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Things to do in Rochester with kids

Did you know that there are over 100 family friendly attractions in Rochester, NY? You better get started on your family day out early then, because you might be needing more than one!

A whole museum devoted to play? Surely not….but there is in Rochester! The National Museum of Play is a great way for kids to spend the day with hands-on fun!

If it’s animals that the kids love, then Seneca Park Zoo is an experience with some pretty awesome animal exhibits they can explore. Did the kids get inspired by the kangaroos? Then head over to indoor play fun attractions like Jump Club where they can bounce, slide and jump until their heart’s content!

Rochester is a city that is perfect in all seasons! Don’t forget in summer they can cool down in places like Raging Rivers, and enjoy playing in the snow in their 12,000 acres of parkland!

There are plenty of things to do in Rochester with the kids - the hardest part is deciding what to do first! 

The Strong National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play!

Seneca Park Zoo is a family fun experience, with exhibits including the penguin pool, the cougar viewing tunnel and the rare white rhinos.

Kids can bounce, climb, explore, slide and most importantly JUMP on larger than life inflatables in this fun and colorful New York State indoor play center!

A family fun amusement and watermark overlooking Lake Ontario filled with roller coasters, thrill rides, live shows and a whole waterpark for every one to enjoy.

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....

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!

Fun indoor play for toddlers to pre-teens in New York State, with fun and colorful toys for kids to play, create and imagine with, and a parents child-free area of their own!

Classic movies, parent's night out, theater, and comedy in this classic theater!

Not only a huge theme park for all ages, but a water park too! Great family fun in New York State for the whole family, with some rides that break records!

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 in New York State!

Cozy, lakefront camping on Lake Ontario, with RV sites, camping sites and a marina to enjoy the lake from!

A fascinating and historic cave and boat tour in New York State, with mining history and geology as you explore the historic Erie Canal.

Spark your kids' creativity, curiosity, and imagination at the region's only museum designed just for children!

A fun, bright, and safe Indoor Playground for kids up to 5 years old, with weekday unlimited play time!

Casual, tournament and event racing reaching up to 45mph for adults and approximately 20mph for kids. Rev those engines in Buffalo!

Indoor fun in Buffalo with Bounce Magic, where kids can jump, slide & bounce all day for one admission fee!

Family fun in New York State with water park attractions, as well as go-karts, mini golf, zip lines, game room, and lots of things to do with kids!

Mini golf and an arcade at the fun family entertainment center in Buffalo! Teddy bears too!

Step out of the modern visitor center into the recreated world of 1804, where you can stop at the Ojibwe encampment and learn how the seasonal living of the Ojibwe changed when Europeans arrived.

Kids can explore the history of the carrousel production industry and try out the vintage rides! Super fun!

Fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and year round fun, adventure and history in Buffalo!

Fun interactive stations with play themes focusing on a variety of science-based concepts, including energy, space, weather, light, and the environment!

A huge national historic site full of nature's treasures, with a special section for kids to get hands-on, including a colourful sensory garden!

One of the world’s most extraordinary art collections with changing exhibitions and permanent masterpieces. An inspiring and educational trip for those cultural kids!

Indoor inflatable fun in Hamburg with Bounce Magic, with one admission for all day play!

Experience live theatre in a place that gives a voice to the wonders of childhood, where kids can be entertained, enlightened, and amazed!

264 acres of nature refuge waiting to be explored in Buffalo, New York State. Nature trails, snow shoe adventures, and lots of wildlife!

Explore vast halls of military heritage and history at the largest inland naval park in the USA!

A collection of amazing artifacts from a rich aerospace and military history - including helicopters and rockets. A fascinating museum for kids in Niagara Falls, New York.

Thrill rides including the Silver Comet rated one of the top 45 wooden coasters and loads of family rides, plus water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river and the cannon bowl and shows.

Combat fun with lasers at this great Laser Tag center for those active kids in Syracuse!

Fun, safe and entertaining indoor inflatable playground for kids up to 11 years of age. With open bounce and birthday parties!

A great cultural resource for those kids interested in the art world. Works from contemporary artists and traditional folk arts are featured - as well as greats from Dali, Picasso, Warhol...and many others!

FREE self guided tours 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!

Once just 4 acres, this Syracuse zoo is now home to 700 animals across 43 acres! Great animal fun for the whole family in New York State!

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....

40,000 feet of amusement park for the mind in Syracuse, with educational entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits that spark the imagination!

High standard indoor karting, for over 48". Arrive and Drive available.

Explore all things ocean at the Aquarium of Niagara, with feedings, shows, and wonderful creatures of the ocean ready to be explored!

Super fun helicopter tours of Niagara and Horseshoe Falls with amazing views!

One of the seven natural wonders of the world? Yes please! Experience the spray and magic of Niagara Falls, which also form the border of USA and Canada. Great family fun!

A fascinating Syracuse museum where science is learnt through imaginative, experimental and physical play. Plus flight simulators, planetarium & IMAX theater!

A journey into the world of art in this Syracuse art museum, with American sculptures, paintings, drawing and ceramics.

250 hands-on exhibits inside and plenty more outside at Sciencenter, with science based play and learning, plus mini golf too!

Explore every facet of glass with more than 35 centuries of glass artistry, hands-on science areas, and watch live glass demos! Free admission for kids!

Bouncing inflatable fun in this colorful and playful indoor bounce fun zone in Cicero, New York!

New York's own Surf City Family Fun Center has a ton of fun activities for kids to spend the day with, including Go Karts and batting cages, as well as a large indoor play center.

14 acres of animal fun at Wild Animal Park wth domestic & exotic animals, plus feedings, birthday parties & more in New York State!

Learn all about the boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of learning to be had!

A fascinating and fun look at the life of L. Frank Baum, as well as fun artifacts from all things "The Wizard of Oz" related!

Over 1,000 animals to enjoy at this New York farm, with hay rides, pony rides, mini golf and two inflatable playgrounds...just to name a few!

The history of the park's building provides visitors with a look into the past. The building represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with its wood-shingled pitched roof surmounting traditional adobe brick walls. Like m....

Fun midway rides, with mini golf, bumper boats, slides and more fun on the shores of Sylvan Beach! Great family fun for the kids - with ghost tours too!

32 acres of beautiful, threatened or endangered animals, as well as the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. A great day out for those animal loving families!

More than just an observational zoo, this fun New York State discovery zoo is aimed at giving kids an engaging and interactive animal experience!

Recreated mid-1800s village focused on the Erie Canal, which offers packet boat and narrow gauge train rides. Among the buildings such as a church, one room school, tavern and other buildings are a Museum of Cheese in a former cheese factory, a carr....

A creative, unique and interactive way for kids to enjoy and learn about art around New York City.

Offers a selection of varying inflatables from obstacle courses, slides and mazes to classic bounce houses and character specials.

A historical (and FREE!) family day out experience in New York at the Fort Stanwix National Monument that played a vital role in US history.

Features include mini golf featuring the world's longest hole; bungee jumpster ride; climbing wall; water combat game; aeroball and batting cages.

Rollerskating, miniature golf, waterpark with slides, laser tag and arcade.

At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island. Loads of great boat tours a....

KIds can take a nostalgic ride on the vintage carousel, play mini golf, ride the tilt-a whirl, enjoy the go-karts & bumper boats or watch kids have fun on the many kiddie rides.

Binghamton Zoo in Ross Park offers a conservationist zoological experience with naturalistic enclosures home to animals from all over the world!

Over 22 thousand feet of playspace featuring 30 play and learn interactive exhibits from painting and performing to dentist's surgery, ambulance and emergency room, giant bubble and story garden.

Beautiful riverfront camping in upstate New York farm country, with an old fashioned atmosphere and the perfect place for kids to enjoy nature!

Family fun adventures on the Unadilla & Susquehanna Rivers for you perfect outdoor adventure! Canoes, kayaks, nature, fun, even camping - what a great New York State family day out!

All things baseball at America's first and only kids' baseball training camp that was designed with the entire family in mind!

Enjoy New York's Largest Water Theme Park with a day of fun for the entire family! From splash-tacular water rides, to classic amusement rides, storybook characters, to even a circus!

As they enter the Museum, kids under 12 can choose to participate in one of two Discovery Tours, which are self-guided educational scavenger hunts. The answers can be found throughout the Museum, and a completed Discovery Tour can be turned in at the....

A family friendly RV park in New York State farm country, with boat rentals, nature trails, fishing, and day camping!

Discover the wonder and mystery deep underground, with Howe Caverns - and amazing natural wonder in New York State. Tours, zip lines, ropes course, and lots of adventure!

A fascinating journey into a prehistoric passageway that used to host American roadside travellers and explorers way back in 1928 and beyond! Tours available which finish at an 100ft waterfall!

Explore 121 acres and 40,000sq ft of exhibitions near the Blue Mountain, with indoor and outdoor learning and activities for kids!

The Delaware and Ulster is an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides through New York's legendary Catskill Mountains.

Visit the LARGEST zoo in upstate New York, with over 500 animals across 80 acres! Amazing animal fun for the whole family.

Incredible nature adventures in New York State with 81 acres of great outdoors to explore, a museum, elevated tree top walk, canoeing and animals!

About the Sullivan County Visitors Association: The SCVA is a membership organization established in 1997 to promote the Sullivan County Catskills as a tourism destination.

Kids can learn how to find their own Garnet gemstones, as well as learn all about the history and geology of the mine. Are you ready to hunt for treasures in New York State on your family day out!?

A fun and family friendly day out in a natural setting, with rivers, slides and thrills all in the one fun New York water park - including the worlds longest water park zip line!

The largest state park in the lower 48, this amazing 6 million acre park in Northern New York gives families an amazing outdoor adventure!

Scenic train tours and experiences in New York with this passenger railway with occasional special tours for the family!

We offer many opportunities to learn about energy in a fun setting. You can hop on a bicycle generator and turn pedal power into electricity or have a hair-raising experience with static electricity using our Van de Graaff generator.

Explore the LARGEST cave entrance in the East, waterfalls, gorge, lighted caves, guided adventure tours with a cave float, gemstone mining, Frisbee golf, climbing walls, dino digs, crystal quest & gold rush mines, Adirondack memories museum, PBS vide....

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....

Be warned the House of Frankenstein is not just another Wax Museum. When you walk the steps of the haunted stairs you are in for something special!

Cool down in New York at this fun water park, with over 35 water slides and attractions at Water Slide World!

We offer numerous cruises on our 3 cruise ships that range from 1 hour to 4.5 hour trips and take you around the different parts of Lake George. Visit our website for more information.

Create family memories with an old-fashioned twist at this throwback to the Wild West in New York State!

Magical fun just for those little ones, with kiddie rides, trains and forest adventure!

Over 30 rides and attractions which will give the entire family those theme park thrills! Great New York family fun!

A cultural family day out in New York State with exhibits and collections covering all forms of art, photography and artifacts that reflect the wonderful history of New York.

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