Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club incorporates the natural lay of tree lines and waterways to form an 18-hole, par 72 course that presents shot-making challenges and scenic views. The signature fourth hole showcases the challenges and charms of the course, as the 431-yard par 4 requires a long tee shot to clear a ravine and before the dogleg left curves around walls of trees on the way to the green. Water comes into play on 13 holes, striking fear in the hearts of players who don’t trust their swings or haven't yet converted their golf bag into a personal flotation device. A driving range that stretches 300 yards into the distance helps golfers prepare for upcoming rounds and serves as the venue for golf lessons and clinics conducted by Hickory Ridge’s resident aces. The club also quiets rumbling stomachs with burgers, sandwiches, and french fries from the snack bar and Friday night dinner specials. Before or after rounds, golfers can load up their bags with balls and tees or replace shirts eaten by a rogue ball-washer at Hickory Ridge’s pro shop.
Sunlight punctures the leafy canopy over Genesee Country Campground, casting a cluster of log cabins, tents, and RVs in a hazy, green glow. Though situated minutes from Caledonia and Leroy, these lush grounds seem far from the bustle of cities and mating calls of feral fire trucks.
Regardless of the shelter in which they dwell, all lodgers enjoy access to their own fire pit and picnic table. Furthermore, Genesee Country Campground furnishes campers with a supplies store, pavilion, and restrooms.
Furthermore, groundskeepers strive to keep campers’ connected to the modern world; tykes can gambol across a playground, nine-hole golf course, and recreation room, and cabins come equipped with TVs. For those who seek more rugged activities, staff members are happy to direct lodgers to Letchworth State Park, Finger Lakes, and nearby hiking trails.
John Johnson and his brothers, Ben and Kirk, started Running Wild Paintball Inc. & Laser Tag when they were still in their teens. Today, the business includes five paintball fields where kids and adults can face off amid trees, a stream, and both natural and handmade bunkers. One field even has a western-style ghost town with a store, a jail, a mine, and a church.
While paintball and Airsoft guns launch tangible projectiles, laser tag players politely take down opponents with beams of light. Additionally, Johnson can repair ailing paintball guns—he’s one of only a few certified master airsmiths in the country.
The JELL-O Gallery celebrates Jell-O's 100-year history with exhibits on how Jell-O has influenced popular culture and adopted famous personalities, including Bill Cosby and Lucille Ball. After exploring the museum, guests can peruse the gift shop for postcards and T-shirts to express their enthusiasm for Jell-O.
Colorful glass shards sparkle in the light that streams through tall windows into OATKA School of Glass & Glass Studio's restored 19th-century warehouse space. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Lance and Amanda Taylor, OATKA hosts workshops in which students assemble mosaics, work on metal enameling, and perfect glass fusion panels under the supervision of the Taylors or other experienced staff. Visiting instructors also lead master classes on advanced glass-art topics such as tinting objects with colored powders or trapping cartoon villains inside magic mirrors.
Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in their footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The May 25 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.