This has been a local favorite for kids of all ages. In the last 15 years the park has seen some bad times but has rebounded greatly with the addition of waterpark attractions and refurbishing some of the older rides.
From June to September, people flock with their kids to the park on the weekends. A daypass is $20 for adults and $15 for kids. There are often coupons in the local flyers that you can get at the motel or in the local newspaper. If you do not want to ride the carnival rides but do want to do the midway games and get into the games arcade and the food vendor area, then $8 is all you have to pay. Hours are from 11am to 9pm daily.
There is plenty of parking in the lot right in front of the main entrance.
Big Kid rides are: the Bobsleds Racers, The Quantum Loop, The Jack Rabbit, The Flying Chairs, Tilt-o-whirl. For the young kids: the Bear Trax, the Caterpillar, Yo-Yo Swings, the Merry-go-round. Bumping Cars are a favorite of all ages.
Durand Eastman Park is a large area at the north end of Irondequoit on the east side of the river and the west side of the bay. There are a ton of things to do there depending on the time of year.
Bird watchers "flock" to this area in the spring to see the migratory fowl gathering on both the lake front and the ponds that dot the park. You get to see the ubiiquitous sea gulls and swans but also warblers, vitreos, lesser scaup, finches, crossbills and flycatchers. There are numerous water areas and wooded areas and three large fields where you can park and only have to trek a few hundred feet to get a glimpse of thousands of birds.
The Durand course is wide fairways with rises and valleys. There are a number of water hazards and you need to be watchful when crossing the highway that spilts some of the holes.
There are numerous dirt trails or you can just walk/jog in the safety path along the side of the roadway.
You can visit the open garden and treed area of the Slavin Arboretum. makes for a nice walk in a quiet environment.
At Camp Eastman (the west side of the Park), annual events like OctoberFest and IrishFest are held and cost about $10 per day to attend (plus whatever you spend for food and souveniers). Soap Box Derby is run on the highway near Camp Eastman in the summer.
There are several picnic areas among the three roads in the park and along the lake front
The government has recently (2006) officially opened the lake front in Durand to swimmers. (people have been swimming there for a century, at their own risk). Life Guards will be posted on days that the beaches are deemed safe to swim in.
FISHING in summer and CROSS COUNTRY SKIING in winter
The zoo park lands are in a lower, pond area and a hilly, upper area. Originally (1890's) the whole zoo was in the lower area and featured local animals (deer, racoons, snakes, birds). In the 1930's the main building was started in the upper area. From that time until now the lower area has been transformed from a zoo park to a picnic park and the upper area has expanded to be the whole zoo.
Jimmy the Chimp ( I have been spit on by him as have many kids who came to see) died in 1985 as the oldest chimp in captivity. Until the latter quarter of the 20th century, the Seneca Zoo was basically indoor and outdoor steel-and-cement cages where tired looking animals paced or scrunched in the corner. In the last thirty years, the zoo has carried on a renovation to make the animals "freer" by giving them environments that are more natural to their species. it has dramatically altered the appearance and size of the zoo and the animals are a bigger attraction than ever.
Is this a huge world-level zoo? No. Is this a zoo where I take my kids and their kids to see how a polar bear lives or a cougar or a llama? Definitely. Is it cheap? Yep, $6 adults, $3, kids. Is it fun? I think so but you'll have to come visit and see for yourself.
The Coast Guard is now part of the Department of Homeland Defense and they have made changes to staffing to take advantage of that. Irondequoit now houses two Border Guards.
(With tongue in cheek) The work of these two is very important in stopping aliens from crossing the border from Canada into Rochester. Nearest Canada border is 60miles away in Buffalo. The local paper had an article about how the Coast Guard boats are being rearmed with heavy-duty, stanchion-mounted machine guns and there will be live firing practice 5 miles north of Irondequoit Bay. I feel so much safer now.
But the Coast Guard station is a nice place to visit (all kidding aside). And the view of the lake is pretty.
Seabreeze Amusement Park for a ride on an old wooden rollercoaster built in 1920...the "Jack Rabbit" or try one of the newer steel rollercoasters. Also has a great water park and old fashioned carousel and much more .
Here are one of several lighthouses that were painted by local artists and planted all around Irondequoit. This one is located at the end of the pier by Irondquoit Bridge. The bridge is a swing away bridge and is opened for travel from November to April each year.
If you are into music at all, you must visit the House of Guitars (known worldwide). In the summer, take a ride to Seabreeze for a ground at Don's Orignals or spend the day enjoying the rides at an old town amusement park - Seabreeze Park