10 Memorable Things To Do In Canandaigua, New York

things to do in canandaigua new york

New York is not all about the famous Manhattan. There are some other places to visit when you are in New York. One of them is Canandaigua. From the historical tours to some of the historical buildings there, to a simple thing like tasting sweets in a famous sweets shop, Canandaigua has many things to explore. Canandaigua will make you experience another life of New York, whether you are in family vacation or backpacking with your friends. Have a look at these 10 best things to in Canandaigua.

Where to stay in Canandaigua, New York

Canandaigua, meaning “the chosen spot” in modern transcription, borrowed its name from the historic village of Ganandogan or Kanandarque of the Seneca people in Upstate New York. As a visitor to such a historically rich city, it is more convenient to stay at a place where you have easy access to all that Canandaigua has to offer. Plenty of accommodations are available in the city, although you’ll find it is ultimately practical to settle in or near Main Street or the historic district. Canandaigua is filled with accommodations that will bring you closer to its well-known spots and historic attractions while still providing you with a peaceful night’s sleep.

Here are our top recommendations on where to stay:

1. Take a tour to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park Blue and White Garden Mansion View
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Fatamorgana2121 used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The history behind this park is about a wealthy generous woman named Mary Clark Thompson and her vision of this grand property. Mrs. Thompson shared her wealth generously and gave huge Foundation grants to most of the churches in town because her employees worshiped at those churches and she wanted to help. Listening to the full history while you are having a tour guided by a volunteer here is something different, an unexpected thing to do in New York. This is a lovely place to visit especially in summer when lots of roses are in bloom. Before you leave the park, don’t forget to buy some souvenirs in the gift shop there and also taste the local wine provided in this area.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Historic Park

Address: 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua, NY 14424-1363

Website: Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Historic Park

2. Chill with family at Kershaw Park

Canandaigua Lake at Kershaw Park in the Finger Lakes
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user VisitFingerLakes used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you plan to go to Canandaigua with your family. Don’t miss out on a visit to Kershaw Park where you can chill with your family after your city tour. This park is right by the lake. There is a play ground in a sandy area where you can play with your kids comfortably. The water is swimmable; a perfect place to visit in summer. You don’t need to bring your barbecue set, the barbecue grill is already here and free for use. Bring your hammock and grab your blanket and chill out!

Kershaw Park

Address: Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424

3. Watch sunrise at Canandaigua City Pier

Canandaigua Lake Boat Houses
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user VisitFingerLakes used under CC BY-SA 3.0

More than just the beautiful sunrise, this place offers you the chance to see the local lake life - the boat houses. Imagine bringing your photography set on your vacation to Canandaigua, take pictures of local life, the architecture, artist who are painting, etc. It will make your vacation more memorable. If you love fishing, you can do this here also. Walk around alone or with your friends, enjoy the view and eat an ice cream.

Canandaigua City Pier

Address: Lakeshore Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424

4. Watch a concert at CMAC

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Daniel Christensen used under CC BY 3.0

Watching a concert in Canandaigua? Why not. You can come to Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Art Center (CMAC). This place has scheduled concerts you can check out any time. You should buy the tickets as soon as possible because this venue is always sold out. Also, you won’t starve here; there are food trucks and concessions all around.

Watch a concert at CMAC

Address: 3355 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424-8405

Website: CMAC

5. Go skiing at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort

Bristol Mountain base housing
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user B137 used under CC0

This is the best place to enjoy a winter sport on a warm day. For you, the ski lovers, you have to visit this resort to try the sensation of skiing out of winter; the snow is always there. If you don’t have any idea about this winter sport, you may take a course and learn the basics of skiing. After you finish exploring the hill, it is time for you to chill on a chairlift which will show you the beautiful New York from above. All of those activities, of course, will make you hungry. Don’t worry, there is a food chalet where you can eat comfortably.

Bristol Mountain Ski Resort

Address: 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, NY 14424-9382

Website: Bristol Mountain Ski Resort

6. Don't miss out on the beer at Twisted Rail Brewing Co.

Spring thaw, farmhouse ale, blonde ale, scotch ale, spike driver, roc hard amber all a good nite cap for the growlers, grapes and grains fund raising event at the Canandaigua civic center

Posted by John Berndt on Saturday, 16 April 2016

Whether you are thirsty, hungry or both, Twisted Brewing Co. has you covered. Its tasting rooms offer a great selection of fresh craft beer, wines from Heron Hill Winery and spirits from Black Button Distilling. A beer lover must visit! Not only beer and wines, Twisted Rail Brewing Co. also serve some delicious food such as pretzels, flat bread pizza, and roast beef sandwiches. Located right by the lake, you can choose to sit in the outdoor or indoor area.

Twisted Rail Brewing Co.

Address: 169 Lakeshore Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424-2309

Website: Twisted Rail Brewing Co.

7. Enjoy Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum

Granger Homestead
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user VisitFingerLakes used under CC BY-SA 3.0

This well-maintained historical home offers a look into 1814 and how the wealthy lived on a working farm. The two-room building that once housed a law firm is connected to Stephen A. Douglas of the famous Lincoln-Douglass debate in 1858. The home is not original, most of them are replicated, but there are actual original carriages you can see. Have a tour, a knowledgeable docent will guide you and tell you the details of the history of this house. The carriage collection is jaw-dropping for those interested in historic transportation.

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum

Address: 295 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424-1228

Website: Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum

8. Have fun at Roseland Waterpark

Buckle up and come to Roseland Waterpark tomorrow, (7/20/17), for Carload Thursday! Four people for only $69.95 plus...

Posted by Roseland Waterpark on Wednesday, 19 July 2017

If you are planning to go to Canandaigua in summer, Roseland Waterpark should be on your list. This is a small park with 6 great slides for you and your children. Pack your lunch and eat in the picnic area, then explore the park! There’s a lazy river, a wave pool and an area designed for small children. After you finish exploring the park, you can wash your body and change your clothes in the bathroom which is well-maintained. Come here after 3 pm to get a special discount.

Reseland Waterpark

Address: 250 Eastern Blvd, Canandaigua, NY 14424-2225

Website: Roseland Waterpark

9. Go shopping at Canandaigua Farmer's Market

Posted by Canandaigua Farmers Market on Friday, 3 June 2016

In Canandaigua, there is a famous market where you can buy your fresh fruits and vegetables. Emphasizing the culinary tourism aspects of the area, over 35 vendors offer fresh produce, honey, maple syrup, jams, baked goods, organic meats, flowers and more. Start stuffing strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and apples in your mouths right away as everything you will buy is pesticide free.

Canandaigua Farmer's Market

Address: Lafayette and Mill Street Pavilion, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Facebook: Canandaigua Farmer’s Market

10. Taste the sweets from Sweet Expressions

Posted by Sweet Expressions on Thursday, 1 June 2017

You know that a store is going to be good when you are met with the intoxicating smell of chocolate as soon as you enter the shop? Sweet Expressions is a small store in Canandaigua with fresh chocolate treats. The dark chocolate, sea salt bar, and caramel sea salt treats cannot be beaten! And be sure to look carefully as there may be a sample or two for you to try! A must stop when in Canandaigua.

Sweet Expressions

Address: 169 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424-1908

Facebook: Sweet Expressions

New York is not all about the Statue of Liberty

None deny that the Statue of Liberty is the most famous tourist destination in New York, but Canandaigua offers you an experience staying in a district where you can enjoy a friendly and homey vacation, whether with your friends or family in New York. Visit Canandaigua and take a tour!

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