Did you hear that, Rochester? It's the subtle whisper of the impending crush of snow and cold that will soon wipe out all memories of warmth and happiness. The last gasp of summer is upon us, so it's time to maximize the sunshine and glorious heat while they last. Head to Seabreeze Amusement Park or Roseland Waterpark for rollercoasters, water slides, and dubious dietary choices.
Situated between Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay, Seabreeze (4600 Culver Road) offers thrilling steel coasters in addition to the old wooden Jack Rabbit, which was built in 1920, and is the oldest continuously operating rollercoaster in America. Soar high on the Yo-Yo, or cool off on the racing and splashing Log Flume. Seabreeze also offers a water park and kid-friendly rides, an arcade, a carousel museum, and more. This week, the park is open Wednesday, August 28 through Sunday, September 1, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Monday, September 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The park will be closed until the following weekend, which is the last weekend it will be open until next season. Ride & Slide passes are available for $27.99, with discounts available for those 48" or shorter, for spectators (admission, no rides), or for those who purchase tickets online in advance of their visit. For more information, call 323-1900, or visit seabreeze.com.
Roseland Waterpark (250 Eastern Blvd., Canandaigua) is a water-heavy amusement park that features tube rides, body slides, and a massive wave pool with heated Ragtime. Beach volleyball and bocce ball are available upon request at the Marina, free of cost. Paddleboats and canoes are available for rent at the marina for $5/half hour. Admission is $25.95 +tax, with discounts available for those 48" or shorter, for ages 60 and older, for spectators, and for those admitted after 3 p.m. The hours of operation are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through September 2, when the park closes for the season. The park will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 31. 396-2000 or roselandwaterpark.com.