Clarion Hotel Palm Island Indoor Waterpark
8250 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 344-2100
Fax: (585) 344-0238
Batavia Downs is the oldest lighted racetrack in North America. Started in 1939, this facility features a half-mile oval racetrack with Euro-style rails. Live harness racing is featured July through December. Operated by Western Region Off Track Betting, the racetrack also has simulcasts from North America’s top tracks seven days a week. The second floor of the facility has 150 TVs to watch your favorite races. Batavia Downs Casino features video lottery terminals and 586 gaming machines. Food is available in the Grandstand Bar and Grill. The menu features homemade soups, like western cheddar cheese soup and artichoke, tomato, and roasted red pepper soup. Other selections include deli sandwiches, wraps, chicken fingers, and burgers, as well as a Friday fish fry, ribs, pork chops, steaks, seafood, and pasta. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Centennial Park or the State Street Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. The park is a vast expanse of green space that gives you an escape from the fast paced city life, as you stroll across the place. The park is also used to conduct several gigs, concerts and picnics. The Centennial Park is also used for meetings for social causes like prevention of alcohol abuse and more. If you are in the city and want to explore the culture of the place or simply take a break from your regular day, Centennial Park is your place to go.
The Genesee County Courthouse is a beautiful Greek Revival historical structure that is made up of limestone. The courthouse conducts all the court facilities and majority of judicial activities. Along with court activities this building is also used as a site for offices of county manager, attorney, and the meeting places for the County.
The Batavia region in New York, United States, boasts of an opulent church in the name of the First Presbyterian Church. Predominantly, built using stone, the varied ministries of the church work towards the comprehensive needs of the individuals. It is also featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Richmond Memorial Library is one of the oldest and the most prestigious libraries in Batavia. It is a center for education, information, research and entertainment and caters to providing resources and services to its patrons. The library has been well compartmentalized into the children's, adult's, teen, media and other sections according to its users. Each of these spaces have ample books and reading material. There is also a gallery room that hosts art exhibitions thereby promoting local talent. There are also programs like SAGE and GRO that work towards senior citizens and cultivating reading habits respectively. You can also be a part of their film discussions and other literary events. So certainly an institute that works for the community.
A downhill ride in uniquely designed snow tubes is what snow tubing is all about. PolarWave Snowtubing Park arranges for such snow tubing events, complete with music and refreshments. You can make group as well as individual reservations to enjoy this fun trip down the 'chutes'. The park organizes holiday parties, reunions, corporate events as well as parties for senior citizens. Call for snow tubing hours as they vary according to weather conditions.
Located in the Alexander town of the New York state and surrounded by dense maple trees, Randall's Maple Products Sugar House opens its door to public during the maple season in February. The Randall family established this business in its current location during the World War I, and since then there has been a meticulous rise in the production of maple syrups and other products. A visit to this place would get you all the information about the production of the syrups right from the sap extraction through buckets and tubes, to removal of water using reverse osmosis and wood-fired arch. Apart from syrups, one can also check out other products like creams and sugar granules made from maples. A place recommended for family outing, call or visit their website to know more.
This 431-acre park is located on land that once was owned by the county "poor house" in the late 1800s. It is the first and oldest county forest in the state. The park has gently rolling hills and five small ponds. There are six miles of trails that can be used for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are also snowmobile trails. The trail system also has Braille and large-print signs. The interpretive center has many hands-on exhibits for children. Other park amenities include picnic tables, grills, horseshoe pits, volleyball nets, playground equipment and baseball fields. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Established as a rural cemetery in 1858, the Machpelah has been expanding ever since. Encompassing an area of 24.7 acres (10.0 hectares), it is the final resting place of 5500 people. Veterans of several American Wars also form a part of this number. The Woodward Mausoleum and the park like setting of the cemetery look well maintained and preserved.
This 20,000-seat performing arts center in the Darien Lake entertainment complex attracts national and international acts for both Canadians as well as Yanks. For those intending to catch a concert, the complex has its own hotel — the Lodge on the Lake — as well as several restaurants and places to grab a drink. Check website for complete calendar of their summer concert series and for other information.
This 11,000-acre wildlife refuge, which is situated in both Genesee and Orleans Counties, is the largest wildlife refuge in New York State. Known locally as the "Alabama Swamps" because it's located within the town of Alabama, it has wooded swamps, marshland, pastures, and cropland. It is a sanctuary for migrating waterfowl and home to 10 different species of duck, as well as fox and deer. There are three nature trails, along with four overlooks. In the winter the trails can be used for cross-country skiing. Fishing is also permitted on the refuge; catch northern pike, blue gill, yellow perch, white perch and carp, to name a few. - Christine A. Smyczynski
A family run maple farm, Sage Family Maple is a local producer of Maple Syrup and other Maple products. Operated by the Sage family, this plant allows visitors to explore the entire manufacturing process of Maple Syrup and other products. At the farm, they also sell the manufactured products. Call ahead for more details.