Hidden Valley Animal Adventure's 60 acres are home to more than 30 species of animals—including zebras, wildebeest, and emu—who freely roam and peacefully coexist among the park's rolling plains and lush forests. Here, the park’s safaris leisurely tour through more than two miles of trails that cut through the non-African badlands. Guests hop aboard trolleys, soaking in the scenery as knowledgeable guides broaden their zoological horizons and impart facts about the park. Upon meeting a slew of animals along the path, guests outstretch feed-filled hands to nourish passing llama, camels, and hungry groundskeepers. During winter months, horse-drawn carriages gracefully escort guests through snow-covered paths behind strapping belgian draft steeds.
Located on Hidden Valley's expansive grounds, The Lodge accommodates guests with rustic hotel rooms, and its woodsy event space hosts banquets, weddings, and special events. After daylong romps through animal habitats, guests can partake in locally grown foodstuffs and libations at the Trailside Grill & Bar, sating thirsts worked up while trying to outspit a llama.
The Henrietta Moose Family Center and NaberHood Haunts, under their pavilion, opens their doors to reveal seasonal conversions. Thrill-seekers will move through the center's spooky hallways, testing their nerves against hiding actors, fog machines, strobe lights, and total darkness. Thrill-seekers can also test their skills at zombie paintball. In addition to the regular spooking hours, the center also hosts a special event for kids on the afternoon of October 19 from 1-3 p.m., where brave young souls can experience the fun with the lights on and all horrifying lima beans hidden from sight.
All proceeds from the haunted house will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Moose Charities, the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Henrietta Food Cupboard.
Development of the Roycroft Campus began in 1897 by author, lecturer, and entrepreneur Elbert Hubbbard, who sought to create a utopian society of artisans in reaction to the mass production of the Industrial Age. Drawing on inspiration by leaders of the arts-and-crafts movement in the UK, Hubbard founded the Roycroft Press to produce monthly publications, books, and elaborate conspiracy theories. After gaining international recognition for an essay he wrote in 1899, Hubbard was able to further expand and promote the Roycroft community, erecting 13 additional buildings on the campus over the next decade.
In its prime, the community was home to 23 presses and more imported handmade paper than all American printing institutions combined. More than 500 resident artists worked in wood, stained glass, and copper, and Roycroft became a thriving mecca for craftsmen, authors, artists, and philosophers. In 1986, the campus was designated a national historic landmark. Today it is home to 9 of the original 14 structures, preserved and restored throughout the last 17 years by the Roycroft Campus Corporation and open for exploration during guided walking tours.
Foodlink, the regional food bank, provides food, nutrition, education and resources in Central and Western New York. As a member of Feeding America, Foodlink rescues and redistributes over 12 million pounds of food to 450 human service agencies.
Upstate Seg Tours whisks gaggles of up to six gliders on biwheeled tours of three natural sites around Rochester. At each 1.5- to 2-hour tour's meeting place, an orientation acquaints adventurers with segway safety precautions before they hop astride their self-balancing steeds. A relaxing ramble along a tree-lined bike path near Henpeck Park acquaints eyeballs with the mirrored ripple of Erie Canal waters filled with mirrors, and the adventure tour takes daring rollers off-road near Churchville. Alternately, on the Genesee River trip, wind along a 2/3-mile boardwalk as ducks, herons, and hang-gliding hamsters wobble wildly in the wind.
The Arcade & Attica Railroad began its existence as a handful of incomplete tracks, proceeding in stops and starts through the Allegheny River valley. When the Pennsylvania Railroad Company decided it needed service to Buffalo, it bought up the disparate stretches of rail line and linked them together. The company and its successors hardly imagined it to be one of their more long-lasting endeavors, but the little railroad weathered track washouts and bankruptcies and even made it through the Great Depression without laying off a single employee. In the 1950s, its owners decided to try short, scenic passenger excursions to bolster their flagging freight business, and the tourist line as it exists today was born.
These days, trains launch from historical Arcade Station, which is a small museum of American railroad history. Restored steam engines idle out front, waiting to pull up to 382 passengers through countryside largely unchanged since the 1880s. In addition to stunning views, excursions provide photo opportunities with the locomotive and the chance to enthusiastically wear striped overalls in public.