The air is getting crisper, pumpkins are popping up on everyone’s porch and it can only mean one thing-fall is here in Rochester, New York. Fall is an amazing time of year to live in the Northeast because there are so many family things to do in Rochester. We take full advantage of each fall weekend to explore, and recently enjoyed a Halloween inspired family day out!
A family weekend getaway is a perfect way to recharge and connect with little planning. We planned a weekend trip to Cooperstown, New York and discovered a hidden gem in Central New York that is perfect for a family weekend away.
To say my kids were excited to see Kidz Bop Live and spend the weekend at the Darien Lake Hotel, the Lodge on the Lake, would be an understatement. They were so excited and I have to admit, we were too! Even though it is a short drive from our home to the park, we knew we wanted to make a weekend getaway to enjoy Kidz Bop Live and some time spent at the Darien Lake Hotel.
Planning a family weekend getaway is a great way to reconnect as a family and take a break from the distractions at home. I started researching things to do in Syracuse, New York for families and found lots of great activities to choose from. We spent a weekend exploring Syracuse and enjoying a weekend getaway for our family.
Planning a weekend getaway from Rochester, New York is a great way to take a quick trip, enjoy quality family time, and take a break from the everyday. With amazing family friendly destinations in every direction, Rochester is a great starting point for your family weekend getaway. I’ve partnered with Expedia to bring you 11 of our favorite weekend getaways for families from Rochester, New York and share how Expedia is helping families save money with their Add-On Advantage program.
Be brave. You hear this all the time and it can mean different things in different situations. I decided it was time to be brave and face my fear of heights. I was not jumping off bridges or doing anything extreme but I was stepping out of my comfort zone by doing the Sky High Adventure Park at the Holiday Valley Resort.
Planning a girls’ trip weekend is a fun way to reconnect with your family and create lasting memories. We found a great location in the Inn at Holiday Valley. The Inn at Holiday Valley offers relaxation, swimming, and adventure that will make everyone happy on your next weekend getaway from Rochester.
Earlier this year I shared that I want to be more intentional with our family time. What better way to enjoy family then visiting Kettle Ridge Farm. Kettle Ridge Farm is all about family. From the people behind the tasting counter to the people that help you tap your maple tree, they are all about working together and being a family. I love this about Kettle Ridge Farm and I couldn’t wait to bring my family back for our pancake breakfast and our tree tapping.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and the frenzy of the holidays has kicked into high gear. I love the holidays. I love the lights and the decorating and creating memories with my family that connects us. From the family traditions, to the family get-together the holidays are an amazing time to focus on what is really important. This year we are starting a new family holiday tradition with the Adopt-A-Maple at Kettle Ridge Farm program.
You know it is a great family friendly destination when your kids say “we want to go again”…before your day is done. On our visit to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure that is exactly what happened. The kids loved it! Nestled among beautiful landscape in Varysburg, New York, you will find Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. A unique and family fun animal experience where you can feed water buffalo and get close with a camel. My family was invited to visit and we were so happy we did. It went beyond my expectations and it is a great place for families.
On my recent visit to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my son. Seneca Park Zoo is a great place for a few hours of quality time. I cherish the moments that I get to spend with my kids, especially as they get older. Time is going so fast and the one-on-one play dates are a great way to connect.
When you see Niagara Falls for the first time it is breathtaking but nothing is as amazing as seeing it up close while aboard the Maid of the Mist. The Maid of the Mist is located in New York State along the USA/Canadian border. It is about a 20 minute drive from Buffalo, New York. The Maid of the Mist is a family favorite that should be on everyone’s family travel bucket list.
Family traditions are so important to me. Some of them are big like annual vacation but some of them are small. We do special things as a family throughout the year to bond and connect. One of our favorite family traditions are Mystery Days. Mystery Days are basically a full day of fun activities. The best part is that they are a mystery!! Every stop is a surprise for the kids. My husband and I plan the itinerary and don’t give any hints. Mystery Days are so great because they are an easy family tradition that you can start this year.
Rochester has the Strong Museum of Play, Dinosaur BBQ and garbage plates. Now we have The Waffle Factory. Located outside of Rochester, NY in Webster, The Waffle Factory offers all types of waffle creations imaginable. It was a HUGE hit with my family!!
Corning, New York is a great place for a weekend getaway for families. It is a little under a 2 hour drive from Rochester, NY and there are a lot of activities to fill your day and relax with your family. With two amazing museums and a great shopping and dining district, Corning is a great place to getaway with the family for the weekend.
Have you ever thought about visiting the Corning Museum of Glass with Kids? I’ve always wanted to but I wasn’t sure if it was kid friendly. I had also heard great things about their glass making classes. We decided to give it a try and planned a last minute weekend getaway to Corning, NY. I booked a Sandblasting class and planned on spending the day exploring the museum. Early Saturday morning we surprised the kids with a weekend getaway and some much needed quality family time.
There are so many holiday activities for families in Rochester. I love it! From light displays, to fun activities for the kids, to teaching children the giving spirit. There is more to do then days in the month! I love planning our activities and I use our 25 day Christmas Countdown to plan lots of fun activities for the family throughout the month. Here are my BEST holiday activities for families in Rochester.
I love celebrating the holidays. Often it can be stressful and overwhelming but I try to focus on spending time with family and creating family memories and family traditions. I do this by using my Christmas Countdown Calendar. This is a calendar full of Christmas countdown activities. Before you stop reading and think another thing to add to your “to-do list”, check out how easy and fun the Christmas countdown ideas really are. You will be surprised at how simple they can be and will start enjoying the holiday season with your family.
Fall is the best time of the year to get out there and explore the festivals and farms in your neighborhood. I love creating fall family traditions and fall traditions for us means visiting farms and fall festivals in and around Rochester, New York. New York is the best place to be for fall because it is gorgeous this time of year!
The Strong Museum of Play is an amazing Children’s museum in Rochester, New York that offers interactive exhibits, a butterfly garden, and the Toy Hall of Fame. It boast the largest collection of toys in the world. We have lived in Rochester for six years now and one of our favorite things to do is spend Friday nights at the Strong Museum of Play. Here is my list of Must Do’s when visiting with your family.