Summer Family Fun in Wayne County, NY
By Mary Mastracy, Wayne County Tourism
As soon as school gets out for the summer, parents scramble to find ways to entertain their troops. Luckily, Wayne County has a great deal to offer families, whether it's for the day or for an extended period of time.
Fun on the Farm
For a memory-making day in the country, look no further than Long Acre Farms. Known for their "Fields of Fun for Everyone" the farm offers a growing list of fun farm activities. From an ice cream shop and farm market to a jumping pillow, corn maze and gemstone panning, Long Acre Farms has activities to entertain all ages. Long Acre's first claim to fame came in 1998 with the addition of a nationally known agri-tourist phenomenon, the Amazing Maize Maze, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. (Long Acre Farms was, in fact, the first AMM site in New York State.) But they have plenty to do in the summer, too, as well as
Wayne County is a great place to get out on the water. With both Great Lakes and Finger Lakes, we have what you're looking for! Plenty of sailing, charter boat services, kayak & paddle boat rentals, and fishing opportunities are available.
When the weather is warm, think the beach: Sodus Point Beach Park! Cool off in the gentle waves of the mighty Great Lake Ontario. The wide, sandy beach has a playground for the kids, a snack bar, and new changing rooms. There is a smaller beach on the bay side, and both beaches have lifeguards. You can walk the pier out to the old lighthouse or sit and relax and watch the boats come through the channel.
Looking for some peace and quiet on the water? The historic Erie Canal traverses through Wayne County and offers the visitor a wide range of activities. Mid-Lakes Erie Macedon Landing, located in the Town of Macedon offers a comfortable stop or convenient base for the canal traveler. Lockmaster canalboats are available for week long charter as well as canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats for rent. Mid-Lakes Erie Macedon Landing is also a departure location for overnight canal cruises. Please check out their web site for information on canal cruises.
For faster-paced entertainment, Eagle Ridge Sports is the answer. The Comstra Family invites you to come by and visit their exciting facility. It's well worth the short ride out Route 104 to Williamson! You will find a relaxed yet professional practice facility in a park-like setting. Bring the whole family. Your preschoolers will entertain themselves in the over-sized sand box. Older kids can putt their way through our challenging 18 hole miniature golf course. Take a spin on one of their brand-new GoKarts and experience the thrill of the new track! Golfers of all ages can grab a bucket of balls and try to hit that '63 Bug out on the range.
Also in the town of Williamson is Spencer Speedway. It is a 1/2-mile flat asphalt oval and is currently NASCAR-sanctioned as part of the Whelen All-American Modified Series. The Speedway also has a Dragway that runs Saturday Night and is NHRA Sanctioned. Check out their website for a schedule of racing.
Back to Nature
For the nature lover, a visit to the Montezuma Audubon Center is a must. The 5,200-square-foot single-story building offers year-round environmental education programs, exhibits and presentations. The MAC contains a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and meeting room. A wall of windows offers a panoramic view of restored grassland and marshes. On site, two freshwater marshes have been restored, 50 acres of native grasses have been planted, a one-mile hiking trail has been constructed, and an all-access observation platform has been built. They offer all kinds of hands-on activities for the entire family.
Keep everyone fit and healthy with exercise and fun while hiking and biking in Wayne County! Our trails wind through picturesque lakeside communities, along the historic Erie Canal, quiet countryside roads and promise the traveler captivating beauty. Catch on to Mural mania, smell the apple blossoms or just enjoy our peaceful scenery. Family fun at its best! Download the trail maps from the Wayne County Tourism website.
Stay and Play
Hospitality comes first in Wayne County, and we roll out the red carpet when it comes to accommodations. Whether it’s a comfortable family suite at a nearby hotel, family-friendly Bed and Breakfast, campgrounds packed with amenities or lakeside cottages, Wayne County has it all. Please check out our website for a complete listing, or call us at 1-800-527-6510 for help in planning your adventure in Wayne County!
***********************© 2010, Mary Mastracy