids can cool down in the creek! During our visit the creek was shallow all the way through. Pack some quarters and plastic cups for fish food at the Fish Hatchery.
Channing H. Philbrick Park
1 Linear Park Dr, Penfield, NY 14526
Why it's great for wading: Swimming is not permitted at Channing H. Philbrick park but there are offshoots from the larger creek that makes for a great spot to stop and splash in the water before continuing on the walk. We even saw some tadpoles on our visit! The water access pictured below is quick and easy to get to by entering the hiking trail nearest the main parking area. Head down the trail just a couple of yards and you will see the small creek on your right. Venture further and you will likely see the larger creek with deep waters, strong rapids and even some small waterfalls!
4703 Vine St, Naples, NY 14512
Why it's great for wading: Grimes Glen is a gully. There is a trail you can walk for most of it but there is a good chunk that is a creek walk. We only made it to the first big waterfall- it wasn’t slippery and was fun to climb. Its beautiful all the way through with plenty of creek to share with all the visitors. Wear water shoes and expect to get wet! There have been reports of falling rock and the park was closed temporarily because of this. Proceed with caution!
Bay Park West
S Glen Rd, Irondequoit, NY 14609
Why it's great for wading: Located in Irondequoit right by the Bay. This is a great park for hiking and lots of people bike here. It is a shared trail. The creek is shallow with lots of open space great for walking (and stomping) through. This trail has easier paths and harder paths and it’s pretty easy to find your way out. Bring Bug Spray!
732 Long Pond Rd, Rochester, NY 14612
Why it's great for wading: Not only does Sawyer Park have two playgrounds, but also hiking trails with creek access. We love the creek for its gradual slope into the water and the still and shallow water. The terrain of the nearby trai is flat but some trails can get narrow. To get to the creek, take road all the way back to the pavillions.
Harry Allen Park
23 N Main St, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
Why it's great for wading: First of all, its beautiful! The steep stone walls and surrounding woods makes for a peaceful visit on a hot day. The creek access is just a short walk down the Zebulon Norton trail behind the Harry Allen Park Playground. There's a rocky "shore line" for those that like to toss stones into the water.
1990 NY-96, Phelps, NY 14532 (Vet Clinic directly across the street from the entrance)
Why it's great for wading: Ontario Pathways is a 23 mile long trail for walking, hiking, and biking with so much to explore. There are natural dams in place for some deeper exploration of tadpoles and other water bugs. The path itself is long but about a 10 minute walk into the trail on the right hand side you will see a set of boulders. Walk down to the water and explore the waterfalls!
Durand Eastman Park, Leastman Trail
1200 Kings Hwy N, Rochester, NY 14617
Why it's great for wading: This is a quiet trail tucked in a cute neighborhood in Irondequoit. There is an awesome little stream to play in on hot days. It has some hills but it’s a pretty easy trail. Quick hike to the creek area if you are just looking for some water fun.
1390-1394 Mertensia Rd, Farmington, NY 14425
Why it's great for wading: Mertensia Park is a lovely park that has many amenities on site. One of the fantastic perks of this park is you can play at the playground or enjoy a turn at tennis and when you are through it is a short walk to the creek to relax and cool off. This is a easy flat trail where you can bring the children and they can explore the water and look for fairy houses at the same time. Take note there is some Poison Ivy on the trail.
Shortsville Budd Park
37 Water St, Shortsville, NY 14548
Why it's great for wading: There is plenty of sites to take in and fun for kids to explore. This is a popular fishing area for locals who like to admire nature. There are bridges, flowers and stumps to walk on- so there is a little bit for everyone. Looking for a place just to sit and listen to water? There are plenty of swinging seats to enjoy the scenery.
Webster County Park
1078 Lake Rd, Webster, NY 14580
Why it's great for wading: This is one of the few spots where kids can see the creek meet the lake. At this particular spot near the pier at Webster County Park, there is a small landing area with easy access right near the creek. To the left is the lake but to the right is the expansive creek. During our visit, there were not steep drops in the water and it was easy to keep the kids away from the lake. They loved walking in the open waters of the creek and tossing rocks.
Four Mile Creek Preserve
Phillips Rd & Lake Rd. Webster, NY 14580
Why it's great for wading: It takes a short 5-10 minute walk on flat terrain to get to the creek (though there are several tricky roots for the little ones to maneuver). Once there, there are bridges and benches and beauty abounding! If you venture further onto the red trails, it is said you can find old cars scattered in the woods. Unfortunately, the creek was too fun and distracting that we didn't make it that far but let us know if you do!
There are so many local fields to see the sunflowers in bloom this year! From Kelly's Farm Market in Hilton to LaMora Farms in Ontario and areas in between such as Wickham Farms in Penfield, Stokoe Farms in Scottsville and Hopkins Farm in Pittsford you will see beautiful sunflower fields with plenty of photo opportunities.
Kirby's 2020 sunflower field is twice the size of last year's! It will be in full bloom around the 20th of September. Check their facebook page for all the details and updates. Visiting the sunflower field is free and open whenever the market is open.
On the corner of Route 332 and Collett Road West in Farmington you will see a beautiful sunflower field. The field was established by Harry Wells, Managing Vice President of American Equipment in 2015. The 12 acres of land uses Black Russian Sunflowers because of the type of soil that in the area. The sunflowers grow approximately six feet tall but there are some flowers that are easily double that height! The number of flowers there has also helped expand the bee community as well. You will see them buzzing around and it's a very vibrant setting! The reason the corner was established was to promote the beauty of Farmington as you enter or exit the Thruway. Turn onto Collett Road and there is a parking lot to park your vehicle. Stop by soon so you don't miss the wonder of this beautiful corner!
Be sure to check out Kelly's Farm Market and Bakery this Fall! Primarily an apple farm, you can grab some u-pick apples, cider and apple pie after strolling through the sunflower field. There's some great photo opportunities here and plenty of pumpkins to choose from! The sunflowers peak around mid September.
The Sunflower Spectacular happens each year from Mid August until early September at Wickham Farms! For the Weekdays- $10/ person Admission gets you access to the sunflower field, 2 u-pick sunflowers + the barnyard attractions. Prices vary for weekends with options to include the barnyard attractions or not. (Plus the lavender is starting to bloom again!) Open 10-7.
If you are just looking to grab a quick picture with the flowers, Hopkins Farm is where you want to be. This is a roadside field near the intersection of Calkins Rd. and Clover in Pittsford. The field is off of Clover and there is only roadside parking so it can get quite congested and a bit unsafe during weekends and evenings so please be careful. The farmer allows individuals to stroll this field for free to view and photograph the sunflowers so be courteous! Treat the flowers kindly and if you want to take some home, cut flowers can be bought for $1 each right down the road at the stand. This particular field was at its peak around August 14, 2020.
LaMora Farms is an adorable little farm stand in Ontario with u-pick Sunflowers and much more! At the gazebos there is fruit, veggies and baked goods to buy. You can use the cash box or venmo to pay. Beyond the gazebos is a chicken coop (bring quarters to feed them), as well as oversized games! Walk a bit further and that's where you can access the Sunflowers. It's free to snap some photos or $1 per flower for u-pick. Bring your own scissors/pruners!
Enjoy over 250,000 sunflower blooms from the palest of yellows to the deepest velvet reds. Stokoe Farms is a the perfect way to enjoy a day in the great outdoors. Bring your camera and be sure to capture stunning views. All of the activities are open for fun and play as well. Kids 3 and under are Free! The ticket sales goes to Camp Good Days and Special Times!
Image provided by Stokoe Farm
The sunflower field at Pick 'n Patch is free to see and take pictures at. They offer pre cut flowers at the barn as well. There is plenty of other activities to do on site including goats to feed, a corn maze and other kid-approved activities with an admission price.