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Visit the wintry wonderland of Durand Eastman beach before it melts

Waves chipping away at the frozen lake water along the snowy beach
Waves chipping away at the frozen lake water along the snowy beach
Andrea Coventry

The ice is melting! The ice is melting!

We've been living in our own frozen wonderland. Many people have wondered who in Rochester ticked off Elsa, the Snow Queen from Disney's 'Frozen,' as our area has resembled her arctic tundra for the past few months. Well, it looks like Anna's magical act of true love is beginning to thaw her frozen heart, because signs of spring are popping up all over the place. We have turned the clocks ahead one hour to "Spring Ahead." And Lake Ontario is starting to thaw.

Head up to Durand-Eastman beach with the family to take in the gorgeous Winter Wonderland before it is completely gone. The beaches are still covered in snow, and you may sink in a few inches in some spots. Sand is starting to reappear, though, and you can start your shell and rock hunting again.

Sand has pushed up to create dunes. Some of the frozen sand shelves even look like rocks. Use caution when climbing up on them to look down at the icy water below. If you listen carefully, you can hear the waves crashing under the ice as it cracks. In some places, it even looks like a giant pool of ice cubes.

Dogs still enjoy running along the beach. Cold temperatures mean it isn't crowded, so you can enjoy the views. Get some fresh air and have some fun family bonding time as you say goodbye to winter!