10 Things to Do in Fairport That You Shouldn't Miss

January 17, 2018 Rosalyn Ihle

Fairport is a village located in the Town of Perinton, which is part of Monroe County, New York. Fairport is a suburb 9 miles (14 km) east of Rochester. It is also known as the "Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal". In 2005 it was named as one of the "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. The population of the Village of Fairport is 5,353 as of the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Fairport

1. Erie Canal

Fairport, NY +1 800-422-6254
Excellent
70%
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26%
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

Erie Canal

The superhighway of pre-Civil War America, this marvel of human engineering and labor, built from Albany to Buffalo, opened up America's frontier to the west.

Reviewed By Shirley E - Fairport, New York

I love living within walking distance of the historic Erie Canal in the village of Fairport. The path along the canal is great for walking or cycling. The path is paved and well lit at night. Enjoyable to walk the path anytime of year. An added bonus is the variety of restaurants and shops in close proximity to the canal.

2. Wickham Farms

1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd, Penfield, NY 14526-1903 +1 585-377-3276
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Wickham Farms

Wickham Farms has been on Route 250 in Penfield for nearly 30 years offering kiddie train rides, a jumping pillow, mini-golf, batting cages, food, and ice cream. Enjoy their corn maze, hayrides, Mums and 7 different kinds of heirloom & specialty pumpkins in the Fall. They host birthday parties, field trips, story times, and annual events as well as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The farm is open Spring through October.

Reviewed By B_in_Penfield - Penfield, New York

I brought my granddaughter here during October pumpkin picking season. It was very busy as expected on a pleasant Saturday. They do offer lots of different activities - corn maze, jumping pillow, little train ride, apple picking, sunflower picking, food.

My granddaughter loves the jumping pillow but no way would I allow a young child to jump on that without an adult. It's really surprising that kids aren't getting hurt. Just as it sounds, it is a large inflated rubbery pillow thing that one jumps on. It is not supervised and kids of all sizes and ages are having a free-for-all time. Some kids get out of control with their jumping. Some lose their balance and tumble down the sloping sides to the hard packed sandy surface. It was too wild for my comfort.

We tried the fried apple slices. They are slices dunked in what tasted like a donut batter of some kind and deep fried. They were very good.

I'm sure the website lists all the activities available at Wickham Farms. It has really grown over the years. Maybe a little too much.

3. Mendon Ponds Park

Clover St, Pittsford, NY +1 585-753-7275
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Mendon Ponds Park

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Mendon Ponds Park is our favorite park in all of Monroe County. Hiking, walking the dog, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing, watching birds or the stars, picnicking, leaf peeping--this park has it all!! My husband and I love Mendon Ponds Park so much that we moved to be closer to it.

4. Eastview Mall

7979 Pittsford-Victor Road (Route 96), Victor, NY 14564 +1 585-223-4420
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Eastview Mall

Reviewed By DrWillie - Rochester, NY

Right up there with Nordstrom's in service and selection. Wife just came back and couldn't stop talking about the service people. She also bought a very expensive shawl, but the whole thing was worth it. Can't understand why the other places have forgotten that service sells. Great store, we'll be back.

5. Painting with a Twist

1276 Fairport Rd, Fairport, NY 14450-1332 +1 585-267-7002
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 90 reviews

Painting with a Twist

This is a great place to have fun with your friends, or meet new friends; relax or just let your hair down and be you; or simply discover your inner artist. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint along with our artist to create your own work of art that you will take home at the end of the evening.Class Prices: $35 per person for a 2 hour class and $45 per person for a 3 hour class. Family Day and Senior's Day are $25 per person for a 2 hour class.

Reviewed By Karen P - Fairport, New York

Whether you go solo or with a group, Painting with a Twist is great fun. Experienced or not, you have the opportunity to complete a painting in one visit...and you can bring wine and snacks to enjoy during your session. This organization will also block out a time for a private party of 10 or more participants. Cost which includes instruction and all materials needed is very reasonable. Give it a try!

They can also host a children's party (no wine permitted)!

6. Harris Whalen Park

2126 Penfield Rd, Penfield, NY 14526-1736
Excellent
20%
Good
74%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 15 reviews

Harris Whalen Park

Reviewed By stmayhem - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This park is located right across the street from the Penfield Wegmans, and near the H.W. elementary school. It's a common site for Town of Penfield events during the summers, including the annual fireworks displays. (Arrive early for these, though you may also want to consider setting up in the parking lot across the street for a good view, convenient access to food/drink/restrooms, and somewhat easier exit afterwards.)

In the winter, the sledding here is awesome, though some of the hills may be too steep (and icy) for the smaller kids, so choose your location carefully.

Summer time is great for picnics (several small shelters/buildings are available for groups), and there's both playground equipment and tennis courts handy.

7. Big oak Driving Range

North Washington Street, East Rochester, NY 14445 +1 585-586-0614
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Big oak Driving Range

Reviewed By Larry W - Rochester, New York

Big Oak isn't really a "family entertainment area" as much as an old-fashioned golf driving range where you can work on your game with the added benefit of seasoned golf-pro instructors. It isn't fancy, and there are no miniature golf courses on the grounds. But it is a nice range, and the pro shop (and folks who work in there) are also great. I do recommend this place, especially later in the year after some of the other ranges have already shut down.

8. Flower City Food Tours

10 Schoen Pl, Between Aladdin's Mediterranean Eatery and the Game Gamut/Lock 32 Brewery, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
Excellent
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5 based on 31 reviews

Flower City Food Tours

3 hour walking food tours in 2 unique and vibrant neighborhoods...Pittsford and Park Avenue. Enjoy tastings from 7-8 delicious eateries and specialty shops. Points of interest are highlighted between each and every tasty bite. Tours run in Pittsford Village/Schoen Place Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am-2pm and in the popular and trendy neighborhood of Park Avenue onWednesdays from 11am-2pm and Sundays 2pm-5:15pm thru November.

Reviewed By Sharon R - Rochester, New York

Took a friend who was visiting from out of town on a food tour of Pittsford and we had a blast. Our guide was knowledgable and fun, and we had plenty to taste at 6 locations.Sharon, So great to host you....glad you had as much fun as I did taking you through the tastes of Pittsford...it was fun spending time with you!

9. Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

12 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534-2026
Excellent
56%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Sam Patch Erie Canal tour

90-minute Public Cruises are provided daily on Sam Patch, a historic packet boat replica, departing from Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY.Traveling the routes of America’s early settlers, We provide uniquely authentic canal cruising experiences for visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the signature Erie Canal Experience of traveling through a century old lock.

Reviewed By darjeelingfan - Rochester, New York

My husband and Have taken the Sam Patch Canal Tour several times and enjoyed it very much. We recently took out-of-town guests on a Saturday afternoon 4:00 PM tour and were miserable for the whole trip. We sat next to a large group of adults who talked (not about the canal ride but about personal things) in VERY loud voices for the entire trip. It was impossible to hear the tour guide explain the history of the canal, and the workings of the lock we went through--- and that's one of the most interesting aspects of the tour. What the group sitting next to us was there for, I have no idea, as they hardly looked around at the canal, or stopped talking. There were also several young children who kept running up and down the aisle between seats. I love kids and understand it's hard for them to just sit still, but their constant running and back and forth was distracting. Instead of a lovely peaceful late-afternoon cruise of the canal, our experience turned out to be totally stressful, with no chance to enjoy the beauty of the canal. I probably wouldn't go back.

10. Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester

99 Victor Rd, Fairport, NY 14450-9582 +1 585-223-1330
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Established in 1873, Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is the largest animal welfare organization helping pets and people in the Greater Rochester area. We encourage families of all ages to visit the shelter and our outdoor Farm Yard Petting Area and Walk, which offer educational displays to help people of all ages learn more about the many different animals for whom we care. Our campus also includes a network of Nature trails, and we are adjacent to Egypt Park that includes a pavilion and playground as well. Inside, visitors are welcome to visit the animals and shop in our gift shop. With a main campus located in Fairport and several other adoption centers throughout the community, the organization provides shelter, care, and adoption for dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles, horses, and other farm animals. Other services available include Humane Law Enforcement, Dog Training, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services, Pet Supplies and Gifts, Pet Assisted Therapy, Humane Education and Camps, and Behavior Advice. Lollypop Farm is an independent nonprofit organization supported entirely by contributions from the community.

Reviewed By Brian K

This is a great place to go not only for the animals and petting area but for the nature trails. Our dog enjoys the trip as much as we do. We've also always had great luck adopting here - 2 dogs, a cat and a...MoreThank you for giving homes for so many animals in need, and thank you for visiting. We're glad to hear that you are enjoying the entire campus--including the nature trails!

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