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Calin Lawrence

Rochester, New York

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Seabreeze Amusement Park

4600 Culver Rd, Rochester, New York

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Visited: July 2013 | Submitted: Aug 5, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2) and tweens (9-12)

Worth the return visit and hopefully many more

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We visited this amusement park a year ago with a 1 ½ year old and two pre-teens (as well as other family members). The pre-teens had a blast. There are a ton of rides and water slides packed in all around the park and lines were very manageable (recommend arriving early). The day was extremely hot so the staff stationed some free drinking water stations around, which we appreciated and we took advantage of them. The 1 ½ year old was still a bit young for the kiddie rides, but he was able to ride the carousel (with an adult of course) and wade in the Looney Lagoon (also with an adult) and enjoyed both tremendously. We recently returned this Summer with our now 2 1/2 year old. What a difference in a year. He boldly took on the younger child water park and slides, was able to ride on almost every kiddie ride and we, as a family, enjoyed the carousel, tea cups and train ride. The park is locally owned (not a franchise) and not overwhelming large, so older kids can roam without getting lost. The staff was young--but so energetic, patient and seemed truly happy to be there. It made for a pleasant experience. A stroller is a must for younger kids. Rides include the Jack Rabbit (3rd oldest operating wooden roller coaster), Whirl Wind, Bob Sleds, carousel, bumper cars, a lazy river, lots of water slides, a wave pool, splash zone and much more.

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Bring sunscreen. We went on a Tuesday and a Sunday--so crowds were minimal. Rent a locker. Food is plentiful, however there is also a popular local burger/ice-cream place just outside the park too, called Bill Gray's. There are some lovely views of Lake Ontario from the park and rides.

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Strong National Museum of Play

1 Manhattan Sq. Dr., Rochester, New York

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Visited: July 2013 | Submitted: Aug 5, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2)

They think of everything for families with children

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The National Museum of Play is ideal for any age group, which means my toddler will continue to enjoy and learn as he grows older and explores more and more of this attraction. Most recently we visited the butterfly garden--since he's very into the Hungry Caterpillar right now. He was awe struck inside but hasn't stop talking about it since. Everything is interactive and focused on engaging kids and families in play. The museum features a Sesame Street exhibit and Elmo’s house, a child-sized grocery store complete with shopping carts, and check out registers, a Giant’s play room in the Reading Adventure area and a Super Hero hall of hero’s. There is also a carousel, ride on train, indoor butterfly garden and dance room. For older kids and adults there is the National Toy Hall of Fame and the Video Game exhibit. My toddler enjoys these areas too, but sometimes I wish I can play longer before its back to Elmo’s house. They think of everything a parent might need. There are quiet rooms stationed all over the museum for nursing mothers, napping and any other need that might arise. There is a food court for meal-times, which includes several restaurant choices as well as a healthy snack machine, but pleases no food in the museum play areas. There are even strollers to borrow and an enormous fish tank in the entry way so your children are still entertained while you pack bags, collect coats or need a quick head count. In the summer they end each day with a parade through the museum with music and noise makers. As a parent I so appreciate this—it helps move my child to the front door without a melt-down. Fun and affordable this is an exhibit that you will want to return to again and again as there is always something new to discover.

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Bring a camera; there are fun photo opportunities everywhere. Kids are kids, take advantage of the antibacterial dispensers stationed around the museum especially during cold and flu season. Return, there is too much to see it all in one visit. There is extra cost to riding the train, the carousel and visiting the butterfly garden

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