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“Nice afternoon for the family”

Seabreeze Amusement Park
Ranked #6 of 149 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Seabreeze, the fourth oldest park in America, is located on the scenic bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario north of Rochester. Enjoy the excitement of four roller coasters, a classic wooden carousel, thrill rides, family and kiddie rides, a midway of food and games and live shows daily. There's also a full water park with wave pool, tube slides, body flumes, lazy river, kiddie slides and more. The 1920 Jack Rabbit wooden roller coaster is listed as the oldest continuously operating coaster in America. The park is a classic combination of traditional amusement park and modern water park. Open daily mid-June through Labor Day; also open weekends in May, early June and early September.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This park is located between Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay. It's a nice afternoon to spend time with family. Waterslides, rides, entertainment often live puppet shows, dog shows, acrobats etc. Nearby there are a lot of great burger places that have been there for years.

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We moved to a Rochester suburb in 1972. Seabreeze was here then but we did not get there until our first child was 3 years old (1980). The park has been here in various costumes since the late 1800s. Pictures and notes on its history and changes are/were found around the park. Many notes, toys and pics are no longer there due to a fire in 1994 which took the original carousel and the Museum housed there. Seabreeze began as, and still is, a family-owned and operated park. Originally the Long family from England opened it in 1879, and now by some of their descendants, the Norris family. Incidentally, the young Norris family lived directly across the street from us for several years after he took over management of the Park. (lots of inside info)
In the early days it was home to the world's largest salt water pool, it was used for water shows and swimming competitions. Today it offers a huge WaterPark with the requisite wave pool, lazy river and numerous water slides and also has a very popular graduated age water park for those 1 and 2 yr-olds thru the grandparents with them who had never tried a water slide before.
The Park offers something for every age. Our family cut their teeth on the Kiddie Park and then graduated junior rides, in the 80s (before water parks). Many kiddie rides are still there - some added and some changed. Roller coasters range from the Bunny Rabbit, bobsled, historic, original wooden JackRabbit (4th oldest in the US), to new wild and twisty. Diverse other rides abound, for ex. the Log Flume, TeaCups, I personally love the Bumper Cars and YoYo swing, among other options. It has always (almost) been a clean, safe, very family/kid friendly park.
There are about 15 picnic groves that cater for/to group and corporate celebrations as well as plenty of personal picnic areas with shade and tables for those who want to carry in/cook most of their food and beverages. The park is both big enough to entertain and small enough that even young teens can be dropped off in a group and picked up later, lines are short with a diversity of rides, arcade games, Midway Show, food booths and restaurants and parking is huge and free.
The carousel takes pride of place. The original was hand-carved by George Long, with an astounding array of beautiful, colorful steeds accompanied by a huge Wurlitzer circus/band auto organ. This carousel and organ were tragically lost in the catastrophic fire in '94 (no people were hurt). A new, rarely created today, hand-carved set of steeds and decorations was commissioned using 4 horses, that were off-property for maintenance, as style patterns. Also a true replica Wurlitzer organ was built. These were in place for the '96 season. The fire also claimed the Museum, noted above.
I mentioned that the park is almost always very safe. There have been 10 fires of varying degrees over the history of the park. In the 80s City riots and gang fights invaded Seabreeze. At the time it was open admission and kids hung out, grabbed a drink and fries or met a "date" a single ride. Fist and knife fights broke out. Seabreeze management immediately closed the park and took a couple weeks security fence the entire property and institute entry fees to protect the public and families that use and love the park. Today there are choices for pay-one-price entry and season family passes. The only tragic death I'm aware of occurred, I think, in the early 90s. A young girl climbed out of her car in the Haunted House to scare her friends in a later car, got stuck and was crushed by the mechanics of the train ride. The attraction was permanently closed and replaced.
There have been very few years that we have not been, at least once, to Seabreeze. For the past 23 years it has been the corporate choice for both hubby and my Company Picnics, catered at the park and full pass for all rides, for very small personal fee. We used to take our family and kids friends, now we take the grandkids. They open the park at 11:30a and drag us home after closing fireworks at 10p. Our most recent trip was this past Aug. 12, 2013 for the company picnic with our twin 14-yr granddaughters... who also grew up on Seabreeze. They, of course, hang most at the waterpark, with multiple Jack Rabbit and roller rides. I still enjoy the bumper cars!! but do go with 'em on many other rides and slides.

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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Perfectly located on Lake Ontario. The park is older and some of the rides have seen better days. The addition of a water park and a couple of new rides a few years ago make it worth going back to.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

we go to sea-breeze almost every year. It is a small park, which you may interpret as short lines or no lines and being able to do most of it in a day or an evening, nevertheless it is enjoyable in the old fashioned pre disneyland way. The rides are updated from time to time, and there is a wonderful waterpark. Although I don't do Roller coasters, those who like old wooden coasters love the JackRabbit, a historic ride. I like the Bobsleds. There is something for almost everyone. my last visit was 2012 but this website does not have tat as a selectable date, so go by month and not year.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

A visit just to ride the Jackrabbit is worth the experience. A old type wooden rollercoaster with real thrills. The recently expanded waterpark offers something for everyone. The best part of the park is that the lines are never really long. We have ridden the Jackrabbit several times in a row, just exiting and returning with minimal delay.

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