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Summer starts June 21, so with beautiful weather inevitable during the next few months, there's no reason to stay home. We say it every year, but it's always true: Western New York comes alive during the summer months.

There are 93 days to fill up this summer. Inside this Summer Guide, you'll find plenty of recommendations for warm weather activities — from a dance camp for kids and a rating on Darien Lake's rides to where to find the region's best swimming holes.

We start this year's Summer Guide with a few tips for your day trips away from Rochester. If you're looking to get out of the city, but maybe don't want to check into a hotel for the night, there's plenty to do in Buffalo and Syracuse and along Seneca Lake.

If you're looking for an activity for the kids this summer, PUSH Physical Theatre runs an annual performing arts camp every summer. Then we preview seven summer concerts that will stir up a little nostalgia for another time.

The warm weather will most likely mean at least one weekend looking for a place to cool off in the water. We have a small guide to some of the best outdoor spots to go swimming. But if being lazy on the water doesn't sound like the kind of day you want, there's always more excitement at Darien Lake where we rate the amusement park's rides.

And of course, while there are plenty of reasons to be outside this summer, it is still blockbuster season at the movies — maybe it's raining or you're just looking for the A/C. Join us as we go through the alphabet of the summer movie season.

What are you doing this summer? Either send us a postcard, or stay in touch in the comment section.

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