September 14, 2015

Olcott, NY

After we arrived at our fabulous rental house, the following day we decided to take it easy and get the lay of the land.  We drove about 8 miles west of Wilson, NY to the cute little town of Olcott, NY.  There we found a beautiful park - Krull Park - which does offer limited beach access to Lake Ontario.  The beach itself wasn't really that nice (doesn't seem to be maintained very well) but a lifeguard is there during posted hours.  We did not swim there but the boys did enjoy skipping some rocks into the lake. Olcott also offers some cute little shops and a Carousel Park. Both have limited operating hours so be sure to take note of that before you visit.  The Carousel Park is cute but it's definitely designed for the 8 & under crowd.  We knew that before visiting so no one was disappointed :)

We spent about 2 hours exploring the park, enjoying the scenery, and grabbing a snack.  It was a relaxing time!

We then left in search of some kayaks to rent. This proved to be difficult. You would think that for a "lake area" the place would be riddled with rental places - but this is not the case.  Some local directed us to a bait and tackle shop but we learned his (small) stash of kayak rentals had been rented out for the week.  In the end, this was something we should have arranged ahead of time or brought our own. Who knew?!

During our kayak search, we noticed a bunch of cars stopping on the side of the road. I thought maybe it was a yard sale but no, it was a popcorn stand! There were so many cars stopping at this place we decided to stop too. And we are so glad we did! Seriously - the best popcorn ever. Freshly popped right there on the side of the road.  We enjoyed the plain popcorn perfectly salted and the caramel corn was the best I've ever had (sorry Johnson's - this was so much better!)  So if you are ever in the area, do find Bye's Popcorn. You will not be disappointed!

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