Preparing explorers for jaunts through the waterways and paths of the historic Erie Canal, the staffers of Erie Canal Boat Company outfit visitors with bicycle, kayak, canoe, pontoon, and paddleboat rentals, as well as appropriate supplies. They lead group and private lessons, teaching tender-footed kayakers the basics of safety and stroke skills for recreational, competitive, or impress-your-favorite-seal's-mom kayaking. They also host weekly paddling clubs and races, as well as annual regattas, and stock a variety of gear at their shop to ensure pioneers are suitably appointed for paddling and pedaling excursions.
The Haunted House of Rochester is a macabre domicile sure to scare visitors down to the tips of their belly buttons. Perambulate through 5,000 square feet of mad clowns, bloodthirsty butchers, and anthropomorphized slices of pie. Guests are admitted two or three at a time to the indoor and outdoor tour of terror. Test the strength of your best friendship, romantic relationship, or passenger/bus driver bond as you wander the perilous path, or simply find an excuse to remove an overly binding pair of dungarees, as the house is known to scare the pants off of most legs. Younger children, pregnant women, and individuals with heart conditions may want to avoid the horrific homestead. During your visit, you can also peruse a selection of pumpkins, Halloween goodies, and concessions available for purchase (cost not included in today's Groupon).
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.
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.
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.