by Ruta Mangle, Telecommunications Engineering MS
The winters in Upstate New York can go from being pretty decent to being a total disaster. As much as we all love snuggling in our blankets with a cup of hot chocolate, after a point even that gets boring. On a random casual evening or a weekend when you feel like hanging out with your friends, but you don’t know where to go or what to do..try one of these indoor activities with your friends and I bet you would have a lot of fun! The indoor activities mentioned below are all in Rochester, just a few miles away from campus.
1. Bowling – Bowl-a-Roll
The good old bowling idea will never go wrong, competing with your friends on a bowling lane is nothing but exciting. At Bowl-a-Roll they offer good finger food, beer and great deals. Their weekend deal is as low as $1/lane post 9pm.
Address: 1560 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623
Visit https://www.bowl-a-roll.com/ for open hours.
2. Laser Tag – Lasertron
Lasertron features a giant 9200 square foot laser tag arena. The arena is divided into two teams and the arena features four large ramp structures to get to the second level, a massive upstairs level, and eight bases.
Address: 1175 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
Visit https://rochester.lasertron.us/ for open hours.
3. Bungee Jumping – Altitude Trampoline Park
With over 30,000 square feet of total space, Altitude Trampoline Park is a fresh, new entertainment option for friends, groups, and individuals to have active fun. Altitude Trampoline Park Rochester is an exciting addition to the area entertainment mix and is open all year, rain or shine. This park features high energy equipment such as a rock climbing wall, extreme dodge ball, foam pit, and much more entertainment.
Address: 3333 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623
Visit https://altituderochester.com/ for open hours.
4. Mystery Room – Great Escape Room
An escape room is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. The goal is often to escape from the site of the game. The Great Escape Room has a variety of rooms and themes where and you can pick whichever you want based on the availability and your interest. Some examples of their interesting escape rooms are Professor Moriarty’s Gameroom, The President’s Bunker, Dr. Watson’s Infirmary, Sherlock Holmes’ Library and On The Run.
Address: 1150 University Ave Bldg 5, Suite 12A, Rochester, NY 14607
Visit https://thegreatescaperoom.com/rochester/ for open hours.
5. Indoor Rock climbing – Rock Ventures
Indoor rock climbing is considered one of the most challenging and adrenaline-pumping sports, so if you want to get a workout in with your friends – just go for it. You have to plan and plot how you are going to climb the wall, where you are going to put your hands and feet and then compete with your friends to see who reaches on top first (without falling). This one is definitely my favorite and I am looking forward to doing it this winter.
Address: 1044 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
6. Go Karting Track – Pole Position Raceway
Experience real head-to-head go kart racing at Pole Position Raceway. They have high performance European indoor go karts which are capable of speeds approaching 45 mph, and that seems extremely fast when you are sitting just inches off of the ground trying to navigate a road course up to 1/4-mile in length! From a competition standpoint, their electric go karts are world class. Best of all, the action takes place inside their comfortable state-of-the-art climate-controlled facilities, and there are no smelly fumes!
Address: 17 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
Visit https://www.polepositionraceway.com/ for open hours.