Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance serves this township and the town uses five regional Fire Departments – Laurelton, Point Pleasant, Ridge Culver, Sea Breeze and St. Paul Boulevard. Irondequoit also has it’s own police department. There are two branches of the Monroe County Library located in Irondequoit – Helen McGraw at 2180 East Ridge Road, (585) 336-6060 and Pauline Evans at 45 Cooper Road, (585) 336-6062. www.irondequoitlibrary.org
Parkside Whispering Pines, 4353 Culver Rd., is the oldest miniature golf course in existence, and is listed with the National Register of Historic Places; Sea Breeze Park at 4600 Culver Road is the 4th oldest amusement park in the United States; Historic Town Hall and the 1830s-era Pioneer House Museum is located at 1280 Titus Avenue.
Who Lives Here
There’s a breezy, outgoing style that permeates the locals here. Fiercely proud of their waterways and parks, the town is host to a multitude of enormously popular community events that entice residents and fans from throughout the county.
Two public school systems educate students here, East Irondequoit and West Irondequoit. In addition, a large Catholic high school, Bishop Kearney, is located in town. Between the three, the area offers families a continuous stream of athletic, artistic and educational opportunities.
Within the borders of Irondequoit you’ll find everything you need – plenty of restaurants, Wegmans, movie screens, hairdressers, major shopping plazas, banks, fast food outlets of all sorts, many locations to ‘shop local,’ even a few popular clubs for late night partying.
For generations, a visit to the lake and bay area has meant a stop at Vic & Irv’s, Bill Gray’s, Don’s Original and Abbot’s custard! Insiders know that a few hours spent at Marge’s Lakeside Inn is a must, and destination shopping at locations like House of Guitars at 645 Titus Ave. brings shoppers to Irondequoit from great distances.
Recreation & Entertainment
With the layout of the land and water here, the great outdoors is a major attraction for residents of all ages. You’ll find them enjoying a new bike/jogging path along the lake or boating, hiking, and barbecuing in the summer; and cross-country skiing in the winter. Irondequoit also boasts well-known dining establishments and locations with live entertainment.
Oktoberfest is held at Camp Eastman in September, a Holiday Tree-Lighting takes place in December, there’s a Seasonal Farmer’s Market, a Memorial Day Parade, a Flag Day Ceremony, and a July 4th Parade and Festival complete with fireworks.
Transportation & Traffic
I-590 and Rt. 104 provide quick access to and from Irondequoit. Major roads crisscross the area – Titus Ave., Culver Rd., St. Paul Blvd., Kings Hwy S., Hudson, Seneca, Lake and Portland Avenues; with Lakeshore Blvd. and Sea Breeze Dr. offering scenic routes.
Traffic can often be thick here. The summer months bring with them throngs of visitors to the region, and the town’s very popular annual events like Oktoberfest and 4th of July draw many extra vehicles to the area.
Pros & Cons
Living by the ‘big lake’ keeps the temperatures milder in the summer; but can add snowfall totals to your driveway in the winter. Then again, some things are worth the trade off, right?
Irondequoit borders the amazing Durand Eastman Park and Seneca Park. In fact, without reading a boundary posting, you’d never guess you were leaving the town as you pass into these lovely facilities. So, enjoy them as if they were yours! Don’t miss visiting the Seneca Park Zoo which has undergone wonderful renovations in recent years.