The #2 SUBURB OF ROCHESTER, NY
Fairport dubbed “Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal” is located 9 miles east of Rochester. Fairport is a canal town that capitalizes on the recreational aspects of the Erie Canal. In 2005, Fairport was named “Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine.
Officially the name Fairport is the name of only the village. “Fairport” is often used to refer to a large portion encompassing the Town of Perinton as well. Perinton, the 34.6 sq. mile Town, which sits on the historic Erie Canal is named one of the top 100 best places to live by RelocateAmerica.com and designated a Trail Town USA by the American Hiking Association. You will find 1,000 acres of land for parks, open space, and trails. It hosts the picturesque Village of Fairport, with 15 diverse parks and the Crescent Trail.
THE VILLAGE OF FAIRPORT AND THE ERIE CANAL:
To take advantage of the prime location on the canal Fairport Village Landing was erected in 1977 it houses the public library, a meat market, a wine shop, a second-hand clothing shop, a craft store, a day spa, a gym, a barbershop, a small market, a dentist, a tool thrift shop, a ups store, a chiropractic office, a massage and wellness center, a dollar store, restaurants, and bars.
Packett’s Landing came about in the 1980’s it is also situated in the village of Fairport along the canal, and you can find small businesses including a foot spa, a hair salon, a yoga studio, several offices, restaurants, cafes and sandwich shops and the Colonial Belle a popular tour boat that offers canal cruises from Packett’s Wharf on the S bank of the Erie Canal.
You can also find a wide array of shops, bars, breweries, restaurants all within walking distance to the canal. Some of our favorites are B-Side, Fairport Village Inn, Lulu Taqueria + Mezcal, Mulconry’s Irish Pub, TK’s Pizzeria, RV& E Bike and Skate, and the Moonlight Creamery.
The Cannery is the newest area to be developed in the village is located on Parce Avenue in the historic Old American Can Factory. You will find a lot of fun places to check out including:
Faircraft Brauhaus features German lagers and smoked beers with an outdoor Biergarten.
Iron Smoke Distillery which Forbes has named their Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon as one of the “10 Best Bourbons Beyond Kentucky” signature drinks: The Erie Canal Mule.
Triphammer Bierwerks featured drink Uniduckapuss, a sour ale in a variety of fruit flavors.
At Smokin’ Hot Chicks BBQ, Tuesday is Taco and Tequila Night.
Compane Trattoria serves up wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta their featured cocktail is the Smokestack Old Fashioned.
Fairpour Café and Coffee Roasters you will also find a D1 Training a sports training facility at this location.
Did you know?
The first beer can debut was on January 24, 1935.
Yes indeed, it was made at the American Can Factory in Fairport, NY
OTHER FUN AREAS TO EXPLORE IN THE VILLAGE:
On 9 Lift Bridge Lane E. located at milepost 361 of the CSX line is: Fairport Junction Train Viewing Platform the platform provides a safe and covered location for railfans.
The Bicentennial Canal Gateway Project Fairport improvements on the southwest bank included new accessible docks and Fairport Lift Bridge and Festival St on the northwest bank includes plans for a pedestrian corridor covered by overhead lighting, outdoor dining tables, fire pits in addition to an accessible kayak launch. #fairportontherise
The GPI Concept Plan for the Village of Fairport:
Did you know?
The Lift Bridge appeared in Ripley’s Believe It or Not because of the unusual construction.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
You will find lots of festivals and events to attend in the Summer and Fall:
Car Cruz Night antique and classic cars, food, live music and tons of fun.
(Tuesday Nights all Summer)
Farmer’s Market in the parking lot behind Bank of America at 58 S. Main St.. Runs 1st Sat May and closes on the Sat before Thanksgiving. 7 am-12, except on the weekend of Canal Days.
Fairport Canal Days is a 3-day festival with performers, artists, and artisans.
(1st full weekend of June)
Center Stage Concert Series at Center Park, a large amphitheater at Center Park near Perinton Community Center. (Sundays, July-September)
Gazebo Concert Series in Kennelly Park (Thursday’s July-August canal side)
Fairport Music Festival (August)
Lift Bridge Regatta September, Fairport Crew Club crew event
Fairport Oktoberfest (October)
Fairport Scarecrow Festival (October)
Halloween Parade (October)
Did you know?
The most popular part of the canal runs from Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park to the village of Fairport.
A popular 30min bike ride on the canal runs from Route 250-to-Canandaigua Road.
There are 15 parks with many amenities including fishing, soccer, baseball/softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis and the 35-mile Crescent Trail.
Perinton Park (Fairport Rd Route 31F)
Packett’s Landing Wharf
Thomas Creek Wetland Walk (Liftbridge Lane East)
Bordering Monroe County towns include East Rochester (East), Pittsford (West), and Penfield (North). Ontario County towns include Victor (South) and Macedon (East). Eastview Mall is in Victor, but only 4 miles from the center of Perinton. The hamlet of Egypt featuring Lollypop Farm is in the (SE) portion of town. Bushnell’s Basin is a picturesque hamlet in the (SW) portion of Town
Did you know? You can rent a Houseboat on the Erie Canal. Options to sleep 2, 4 or 6. See below #14 for more details.
FOR MORE FACTS AND INFORMATION:
#1: On the colonial bell cruise boat schedule and pricing consult the website: http://www.colonialbelle.com
#3: If you are interested in the history of the American Can Factory be sure to check out: https://perinton.org
(You will find that there is a PDF on Parce Ave titled Before There was a Can Factory.)
#4: An article on Faircraft Brauhaus: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/picture-gallery/lifestyle/food-and-drink/2021/02/18/faircraft-brauhaus-opens-village-fairport/4393311001/
#5: Fairport development: http://fairportoced.org/industrial-development-agency/ida-projects.htm
#6: For more details on Fairport see: https://finditinfairport.com
#7: You can purchase an I Love Fairport T-Shirt designed by Bryce Doty | The Fairport Public Arts Commission (FPAC) and learn more about: Fairport Perinton Partnership for a better community www.fairportpartnership.org
#8: The Community Center (full gym, workout facility, water park and lap pool) is located at 1350 Turk Hill Road Fairport, NY 14450 (585)223-5050
Perinton Community / Aquatic Center – Town of Perinton
#9: Check out: https://fairportjunction.Com for further information.
#10: For Fairport’s Red Raiders Schedule www.fairportraiders.com
#11: Fairport electric incorporated in 1901, provides electric power to its customers at lower rates. For more information https://www.village.fairport.ny.us/departments/electric_department/faqs.php
#12: A Community Garden is located at Potter Park Community Garden – Town of Perinton
#13: Images and details of the Fairport Lift Bridge can be found at https://eriecanal.org/Fairport.html
#14: For more information on renting a Houseboat Erie Canal – Houseboats Rentals (houseboating.org)