Ontario Beach Park summer cover

Ontario Beach Park

At the northernmost tip of the city, the Genesee River borders the park to the east. Besides a sandy beach with plenty of parking, visitors can enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk and pier, indulge in the original 1902 Abbott’s Frozen Custard, ride on the 1905 Dentzel Carousel, and tour the 1822 Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.

In the City’s Charlotte neighborhood, you’ll find a long walking pier extending out into the lake, the original Abbott’s Frozen Custard, the original 1905 Dentzel Carousel, restaurants with waterfront seating, a couple of wonderful “greasy spoons”, bars, the Port of Rochester and marina, a boardwalk, and plenty of lot and street parking. There is a free public swimming beach, though it does close periodically.

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Ontario Beach Park Bathhouse, Beach and Boardwalk

Ontario Beach Park volleyball
Ontario Beach Park bath house
Bath House
Lake Ontario Polar Plunge
Polar Plunge
Ontario Beach Park Concerts by the Shore
Concerts by the Shore

The Pier and Port of Rochester

Ontario Beach Park pier
Charlotte Pier
Fishing Charlotte pier
Charlotte Pier winter ice
Winter Sailing Genesee River
Port of Rochester
Ontario Beach Park boats
Ontario Beach Park Port of Rochester
Port of Rochester bridge
O’Rorke Bridge
Ontario Beach Park Dentzel Carousel
Ontario Beach carousel
Ontario Beach Park Dentzel Carousel

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

The 1822 Genesee-Charlotte Lighthouse is the oldest active surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario and is located just a few blocks south on Lake Ave.

Visitors wonder why the lighthouse is so far inland; where it stands now used to be shoreline. When open, you can go to the very top to look out over the lake and what used to be marshlands.

Lighthouses Along Lake Ontario: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse

Food & Drink

The great thing about Ontario Beach Park, unlike other lakeside parks in the area, is the abundance of refreshment options. Some have been in the area for decades; others are brand new.

Here are a few tried-and-true you can check out while visiting Charlotte: Hose 22, California RollinJetty at the Port, Pelican’s Nest, Abbot’s Frozen Custard, LDR Char Pit, Mr. Dominic’s at the Lake, Windjammers, and Whiskey River Pub and Grill.

Original Abbotts Custard Lake Ave Rochester
Ontario Beach Park California Rollin
Bill Grays Jetty Abbotts
Ontario Beach Park

More information about Ontario Beach Park

As for events, you’ll find concerts by the shore in the gazebo, visiting ships, “Autumn on the Lake” during Roc the Riverway weekend, and fireworks on holidays.

Cost: Free

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

More information: cityofrochester.gov/portofrochester/

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Where is your favorite spot at Ontario Beach Park?

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