Batavia Travel Guide

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Batavia Things to Do

  • visit the Holland Land Office Museum

    If it has anything to do with the history of Genesee County, then this museum probably has something about it (display, literature, photos, pamphlets). It is free and it is open 10am to 4pm from Tuesday through Saturday. The only cost is for lectures which are regularly scheduled (call the phone number below to get the rates and schedules).The...

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  • Batavia Country Club

    18 holes with cart for under $25. Pro level is 7200 yards, duffer level (mine) is 5400 yards.This is a full service golf course with country club, pro shop and banquet lodge (rentable for large groups).This is a very open course with panoramic views across many of the hilly holes. There are several water hazards and deep bunkers at the greens. Some...

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Batavia Restaurants

  • Sandwich and Salad

    Counter-service and tiny white metal tables and chairs for those who want to sit and eat rather than order-and-take-out. The servers were friendly and about my grandsons age. It is a good thing that the cash register figures out the change for them.The place was very clean, both in the eating area and along the counter where the orders are taken...

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  • roast beef

    Arby's roast beef sandwich is an alternative to the hamburger from McDonalds. And now they have added ham and chicken along with the roast beef for some variety. Vegetable wraps, turkey wraps and BLT sandwiches are the latest additions to the menu. So if you are in a hurry and need to eat on the run (as often happens on vacation) and you are tired...

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  • lots of food

    I don't know what there is about Ponderosa but even though you get plenty of food and it is served relatively quickly and it usually tastes okay, I always feel like I am in a roadside diner.There is just something about the ambience or the cafeteria approach that's says "cheap".The furniture is good heavy stock and the booths are comfortable and...

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Batavia Nightlife

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    Need to place a bet or hear the ca-ching ca-ching of the slot machine or try to match for a winner hand in video poker?

    Batavia Downs Gaming is just the place for you. Nearly 600 machines to choose from.
    (you must be 18 years or older to play).
    And when you enter, be sure to sign up for the Players Club. They give you a special identity card so that the machines know who you are and how much you are winning. Get "Use It" reward points every time you play; cash the points in for game and food vouchers.

    When you get hungry there is a fine restaurant on the property for your enjoyment or you can just grab some finger food at the snack bar.

    main entrance for Batavia Downs
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Batavia Transportation

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    by Michael_D Written Oct 4, 2002

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    What does this have to do with travel you might ask? You dont know the half of it. Most weekends during the summers the entire 150 member unit piles into a bus(or drives separately) to contests all over the continental United States. In my youth I remember trips that included sight seeing in Chicago, New York City, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC...and seeing such neat places as Niagara Falls, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and more cities in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey than I can ever recall. I have no idea how I managed to get through those 10-20 hour bus rides. Today I avoid the bus whenever possible, wonder why,,,,,hmmm?

    Back when I was in junior corps we would leave around the middle of June, pack ourselves into 2 buses and go on 'tour' for 2 solid months, usually to the Midwest and the Northeast and would not come home untill after the the American Legion Nationals were over in late August. These days the travel schedule is MUCH more INTENSE with tours covering 2/3 of the US and culminating in a Drum Corps International finals in early August and is routinely attended by European and Japanese corps competitors.

    The junior Drum Corps pictured above, the BLUE DEVILS from Concord California, are many times DCI/USA champions and this year toured Germany, Holland and France before returning to USA to resume an exhaustive US tour schedule and to ultimately compete in DCI Finals in the washington DC area this past August. WHEW..now thats travel!

    So..what does Drum and Bugle corps have to do with world travel? To me...more and more as time goes on;-) I am an actor and it gave me the fundementals to do musicals, but more importantly, it gave me a grounding and appreciation for something I love even more....TRAVEL.

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Batavia Local Customs

  • Batavia communities

    Batavia is a city, a town and a village and the three have expanded and contracted over the centuries to become their present size. Within those changes, communities of common groups have remained pretty much the same although allegiances have wavered over the years.Batavia, the township, presently includes these communities:Bushville... on route...

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  • I have many fine memories of...

    I have many fine memories of Batavia. The Miss Batavia Diner, Gettners Bar and Restaraunt and marathon music rehaersals at the school to name a few.

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Batavia Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    Batavia has less than average risk for crime than an average U.S. city of similar size.

    Annually the crimes stats show: no murders, 5 rapes, 10 robberies, 30 assaults, 740 thefts of various severity. Most of these crimes will not affect a careful visitor.

    There are 37 sex offenders registered in Batavia in 2006.
    To see information about these people, go to the website below.

    Use simple precautions you would use at home. Lock car doors. Put valuables out of sight (car trunk or motel safe). Don't travel alone at night or in unfamiliar neighborhoods. You can always ask the motel staff if there are any areas that tourists should avoid.

    Be smart and be safe.

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Batavia What to Pack

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    by Michael_D Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: I was fortunate to have been a member for 3 years. The 1st 2 years I was obliged to quit just a few weeks shy of the summer tours due to an illness in my family. In 1971 I came back and was a lead soprano horn player the final year...the only year ST JOES won a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP....THE CANADIAN OPEN in Toronto.
    Inbetween I was a member of several other corps. The The Grey Knight Lancers, Statesmen Jr Corps, one summer in the Magnificent Yankees, Phoenix and several seasons with the National Champion Rochester Crusaders all as a lead soprano horn player. For more drum corps see my Hawthorne NJ page. I will also have a posting on the Irondequoit NY page at some point for the Statesmen/Crusaders.

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Batavia Off The Beaten Path

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    by davecallahan Written Apr 15, 2007

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    On the road and you'd like to play the ponies. Got a motel room in Batavia. What do you do?

    Drive over to Batavia Downs and watch the harnessed horses race or use the Simulcast Racing and watch horse races for up to eight national sites. Place your bets to win.
    For evening races there is a dining center in the facilities clubhouse.

    To get there:
    I-90 exit onto route 98 and jog south one block to Park Road. Take Park Road soutwest and see the signs for the betting parlor.

    Google Map overview of Batavia Downs main entrance
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Batavia Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 20, 2007

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    There are three sets of 9-hole courses here open to the public. The three sets range from 3000 yards to 3200 yards. Among the three sets you get a wide variety of terrain and difficulty. Natural land hazards as well as cultivated tree groupings and sneakily placed bunkers are bound to give even good players some difficulty.
    $35 gets you a cart and 18 holes. You need to call ahead to schedule tee times to insure that local tournaments have not booked your tee time.

    The establishment has added a miniatue golf course for the kids enjoyment and a nice restaurant for a drink at the end of a day of golf or for a family meal.

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