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“Smelly by the pier”
Review of Ontario Beach Park

Ontario Beach Park
Ranked #17 of 143 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Smelly by the pier”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Dreadful sewerage smells by the pier and water is black a coal.

Good swimming further away and well supervised by lifeguards.

Visited July 2014
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Rochester, NY
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91 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to spend some leisurely time by the lake”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a wonderful place to take the kids to be around the water, there are a lot of things to do. Also nice for a leisurely stroll as a couple. It's a wonderful gem for Rochester.

Visited July 2014
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Ithaca, New York
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46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“a big but”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a lovely spot on the water, with a big sandy beach, a boardwalk, gazebo, grassy park, pavilions, a carousel, and a pier. The little downtown has a nice tourist vibe with an arcade, a hot dog place, a burger joint and ice cream stands. Come to think of it, those could give you a big butt too, but that’s not the big but I want to mention here. When I was there, the lake water was nasty. It was thick and green and smelled awful. I had been planning on sitting on the beach with a book, but couldn’t bear to. I went for a bike ride and passed some other bikers who were almost gagging. Certainly not the park’s fault, but be aware it could be an issue for you. Maybe it's better not during the heat of summer?

Visited July 2014
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Rochester, New York
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“fun for picnics”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

The antique carousel is delightful, featuring even some non horse animals, (but only the horses go up and down). there are a lot of memorial trees with plaques from Charlotte high students who were also soldiers killed in the first world war. there are lots of shelters for picnics, and the ontario beach pier is not a bad place to watch a sunset or enjoy the lake waves. swimming however is often not an option due to environmental concerns and lifeguard shortages.

Visited July 2014
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Rochester, NY
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Dentzel Carousel”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a beautiful and historic carousel in a lovely setting right next to Lake Ontario. The price is just $1.00 and a real bargain when you see the faces of the children riding it. If you go to this beach be sure to check out the carousel.

Visited July 2014
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