Finger Lakes Region

Finger Lakes Region Travel Guide

People looking for fun things to do in the Finger Lakes should take advantages of the outdoorsy activities. Tour the Rose Hill Mansion’s house and grounds for a look at what 19th-century life was like in New York State, and amazing views of Seneca Lake. Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous in the Finger Lakes, with its gorge path with 19 different waterfalls. Take a tour through the gorge, hike along the rim, or trying camping or a picnic during summer months. The Corning Museum of Glass has over 45,000 glass objects, some as old at 3,500 years. Learn about the beginning of glass making and view amazing glassworks being created in person.

Skaneateles Lake is popular for recreational sailing, and regularly has regattas taking place. Robert Treman State Park has Enfield Glen, another enormous gorge, and the 115-foot Lucifer Falls. The area is also great for hiking and swimming in the summer. Cayuga Lake is the second biggest of the Finger Lakes, but its surrounding area boasts a dozen wineries, distilleries, and even a cidery. The lake also has many parks and lakefront views, and even champagne cruises on the water.

Take a drive or paddle along part of the 12-mile Cayuga-Seneca Canal, teeming with bass, trout, and salmon.

Explore the birthplace of women’s rights at this free museum.

$15 per person single kayak 1 1/2 hours, boat tours $20 per person

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.

The museum houses 35,000 dazzling objects and offers glassblowing demonstrations.

Enjoy a lakeside drive and sample wine at the 16 vineyards.

Check out the collection of Native American art.