Fairport (New York)
The village of Fairport, NY is the business and recreational center for an area including the village, the surrounding town of Perinton and the hamlet of Egypt. Fairport is in the Finger Lakes region of New York and is a suburb of Rochester. The area school district and postal zone are named after Fairport. References to the town and hamlet are technically important for historical and operational reasons, but outsiders are typically most familiar with the village and its name.
The area has been inhabited by native Americans of the Seneca Nation since at least the 12th century. Europeans began settling as farmers here during the 18th century. The construction of the Erie Canal added modern forms of commerce to the area in the 19th century. Today, the area is an "outer ring" suburb of Rochester. A wide range of commercial activity is present, including farms and wineries, education, restaurants and retail shops, entertainment and recreation, small to mid-sized factories, and office facilities for traditional and high-tech products and services.
The village is located at the intersection of New York State Route 250 (Main Street) and NYS Route 31F (Church Street), about 13 miles from downtown Fairport to downtown Rochester. Fairport is sure to be found by your favorite GPS device or mapping web site. Boaters can reach the village via the Erie Canal and moor between the Main Street and Parker Street bridges. The nearest major airport is the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), about 15 miles away.
Find the latest information on docking procedures (especially overnight docking) at the village web site.
Once you're in the village, many attractions are located within walking distance. Free parking is plentiful. Driving in upstate New York is usually stress free. Drivers should note that villages like Fairport with dedicated police forces are heavily patrolled. Buses operated by the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority are available. Some primary attractions, such as the Casa Larga winery, supermarkets and the Perinton recreation center are not within walking distance of the canal.
The canal is of primary importance for tourism and recreation, attracting boaters and others from around the state.
The town is proud of its Crescent Trail hiking and cycling trail system, having been designated a Trail Town USA by the National Park Service.
Over the last decade or two, the summer festival scene around Rochester has grown to the point where there are multiple festivals practically every weekend from May to October, featuring arts and crafts, food, music, and anything else that can be celebrated with a festival. Fairport Canal Days usually takes place during the first weekend in June, and the Fairport Music and Food Festival takes place in late August.
The Casa Larga winery is just south of the village and is a well known player in the Finger Lakes wine industry.
Retail centers are located north and south of the village, with an upscale shopping mall to the south, near Victor. The city of Rochester is the cultural and economic center of the region.
Restaurants and bars are present along Liftbridge Lane on the north side of the canal, and in the Packetts Landing area on the south side. Nightclubs and restaurants can also be found on Main Street. Small grocery and other food stores are present in the village, especially in the Village Landing area. Larger stores are located south of the village near the intersection of New York State routes 250 and 31.
There are hotels and motels in Perinton, but not within walking distance of the village of Fairport. A concentration of lodging facilities can be found a few miles from town near Exit 45 of the New York State Thruway (Interstate Route 90), and a few are found along Route 31 south of the village and north of the village along Route 250.
Christian churches of various denominations are situated within and outside the village, and a Jewish temple (Reformed) is near the village. There is no Muslim congregation in Fairport or Perinton. See rocwiki.org/Spiritual_Organizations.