Fun on the Farm: The Exciting World of Agritourism
Monday, September 19, 2016 8:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff
We are letting you in on a little secret! For affordable family fun in the fall nothing beats a trip to the farm. The Rochester/ Finger Lakes region has so many unique experiences for the whole family from corn mazes, to pumpkin patches, and visits with animals. Here are just a few of the places and events you want to include on your next visit.
For over 200 years Stokoe Farms has been a family owned and operated farm. Visitors will find over 35 fun activities including a corn maze, cart racing, slides, pumpkin launching and more during the fall season (September-October). Find delicious and healthy food options in their café. Shop specialty items and bring home as many pumpkins as you can carry for just $10. This year the corn maze features a vegetable theme honoring Wegman's 100th anniversary.
Starting in November Stokoe Farm is the ideal spot for holiday spirit with Christmas Tree shopping and special appearances from Santa.
Open Columbus Day
Trick or Treat Bonaza
Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Rochester, Wickham Farms offers outdoor family fun sure to please everyone. Attractions include a jumping pillow, batting cages, kiddy train rides, a mini golf course, farm animals, corn maze, hayrides, a u-pick pumpkin patch, and u-pick apple orchard. Visitors will also enjoy special treats like ice cream, frozen custard, and fresh made cookies and donuts.
Giant Pumpkin Carving
Halloween on the Farm
Long Acres Farm
Long Acres Farm is home to the “Amazing Maize Maze” a giant corn maze that offers two tracks for both the experienced and novice corn maze adventurer. They also offer night time hours for the maze on special nights called “Moonlight Mazes,” where you can explore the maze with friends guided by your flashlight. So much more than a maze, Long Acres also offers an onsite winery (JD Wine Cellars) that offers tastings all season long.
Genesee Country Village & Museum
The Genesee Country Village & Museum (open all year) is an enormous living history museum, that includes many farm and agricultural events and experiences. Visitors will meet barnyard animals, see hops fields, a full apple orchard, and much more. Special weekends and events take visitors on an immersive journey back in time to experience American life in the 19th Century
See blog post: 40 reasons to visit Genesee Country Village & Museum
Fall Festival and Agricultural Fair
Spirits of the Past
Trick or Treat in the Village
Prepare for the Holidays
While Lollypop Farm is not really a farm in the traditional sense it is the perfect place to visit for animal lovers. As the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, it is the largest organization helping pets and people in the area. Visitors are welcome to stop by the main campus located in Fairport, where they can meet and learn about dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles, horses, and other farm animals. Lollypop Farm also offers classes to help people learn about the care and treatment of animals, and a gift shop to find something special for your four-legged friends. And of course, you are always welcome to adopt a new friend to take home with you.
Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is a Wild Game Safari Tour in Western, NY. Visitors will enjoy a safari trolley tour where they can see and feed over 30 species of exotic animals. After the tour, get up-close with some very friendly animals in the Small Animal Adventure. This family owned and operated destination offers two on-site restaurants, plenty of space for groups and events as well as special events throughout the year. And remember Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is open all year round.
Fall Harvest Days
Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour
Every October Wayne County Tourism works with local farms, farm markets, and wineries for the annual Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour Weekend. It is a great excuse to travel scenic country roads in the fall when they will be ablaze in autumn glory. Use the Mobile Tour Locator to travel from market to market, see farming in action, and taste a variety of apples and products. This drive yourself event runs through the month of October. Each location is unique and offers apples, baked goods, cider, fresh produce, door prize drawings and more.
Share a photo or video on Instagram about why you want to visit Rochester, NY this Fall with the hashtag #VisitROCFall and be entered to win a family pack of tickets to Stokoe Farms for the Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest (running now through October). Share your photo by September 30th.