Seabreeze Amusement Park swings night cover

Seabreeze, Darien Lake, and Other Amusement Parks Near Rochester

Oh, how we miss our amusement parks in the winter! When May comes around, you find the parks with dry-rides opening on the weekends, then every day around June 1.

Seabreeze Amusement Park water park

The water parks, along with most Monroe County beach parks and State Parks with public pools, tend to open closer to Father’s Day in mid-June. They’ll run every day through Labor Day, then taper the hours back to weekends-only until mid-October.

Amusement Parks: Darien Lake
Darien Lake

My father used to have a membership to Darien Lake. He would plan days off from Kodak just so he could go during the week and ride the water slides all day! 

Having grown up in Irondequoit, I’m incredibly partial to Seabreeze.

Seabreeze Amusement Park Jack Rabbit night

Here is some helpful information, though you will always find the most current facts on each park’s website for hours and pricing.

Always look for specials. Even just purchasing online in advance can provide you with a discount.

Seabreeze Amusement Park Bumper Cars
Seabreeze Amusement Park Jack Rabbit daytime
Seabreeze Amusement Park swings
Seabreeze Amusement Park Bobsleds
Seabreeze Amusement Park carousel rocking chairs
Seabreeze Amusement Park food games night
Seabreeze Amusement Park wave pool
Seabreeze Amusement Park Time Machine
Seabreeze Amusement Park skeeball
Seabreeze Amusement Park log flume
Seabreeze Amusement Park waffle

1. Seabreeze Amusement & Waterpark


A ride & slide pass will cost about $33 for an adult.

Seabreeze Amusement Park is 4th oldest in USA12th oldest in world. It is also one of only thirteen trolley parks still operating in the United States.

This coming 2020 season, the Jack Rabbit will celebrate 100 years of thrills. This classic coaster holds a place of honor in amusement park history, as the oldest continuously operating coaster in America and the 4th oldest operating roller coaster in the world.  It’s also the first coaster ever to feature under-friction wheels – ushering in a whole new world of taller and steep hills, faster speeds, fun bunny hops and awesome negative g-forces.

Get a whole world of family fun with roller coasters, thrilling adult and family rides, great kiddie rides, and a whole waterpark too. Play on the midway, see a spectacular show and enjoy some summertime treats. Not too big, and not too small – just the right size for your family. Located in Rochester, NY near Lake Ontario, with plenty of free parking.

Darien Lake Amusement Park
Six Flags Darien Lake

2. Six Flags Darien Lake Amusement & Waterpark

Darien Center

A gate pass runs about $60.

You’ll find some of the fastest, tallest, wildest, most gut-wrenching rides in the country — including a few record-breakers. All of our large pools, lazy rivers, multi-passenger rafting adventures and speed slides are waiting for you.

3. Roseland Waterpark


A gate pass is around $30

Roseland Waterpark is the largest waterpark in the Finger Lakes Region with 56 acres of aquatic adventure and 9 unique attractions for the entire family.

Sparkling heated water, certified lifeguards, free parking, rental lockers, concessions, and plenty of deck space for relaxing make this the hottest spot to get cool on Canandaigua Lake.

4. Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

Sylvan Beach

Unlimited ride pass is abut $25

With roots beginning in the 1870’s the area has a rich history. It thrives today as a great beach location with all of the makings of a wonderful vacation spot.

The numerous shops, restaurants, amusement park, beach, entertainment, local festivals and more provide for great summer fun!

5. Thunder Island Water Park


Prices are based on rides and attractions with no general admission fees. Great news for chaperones!

Check out our eight water slides with 5 pools, 3 styles of go-karts, a beautiful sprawling jungle golf course and the newest Soaring Eagle Zip line ride.

And some of the best of all things: NO general admission. That’s right, no general admission and that means no sales tax on rides or attractions and no parking fees. Pick your preferences whether it’s just golf, go karts, zip-lining or water sliding. 

Olcott Beach Carousel Park

6. Olcott Beach Carousel Park

Olcott Beach

Olcott Beach Carousel Park is generally open weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s the tiniest amusement park you’ll ever see, reminiscent of the 1940’s, and run entirely by passionate volunteers.

Enjoy a ride on the 1928 Hershell-Spillman carousel and five other vintage kiddie rides.

There is no admission fee to enter the park and rides are just $0.25 each.

Remember, we don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing! George Bernard Shaw

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COVID-19 NOTE: Some of the information you find in our articles may currently be inaccurate due to closures and cancellations.

Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.