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5 Great Ways to Stay Active in Rochester this Summer

By Samson Weinberg

With 3 months of sun and hot weather with the kids at home for the summer, there are so many activities that you and your family can enjoy in Rochester…

Join a Walking Club

To begin with, you can join a Walking Club. Physical activity is very important, and walking is a great way to get some exercise. You can make friends and enjoy some fresh air.

Temperatures can get pretty high during the summer, which increases the risk of fainting. Make sure to drink a lot of water and dress according to the weather to prevent feeling sick. Those who suffer from a medical condition are advised to talk to a doctor before exercising.

Take a Hike

Hiking through Rochester’s parks is a great activity for the entire family. Rochester offers many beautiful trails and parks to hike through, such as:

  • Highland Park
  • Genesee Valley Park
  • Seneca Park
  • Mendon Ponds Park
  • Durand-Eastman Park
  • Powdermills Park
  • Ellison Park
  • Black Creek Park

The Genesee Riverway Trail is a 24-mile trail that runs through Rochester, from the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario. If you prefer, you can visit Seneca Park to hike on the 2-mile trail or visit the Zoo. You can hike the Perinton trail, one of the top 10 trails in town, or take a walk on the Thomas Creek Wetland. If you want to walk near the water, you can visit the Erie Canal Heritage Trail. On this trail, you can read about canal history through interpretive signage.

When hiking, be sure to wear sunscreen, bring water, and make sure to look out for Poison Ivy. 85% of people in the U.S. are allergic to Poison Ivy. It can be found anywhere in the US, except Alaska and Hawaii.

Rent a Bike or Scooter

A great way to spend a day with your family is to go on a sightseeing trip across the city. For the perfect experience, you can rent HOPR bikes and scooters. This is much safer than driving around the city, as there are 5,891,000 motor vehicle accidents every year in the US. With bikes and scooters, you will be able to get around the city quickly. You can visit the zoo at Seneca Park or explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, like Park Avenue or the Neighborhood of the Arts.

Don’t forget always to wear a helmet, stay on the side of the road and follow traffic rules.

Check out the City’s Newest Skate Park

For an alternative afternoon with your kids, visit the new skate park. The park opened in November 2020 thanks to the effort of city officials, community members, and several generous donors. The skate park is situated on the Genesee Riverway Trail. Rochester’s skate park is the ideal ending to your hiking trip. You can relax and have a picnic while the kids skate next to the river.

Go Paddling

BayCreek paddling center is the right activity to choose if you want to get together with school friends and your family. Since most private schools (87%) have less than 300 students, many know each other. At the paddling center, visitors can rent kayaks and canoes in groups and explore the waters. They can explore Rochester’s Secret Wilderness and visit Irondequoit Bay; take a shuttle trip to Ellison Park and paddle through the wetlands, or they can ride the waves in Lake Ontario. There are also numerous other places to rent kayaks and canoes for a fun-filled summer day on the water.

Enjoy many nature-filled days with your whole family this summer. Outdoor adventures are not only a way to keep the kids busy, but they can be a mini-vacation for parents as well. There is nothing more fun and relaxing than spending the days immersed in parks, having picnics, or sightseeing around the city. Rochester is full of things to do and the whole family will certainly enjoy every bit of it.

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