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Staycation: A Little Farther, Destinations 1-2 Hours Away

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Seneca Iroquois Museum

Seneca Iroquois Museum

It’s that time of year again: summer vacation. Unfortunately for many of us, due to finances, work, school, kids, or just an overall lack of free time, the ‘vacation’ part of summer may not fit into the equation. Luckily, Western and Upstate New York, our own backyard, is a vacation destination. Yes, from outdoorsy activities to beach spots to grandiose mansions and castles, ingredients for relaxation, thrills and fun are all around us.  So, have a staycation: here are some cool ideas outside of the typical tourist destinations to feed your wanderlust.  Some destinations can be a weekend trip, a day trip or even a half day trip.

In addition to several features in this week’s this week’s print edition, we will be posting near by destinations and day trip ideas here on Artvoice Daily over the course of the week. Today we have some destinations one to two hours away, care of Artvoice Staffer Kellie Coppola. To view all of the other posts as they are added, click here.


Heading South:

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum / (716) 945-1104

814 Broad St. Salamanca, NY, one hour and fifteen minutes south

Adults $5.00, Seniors $3.00, College Students $3.00, Children 7+ $2.00

New York State’s long history intertwines deeply with that of the Iroquois Native American league of nations. The museum’s variety of exhibits, permanent and temporary, should enlighten and intrigue as they detail Native American history and culture in greater depth than any textbook.


Allegany State Park / (716) 354-9101 or 1-800-456-2267

2373 Allegany State Park Route 1, Ste. 3 Salamanca, NY 14779, one and a half hours south

Allegany State Park is the largest state park in New York with over 65,000 acres of natural beauty. Enjoy some natural R-and-R with a camping vacation in one of several campsites and cabins available for rent and a plethora of trails for hiking. For those with an adventurous side, head to Thunder Rocks for some climbing and to the Bear Caves to see plate tectonics at work around some collapsed fault lines. Want to get out of the woods? There’s a beach and fishing pier as well.


Rock-CityRock City / 1-866-404-ROCK /

505 Route 16, Olean, NY, one and a half hours southeast

9 a.m. – 6 p.m., $5 per person, $3 children 6-12

Rock City is considered to be the largest exposure of quartz conglomerate in the world. What that means for non-geology nerds: a ton of climbing and and awesome views of the surrounding forest of Allegany State Park. Unleash your adventurous side as you scale prehistoric rock faces, many of which are several stories high. 


Heading East:

JELL-O Gallery

22 E. Main St. Leroy, NY 14482

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-4p.m.

Adults $4.50, Children 6-11 $1.50, 5 and under free

JELL-O, “America’s most famous dessert” was invented in Leroy, NY in 1897. Take a tour and learn all there is to know about your favorite afternoon snack. For the JELL-O lover in your life, themed gifts and paraphernalia are available online and in the gift shop.


BelhurstBelhurst Castle

4069 West Lake Road, PO Box 609, Geneva, NY 14456, two hours east

Commissioned in 1888, Belhurst Castle is a beautifully constructed mansion that has over the years expanded its grounds to include Vinifera Inn, White Springs Manor, a spa and an exquisite, award-winning winery. Book your fairytale weekend getaway at one what has been voted One of the Most Romantic Places in New York State and enjoy all of the luxury Belhurst has to offer.

More information about Belhurst and making reservations can be found on the website.


The Wizard of Clay

The Wizard of Clay, 7851 Rt 20A, Bloomfield NY 14469, about two hours east

Open year-round, hours 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Whether you’re looking for a new piece for the house, a pottery enthusiast or are just interested in something out of the ordinary, the Wizard of Clay Workshop and outlet store is a great place to buy, witness and learn about a timeless art vital in the development of cultures and civilizations around the world. The ‘Wizards” at Wizards of clay make great, modern pieces while paying homage to a method from thousands of years ago. Visit the production facilities, talk to the potters to learn about their craft, and even purchase a handcrafted souvenir. A sampling of the products available for sale and more information about the facilities are available on the website.


Bristol Mtn Aerial ParkBristol Mountain Aerial Park / (585) 374-6000 /

5662 Route 64 Canandaigua, NY 14424, two hours east

Ages 7+ $49, Children ages 4-7 $25, After 3:30 p.m. $39

Hours are available on the website. Reservations are required, call for details.

Fly through the forest canopy with over 5,000 feet of zipline. Over seven challenge courses are available and two courses are available for the little ones.


Roseland WaterparkRoseland Waterpark / (585) 396-2000

250 Eastern Blvd. Canandaigua, New York 14424, one and a half hours east

Hours are available on the website.

Regular (over 48” tall)- $27.95, Youth (less than 48”) $22.95, After 3 p.m. (all ages) $18.95, Age 2 and younger & 60+ $9.95. Spectator pricing available on the website.

When you’re done gliding through trees at the Bristol Mountain Aerial Park, cool off at the Roseland Waterpark and Wave Park. According to its website, Roseland Waterpark is the largest water park in the Fingerlakes region and includes nine water attractions.


Roseland WakeparkRoseland Wake Park / (585) 393-9253 /

250 Eastern Blvd. Canandaigua, NY 14424 (same location as waterpark)

Roseland Wake Park provides even more refreshing fun as the first and only cable water park in the Northeastern United States. Learn to ride with lessons and practice on the Lil Bro cable system before your first ride on the lake, complete with ramps and rails ranging in difficulty for an optimal wakeboarding experience.


Heading Southwest:

-chataquaChautauqua Institution

One Ames Ave. Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722, one and a half hours southwest / (716) 357-6200 / 1-800-836-ARTS

The Chautauqua Institution is a 750-acre educational center on the bank of the Chautauqua Lake on the Southwestern corner of New York State. It is a place to relax on the beach, participate in enriching adult and youth programs, enjoy recreational facilities such as golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts and, ultimately, to enjoy a relaxing and fulfilling summer. Tickets and accommodations can be purchased on the website.


Panama RocksPanama Rocks / (716) 782-2845 /

11 Rock Hill Rd. Panama, New York 14767, one and a half hours southwest

Just 15 minutes from Chautauqua Lake and 90 minutes from Buffalo lies a stretch of primordial forest. In this forest lies a top-rated visitor attraction: a half-mile ridge of 60-foot high rocks that provide a scenic outdoor adventure. Trek through the natural crevices and passageways and then take a mile long hike on their main trail. For the daring and curious, go off the trail and explore.


Lucy-MuseumLucy – Desi Center for Comedy / (716) 484-0800

2 W. Third St. Jamestown, NY 14071, one and a half hours southwest

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

General Admission: $15, Seniors: $14, Youth (6-18): $10, Child (5 and under): free

Tickets may be purchased in person or on the website.

For comedy buffs out there craving some Vitametavegamins (or that love I Love Lucy enough to get this reference), the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy is a must see. Tour the Lucy-Desi center’s two facilities: Desilu Studios and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, for your daily dose of nostalgia and laughter. A recreation of Ricky Ricardo’s Tropicana room is also available for booking special events. If your trip falls between July 30 and August 2, make sure to book your tickets to see renowned comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Nick Offerman at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
Photo of Tropicana Room