Webster, New York, is a great place for seniors to enjoy every day. Located in upstate New York, less than 15 miles from Rochester, Webster is also a day trip’s drive away from Buffalo and Syracuse in NY, as well as Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada.
Right in town, there are lots of things to do in Webster NY and nearby Rochester. When you want to explore what’s around in town, here are some of the best things to do in the Webster NY area.
1. Webster Parks
Webster Park in Webster covers 550 acres along the shore of Lake Ontario. The park includes trails, pickleball and tennis courts, a fishing pier and campgrounds. It’s a great place to go birdwatching, cross-country skiing, fishing, geocaching, kayaking, canoeing and snowshoeing.
Kent Park in Webster is also a frequently visited spot. It features picnic tables, a pavilion, soccer and softball fields, and a playground. It’s also home to the Webster Arboretum, a peaceful garden area.
The Village of Webster also has 22 acres of parks and recreation areas. Residents are welcome to join the Village of Webster Parks and Recreation Committee every month to contribute their ideas and voice their thoughts on Webster parks and recreation.
When you’re craving nature or outdoor recreation, you have lots of options for things to do in Webster. These include:
- Harmony Park, a park with wide open spaces for picnics and lounging, and which includes a band shell that hosts summer concerts
- Milton R. Case Memorial Park, with nature trails in 14 acres of woods
- Schantz Park, which has tennis courts, a basketball court, baseball fields and playground equipment
- Veterans Memorial Park, which has gardens, a gazebo, a veterans monument and a village clock
- Wilmorite Recreation Area, which includes playground equipment and a baseball field
If you’re passionate about preserving nature, you might be interested in joining the Friends of Webster Trails, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving more than 19 miles of trails throughout Webster.
2. Webster Museum and Historical Society
The Webster Museum displays exhibits depicting Webster’s history that dates back more than 200 years. Ongoing and changing exhibits show visitors how life in Webster has evolved, with the museum including re-creations of period rooms including a school room, a lawyer’s office, a general store and a drugstore. The museum also has leisure time artifacts like needlework and quilts, plus a barn area that displays farm tools.
For residents who are passionate about history, there are volunteer opportunities with the Webster Museum and Historical Society. The organization seeks to preserve Webster’s history and maintains the museum.
3. Waterfront Art Festival
In 2023, the Waterfront Art Festival celebrates its 50th event in New York. Since 2015, it’s taken place in Webster, at the Charles E. Sexton Memorial Park, formerly North Ponds Park. The festival has dozens of local fine artist and craft displays and features live music, food and a wine, beer and cider tasting tent.
The annual event is typically held in July, when Webster weather is at its most desirable, at a beautiful high of around 77 degrees during the day.
4. Webster Aquatic Center
Whether you’re an accomplished swimmer or you want to learn how to swim, the Webster Aquatic Center provides lots of lanes and space for swimming. Seniors get a discount on open swim rates. There are also low-impact Watercize fitness classes, as well as private and group swimming lessons available.
5. Webster Ice Arena
The Webster Ice Arena is an ice skating rink with open skate times, plus learn-to-skate programs and adult hockey leagues. Seniors who enjoy watching hockey can head to the arena to see youth and adult players compete in weekly games.
6. Webster Public Library
The Webster Public Library is a relaxing place to get lost in a book, check out multimedia materials, do some research or attend a community event. The library holds monthly afternoon and evening book discussion events for adults, as well as free special events for seniors, like cybersecurity classes, technology training and sit and stitch clubs.
If you love the library and want to share that passion with others, you can join the volunteers with the Friends of Webster Public Library. Members get early bird buying privileges at semi-annual book sales, plus invitations to social events.
7. City of Rochester Public Market
In Rochester, the City of Rochester Public Market is a great place to shop if you want local items or vintage merchandise. The market’s open three days a week and features more than 300 vending stalls that sell produce, ready-to-eat food and a variety of local goods. There are also local cafes, coffee shops and breweries on site, making it a great destination to grab a bite or a drink or to shop.
8. Seneca Park Zoo
The Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester is a top destination for animal lovers in the area. The zoo features diverse species from around the globe, ranging from African elephants and lions, to penguins, sea lions and amphibians.
In addition to animal exhibits focused on conservation, visitors can go to the zoo for special events and programs. The zoo also hosts lectures and invasive species hikes.
9. Frontier Field
When you’re craving professional sports, head to Frontier Field. The Rochester baseball stadium is home base for the minor league Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A Affiliate for the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team. Games typically start in March and are scheduled through September each year.
10. Rochester Museum & Science Center
The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) has more than 200 hands-on science exhibits, plus an on-site planetarium. At the science center, in addition to exploring the exhibits, visitors can attend special events and science demonstrations. The planetarium hosts daily astronomy shows, plus special lectures and telescope viewings.
See What Webster Life Is Like at Castle Pointe at Baywinde
If you’re looking for a welcoming senior community that has all the amenities you could want, visit Castle Pointe at Baywinde in Webster. Seniors in our independent living community enjoy restaurant-style dining and on-site amenities including a fitness center, daily programming and activities, a pond, shuffle board, an art center, a greenhouse and spacious community rooms.