Central + Western New York
Things to do in Central + Western New York
Take a drive or paddle along part of the 12-mile Cayuga-Seneca Canal, teeming with bass, trout, and salmon.
Check out Mark Twain’s octagonal study at Elmira College, which has artifacts such as his chair, documents, and several photos of nearby Quarry Farm, where he wrote.
Take a boat through the glassy inlets of the St. Lawrence River—it flows north, toward Montreal. In summer, alight at Heart Island, one of 1,865 islands here, where Boldt Castle, a full-scale Rhineland palace, was commissioned by the man who built the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
Taste the afternoon away at this waterfront winery, best known for its dry Rieslings.
Book a three-hour sailing cruise around Seneca Lake; on-board discussions can range from Erie Canal and Native American history. Be sure to stock up on snacks and drinks—including beer and wine—before the boat sets sail.
Enjoy a lakeside drive and sample wine at the 16 vineyards.
The Museum: Established in 1916, this still-working kazoo-manufacturing company not only is the only metal-producing kazoo factory in North America, but it’s still using original equipment installed more than a century ago.
Explore the birthplace of women’s rights at this free museum.
What a rush - 750,000 gallons of water hurtling over rocks, supplying 4.4 billion watts of natural power.