“The Beautiful Valley”

Aptly named Genesee County (Gen-nis’-hee-yo is Iroquois for "The Beautiful Valley”), this quaint, mostly rural area has been attracting visitors since before the days of horse and buggy.

Welcome to Genesee County, NY! 

You’ll find us along New York’s Main Street (Route 5) or directly off the New York State Thruway (I-90) at Exits 47 (LeRoy) 48 (Batavia) and 48A (Pembroke). We’re centrally located, just a 30-minute drive between both Buffalo and Rochester, and only 45 minutes from the thunderous Niagara Falls!

Welcome Video

For centuries, Western New York was the home of the Iroquois Nation. After the Revolutionary War, most of the Seneca migrated to Ontario, Canada, but the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians split from the rest of the tribe and settled in the region. The Holland Land Purchase opened the county to European settlement in 1801. Frontier families used well-worn Indian trails, which eventually became the roads you see today, and established Genesee as a meeting place.

What sets the folks of Genesee apart?

Innovation. Some local firsts:

  • Ingham was the first women’s University in the country.
  • The first free rural mail was delivered in Elba.
  • The world’s first business incubator opened in Batavia in 1959.
  • The New York State School of the Blind was established here in response to the men blinded in the Civil War.

There are so many “firsts”—you’ll have fun discovering them for yourself!

And while you’re here, make sure to explore “today’s Genesee County.” It’s a great getaway where people, place and history come together!

Creating Lasting Memories 

This is the place to create family memories that will last a lifetime. Children can’t resist the lure of rides, games, shows and more at Darien Lake Amusement Park. Sports enthusiasts will want to visit one of our top-notch golf courses. Our golf packages are so popular; groups return year after year and bring their friends. And for those who don’t golf, there are an abundance of shopping opportunities on quaint Main Streets that are a throw-back to a simpler time.

Dining

Restaurants thrive in our charming towns and villages, so you’ll discover a wide array of farm-fresh cuisine, served by friendly folks who enjoy taking time to chat. Stay the night at one of our many motels, hotels and campgrounds. You can even explore the Greater Niagara Region with day trips from our central location.

Family Swimming At Darien Lake Pool