Rochester is a great place for families to call home, with attractions suitable for residents of all ages. If you have a free weekend or afternoon with the family, consider stopping by one of these top local attractions for a memorable day together.
Located in the 320-acre Quarry Hill Park, the Quarry Hill Nature Center offers several educational programs including bird banding demonstrations, cave tours, and live animal programs. Exploration Hall houses a 1,700-gallon aquarium and an extensive taxidermy collection. The indoor honeybee hive offers a fascinating look at the inner workings of a beehive in close detail. If you want to get closer to nature, there’s no better place than this.
The Plummer House is a beautiful historic building originally constructed in 1917. The estate originally covered 65 acres, but today includes just 11, maintained by the Rochester Park and Recreation Department. The home features 49 rooms, including nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and five fireplaces. It also features the first gas furnace in the city along with other innovative features for the time such as a heated pool, security system, and garage door openers.
If your family includes some pint-sized members, you can give them a safe and scaled-down place to play with a visit to Pipsqueaks. This indoor playground includes a riding zone with a mini roller coaster, train and Lego tables in the Imagination zone, and a special toddler/crawler area for the smallest visitors. Pipsqueaks is designed for children kindergarten age or younger.
What’s your favorite family destination in Rochester? Leave your top finds in the comments below and share the best of Rochester with your neighbors in the Springs community.