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Family Fun for Every Season in Upstate New York


Having two children, life can get hectic between school, the kids’ activities and family events. Especially in the winter when we’re restricted indoors most of the time, everyone can get a little stir crazy. That’s when I’m especially grateful to live in Upstate New York. With so much to do anytime of year all within a short drive, keeping our family entertained is easy to do.

Just a short drive from our home are museums that are perfect for our family. We have the Rochester Museum and Science Center that allows my kids to explore and have fun while still learning something new. The Strong National Museum of Play is also a great experience – and definitely a family favorite. From exhibits on dinosaurs to Toy Halls of Fame and even the butterfly exhibit (which happens to be the only indoor butterfly garden open year round in Upstate New York!), it’s no surprise that The Strong has been recognized as one of the top family destinations in the USA!

When we are on the hunt for something a little more thrilling, we head to Pole Position Raceway. An exciting adventure, the indoor go karting is open all year! Racing around the track is a fun way to beat the colder weather.

When we’re especially missing the warmth and lively activities of the summer, we head to Palm Island Indoor Waterpark for a day of splashin’ fun! The kids love to ride all the slides and play in the pool, and it feels like a tropical getaway that’s just down the road!

It’s great to have so many options so close to home, but sometimes we go a little farther and make a weekend trip out of it! In Cooperstown, NY is the National Baseball Hall of Fame – a spectacular museum filled with memorabilia honoring America’s favorite pastime. It’s definitely a destination that my son has asked to return to again and again!

A family trip to New York State is sure to be one filled with fun and adventure! With all the indoor attractions to be found, it’s a great adventure anytime of year.