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Featured Shops
from Locally-Owned Specialties to Larger Stores
Alley Cat; Purrfect Price 6 Center Street 243-7601
American Custom Engraving Company 4550 Genesee Street 243-1303
Big B Buzzo Music, Ltd. 106 Main Street 243-2480
Cloud Nine Fashions 4178 Lakeville Road 243-1050
Genesee Valley Florist 60 Main Street 243-2590
Geneseo Computers 126 Main Street 243-4870
Geneseo Store/Royaltees 90 Main Street 243-0100
Georgia's Clothes Horse II 99 Main Street 243-1910
Good Spirits Discount Wine & Liquors 4275 Genesee Valley Plaza 243-0220
Honey Girl Gourmet 61 Main Street 245-8368
Not Dot Shop 127 Main Street 314-8482
Special Tees 57 Main Street 243-1314
Sundance Books 106 Main Street 243-2250
Sweet Arts Bakery in Geneseo 95 Main Street 245-9161
Touch of Grayce 65 Main Street 243-4980
Valley Liquor Shop 3 South Street 243-1260
Walmart of Geneseo 4235 Veteran Drive 243-4090
All Geneseo Shopping
Featured Eateries
from Quick Serves to Cafes and Fine Dining
Bar-Eat-O 3 Bank Street 243-9740
Big Tree Inn 46 Main Street 243-5220
Byrne Dairy Store & Service Station 39 East South Street 519-4410
Café Shiloh 120 Main Street 243-3714
Cricket's Coffee Company 53 Main Street 245-8984
Euro Café Real Food & Deli 82 Main Street 447-9252
Geneseo Family Restaurant 105 Main Street 243-3240
GioVanna's Pizza & Pasta 4153 Lakeville Road 243-2929
Livingston Lanes & Pub 4260 Lakeville Road 243-1760
Mama Mia's 87 Main Street 243-4840
University Hots 114 Main Street 243-4687
The Village Tavern 137 Center Street 447-9151
All Dining in Geneseo
Walk and Run in Geneseo 
Geneseo is one of the most walkable communities in Western New York. Enjoy our scenic sidewalks, including the historic district, our special trails and parks - Walk and Run in Geneseo
Main Street Geneseo's Main Street, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, extends approximately 4 blocks from the County Court House to the Village Park. It takes visitors past many historic 19th century houses, the historic bear monument, churches, an art gallery, B&Bs, a variety of interesting shops, and choices of restaurants. Shops offer enjoyable browsing for books, clothing, crafts, art, gifts, jewelry, music, and toys.
In the Village
Walk in the tree-shaded streets of Geneseo's Village lined with rambling old homes and admire the hanging baskets, well-tended gardens and colorful fall leaves. Then follow the extensive network of sidewalks to newer neighborhoods and to the scenic SUNY campus. You'll meet families out for casual strolls, purposeful walkers and joggers, all of them enjoying Geneseo's mixture of level streets and gentle hills.
Historic District The township of Geneseo was established in 1789, and has become the business and cultural center of the area. James and William Wadsworth first settled the valley as land agents for their uncle, Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth, Commissary General of the Revolutionary Army under George Washington. The Historic District was extended to include most of the old part of the center of the village and was listed on the National Register in 1985. In 1991 the U. S. Department of the Interior designated Geneseo a National Landmark Village.
Oaks Driving Tour The Genesee Valley oaks can be considered a gift from founding brother's James and William Wadsworth who stipulated at least one shade tree per 2 acres and occasional clumps on their densely wooded land be saved from the tenant's axes. Celebrate the beauty of our community by taking this self guided tour to view the extraordinary oak trees of the region. Genesee Valley Conservancy sponsors the annual fall Oak Tree 1/2 Marathon & 5K that captures much of the driving tour.
Exercise Run/Walks

The Livingston County Planning Department has developed several maps that offer an opportunity to create varied walks, runs and bike routes of measured distances (2 miles, 5 miles, etc). Combine a tour of Geneseo's Historic District and Main Street with an additional loop(s) to reach your desired distance!

Geneseo's Farmers Market
Geneseo's Farmers Market is open from mid-June through mid-October. Conveniently located at Main & Center Streets in the village, it is open from 3:00 to 6:30 on Thursdays. Almost daily, there are other Farmers Markets in the area.
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Family Entertainment
Geneseo Theaters. Located at 4180 Lakeville Road (Route 20A), it features first run movies in 6 theaters. For schedule, check web site or call 585-243-2691.
Genesee Country Village & Museum. Located in Mumford, only 30 minutes from Geneseo via Route 39 north, 5 west, and 36 north. Sixty-eight historic buildings for family viewing and a host of family activities week ends year round. The Nature Center (175 acres with five miles of hiking trails) offers walks and programs for all ages all year, such as Breakfast with the Birds and Insects in Winter. Enjoy, for example, the fall Agricultural Fair (children and adults contests), apple cooking demonstrations, Fourth of July celebration, and base ball games using 19th century rules and uniforms. Call 585-538-6822.
Genesee Valley Farm Discovery Center. 4376 East Groveland Road, Geneseo. The Center seeks to teach children and others about agriculture and our food system. It is a farm that educates and excites children about the conservation of natural resources and the use of modern farming advancements to grow crops, raise livestock and protect the environment.
The Geneseo Riviera a.k.a. "The Riv" - This facility, formerly known as The Rex, then Riviera Theater after 1930, has had a long history of movies and community involvement in Geneseo, dating back to the early 1900’s. After a 20-year hiatus, Palace Properties purchased and restored the theater to a multi-use performing arts center, featuring classic and new films, concerts, lectures, small theater productions and receptions. Check the website for the latest schedule.
Geocaching in Geneseo. Enjoying the fun of locating geocaches in the Village and Town of Geneseo will take people of all ages to a variety of places: from Long Point Park at Conesus Lake to historic sites in the Village to the College campus and places in between.
Livingston Lanes & Pub 4262 Lakeville Road (Route 20A). Has 16 lanes and a restaurant. 585 243-1760.
Minnehans Fun Center. Corner of Routes 20A and 256. Miniature golf, go-karts and batting cages. Also, have a mini-discovery zone for younger children and a restaurant. Call 585-346-6167.
Vintage Drive-In Theater. Located on Route 15 just north of Routes 5 & 20. Open April – October. For schedule see web site or call 585-226-9290.
Spa Getaway
Body & Face by Kristin 58 Main Street 243-3350
Cycle Craze 109 Main Street  
Envy Salon 94 Main Street 243-3689
Expressions Salon & Spa 4550 Millennium Drive 243-3890
Fit Club 24/7 5 Megan Drive 880-2533
Image Empire 109 Main Street 243-3630
Lattimore of Geneseo Physical Therapy 4577 Morgan View Drive 243-9150
Salon Secrets 4348 Pondside Plaza 243-3330
Shakti Yoga 2 School Street 243-5240
Uptown Tan 62 Main Street 243-5550
Valley School of Dance 63 Main Street 243-5240
All Salons and Spas
College Tour
Geneseo is the home of SUNY Geneseo, one of the most highly regarded public colleges in the Northeast.
SUNY Geneseo Website
Geneseo Campus Map
Scheduled Campus Tours
Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 feet in some places--surrounded by lush forests.
Letchworth State Park
Located only 6 miles from Geneseo. Take Route 39 south; turn left onto Route 36; watch for sign on right.
Letchworth State Park Website
Letchworth State Park on Facebook
Friends of Letchworth
Balloons Over Letchworth
Adventure Calls Outfitters
Glen Iris Inn
Letchworth Bird Conservation Area
Golf and Tennis
Livingston Country Club. Located on Route 20A east of the Village of Geneseo limits, this semi-private course is open to the public. The course can be enjoyed by competitive and novice golfers. A golf pro is available. Facilities include: pro shop, driving range, putting green, and a full service bar and restaurant. Call: 585-243-4430.
FarView Golf Club. Located on Route 39 approximately 7 miles north of Geneseo, the course includes two nine-hole layouts that are completely different. The front nine holes are played at one of the highest points in the county, where the view overlooking the Genesee River Valley is spectacular. A pro shop and snack bar are available in the new clubhouse. Call: 585-226-8210
Old Hickory Golf Club. Located at 6653 Big Tree Road, Livonia, approximately 12 miles east of Geneseo. This semi-private course is open to the public. Facilities include: pro shop, driving range, putting green, snack bar. Call: 585-346-2450
Genesee Volley Tennis Club. Located on the Hartford House Estate at 17 Avon Road in Geneseo. Livingston County's premiere tennis club is open April to October. Play on a state-of-the-art Har-Tru clay court surface. Call: 585-233-5338.
Highland Park Tennis Courts. Located on Highland Road at the intersection with Oak Street. Public facilities include 2 courts. Courts change on the hour. Call: 585-243-1177.
Genesee Valley GreenwayThe Genesee Valley Greenway follows the path of the abandoned Genesee Valley Canal and Pennsylvania Railroad. It passes through scenic woodlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, old stone canal locks and culverts and historic villages located in sixteen town in 5 counties of New York State. The many trail heads offer hikes of varying distances between trail heads. The closest trail entrance to Geneseo is in Piffard on Rt.63 near the Yard of Ale restaurant. The trail surface provides a firm, level surface for walking, jogging, biking, bird watching and horseback riding. Call: 585-658-2569
Indian FortIndian Fort Nature Preserve Research Reserve. This 60 acre forest has rich habitat: gullies with creeks, frontage on the Genesee River, a small field, and pond. The property has trails and access to the Genesee River for fishing and small crafts (River access improvement are planned). The "Indian Fort" property, like many locations along the Genesee River, has history dating to the Iroquois. Features found indicate former palisades once stood on the land. The significance of these features prompted the area to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Due to the property's cultural features, visible geology, and diverse botany, the preserve has been designated a Research Reserve by GVC. Contact GVC if you wish to conduct research or educational visits to the property. Please remain on the established hiking trails. Keep dogs leashed or under voice control. Hunting, camping, motor vehicles, equestrian, and swimming are prohibited. Click HERE for a Brochure. Location: 3432 Jones Bridge Road: Park in the lot at the top of the road, the trail starts from the parking area. DO NOT drive to the bottom of the road: you may get stuck!
The John W. Chanler Island Preserve. This property is owned by the Genesee Valley Conservancy, a not-for-profit land conservation organization. This 40 acre property is open to the public for low impact recreation. The property consists of grassland fields and an 'island' woodlot in the main field. Trails are maintained on the property; a mowed trail starts from the base of Cavalry Drive and heads up around the main field and mulched trails traverse the 'island' woodlot. This property is managed for habitat and is used by the Central School and SUNY Geneseo for hands on learning and research. The property is open year round for hiking/walking/bird watching from sunup to sundown. There are two entrances; on Cavalry Drive (parking and walking) and at 213 Lima Road (walking only). Both entrances have signs and brochure boxes.
From Main Street in Geneseo head north on Route 39. Across from Geneseo Central School turn right onto Cavalry Drive. The trail begins on the right side of Cavalry Drive at the trailhead sign. 585-243-2190.
The Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum is located off Route 20A adjacent to residence halls on the south edge of SUNY Geneseo - Trail Map. The Arboretum provides opportunities to bring together members of SUNY Geneseo and surrounding communities to interactively experience the benefits provided by this natural heritage. This area is open dawn to dusk - walk nearly 1 mile of trails, enjoy the native plant gardens, 9/11 memorial, and stop to rest or picnic! Follow Roemer Arboretum on Facebook.
Hiking and Biking in Geneseo and the Finger Lakes. Enjoy the sights and sounds of scenic town and village of Geneseo and the Finger Lakes following hiking and biking trails that provide detailed directions. Some trails list shops and restaurant stops, as well as descriptions of sights along the way.
Mt. Morris DamMt. Morris Dam & William B. Hoyt II Visitors Center Take Route 39 south; turn left onto Route 36. In Mt. Morris turn right onto Route 408 for 4 miles; watch for sign on right. Completed in 1952 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Dam is the largest of its type east of the Mississippi River. It controls flow of the Genesee River at the north end of Letchworth State Park. The Visitors Center provides an excellent view of the Dam. The Center offers a museum, theater, lecture series, and public rest room facilities, and provides a relaxing, educational experience for visitors. Hiking trails, including a segment of the Finger Lakes Trail, lead from the Center. Call: 585-658-4790.
Genesee Country Nature Center. Located at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, only 30 minutes from Geneseo via Routes 39 north, 5 west, and 36 north. Covers 175 acres and features 5 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Open year round. See schedule for summer guided tours. 585-538-6822.
Letchworth State Park, "The Grand Canyon of the East", is one of the region's top outdoor recreation areas. Located only 6 miles from Geneseo. Take Route 39 south; turn left onto Route 36.; watch for sign on right. 28 trails, that vary from 1/2 mile to 7 miles, offer a variety of difficulty for novices and experienced hikers. The Finger Lakes Trail and Genesee Greenway pass through Letchworth State Park. 10 trails are open for biking. Call: 585-493-3600
Stoney Brook State ParkStony Brook State Park. Take I-390 to exit 4. Located on Route 36 south, 3 miles south of Dansville. 585-335-8111. The Park’s terrain comprises hilly woodlands, a deep gorge with cliffs overlooking three waterfalls, and interesting rock formations. Visitors can hike rim, gorge, or nature trails and swim in two stream-fed pools. Facilities include: tennis, picnic areas and shelters with fireplaces, bathhouses, campsites, hot showers, rest rooms, and accessible parking. In winter, three miles of cross-country trails are available. The Park is open year round. Camping season runs from the first weekend in May to mid-October. All gorge trails close the Friday before Thanksgiving. Bow hunting for deer is permitted during the season. Camping reservations: 800-456-2267 or go to
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Wine Tasting
Geneseo is the perfect starting place to sample and visit the many wineries nearby. Some of the more local wineries are:
Deer Run Winery located on the western shore of Conesus Lake at 3773 West Lake Road in Geneseo. Call 585-346-0850
Eagle Crest Vineyards located on Hemlock Lake at 7107 Vineyard Road in Conesus, NY. Call 585-346-2321.
The weblinks below offer more general information about Finger Lakes Wines and Wineries.
Official Travel and Tourism Information for Finger Lakes Wine Country
Finger Lakes Wine – A guide to Finger Lakes Wineries, Wine and Wine trails
Finger Lakes Wine Alliance
Geneseo Festivals and Events
Geneseo hosts many festivals and events to delight visitors and residents of all ages and interests. Follow the events throughout the year as listed below.
Memorial Day Parade. Parade travels along Main Street from Village Park to Civil War Monument and then returns to the Village Park for a ceremony.
The Geneseo Summer Festival is an annual event the 2nd week of July. The festival amongst other things include the Teddy Bear Parade on Saturday, games and crafts for children, sidewalk sales, vendors, concerts, and refreshments provided by local churches.
Geneseo Summer Concerts Join us on Friday evenings in the Village Park for a variety of quality music - everything from jazz, Celtic, big band, good ol' rock & roll, country, blues and standards. Just bring your family, friends, and a chair. What could be sweeter on a summer evening?
Conesus Lake Ring of Fire. Held on July 3rd. Lake homeowners light up the lake for holiday celebrations.
Fiddlers’ Picnic. Long Point Park at Conesus Lake. Multiple stages highlight old time country music. Off stage jam sessions encouraged. Fiddlers of all ages are invited. Takes place in August Free admission and parking.
Oak Tree Half Marathon & 5K Road Race; Kids Fun Run. Sponsored by the Genesee Valley Conservancy, this race takes participants through historic Geneseo village streets and surrounding rustic roadways. Held Labor Day weekend.
Opening Meet of the Genesee Valley Hunt Club, oldest Hunt Club in the country. Hounds precede the formally dressed Hunt Club members on horseback as they proceed down historic Main Street at 7:30 am on the last Saturday of September.
Genesee Valley Hunt Races. Pony, steeple, and flat races. Stick horse races, wagon rides, and mingling with the Hunt hounds for children. Terrier competitions, tailgate picnics, vendors. Nations Road, off Route 39. Saturday of Columbus weekend. Small charge for entry.
Halloween Parade. Children gather at Village Park and parade down Main Street to the Bear Fountain. Prizes and refreshments.
Christmas Sing. Everyone assembles at the Village Park to see the lighting of the Christmas trees. Caroling, led by Rotary members, begins at the Park and continues as the group strolls down Main Street to the Bear Fountain. Trees in the Fountain are trimmed by Geneseo Garden Club members and SUNY students with Christmas decorations made by the kindergarten and third graders of Geneseo. Everyone gathers around the Fountain singing carols before Santa Claus arrives. Each child has a chance to meet Santa and everyone enjoys free refreshments.
Geneseo Air Show
Geneseo Air Show, the Greatest Show on Turf. Six hours of non-stop flying demonstrations of World War II planes for 2 days. See vintage planes up close and talk with pilots. Visit the National Warplane Museum, which is also located at the Geneseo Airfield. Second weekend of July.
Museum and Gallery Hopping
Geneseo is home to a wide variety of museums and galleries and a short drive away from many more. Each learning opportunity is unique to this area.
1941 Historical Aircraft Group MuseumNational Warplane Museum. Founded in 1994, the Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, display, and flight of aircraft of the World War II and Korean War eras, as well as recognition of all U.S. Military personnel for their service and sacrifice. The display includes numerous static airplanes and flying airplanes, a Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, and memorabilia of veterans. There is also a replica of a 1940’s kitchen and living room. The Geneseo Air Show is a highlight of the year. Located at the Geneseo Airfleld on Big Tree Lane off Route 63 opposite SUNY Geneseo. 585-243-2100
Livingston County Historical Museum Located in one of the few remaining examples of cobblestone masonry in the County, the Museum is operated by the Livingston County Historical Society. Exhibits range from relics of pioneer days to mementos of the 20th century; household articles to ladies’ finery; from objects of folk art to examples of Valley wildlife; from Indian artifacts to old-time lighting devices. It also has an excellent collection of military items. 30 Center Street, Geneseo. Call 243-9147 for hours.
Walter Kingston Long Point Museum and Visitors' Information Center recognizes and preserves the diverse history of Long Point Park, dating from its days as a docking site for Native American canoeists and steamboats to its amusement park days and now as a Town owned and operated recreational site. This Museum is under transition, being relocated to an alternate site at the park. For information and updates please call 585-991-5000.
SUNY Geneseo Galleries
SUNY Geneseo has galleries to exhibit
works by both student and nationally recognized artists.
Lockhart Gallery, located in the McClellan House at 26 Main Street, serves as a cultural and educational resource for Geneseo, the greater Rochester area and Western New York through changing exhibitions that range from contemporary to historic exhibitions and include regional and nationally recognized artists.
Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, located in William A. Brodie Hall, presents exhibitions of contemporary local and national artists, Geneseo art faculty, juried student work, and graduating art students' final projects.
Gallery B2 is located within the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery. It's purpose is to exhibit objects and artifacts held in other collections on the campus of SUNY Geneseo. Gallery B2 broadens the scope of exhibitions and at the same seeks to encourage faculty and students across disciplines to view and access Gallery B2 as a site of experimentation allowing for the development of interdisciplinary between art, the humanities and the sciences.
Bridge Gallery is located on the second floor of Brodie Hall and connects the performing arts program to the visual art and art history programs. The primary function of Bridge gallery is to exhibit the artwork of students in the art department.
Kinetic Gallery, located in the Robert W. MacVittie College Union, provides a space where both student artists and student curators can gain professional exhibit experience, specifically through displays organized by Activities Commission Arts & Exhibits. The gallery features works from both student and outside artists and, through its exhibits, the Kinetic Gallery facilitates the development of an appreciation of and interest in the fine arts among all students.
Nearby Museums and Galleries
Livingston Arts Center & New Deal Art Gallery. Operated by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts. Located at 4 Murray Hill Drive, Livingston County Campus, Mt. Morris, which is the site of a former tuberculosis sanatorium. The Arts Center occupies a former apartment residence for hospital physicians and their families. It features the New Deal Gallery, home to Livingston County's easel painting collection made through FDR's New Deal programs; Apartment One, a gallery for regional artists' and special exhibits; the Arts Council's offices; and a gift shop. The Arts Center is also a learning site. For hours, tour and class schedules, call 585-243-6785.
Genesee Country Village and Museum Located in Mumford, only 30 minutes from Geneseo via Routes 39 north, 5 west, and 36 north. Enjoy visits to 68 historic 19th century buildings (the largest collection in the northeast) that includes, for example, a print shop, general store, blacksmith, pottery, farms with oxen and other animals. Take in a 19th century base ball game, discover 4 centuries of art in the Gallery of Wildlife and Sporting Art, and explore 5 miles of nature center trails. Special events are scheduled most weekends, such as 1812 War re-enactments, Fourth of July, Agricultural Fair. Call 585-538-6822 for more information.
The Jell-O Gallery The invention of JELL-O in 19th century Le Roy, New York, is celebrated at this Gallery with a museum and rotating exhibits at the Le Roy House, 23 East Main Street (Route 5). Take a 30 minute drive northwest of Geneseo on Route 39 north, which overlooks the Genesee Valley, to Route 5/20 in Avon. Turn left and remain on Route 5, when Route 20 diverges, to reach Le Roy. 585-768-7433.
Restored Seneca Indian Council House. On the ridge behind the Glen Iris Inn stands a restored Seneca Indian Council House and the grave of Mary Jamison. Mary Jamison, the White Woman of the Genesee, was captured by Indians from her Pennsylvania home at the young age of fifteen and brought to the Genesee Valley. Here, she married, raised her children and lived peacefully to the age of 90 amongst her adopted Seneca Nation people. Her cabin on the Grandeau Flats, just North of the falls was her home for many years. The log structures located here were preserved by Mr. Letchworth as part of his ongoing endeavor to preserve the Seneca culture.
Samuel Warren Homestead Museum The winery founded by Samuel Warren was the first successful commercial winery in New York State. Samuel Warren’s house is now home to the York Historical Society at 2431 Dow Rd., York, approximately 8 miles from Geneseo. Exhibits on the life of Samuel Warren and local agricultural history are open the first and third Sunday of the month from May through October. The New York Heritage Collection of wines based on heirloom grapes and apples was inspired by Samuel Warren’s work. Take Route 63 west; turn right onto Route 36; Dow Road is 1 mile from the intersection. 585-243-2027
William "Pryor" Letchworth Museum Opened in 1913, the museum has displays of Native American artifacts, collected by Mr. Letchworth, including items such as stone tools and pottery. Early photographs of the park along with displays, tell of the evolution of Mr. Letchworth's estate into the 14,350 acre state park that we enjoy today. Housed at the museum are the contents of Mr. Letchworth's personal library which reflect not only his interests, but also social concerns. Located across the road from the Glen Iris Inn in Letchworth State Park.
Adventure Calls Outfitters. Wide variety of adventure opportunities, including rafting in Letchworth State Park, canoing, kayaking, high rope challenge courses, and team building programs. 1-888-280-2410 or 585-343-4710.
Champagne Balloon Flights in Letchworth State Park. Hot air balloon rides over Letchworth State Park.  Balloons launch from the Middle/Upper Falls picnic area. 585-493-3340
Liberty Balloon Company. Hot air balloon rides over Letchworth State Park and the Finger Lakes region. 1-800-777-2FLY
Pack, Paddle, Ski Corp. Hiking/backpacking, paddling – canoing and kayaking, bicycling, cross-country skiing in western New York. 585-346-5597
Geneseo has a long equestrian tradition, which began with the original Wadsworth settlers and continues to this day. Boarding, breeding, training, and instruction are features of the many stables which dot the countryside, and the area hosts many equestrian competitions throughout the year. The Genesee Valley Hunt Club is the oldest in the country.
Hunt Field Steeple Chase Hunt Field
Genesee Valley Pony Club. Teaches children riding skills and responsible, kind care for their horses. Sponsors a Spring Event with dressage, cross country, and show jumping (Nations Road).
Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials. Dressage, cross country, and show jumping. Nations Road (off Route 39 approx. 1 mile north of Geneseo).
Genesee Valley Hunt Races. Steeple, flat, and pony races and a wide range of entertainment: stick horse races for children, pony and wagon rides, terrier competitions, and parade of the hunting hounds (which children can meet and pet). Nations Road. Saturday of Columbus weekend.
Genesee Valley Hunt Opening Meet. Riders parade down Main Street, Geneseo, following the hunting hounds as they begin the fall hunt season. Last Saturday of September. 7:30 AM.
Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club. Serves the area’s riding and driving by offering educational opportunities and holding a variety of events.
Leg Up Stables is a full care boarding and training facility located in Geneseo, offering horseback riding lessons, horseback riding summer camp and other programs including internships and volunteer opportunities.
Leg Up Stables is home to the SUNY Geneseo varsity equestrian team.
Wolcott Farms offers horseback riding and horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides in Letchworth, as well as riding lessons and other activities. 585-786-3504
Fishing & Boating
In addition to the opportunities listed below, Geneseo is surrounded by many beautiful fishing and boating areas, including Lake Ontario to the North and the other Finger Lakes to the East.
Conesus Lake is located 6 miles from Geneseo, is the western-most of the 11 Finger Lakes. Its 3,420 acres tempt anglers with northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye and panfish. Winter finds a small village of temporary ice fishing shelters at the north end of the lake.
Canadice LakeCanadice Lake is located in southwest Ontario County. Like Hemlock Lake, it is a source of water for the City of Rochester and has restricted boat access as well as an undeveloped shoreline. Its 649 acres are stocked with lake, brown and rainbow trout, salmon, pickerel, largemouth and smallmouth bass and panfish.
Hemlock LakeHemlock Lake is located in southeast Livingston County. Its 1,800 acres are home to lake, brown and rainbow trout, salmon, pickerel, largemouth and smallmouth bass and panfish. Because it is one of the sources of water for the City of Rochester, fishing and boating are allowed by permit only. Annual permits can be obtained free of charge from a self-service booth at the north end of the Lake. Motors may not exceed 10 hp. This is also a popular lake for ice fishing.
Silver LakeSilver Lake is located approximately 20 miles from Geneseo, is north of Letchworth State Park in eastern Wyoming County. Its 760 acres are home to largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike and panfish. Only 34 feet deep, the lake can freeze in early winter and is a very popular spot for ice fishing.
Lake Ontario is the eastern-most and smallest of the Great Lakes. The largest and foremost body of fresh water for upstate New York with a coastline populated by more than 2 million in the US and 9 million in Canada. The massive size of the lake contributes greatly to local weather conditions in the area, both good and bad. There are plenty of locations to enjoy this lake from throughout the Rochester area.
Local Rivers and Streams
River Access Park, located in the village of Geneseo on Riverside Drive off lower Court Street, has a catch & release fishing pond and Genesee River public launching for kayaks, canoes, and other light craft. Open 7 a.m. to dusk.
Lower Genesee River, Mt. Morris Dam to Lake Ontario. Chinook and coho salmon, trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern pike and panfish.
Upper Genesee River, Mt. Morris Dam to Pennsylvania state line. Trout and bass.
Boat Launches
Conesus Lake
Wildlife Management Area, at south end of Conesus Lake, off Route 256
East Lake Road, 4 miles south of Route 20A
Pebble Beach, ¼ mile south of Route 20A in Lakeville
Sand Point, on Route 20A in Lakeville
Canadice Lake
East side near the intersection of Canadice and Birch Hill Road.
Silver Lake
Castile, at the south end of the lake on the west side
Genesee River
Avon, on Routes 5 & 20 in village of Avon
Also River Access Park in Geneseo (see above)
Other Sites of Interest
Caledonia Fish Hatchery, 16 North Street, Caledonia. Located 18 miles from Geneseo in the village of Caledonia, this was the first fish hatchery in the Western Hemisphere, started in 1864 by the father of fish culture, Seth Green. Today, Caledonia is one of 12 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation operated fish hatcheries, producing all of the state’s two-year old brown trout, stocking fishing waters from Oatka Creek to the Adirondack and Long Island Regions. Its Spring Creek offers fishing opportunities, including a special handicap-accessible fishing area. Tours are available year-round. 585-538-6300.
DEC New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a very informative website with information on outdoor recreation, conservation, publications and maps, area fishing, boating and hunting. The local Region 8 Headquarters are in Avon at 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, phone 585-226-2466. At these headquarters each September, the Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs host an annual celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day with events and exhibits and over 90 vendors of outdoor recreation products.
Fishing licenses can be purchased at the Geneseo Walmart Store at 4235 Veteran Drive.
Geneseo’s Parks and Conesus Lake welcome visitors and residents alike to enjoy a wide variety of land and water sports, and tranquil activities that range from picnics to enjoying the lovely scenery. Minutes away one will find Letchworth State Park, a year-round gem featuring “the grand canyon of the east”, and Stony Brook State Park.
Conesus LakeLong Point Park, Conesus Lake. Located on Route 256 (West Lake Road) at the intersection with Long Point Road. Facilities include: picnic tables, barbecue equipment, pavilion (available for rent), restrooms, playground. Lifeguard is present during swimming season. Call: 585-991-5000
Highland ParkHighland Park is located on Highland Road at the intersection with Oak Street. Facilities include: basketball court, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, playground, pavilion, dog park and rest rooms. Summer recreation program for children. Ice skating in winter. The Depot located in Highland Park is the former Geneseo Railway Station, that was originally built in 1875 at the foot of Court Street; it was moved to the Park in 1976.
River Access Park, located on Riverside Drive off lower Court Street. Follow signs on left side of Riverside Drive to take driveway down to the Park. Provides public launching for kayaks, canoes, and other light craft, an extensive lawn area, and a pond for fishing. Open 7 am to dusk.
The Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum is located off Route 20A adjacent to residence halls on the south edge of SUNY Geneseo - Trail Map. The Arboretum provides opportunities to bring together members of SUNY Geneseo and surrounding communities to interactively experience the benefits provided by this natural heritage. This area is open dawn to dusk - walk nearly 1 mile of trails, enjoy the native plant gardens, 9/11 memorial, and stop to rest or picnic! Follow Roemer Arboretum on Facebook.
Village Park Village Park is located on the corner of Main Street and Route 20A. Includes picnic tables, benches, garden, extensive lawn, Veterans' Memorial, and historic Log Cabin.
Winter Activities
Geneseo folks make the most of its wonderful winters. Whether your choice is a quiet winter walk and playful examination of our variety of snowflakes or skating at the College rink or the Highland Park “pond,” Geneseo is your place. A short drive will open up an even larger winter world of snow-boarding, cross-country or downhill skiing, tubing or the fast-growing avocation of snow-shoeing.
Swain Resort Located at 2772 Main Street, Swain, NY. Take I-390 to Exit 4; right onto Route 70; left onto County Road 24. Approximately 30 miles from Geneseo. Facilities: 21 downhill trails, snowboarding, snow tubing, terrain parks, half pipe. Provides child care, ski and snowboarding lessons, children’s programs. Offers restaurants, bars and lounges. Call: 607-545-6511; Snow Phone: 585-234-SNOW.
Bristol Mountain Winter Resort. Take Route 20A East. Turn right onto Route 64. Approximately 40 miles from Geneseo. Facilities: 32 slopes and trails, terrain parks, half pipe. Provides child care, snow sports school, children’s programs. Offers cafeterias, sub shop, bar and lounge. Call: 585-374-6000
Conesus Lake, Ice Fishing at the north end of the Lake. Take Route 20A east approximately 6 miles to Vitale Park in Lakeville. Parking at Vitale Park. The Çonesus Lake Association posts when ice is on the Lake at
Highland Park. Highland Road, Geneseo. Ice skating. Call: 585-243-1177
Wilson Ice Arena, Merritt Athletic Center, SUNY. (MAP) Recreational Ice Skating: Monday-Thursday 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm; Saturday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm except on game nights; Sunday 6:30 pm - 7:50 pm. For questions call Sports Hotline, 245-5350. Hockey: Geneseo Knights (link to hockey games are played at Wilson Ice Arena. Geneseo Youth Hockey teams play here, also.
Genesee Valley Greenway. The Genesee Valley Greenway follows the path of the abandoned Genesee Valley Canal and Pennsylvania Railroad.. The many trail heads offer trails of varying distances. The closest trail entrance to Geneseo is in Piffard on Route 63 near the Yard of Ale restaurant. The trail surface provides a firm, level surface for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Call: 585-658-2569
Letchworth State Park. Enter via the Castile entrance on Route 39. Snowmobiling on 4 trails, cross-country skiing on 23 trails, snowshoeing, ice skating and snow tubing. Call: 585-493-3600
Stony Brook State Park. Take I-390 to exit 4. Located on Route 36 south, 3 miles south of Dansville. Three miles of cross-country trails. Call: 585-335-8111
College & School Sports
Geneseo offers many opportunities to enjoy a variety of competitive men’s and women’s athletics at both the college and high school level.
SUNY Geneseo men and women teams participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division III level. Please refer to the Geneseo Blue Knights website for team information and sports calendars.
Geneseo Central School offers boys and girls team sports at the varsity, junior varsity and modified levels. Please refer to Geneseo Blue Devils website for team information and sports calendars.
Geneseo offers a veritable cornucopia of theatrical and music events with year-round offerings affording something for most any taste. Many of the presentations have been award winners thanks to the wonderful efforts and cooperation of the College, School and Community Players. Please check their websites and the centralized schedule found elsewhere on the website. Failing that, and the silver screen is more to your liking, we have our own multi-screen Geneseo Cinema up on the 20A corridor.
Geneseo Community Players, formed in 1950, produces two full length productions a year; a Winter drama and a Summer musical.
Geneseo Theaters. Located at 4180 Lakeville Road, it features first run movies in 6 theaters. Call 585-243-2691 for schedule.
Vintage Drive-In Theater. Located on Route 15 just north of Routes 5 & 20. Open April-October. Call 585-226-8320 for schedule.
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Finger Lakes Area
Resembling the fingers of a hand, eleven linear lakes make up the Finger Lakes region of west central New York State, ranging from 40-mile long Cayuga Lake to 3-mile long Canadice Lake. Varying from small, undeveloped natural preserves ideal for kayaking and relaxation to bustling and boat-filled tourist havens full of summer cottages and recreation, you can find your ideal vacation in the Finger Lakes. The region is situated between the cities of Syracuse and Rochester, running 75 miles from east to west and 50 miles from north to south.
The weblinks below offer more general information about the Finger Lakes.
Explore the Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
Life in the Finger Lakes
Routes 5 and 20
Rochester Area
The weblinks below offer more general information about the Rochester Area.
Visit Rochester
George Eastman House
Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Niagara Falls and Buffalo
The weblinks below offer more general information about Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
Visit Buffalo and Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Live
Niagara Falls (Canada) Destination Guide
Corning and Elmira
The weblinks below offer more general information about the Corning and Elmira.
Corning and the Finger Lakes
Corning Museum of Glass
Mark Twain Country
The National Soaring Museum
Watkins Glen Area
The weblinks below offer more general information about the Watkins Glen Area.
Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce
Spa Getaway College Tour Hike/Bike/Paddle Wine Tasting Summer Festival Air Show Museum Hopping Watkins Glen