Things To Do
Family-Oriented Festivals & Events
The Watson Homestead has been host to many fun and family-oriented festivals and events over the years, such as:
Fall Harvest Festival (October): Enjoy pumpkin painting, hayrides, crafts, swimming, bobbing for apples, a picnic dinner and more.
March Maple Family Weekend (March): Bring your family closer together in an event centered around the process of making maple syrup. Families will learn how to tap trees, collect sap, cool sap and how to turn it into syrup.
Muds & Suds Children's Challenge (May): Children, ages 5-12, navigate through an obstacle course full of mud, soap suds, and challenges. It brings together some of a child's favorite things: Being Active, Being Outside and Getting Dirty.
The Swimming Pool
Our seasonal pool is open May-November for scheduled swims. The pool contains locker rooms, restrooms and showers. Be sure to check with Guest Services to reserve the pool as life guards are required.
The seven-circuit pattern is created out of creek stone and is located behind the pool building. Walking the labyrinth is a moving meditation engaging body, mind and spirit. Physiologically, the right and left sides of the brain and fluidic system of the body are balanced. Unlike mazes, which have dead ends, multiple paths and tricks that challenge the mind, labyrinths have one path – into and out from the center – all you do is begin the walk and follow the path, thus allowing your mind to relax and access peaceful mindfulness. For more information on the seven circuit labyrinth, click here.
The Edsall Climbing Tower
36 feet in height, the three-sided climbing and rappelling tower is available for individual challenges and team building activities. Watson staff can help develop a climbing experience or a program to fit your needs. Time on the tower must be scheduled in advance and qualified staff must assist.
Take a hike or walk to a waterfall. The hiking trails at Watson Homestead are part of the Finger Lakes trail system! Please click here to view a map of the Watson Homestead trails.