10 great ways to explore the Genesee River Valley for kids of all ages.
1. Connect with the past at the largest living history museum in New York State, the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Explore 68 buildings from the 19th century and interact with costumed interpreters sharing stories of daily life, trades, and culture of the time.
2. Catch a homerun hit at a Dansville Gliders game, the collegiate wooden-bat league that plays every summer in Dansville, or cheer on the Geneseo Ice Knights at the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena during the snowier months.
3. Create your own scavenger hunt for native flora and fauna on the Genesee Valley Greenway or download a geocaching app to see what others have hidden along the Autism Nature Trail in Letchworth State Park.
4. Score a hole-in-one at Minnehan's Fun Center, packed with activities for every type of kiddo including go-karts, batting cages, mini-golf, arcade games, and finishing off the night with a giant ice cream sundae.
5. Spend an afternoon learning about agriculture at the Livingston County Farm Fest where visitors can enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, and adorable baby farm animals. And celebrate fall at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races with kids activities, stick horse races, and a petting zoo.
6. Hop into the cockpit of a plane used during World War II at the National Warplane Museum. Don't miss their annual airshow featuring aerial performances, vintage collections, food trucks, and much more.
7. Visit the first fish hatchery in the United States in Caledonia, where "Father of Fish Culture", Seth Green, founded the hatchery in 1864. While there, learn more about the history of the village at the Big Springs Museum.
8. Dig into a big bucket of popcorn and go back in time at the Avon Vintage Drive-In, where visitors can enjoy new releases and classic movies. On colder evenings, when you're in a movie mood, visit local historical theaters: the Star Theater in Dansville, the Avon Park Theater, and the Riviera Theater in Geneseo.
9. Head to Dansville to visit the home of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, whose story was recently featured in HBO's hit series The Gilded Age as she sought to raise funds for the national charitable organization.
10. Bad weather? No problem! Venture inside Sunrise Bouldering, the first indoor climbing gym in the region. Fuel up with lunar lemonade and breakfast burritos at Cosmic Charlie Cafe and pick up some bouldering swag after your climb.