Top Five Parks to Have a Picnic at in Rochester, NY

Going on a picnic is one of the top favorite things to do when the weather turns all gorgeous and warm outside. When going on a picnic you will surely be eating great food. You may be doing some outdoor adventure activity as well. Below are five awesome parks that you will want to visit for your next picnic.

Letchworth State Park

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East", Letchworth State Park is a must to visit. It is located in Castile, NY and well worth the short trip. It has three large waterfalls and many smaller waterfalls within the park. It has plenty of picnic tables and pavilions, as well as over 60 miles of hiking trails, a playground, two swimming pools, restrooms, and more. The scenery is amazing and beyond breathtaking. Be sure to bring your camera for plenty of photo shoots and plan to spend the day here.

Hamlin Beach State Park

This fabulous park is situated on over 1,200 acres along Lake Ontario in Hamlin, NY. There are many picnic tables and a few pavilions available here. Several playgrounds, a 6-mile hiking and biking trail, and the sandy beach and water will provide your family with hours of great summertime fun. You will need to spend the day here and will not want to leave. Restrooms are available.

Mendon Ponds Park

Mendon Ponds Park is the largest in Monroe County and located in the towns of Pittsford, NY and Mendon, NY. Its 2,500 acres of land house six pavilions and seven shelters complete with picnic tables, grills, stove tops, playgrounds, a sensory garden, Wild Wings Inc., hiking, kayaking, restrooms, and much more. A lovely park that is historical as well.

Greece Canal Park

Located in the town of Greece, NY, this park is over 500 acres in size and has plenty of picnic tables, grills, shelters, playgrounds, hiking, bird watching, tennis, restrooms, and even a dog park for your furry friends (registration is required). After you have eaten and checked out the playgrounds you can take a hike along the Erie Canal, which runs alongside of this park.

Powder Mills Park

Powder Mills Park is located in the town of Pittsford, NY and approximately 380 acres in size. It has several picnic tables, six lodges, four shelters, sand volleyball, several hiking trails, a playground, and restrooms available. To see several varieties of fish, the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park is a family favorite.

Sarah Jonae-Ryan has lived in Rochester for more than 30 years. She has several blogs written on a variety of topics.