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Escape Winter in Genesee County

by Morgan Hoffman

Are you looking for an escape from the winter weather? Genesee County has plenty of indoor activities for the whole family to enjoy! Make a day out of it or plan for a whole weekend of fun by staying in one of our many hotels.

 

For the Family

 

House of Bounce in Batavia is the county’s newest children’s attraction! The indoor play facility is a fun and safe space to play, climb, jump and explore. The space has a variety of interactive and engaging activities like a rock wall, foam pit, soft play area, sensory bean construction box, large inflatables, a video gaming wall, cornhole boards and more! 

 

The Art of Mandy in LeRoy gives both kids and adults a fun way to show their creative side! Take a paint class and experience the joy of creating your own piece of artwork with the individual attention of Mandy herself! 

 

David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena in Batavia is a standard NHL-size ice rink that’s been a community staple since 1978. Head here with the family for a fun winter activity without the freezing temperatures and wet snow! 

 

Palm Island Indoor Water Park at the Quality Inn & Suites in Batavia will help you forget about the freezing temperatures outside as you splash around in the 10,000 square foot water park. There’s fun for all ages waiting, with 24-foot-tall water slides for the bigger kids and parents, a kids area, basketball pool and game room!

 

Spend a few hours of family fun with a classic game of bowling! Genesee County has several bowling alleys to choose from:

Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia has 24 lanes with electronic scoring. Attached to the bowling center is T.F. Brown’s Restaurant with a full arcade, featuring darts and a pool table.

Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen is an 8 lane bowling alley with electronic scoring. Grab a bite to eat at the full restaurant and bar on site.

LeRoy Legion Lanes in LeRoy has 8 lanes of bowling featuring electronic scoring and a sports bar.

 

Spend some time learning about the unique history in Genesee County at one of our many museums.

Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia displays thousands of artifacts pertaining to the history of Western New York. Located in an 1810 stone building, the Holland Land Office Museum was the place of sale and disbursement of over 3.3 million acres of land in the area, making Batavia the “Birthplace of Western New York.” Spend hours discovering the history of Western New York and many artifacts, including a Medal of Honor. 

The following museums are open by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead!

The Alabama Museum resides in an old school house with a display including everything from a hammered dulcimer to Dr. Neal’s buggy. You will also discover that the Town of Alabama used to have three gun manufacturers!

The Alexander Museum can be found in Alexander’s Town Hall, which is the only three-story cobblestone town hall in the United States! The little ones in your family will be fascinated by the old phone, record player and typewriter on display.

The Byron Museum is located in an old church building and well-represents South Byron High School with photographs and yearbooks. There is also a research room with local history and newspapers to discover.

Harford House Barn & Livery resides in the former 1880 Harford Hotels Livery Stables in downtown Bergen. It has been converted into a cozy and well-done museum. Inside the old barn, there are a handful of interesting, life-size tableaus depicting, a blacksmith shop, a general store, school classroom and more. 

The Elba Museum has an impressive collection distributed through three buildings, including a museum building, an original 1842 house and a reconstructed barn. Discover an authentic experience as you view the sizable collection of home, farm and village life.

The Oakfield Research Center is a two-story house museum that does a great job at educating visitors on the importance of gypsum mining in Oakfield. Mining equipment and photographs tell the story of an industry that was important to the town and its history.

The Stafford Museum of History is located at the Stafford Town Hall and is one large room with display cabinets and information panels representing the early settlement life in Western New York.

 

For the Adults 

 

Looking for a winter escape without any kids? Check out these adult-only indoor activities.

 

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel will offer excitement with more than 800 gaming machines, four restaurants, and live harness racing! Make a weekend out of it by booking your stay at the on-site luxury hotel.

 

Game of Throws is the place for entertainment in Batavia. The main attraction is axe throwing, but there is much more to do here! Swing away at the golf simulator, toss bags at the cornhole boards, throw darts or try one of the other unique games there.

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