Pittsford is a town in Monroe County, a suburb in the city of Rochester, New York. It is located 11 km (7 mi) from Rochester. If you are coming from New York, you can reach Pittsford with an overland trip or by plane to Rochester.
The Erie Canal, a canal in New York, passes through Pittsford. The Erie Canal is part of the New York State Canal System (formerly known as the New York State Barge Canal).
The city of Rochester is better known for its exciting atmosphere with a huge number of exhibitions, performances, and festivals. But its suburb, Pittsford, offers more relaxing activities for those who want to spend some time enjoying the town. Here are the 8 best relaxing things to do while you are in Pittsford, New York.
1. Explore Mendon Ponds Park on a bicycle
Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park and it has thousands of acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and unique glacial geology. The park is open all year round and you can explore the park in many ways. There are lots of trails for hiking and skiing. You can choose also to hike, run, or just wet your paddles at Hundred Acre Pond.
But, the most relaxing way to enjoy Mendon Ponds Park is by cycling on the roads around the park. Bicycles are not allowed to be used on the marked trails though. The view is still gorgeous and you will definitely feel relaxed.
Address: 3 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
Website: Towpath Bike
2. Enjoy local brewing at Lock 32 Brewing Company
How do you spend a relaxing evening at Pittsford? We invite you to spend your evening at Lock 32 Brewing Company.
Lock 32 Brewing Company serves microbrew beers and also has 1,911 ciders on tap. It is located right next to the Erie Canal overlooking the view of nice restaurants, shops, and the canal itself. You should try the grapefruit beer, it’s delicious!
Lock 32 Brewing Company
Address: 10 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
Website: Lock 32 Brewing Company
3. Spoil your body at Del Monte Spa
The Spa at the Del Monte is an upscale spa that offers spa treatments and a full service salon. It has complete facilities that cover massage to manicures and pedicures with trained staff.
We recommend you have a salt “Ker”, a full body salt scrub with essential oils, followed by a 20-minute private Jacuzzi bath, and then finish with a wonderful massage.
Spa at the Del Monte
Address: 43 N Main St, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
Website: Spa at the Del Monte
4. Shopping time at Powers Farm Market
Shopping is a therapy and Powers Farm Market is the best place to shop when you are in Pittsford. This family-run market is a popular place where people meet and shop for fresh Powers-grown produce, delicious baked goods, unique gifts and treasures, and beautiful flowers.
Powers Farm Market has multiple attractions such as the hayride, and they have the “outside” in the animal section where you can pay with coins to feed animals like goats, donkeys, chickens, and bunny rabbits. Your kids will love it!
Powers Farm Market
Address: 161 Marsh Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
Website: Powers Farm Market
5. Evenings spent with wine at Via Girasole Wine Bar
Fancy a glass of wine by the canal? Via Girasole call themselves “your wine bar on the Erie Canal” and you won’t be disappointed. Via Girasole Wine Bar has an extensive selection of mouthwatering wines by the glass, bottle, and the flight.
Don’t forget to order Via Girasole’s exceptional charcuterie boards with assorted meats and gourmet cheeses. All boards are served with bread, and they have a gluten-free option too!
Via Girasole Wine Bar
Address: 3 Schoen Pl, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
Website: Via Girasole Wine Bar
6. Inhale...exhale at Breathe Yoga & Juice Bar
The only exercise that offers you relaxation! Breathe Yoga & Juice Bar offers yoga for any level. If you are new to yoga, you can choose several options to start your yoga exercise. The people are amazing and mindful; you will feel comfortable and welcomed to start your yoga experience.
Don’t miss out on the selection of smoothies after you finish yoga. You will feel renewed and relaxed afterwards.
Breathe Yoga & Juice Bar, Inc.
Address: 19 S Main St, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
Website: Breathe Yoga & Juice Bar, Inc.
7. A little hike at Tinker Nature Park & Hansen Nature Center
Tinker Nature Park & Hansen Nature Center is a nature park with lots of trails, ponds, and wildlife. It has a few exercise posts on the jogging trail and lots of benches placed along the way.
It’s perfect for hiking with your little ones. There are little peek-a-boo boxes on the trails with questions, and examples of eggs/animal hides, etc. The beehives are outside, and there is a big gravel labyrinth walk by the hives.
Don’t miss the fairy houses! It’s so cute and perfect not only for kids, but also adults.
Tinker Nature Park & Hansen Nature Center
Address: 1525 Calkins Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
8. Kayaking at Erie Canal
Rent a kayak and get ready to paddle at Erie Canal. You can start at Erie Canal towards the Genesee River. During your kayak along this historic waterway, you will discover charming homes and private gardens, parks, and picturesque canal-side villages.
Challenge yourself to direct your kayak through a lock, a device used for raising and lowering boats, ships and other watercraft between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways.
Genesee Waterways Center
Address: 2797 Clover St, Pittsford, NY 14534, USA
Website: Genesee Waterways Center
Rest and relax at Pittsford
As a suburb in the greater Rochester area, Pittsford offers many laid back activities for those who just want to rest and relax during their holiday.
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