Canandaigua Travel Guide

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Canandaigua Things to Do

  • She's a lady....

    The Canandaigua Lady is an authentic paddle boat that operates on Lake Ontario for sight-seeing tours or dinner-cruise parties. My kids gave a party for my wife on her 50th birthday on this ship and they all had a great time. (I have a problem with boats.... a picture of Popeye is enough to give me the queazies).The cruise director does a spiel...

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  • The Ontario County Court House

    The court house is set on a hill on the north side of the downtown area. .Perhaps the most notable event that has taken place here was the trial of the women's rights activist, Susan B. Anthony, in the 1870s. She was tried for treason and fined $1.00 for voting in the 1872 election!

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  • Wine Country.....Fingerlakes

    NYS is being recognized for having great wines as good as California wines. If you read my HP then you know I was on a search for benches this summmer (119) which brought me as far as Canandaigua. "Rhythm and Riesling" was found at the Heron Hill Wine Tasting. 5323 Seneca Point Rd which is on the West coast of Canandaigua Lake. This particular...

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  • A Walk Along the Pier

    I enjoy taking a drive down to the pier. You can park the car get out and walk around or grab an ice cream and sit and watch the boats on the lake. A great way to just sit back and relax.

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  • Ontario County Arts

    The OCArts building is an old department store building on Main Street where multi-cultural and multi-media art is exhibited. The place doesn't look like much from the outside but the inside contains a world of interesting things. There are paintings and sculptures and wall hangings and handmade wood craft and rugs. The exhibits change often and...

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  • Roseland WaterPark

    This park has three levels of activities: restful, daring and outrageous. The Thrill Hill speed slide and adult inner-tubes and Big Splash ride are more along the outrageous level.The daring category includes the inner-tube rides and the wave pool.The wading pools and lazy river ride are the more restful types; or you can even stay dry (and hot)...

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  • Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens

    Fred and Mary Thompson lived here from 1863 to 1923. Fred Thompson, a wealthy banker, founded the First National Bank of the City of New York, now called Citibank. He died in 1899, and Mary in 1923. In 1931, the estate was sold to the Federal Government, which used it as a hospital. In 1970, a non-profit called Friends of Sonnenberg acquired the...

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  • Downtown Canandaigua

    This town has some excellent examples of American neo-classical civic architecture. It also has a pleasant waterfront. On the lake, near the marina, is Squaw Island--the reputed birthplace of the Seneca Nation. Here, according to local lore, is where the Seneca wives and children took refuge during the Indian wars in 1779. Most of it has eroded...

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  • Wine and Culinary Center

    Four groups of New York backers (Constellation brands, Wegmans, RIT and NY Wine Foundation) have provided a place where you can learn everything about wines and cooking.You can join a wine tasting, you can take a wine making class, you can learn to cook a special meal, you can have you kids taught the culinary arts. Each event just takes some of...

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  • View the Lake

    The south end of Canandaigua is the north end of its lake. If you go there, then you must stop at one of the small park areas on the lake front and rest and take some pictures or just contemplate your naval. The city has spent a few bucks renovating the area to draw tourists (since they tore down their biggest attraction, Roseland Park).Kershaw...

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  • Sonnenberg Gardens

    Over the last 30 years I have been to Sonnenberg Gardens probably a half-dozen times. Each time the place has focused on a different aspect of the property. Originally the gardens and the formal landscaping were paramount, later the mansion was most important and at other times it has been the special events that have been held there. But each...

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  • Granger Homestead

    The Granger Homestead is a place which is steeped in presenting oldtime activities to a new public. They have special events like Christmas Tree Judging, Evening of Lights, sleigh rides in winter and buggy rides in summer, Tea Parties, Olde Time Weddings. They have exhibits of arts and crafts that were indigenous to the area but are now all but...

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  • FLCC

    FLCC stands for Finger Lakes Community College, on the east side of Canandaigua Lake. If you are out for a drive in the area, pop over to the campus and snap a few pictures of the nice landscaping they have accomplished there. The campus also has a Performing Arts Center where the latest singers and bands and acting groups have performed in an open...

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  • Canandaigua City Hall

    The City Hall is across the street from the County Court House and at the top of the main street that leads through the business district to the lake..It was constructed in 1824 and bears the honor of being one of the oldest buildings in New York State that has been continually occupied. It has belonged solely to the city since 1988. It is on the...

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  • The ice on the lake

    If it hadn't been so cold I would have taken many more pictures as the patterns were endlessly fascinating! These two pictures were of the ice along the shoreline of the lake -- taken under different light.

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Canandaigua Hotels

Canandaigua Restaurants

  • right downtown

    This American style restaurant is right on Main Street in Canandaigua. And when I say right on the street I mean they have a raised cafe area right on the street, besides the main dining area indoors. The place is open nightly after 3pm (and all day Saturday and Sunday).Inside there is a full bar and dining room. The atmosphere is casual, with dark...

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  • ritzy

    Bristol Harbour Inn has a very nice restaurant for fine dining or an upscale buffet.The Adirondack style decor is all knotty pine and big beams with candle sconces and framed paintings on the walls. The tables are heavy wood construction with white linen accent. It is a very classy place to eat. The patio eating area has a great overlook onto...

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  • more of a yuppie place.....

    The atmosphere is very bar-and-grill with upscale customers. The service was good indoors but we decided to take one of the patio tables and felt like disowned relatives. My kids have been there many times and explained that this was not normal.When we finally got served, the food was delicious. Large portions of salad, with a nice turkey club...

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Canandaigua Shopping

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    As if four seasons wasn't enough to attract customers, this family-owned business had to add an extra season.

    The store is a lot bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. The store front looks a lot like many of the other shops along the main street. But when you get inside (and thank goodness for air conditioning on a hot day in Canandaigua) and see all the "stuff" in there, you know your wife is going to be browsing for a good long time.

    The first thing you notice is the nice smell of cinnamon and spices. Then the friendly staff person asks what you are looking for and you answer "nothing special, just looking" and they let you browse (without being irritating by hanging over your shoulder).

    My wife can easily spend an hour here, touching, feeling, looking, smelling and thankfully not buying. Once in a while she finds that special little something that is just right for so-and-so and then she'll part with her precious dollars. Other than that, she is just as happy to be "just looking".

    When you stop in here, you will be able to find something special too... there is just so much to choose from; things you wouldn't find in a department store. There are bracelets and thimbles and cups/saucers; handmade picture frames in cloth and wood; wall decorations and silk flower arrangements; candles and soaps and cachets. Old fashioned candies and homemade fudge are a big hit; you'll also find baskets of food-stuffs. If you are looking for linens and blankets, they have them too.

    Open everyday at 10am and close at 8pm Tuesday thru Friday and 5pm Saturday thru Monday.

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Canandaigua Local Customs

  • Canandaigua Art and Music Fest

    The annual event is a Friday, Saturday and Sunday happening on Main Street in Canandaigua; it happens around 20July (see website below for yearly details). From 10am to 6pm, you can hear great music, view great art works and buy a momento, souvenier or something to hang on the living room wall.For over 20 years, people have come over to Canandaigua...

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  • annual Chamber Music Festival

    This is for the serious music lover. The Finger Lakes Chorus can be seen at a different venue in late July in the Canadaigua area each year but the results is always the same: an evening of beautiful music.The 300 members of the choral group come from 50 communities in Monroe and Ontario counties. Each year they can be seen at one of the areas...

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  • St. Mary's Summer Festival

    At St. Mary's Church on Main Street, there will be traffic jams and crowds of people in the middle of August (call phone number below for exact dates this year).Carnival rides, midway games, take your chances and win a prize.Hots, Hamburger, finger foods and beverages sold by sidewalk vendors (or take a walk down the street to the local restaurant...

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Canandaigua Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 21, 2007

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    For the most part, Canandaigua is a quiet safe place. Violent crimes are almost non-existent.
    The overall crime rating for the area is far below the national average (lower means less crime).
    There are a number of recorded thefts (about 200 annually) which involve shoplifting and taking items from unlocked cars.
    There are 33 registered sex offenders in the metropolitan area of Canandaigua. That is quite of few for the relatively small population involved.
    To see whether any of those SOs will be near the areas where you will be vacationing, see the website below.

    If you use common caution and lock your cars and don't flash your wallet and know where the kids are, you should enjoy a safe vacation in Canadaigua.

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Canandaigua Off The Beaten Path

  • South Bristol Cultural Center

    The cultural center is an art gallery in a barn.From the ads, the goal of the center is:"to provide creative, quality and educational offerings that respond to diverse audiences to enrich their lives in an affordable and accessible manner, while providing a public forum to the unique concentration of highly skilled artists and artisans."What they...

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  • Onanda Park

    Every year we go to Onanda Park for our family picnics. There are enclosed pavilions, charcoal stands, basketball courts, room for bocceball and badminton, a dock for launching canoes and small boats, and a small private beach for swimming.If you want to stay overnite, over the weekend or for the week, they have cute cabins that can accomodate 2...

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  • Kershaw Park

    The northern end of Canadaigua Lake (Lake Shore Drive) has a hotel, marina, and Kershaw Park.The park has sitting benches and jetties from which to view the lake. There are kids playground equipment and some beautiful floral arrangements. There is a walking path that goes the whole length of the northern shore. There are picnic tables and a gazebo...

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Canandaigua Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Updated Aug 9, 2007

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    This is a full-facility 18-hole golf course. It is a longish course that runs 5600 yards on the short tees and 6800 yards on the long tees.

    They celebrated their fortieth anniversary (2005) and have been a favorite in the Canandaigua area for years. It is an esteemed member of the Rochester District Golf Association.

    The course is fairly wide open fairways of rye grass with bent grass greens. During the summer, the heat tends to brown-out the rough and parts of the fairway so that the course plays faster than normal.

    Greens fees (with cart) run from $25 to $35. It is a semi-private club and requires reservations for tee times (see the phone number below). Dress code is collared shirt and standard pants or shorts for men; blouse and pants or skirt for women. The open season is from May to October.

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Canandaigua Favorites

  • no snow today

    Here is a link to the webcam that shows real-time views of Canandaigua Lake from Seagars Marine on the west side of the lake.http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&lid=CTHDRIt is nice to see the lake on a warm summer day and even better to have a look to see if there is a blizzard in the area if you are...

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  • communities

    Canandaigua has changed greatly since its village status in the 1790s. It has grown and incorporated several communities in the township.Some of the communities are:part of Academy... village on route 21 south of CanandaiguaArsenal Hill... hamlet west of Canandaiguahttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cc613/Centerfield... village on US20...

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  • services

    When you go on vacation it is sometimes difficult to find places of worship that you are familiar with. You can ask the desk clerk at the motel but often they are not sure or not helpful with correct directions.Here are contacts for some of the worship services in the area:ASSEMBLY OF GOD... 415 N Main Street... 585-394-3635BAPTIST... 5026 North...

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