Story and photo by Gabrielle L. Wheeler
Last weekend, my mom took the kids and I to the water park for the hottest day of the summer. Jumping in the wave pool and zooming down the water slides kept us cool in the heat. There is still more than a month left of summer and so much to do in the Finger Lakes Region, it’s almost unbelievable! Here are three ideas to get your started in finding some summer fun.
- Ride some rides and get wet. SeaBreeze Amusement Park in Rochester offers both thrill rides and a water park for those that want to get out and get the adrenaline running this summer. Family rides are also offered and slow it down for those with little ones so the whole family can go. A little further east in Canandaigua, Roseland Water Park is family oriented with their large ‘Splash Factory’ and “Mammoth Raft Ride’ that seats four and is almost as long as 2 foot-ball fields! For more information visit seabreeze.com and www.roselandwaterpark.com, respectively.
- Paddle around. This seems to be the summer of kayaks and canoes and I know tons of people who are out on the water all the time. Whether just for the pleasure of holding a paddle or while casting a line, it is enjoyable to skim the water with a partner or be out alone. Kayak and canoe rentals are available across the region and with an area supporting so much water, it’s hard to choose where to go. Browse the Life in the Finger Lakes website for lots of ideas. The Finger Lakes Museum also offers paddling opportunities. Plus, there will be a 5K Paddling race on August 3 at the museum. Click here to learn more!
- Eat cheese and see the scenery. New York has been first for many things, but who would have guessed we would be the first to host a cheese-tasting trail? Really, it makes sense, what with all the family-run farms in the area. Thinking big, 12 Finger Lakes dairy farms came together to form the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance and many now invite visitors to sample their products on-site. What a delicious idea! For more information, visit the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance’s website at flxcheese.com.
I love that there is never a dull moment in the Finger Lakes Region. Really, with our beautiful scenery and interesting cultural events happening all year long, where else could one want to go?