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Picnics in Upstate NY: Twice the Fun


Grab your favorite snacks and most refreshing drinks, it’s time for a picnic in Upstate New York! Traditional picnics usually mean you drive to a park, eat, talk then leave an hour or two later, but who says your picnic can’t have some extra fun added to it? There are plenty of places to picnic that allow you to have twice the fun. A picnic and then some.

Picnic and Play

You can bring your siblings, kids or friends to these places for a day filled with food and fun. Try to go in the morning, take a break to have your picnic, then join in on the fun again.

Seabreeze Amusement Park, a park in Rochester with over 70 rides, has multiple places to picnic. Guests can picnic at Seabreeze while watching one of their daily shows or pick a pavilion to relax in the shade. From the waterpark to newly added rollercoasters, there is enough fun to go around.

Another place to picnic and play is The Corning Museum of Glass, a museum dedicated to telling the story of glass. With plenty of picnic tables, guests are encouraged to go outside and enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Don’t forget to make your own glass afterwards!

Maybe you can’t predict the weather, but you can plan for a rainy day. The Strong National Museum of Play, a museum dedicated to the history and exploration of play, has a designated lunchroom for guests who bring food from home (although coolers and picnic blankets are not permitted). A perfect solution when the weather does not know it’s your picnic day!

Picnicking with a View

Is picnicking while playing not for you? Ease your mind with a relaxing getaway filled with beautiful views and even better food, made by you, of course!

Watkins Glen, one of the Finger Lakes State Parks, is known for its natural beauty including waterfalls and trails. Take a trip to hike, fish or swim in the morning, followed by a picnic at one of their pavilions in the afternoon.

A closer hiking option is Letchworth State Park, spanning 14,000 acres along the Genesee River. With trails for beginners or experienced hikers, it is fit for anyone interested in exploring the “Grand Canyon of the East”. Plan a picnic by one of the gorges or stay overnight in the cabins, there is plenty to explore.

A more relaxing option then the stresses of hiking would be The Port of Rochester Marina, where Lake Ontario meets the Genesee River. Conveniently located at Charlotte Beach, a picnic while watching the sunset is definitely doable. Whether you eat in the pavilion or in the sand, make sure to stop at Abbott’s Frozen Custard after for some ice cream!

Are you packing your basket yet?

Time to cross the border for a picnic in Upstate New York, an outing that is twice the fun.