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Rochester
The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play!
Rochester
An expansive zoo experience with a friendly local park feel, top exhibits include the penguin pool, the cougar viewing tunnel and the rare white rhinos.
Kango Play Center
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(5 Miles)
Rochester
features include multi level climbing maze, kiddie's open track with mini vehicles, skates and trikes, plus several bounce houses and an inflatable slide.
Raging Rivers
(6 Miles)
Rochester
Has more liquid fun than ever before, so you can beat the heat at the coolest waterpark around. Experience a whole other "world of water." The Wave - Helix - Soak Zone - Body Flume - Inner Tube Slides + more
Rochester
The region's major family amusement park & waterpark, overlooking Lake Ontario. Over 70 attractions, including 4 roller coasters, thrill rides, live shows, a whole waterpark to enjoy and much more. So come get your summer at Seabreeze!
Victor
Sports Center, Fun Center, Batting Cages and turf field. Sports Academy has an amazing after school program for the Victor School District, offers great Cheer and Gymnastics lessons and teams, has a 3,000 sq foot turf field, batting cages and a foam...
Marion
The Marion County Museum was dedicated and opened to the public during the Old Settlers Celebration in August, 1961. Leslie A. Powell, society president and Al Riffel, Vice President were in Charge of the ceremony. The Centennial Time Capsule was sea...
Canandaigua
3 fantastic and very different slides, a giant varying wave pool, whole family white water rafting, and a smaller kids' section with 6 smaller waterslides, a dozen water cannons and a 1,000 gallon dumping bucket.
Waterport
Features include huge jumping pillows, swings, a sandbox, playhouse, stand-up teeter totter, water tables, straw bin, rope maze, duck races, pedal cars, giant sandbox and trike track, plus catch a ride on the Barnyard Express.
Family campground with lots of activities to keep everyone amused and happy!
Varysburg
Tours, safaris and sleigh rides to take you over 2 miles of trails with new animals and unexpected sights at every turn. Unpredictable and exciting for children, with great seasonal offerings.
The Stadium
(54 Miles)
Auburn
Family fun center for kids of all ages we feature indoor batting cages for softball and baseball, dodgeball leagues, bounce houses , birthday parties, video games, Zumba classes, concession stand and we cater to most requests of events, Check out ...
Lockport
An exciting 70-minute guided tour through America's past. You will explore the historic Erie Canal Locks 67-71, constructed in 1838. You will also view ruins from an earlier industrial age, walk safely through a water tunnel that was blasted out of s...
East Aurora
Spark your kids' creativity, curiosity, and imagination at the region's only museum designed just for children. With cool hands-on activities, your kids can explore the world, learn about building, pretend with food and have a great time!
Depew
Clean and safe Indoor Playground Preschool for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, including Music Together, Play Groups, Open Play and Private Birthday Parties.
Buffalo
offers casual, tournament and event racing reaching up to 45mph for adults and approximately 20mph for kids.
Thunder Island
(62 Miles)
Fulton
The park's dry rides feature the most popular Go-Karts-three different types! Jungle Golf, upstate NY's largest 18 hole miniature putting course feature life-size jungle animals, a Water Park with slides for young and old, and a brand new Extreme Bod...
Tonawanda
3 unique 18 hole mini golf courses, plus over 60 games in the arcade.
Tonawanda
Explore the history of the carrousel production industry and try out the vintage rides!
Buffalo Zoo
(64 Miles)
Buffalo
Offers guests fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and an environment that is full of fun, adventure and history. Open year round.
Buffalo
Features fun interactive stations with play themes focusing on a variety of science-based concepts, including energy, space, weather, light, and the environment. Entry to a 3D film free with museum admission!
Buffalo
A huge national historic site full of exotic horticulture treasures that will amaze the kids. There is a special section for children to get hands on with the landscape and a colourful sensory garden for them.
Buffalo
One of the world’s most extraordinary art collections with a regularly changing set of exhibitions and many permanent masterpieces. An inspiring and educational trip for well behaved kids.
Buffalo
Remind the kids that it doesn't have to be plugged in to be entertaining with an old fashioned family hike doing some bird and local wildlife watching. Snow shoe and discovery kit rental available.
Buffalo
Explore vast halls of military heritage and history plus see historic vessels including military heliopters, a tank, armed personnel carrier, several jets and a patrol boat as well as 3 full naval vessels.
Kidzclub
(67 Miles)
Phoenix
Designed for the under 8s, offering role and imaginative play with several equipped play buildings including post office, gas station and construction zone. Also features multiple small play structures, individual table toys and a toddler zone.
North Syracuse
Surf City Family Fun Center is Central New Yorks place to play. We have Gokarts, Mini-golf, Driving Range, Batting Cages, a large indoor play center and lots more. Located only minutes from Syracuse and located only a mile off interstate 81 and 481.
Camillus
Large, Open, Safe Inflatable indoor playground. Great place for children up to 10 years of age to exercise and burn energy while their parents socialize with other parents or enjoy some shopping at the mall. Digital Playground by EyeClick with over 1...
Grand Island
Features rides including the Silver Comet rated one of the top 45 wooden coasters and loads of thrill rides, plus water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river and the cannon bowl and shows.
Lewiston
Free self guided tour with loads of hands on educational fun learning about power, exciting demonstrations and workshops, plus visit the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River!
Ithaca
With particular emphasis on New York State and the Northeast United States, the Museum of the Earth explores the history of the Earth and its life through the lens of geology and paleontology, utilizing collections from the Paleontological Research I...
Syracuse
Looking to get the kids out of the house and away from the TV? For wild adventures and tons of fun, explore some of the wonderful events and programs that take place year 'round at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo!
Syracuse
High standard indoor karting, for over 48". Arrive and Drive available.
Niagara Falls
From sea lion training sessions to shark feeding frenzies the kids will be captivated the whole way round.
Niagara Falls
Get up close and personal with the falls by taking a short walk to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls to feel the mist fall on you during the Cave of the Winds tour. Or take the Maid of the Mist boat ride right down to the base of the falls.
Syracuse
Comprises a series of stunning and enjoyable environments where scientific principles are learnt through imaginative, experimental and physical play. Plus flight and motion simulators, planetarium and Imax theatre.
Sciencenter
(74 Miles)
Ithaca
250 hands on exhibits inside and plenty more outside, with a huge range including elemental play, kinetic energy machines, interactive structures, musical equipment, fun math challenges and more!
Corning
Explore every facet of glass! See more than 35 centuries of glass artistry in the galleries, explore glass innovations in our hands-on science and technology area, and watch live glass demos - all day, every day of the week. You can even Make Your Ow...
Cicero
We are a family fun center for ages 8 and up. We feature the best in laser tag and video game arcades. We also have 4 private birthday party rooms, a concession stand & seating/tv area.
Party Central
(80 Miles)
Horseheads
Indoor family fun center. We offer inflatable play, trackless train, arcade, toddler area, laser tag and food. We also do birthday parties. We also do outdoor rentals.
Chittenango
Extensive and impressive zoo collections with great daily public programming, plus inflatable indoor play and petting zoo area.
Chittenango
Learn of boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of knowledge to impart.
Sackets Harbor
Whimsically organised collections of loved animals, plus a whopping 4 inflatable playgrounds, pony and hay rides, and a minature golf course.
Sylvan Beach
On The Shores of Beautiful Oneida Lake Free Admission Every Day
Ski Denton
(95 Miles)
Galeton
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 9 green runs, plus tubing and 2 terrain training parks.
Wellsbro
Take an opportunity to observe Pennsylvania's wildlife from the open car on your excursion to scenic Lake Hammond. Tioga Central operates three diesel electric locomotives.
Animaland
(101 Miles)
Wellsbro
Home to over 200 exotic, wild, and domestic animals. Enjoy a stroll on a beautifully landscaped path through 12 acres of exhibits such as exotic cats, monkeys, kangaroos, and many others.
Watertown
Prides itself as being the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. Abundant, threatened or endangered animals, including wolverines, bears, eagles, mountain lions and more make their home at the 32-acre Zoo.
Troy
The 75-acre lake provides fishing, boating and skating, plus great hiking territory and a swimming pool!
Rome
The Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo is a special kind of zoo with a focus on children and fun. Everything we do here centers on the understanding that, for kids, passive observation of zoo animals is not enough. Children need to be engaged.

Top 10 most viewed fun things to do near Rochester with kids

1

Kango Play Center

(8 Miles) Indoor Play in Rochester

2

Raging Rivers

(10 Miles) Waterparks in Rochester

3

National Museum Of Play

(1 Miles) Museums in Rochester

4

Roseland Waterpark

(42 Miles) Waterparks in Canandaigua

5

Seabreeze Amusement Park

(10 Miles) Theme Parks in Rochester

6

Sports Academy Victor

(28 Miles) Kids Fun in Victor

7

Seneca Park Zoo

(6 Miles) Zoos in Rochester

Fun places to visit in Rochester with kids

There are so many fun places to go with kids in New York - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in NY