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Seabreeze is Back! And Our Newest Featured Business

by Josie Weber

The month of May teases us with the promise of summer and the celebration of the return to Seabreeze Amusement Park.  Families all around Rochester are dusting off their season passports excited for the return to some normalcy.  With national recognition, our Irondequoit staple is on summer bucket lists everywhere. 

Seabreeze Amusement Park opened in 1879, as the last stop on the railroad line coming from downtown Rochester.  The Long Family, ancestors to the current owners, came in 1904 to run a carousel concession. They ended up running carousels at Charlotte Beach, Genesee Valley Park, Seneca Park, and Sea Breeze. George Long Jr. bought the park from the railroad company in 1942, and it’s been a family business ever since. The park is now ran by the Norris family including Anne Wells, Rob Norris, George Norris, and John Norris.

Seabreeze Amusement park has come a long way from carousel rides.  The park now has over 60 attractions including adult rides, kiddie rides, waterslides, a wave pool, water activity areas, skill games, arcade, gift shops, food outlets, museum, picnic groves, and beautiful scenic views.  Last year Seabreeze celebrate the 100th year of the Jack Rabbit!   The wooden rollercoaster is the oldest continuously operating roller coaster in North America and the fourth oldest in the world.  The Jack Rabbit is now one of several thrill rides you can find at this local amusement park.

While people all over come to Irondequoit to enjoy Seabreeze there are many right in our community who go there to work. In the summer staff is 800 people, making Seabreeze the largest seasonal employer in Rochester.  The Norris Family also supports the community by working with multiple organizations like the United Way of Rochester, Sea Breeze Volunteer Fire Association, Do The Right Thing, Give Kids The World, and more.  Seabreeze is involved in the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSHTA), Family Owned and Managed Parks (FOAM), VisitRochester, Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, as well as other accredited organizations.

Seabreeze is set to open on May 22nd!  Due to COVID-19, policies and protocols have been put in place to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit for the families. The park will be in compliance with NYS guidelines. Details can be found on the park’s website at www.seabreeze.com.   Be sure to follow Seabreeze on social media as well for any news and updates.