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A Visit to the Southern Shore of Lake Ontario, New York

Bob and I spent the weekend of June 25-28 at the Best Western Crown Inn & Suites in Batavia, New York. Batavia is located approximately 120 miles northeast of our hometown of Warren, PA. While in Batavia we visited the Genesee Country Village and Museum on June 26th, which I blogged about here. On June 27th we went on a motorcycle ride along the southern shore of Lake Ontario — the subject of today’s blog post.  Click here for a map of our route and keep it handy, as I will refer back to the map throughout this blog post.

We began our tour of the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Olcott Beach, a quaint hamlet in the town of Newfane.

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Civil War Memorial
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Olcott Lighthouse
This lighthouse was built in 2003; it is a replica of the 1873 lighthouse.
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Olcott Beach’s Carousel Park is a vintage amusement park. It features a 1928 style Hershell-Spillman two row carousel, five vintage kiddie rides, and a 1931 Wurlitzer band organ. Unfortunately, the park was not open during our visit to Olcott Beach. We arrived in Olcott Beach shortly before 9:00 AM. We were disappointed to learn that the park would not open until noon. We had plans for dinner at 4:00 PM with Bob’s cousins at their home and didn’t know how long it would take us to make our way back to Batavia. We left Olcott Beach an hour before the park opened. We hope to return to Olcott Beach next summer and will definitely time our visit so that we arrive when Carousel Park is open.

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Krull Park offers excellent views of Lake Ontario.

We had a pleasant time walking the streets of Olcott Beach and sitting at a picnic table watching the boat activity on 18 Mile Creek.

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18 Mile Creek

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Bob, with Lakeside Village Shoppes in the background

The Lakeside Village Shoppes interested me with their individual shops of different colors and unique merchandise. But, alas, all I could do was window shop as the shops did not open until noon.

After spending a couple of hours in Olcott Beach, we rode to Golden Hill State Park near the village of Barker, where we saw the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse.

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Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse

We didn’t pay the $6.00 admission fee to enter Golden Hill State Park, so we were only able to view the lighthouse from the parking lot. We plan to return to this state park one day, pay the $6.00 admission fee and see the lighthouse properly!

Our last stop along the shores of Lake Ontario was in Waterport at Brown’s Berry Patch. At Brown’s Berry Patch visitors can pick their own fruit on the farm. Sweet cherries were in season during our visit. At other times during the year visitors can pick their own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, elderberries, apples, and pumpkins. We didn’t pick any fruit; however, this appeared to be a favorite pastime as we saw several families entering the farm area with baskets in hand.

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Inside Brown’s Berry Patch you will find Lake County Marketplace, where you can buy fresh picked fruits and vegetables, gifts, ice cream, bakery items, sandwiches, subs, salads and wraps. We choose to eat outdoors at the Farm Grill, which featured burgers, hot dogs and fries.

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the Farm Grill

From where we ate our burger and fries we had a good view of Barnyard Adventure.
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Barnyard Adventure

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a Berry-Picking Wagon

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Cherries were in season at Brown’s Berry Patch.

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Imagine our surprise when we saw goats on top of the barnyard. Children feed the goats using a can on a pulley.

Wouldn’t it be great to have something similar to Brown’s Berry Patch near where you live? I wish Brown’s were closer to where we live. I’m sure we would take our great nephew and great niece there.

After lunch at Brown’s Berry Patch we rode back to our hotel in Batavia, arriving there around 1:45 PM. The fresh air must have made me tired. I took a nap!

We returned home on Monday, June 28th, full of good memories of a great weekend and with plans to make a return visit to Olcott Beach, Golden Hill State Park, Brown’s Berry Patch, AND, yes, to Genesee Country Village and Museum  sometime in the future!

12 Responses to “A Visit to the Southern Shore of Lake Ontario, New York”

  1. George

    Thanks for taking us along with you on your trip. You already know that Betsy and I visited 30 Mile Point Lighthouse when we were in western New York a couple of years ago. But we also visited Brown's Berry patch. I guess it is a small world!

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  2. Betsy from Tennessee

    Oh My Goodness… I thought I recognized that 2nd lighthouse… George and I were there a couple of years ago when we visited his daughter in Buffalo. We also visited Old Fort Niagara (west of where you were)–but we did visit the berry patch… LOVED it. We had some ice cream there I remember…. We were up there in October –and everything was decorated for Halloween/Harvest. As George said, It is a Small World, isn't it??? Love your pictures..Hugs,Betsy

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  3. Betsy from Tennessee

    There is a fabulous apple picking place up where you were… We got our fav eating apples there at Lynoaken Farms… That apple is Honey Crisp… Delicious!!!!Hugs,Betsy

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  4. Lorraina

    ohmygosh…have you ever had the feeling you've been somewhere before but you really havent? The pics of the Lakeside Village Shoppes are so familiar, i just know i've shopped there but also know i've never been anywhere near there…..Thanks for the trip and wonderful pics.

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  5. eileeninmd

    Sounds like you had a great time and visit with your hubby's family. Love the lighthouses each one looks different and neat to see. I would like to visit the berry patch, sounds like fn picking your own fruit. Wonderful photos, Linda!

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  6. Peggy

    Great pics and a great sounding tour. I love light house pictures! And those goats! I laughed to see them up on top of the silo… Who would have thought?Thank you for sharing your trip with us Linda.

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  7. Gretchen

    Another awesome day trip! Hubby has been talking about buying a bike. I wish he'd stop talking and start with the buying! 🙂

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