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Rochester may be hours away from the nearest ocean, but it is home to beautiful beaches, located along the shore of Lake Ontario, one of the United States' five 'Great Lakes.' Swim, build sandcastles, or simply bask in the sun, and be sure to treat yourself to an Abbott's Frozen Custard, a local delicacy when you're done! 

From the sandy beaches of Lake Ontario, enjoy the sight of sailboats, jet skis, speed boats, and more.

Points of Interest

Step back in time with a ride on the historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel.

Ontario Beach Park is one of the Great Lake's best natural sand beaches with more than 213 meters of shoreline. Swimming season runs from mid-June through early September. After a dip in the lake, enjoy a stroll down the scenic pier or treat the kids to a ride on the historic, 116-year-old Dentzel Menagerie Carousel.

A dip in Lake Ontario is the best way to cool off on a hot day.

More than 1,500 meters of Lake Ontario waterfront await you at Durand Eastman Beach. The beach is open from June to September, however, year-round adventure awaits as the beach is tucked into Durand Eastman Park where you'll find hiking trails, wildlife such as swans, turkeys, or foxes, and beautiful foliage.

Swimming and sunbathing by day, beautiful sunsets by night.

On the outskirts of Rochester lies Hamlin Beach State Park, with crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, and cooling lake breezes. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing by day, and breathtaking sunsets by night. And if one day at the beach is not enough, tent and trailer sites are available, along with picnic tables and pavilions, a playground, and a concession booth.