Ontario Beach Park

Ontario Beach Park

Ontario Beach Park is located at the northernmost tip of the city of Rochester, and is bordered on the East by the mouth of the Genesee River.

The park is at the north end of the 16-mile Genesee Riverway Trail which runs through Rochester from Genesee Valley Park to Lake Ontario. The trail links the four Frederick Law Olmstead-designed parks together, and uses the various bridges that span the Genesee, plus the boardwalk at Turning Point Park.

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.

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

The Dentzel Carousel

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, opposed to 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
Original Abbott’s Custard on Lake Ave
Ontario Beach Park California Rollin
California Rollin’ Sushi
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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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.