Things to do in Finger Lakes
There are so many new and fun things to do in the Finger Lakes. Families and couples will both enjoy the outdoor recreation, history and scenery the area has to offer. You will never be bored in the Finger Lakes area.
For family vacations, the whole family will enjoy water sports and swimming in the Finger Lakes during the summer. The area is also a fun place for winter sports and ice fishing in the winter. You’ll find such a wide variety of family-friendly things to do in the Finger Lakes that you’ll want to come back every year.
Couples love taking romantic and group getaways to the Finger Lakes for the area’s wineries and fall colors. There are several wine trails to explore and lakefront restaurants to sample. You will find beautiful hiking trails in the local state parks and shopping in the charming small towns around the Finger Lakes.
Kids and adults alike enjoy all the things to do in the Finger Lakes. If you don't find it here, let us know what your interests are, and we will help you find more information.
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Known for producing the finest dry red and white wines, Long Point Winery has collected numerous awards for wines such as, red Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dry Riesling.
This is not just a job for us, but a labor of love and our home, so welcome!
Around the Corner Catering provides a full service quality catering service for both personal and corporate events including premier wedding planning services. Our services also include Keuka Lake wine tours, limo foods, barbecues, gourmet wine tasting picnics, wine and food pairing dinners and pantry stocking for your incoming arrival to Keuka Lake! We proudly serve Keuka Lake and our local surrounding area and specialize in catering on site at your location including your summer family home, lake rental or a local area wineries.
Please contact us for availability and a customized menu and pricing!
Call for pricing and packages.
Nestled in the scenic hills overlooking Canandaigua Lake in South Bristol, NY, Bristol Harbour Lodge & Golf Club is conveniently located less than an hour from Rochester and less than 2 hours from Buffalo. Just moments from Canandaigua Lake and minutes from Bristol Mountain, it's the perfect spot for your Finger Lakes wedding.
Camp Cory, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, has been serving families for more than 90 years. Situated right on the shores of Keuka Lake, camp offers families a variety of different activities and experiences that they can’t get anywhere else.
Canandaigua Canine Campus (CCC) is a membership dog park and registration is required to access the park. This city owned and managed dog park was constructed in 2018 with additional funding support from Friends of Canandaigua Canine Campus (a dog owners’ group) and the Town of Canandaigua.
The approximately two acre off-leash park at 97 Buffalo Street is a safe and friendly fenced space for healthy socialized dogs and their owners to gather. CCC features secure access gates, separate fenced play yards for small and large dogs, water stations, paw wash station, benches, parking area, bike rack and a pet memorial rock garden, the centerpiece of an outdoor lobby.
To register your dog, you must visit the City Recreation Office at City Hall, 2 North Main Street, First Floor Atrium, Canandaigua, Monday – Friday, 9AM-4:30PM.
Offering 1, 2 and 3 hour narrated cruises around Lake Canandaigua. One hour cruises depart daily at 11, 1, 3, 5, and 7 in July through October. Cruises are also available Saturday and Sunday in May and June.
In the summer months (Mid June to Mid August) we operate as a Christian youth camp. All youth from ages 6 to 18 are invited to spend a week or more in one of our exciting summer camp programs.
Enjoy an afternoon in the Finger Lakes with world-class musical acts, a stellar view of Keuka Lake, and local craft beverages and food.
Visit our website to learn more.
Family owned 16 lane center located in the heart of wine country.
Open to the Public.
Emerson Park offers something for the whole family to enjoy. Picnicking, swimming, boating, sport fishing, playgrounds, disc golf, theatre, concerts and history are among the many attractions you will find at Emerson Park on the north shore of beautiful Owasco Lake.
Falling Waters Boat Tours is an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind tour just 5 minutes from Watkins Glen that combines a 1.5 hour or 2.5 hour boat tour on Seneca Lake with private viewing and exploring the magnificent 165 ft. Hector Falls from our natural shale patio.
Safety and fun are our top priorities. Our Captain is a USCG licensed Captain. So bring a camera, sense of adventure, and your best smile for this memorable boat and waterfall tour. See our website https://fallingwatersboattours.com/ for more details and images of this extraordinary tour!
Private road; access is for customers with confirmed reservations made at least 3 hours in advance of the reserved tour.
Finger Lakes Boating Heritage.
Experience the convinence of having a chef on demand, whether it is for a romantic dinner, a holiday get together or a family brunch.
Before the course begins Chef Wayne M. Allen C.I.A. 94 arrives at your kitchen several hours before your dinner event, He is dressed in full chef attire and brings all the specialty cooking equipment needed to perform the Gourmet dinner, including All Clad Copper Cookware, Wusthof Knives, Kitchen Aid Mixer w/ attachments, Salad spinner, Stainless Steel Bowls, Blender etc. Also, Chef Wayne brings the Dinner Ware including: Imported Italian Stone ware, Crystal Wine Glasses, Silk table Clothes, Matching Napkins, Silver Napkin rings and Matching silverware.
Chef Wayne washes and cuts all the vegetables, fabricates the Meats sets the table before the Dinner begins. Chef Wayne cooks each course minutes before course begins, serving each course, pouring each wine, clearing each course, while giving descriptions of the dishes and a run down of some cooking techniques used in the creation of each course, including ingredients used. After the party ends the Kitchen is cleaned and the dishes are washed and this is all included in the service.
Note: His summers book up quickly so once you know your dates give him a call to scheduale your dinner in your vacation rental.
Call to book your walking tour in advance! Tastings from several restaurants provided.
Our Finger Lakes gaming venue in Farmington, NY has over 1,500 video gaming machines, over 160 live thoroughbred horse racing days per year, live racing results from all the top tracks daily, and a variety of the best restaurants in New York and entertainment options. There are plenty of reasons to spend your day at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Western New York!
Go for a hike. You can explore over 30 nature preserves created by the Finger Lakes Land Trust, all free and open to the public for quiet recreation year-round.
Experience Broadway in the Finger Lakes! The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival presents classic and contemporary works, new musicals, and in-school arts education for a diverse audience, to spur social awareness and cultural development in the Finger Lakes region.
Private Group Pre- Set Packages. We take private events to a new level – chill, bond and laugh it up with friends or colleagues doing celebratory yoga and other fun physical adventures all rewarded with foodie delights and world class wines and cocktails.
Wine Tours by Limousine, Buses, Trolleys.
Canoe & kayak rental service in Seneca County, New York
The largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State and maintain the third-largest collection of historic buildings in America.
The 700-acre complex consists of 68 historic structures furnished with 15,000 artifacts to provide an authentic, 19th-century environment in which visitors can interact with knowledgeable, third-person historic interpreters in period-appropriate dress. Among the buildings preserved in the historic village are Col. Nathaniel Rochester’s house and George Eastman’s childhood home.
The graceful 19th-century Italianate farmhouse symbolizes the quietude and gentility of a bygone era. Today, when you visit the farm you can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings while picking our delicious blueberries. Or you can sample our wines made from a variety of fruits and vinefera grapes in our rustic tasting room with its antique ambience.
The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is a museum of local history with a focus on Glenn Curtiss. Located in Hammondsport, New York, the museum boasts a large collection of Curtiss' airplanes, motorcycles and many other items pertaining to the local Finger Lakes area such as boats and wine culture.
Offering our guests an experience. You will travel from your door in comfort with a knowledgeable guide to help you choose wines which suit your taste. Our tour guides know wine and know the region. The tour visits wineries of your choosing for you to sample their offerings.
Grimes Glen is located in the Village of Naples, NY and is part of Ontario County's park system. The Glen is known for its waterfalls and also as the source of the oldest fossilized tree in New York State. Grimes Creek originates at Cleveland Hill, one of the highest points in the Naples region. Be prepared to get your feet wet!
Highland Park Golf Course is known to be one of the most challenging and best-conditioned golf courses in Central New York with its Par 71, 18-hole course stretching over 6,400 yards.
Set in the heart of Central New York – the Finger Lakes Region – Highland Park Golf Course is located just 20 miles west of Syracuse and offers a parkland course with tree-lined fairways, rolling hills and beautiful views of the region.
Guests may make tee times four days in advance.
We do reserve weekend tee times before 1pm for member play only.
Call for Pricing and availability.
Variety of different boat tours, see website for details.
Please call for pricing or to go over the menu and budget you want to have. They offer 1-course to 4-course meals.
A fun and educational experience learning the basics of sailing and understanding the aspects of safe water recreation. We are a Non-For Profit organization, dedicated to the education of students 8 and up for learning to sail. If you are interested in participating in a lesson, learning about the yacht club, or have general questions about joining the Sailing Program please contact us at 607-962-2011. Adult lessons are also available in the form of private lessons. You do not have to be a member of Keuka Yacht Club to learn how to sail at this camp.
Kayak Time offers guided kayak tours of New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Come explore the beauty of the Finger Lakes with us!
The Keuka Outlet Trail is an area for natural, physical, outdoor and historic oriented recreation and education.
You can access the trail from the east side in Dresden or from the west side in Penn Yan behind the Verizon store.
- Taxi Service - $4 anywhere in town limits of Penn Yan
- Wine Shuttle
- NYS Medicaid Transportation
The Outdoor Discovery Schools are a great way to try out gear or a new activity, a fun way to get outside and meet like-minded people.
Starting Memorial Day weekend we will be hosting a variety of paddling courses from the launch site across from the Twisted Rail. We offer $25 Discovery Courses for Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard. These courses are 90 minutes long and include instruction, equipment overview, safety talk and 50-60 minutes out on the water. All equipment is included.
We also have $59 Sunset, Full Moon, and Nighttime Glow Paddleboard tours. These courses are three hours long, cover the same equipment and safety briefs and 2+ hours on the water with snack and gorgeous evening views of the lake.
Lath & Letters located in beautiful Canandaigua, NY is the area's one & only Paint & Sip DIY Wood Sign Workshop.
Our workshops feature step by step simple instruction for creating charming custom home decor pieces. Experience is not needed....just bring your creative spirit and prepare to have fun! With over 120 design options for you to choose from and a myriad of color choices; each project is unique.
Play your favorite music, enjoy your favorite beverage of choice (we are BYOB) & feel free to bring snacks! We highly encourage dancing while working on your project!
Not feeling all that creative or have a custom request? We have a number of pieces for sale in our shop or we would be happy to help you create the perfect design! Personalized signs make a great gift for any occasion. We also have a artisan boutique filled with local treasures. Let us know...we would love to help!
Letchworth State Park is a 14,427-acre state park located in Livingston and Wyoming counties, New York.
Every balloon ride is special, because no two flights are ever the same. On any given flight, there will be a unique selection of events. Some of these “events” are sensations that simply cannot be put into words–and even pictures do not do justice!
You may come to check something off the bucket-list, but you will go away with memories to last a lifetime!
A full takeout catering menu featuring our signature BBQ to fish and turf
Main Street Drivers is an award-winning wine touring service that has perfected the “your car + our driver” concept. We offer Insured, professional and winery savvy designated drivers. With prices starting $35.00/hour, we save our clients well over 50% off the cost of most typical car and limo services. Main Street Drivers has been voted “Best Car/Limo Service” 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 2013 & 2012.
Minnehans provides entertainment for people of all ages. You can find out who the fastest driver in your family is. You can find out who the best golfer is. There is a GO-KART ride for every member of your family. Parents can tune up their golf swing at our Golf Driving Range. Our smaller park allows you to see everyone at all times. Great Food – from pizza to Red Osier roast beef – hamburgers to our custard ice cream cakes. Minnehans is the place for family fun!
Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes on the Canandaigua Lake Pier, The New York Wine & Culinary Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that showcases New York’s dynamic agriculture, wine, craft beverages and culinary arts. The Center’s state-of-the-art facility overlooking Canandaigua Lake features a Hands-On Kitchen, Demonstration Theater, Tasting Room, Private Dining Room, Taste of New York Boutique, and locally-sourced restaurant, the Upstairs Bistro.
Mennonite Owned and Operated, local favorite for baking supples, deli, bakery, butchar, great! Cafe for breakast and lunch.
Painted Bar Stables is a just up the hill from Watkins Glen and a short drive from Ithaca. Our location directly on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail puts us in the midst of cascading waterfalls, breathless lake views and rolling glacier carved hills.
Visit Website for pricing and packages.
Our purpose is to provide you with a unique and custom event without the hassle of dealing with the food. We offer a wide variety of options that include set up and clean up. The menu options are endless - traditional or gourmet. Whether cooking is not your thing, you have a person or group that you want to impress or you just want to treat yourself to a special meal –
Chef Daryl offers appetizers, full entrees and desserts at your event for as few as 2 and as many as 20.
Simply tell us about your event and we will gladly let you know if we can accommodate you!
We can make it happen with our personal chef services!
Ravines Wine Cellars rests in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country, dedicated to the craft of old world style dry wines.
Hot Rock Massage
60 minute, $70
Swedish moderate to light massage tangled with stones warmed to perfection.
60 minutes, $75 and up
Depending on particular body's needs Alternating deep strokes in areas of need and moderate to light strokes for blood flow, this helps get your body back in a healthy balance.
Deep Tissue Massage
Focused on a specific area or issue Limited mobility Postural issues Muscle tension: hamstrings, glutes, IT band, quadriceps, rhomboids upper trapezius, Piriformis syndrome Deep pressure with focus on muscle tissue!!!
Full body Swedish massage
60 minute full body, $65
Moderate to light pressure: primary goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body, with centripetal strokes beneficial for decreasing toxins, increasing oxygen in blood and improving flexibility.
Sauders Store is a genuine Mennonite country store that is packed with fresh produce, bulk packaged goods, Pennsylvania German meats and cheeses along with specialty products for the Mennonite community. The baking and spice sections of the store are extensive and inexpensive from a spectrum of sanding sugars, bags of dried cherries, apricots and mangos, to gummy candy anythings (fried eggs and chicken feet notwithstanding) to cookies to make ice cream sandwiches with. Their deli is not to be missed. Lots of John Martin cold cuts and smoked pork chops and ham hocks (for soups) not to mention local sausages from Hoffmanns. And the prices are unbeatable (really).
Seneca Lake State Park is a 141-acre state park located in Seneca County, New York in the United States. The park is at the north end of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. The park is south of and between Geneva and Waterloo.
A premier golf destination located in the Finger Lakes Region. The18 hole course is open to the public. Visit our famous Dungeon Pub and be treated like family.
Your hot air ballooning adventure with Southern Tier Balloon Tours awaits!
There is no better way to see all the beauty the Finger Lakes has to offer than from a hot air balloon! Their flights are scheduled twice daily, morning and evening, seven days a week and are weather permitting. Give them a call, email or text and let them set up your balloon experience. Balloon flights depart right at sunrise and a couple of hours prior to sunset.
Sweet Farm is the world’s first nonprofit sanctuary addressing the devastating impact that factory farming has on climate change — from the perspective of animals, plants, and the planet. By linking climate education, regenerative agriculture, farm animal rescue, and the sustainable technology that is disrupting agriculture and food production, Sweet Farm is redefining sanctuary. Sweet Farm offers public tours with over 100 rescued, adorable farm animals and exciting special events on the farm throughout the season.
The Corning Museum of Glass is a museum in Corning, New York dedicated to the art, history and science of glass
Over 175 unique shops on 44 Acres.
Quality antiques and collectibles, specializing in fine and primitive furniture of the 19th & 20th centuries.
Villa Bellangelo's committed to crafting only the finest wines. This is achieved by blending traditional European and modern American winemaking methods, and sourcing premium vinifera and hybrid varietals. As a result of this unique integration, they produce a wide spectrum of exceptional wines including Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux blends, and Bellangelo’s signature Moscato.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm. 7 days a week from May through December.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday, Saturday Sunday from January through April.
Subject to change weather permitting.
Wagers is a family owned farm, centrally located in the heart of the Finger Lakes. They grow 15 varieties of apples, 8 varieties of grapes and a block of sweet cherries. They open in early September for u-pick or you can stop by their store to purchase apples and other local produce, and products.
The store opens September 14, 2017
(see the u-pick page for information)
Store & Picking Hours:
7 days a week
Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York's Finger Lakes region. The park's lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland.
White & White Antiques has been in business for 52 years. Owned by Steve & Beverly White, it is one of the few single owner shops remaining in Central New York.
Wixson Honey carries a complete line of Honey containers and Bee keeping supplies. We also stock various glass and plastic containers as well. You can check out our products through the menu bar across the top.
Imerse. Discover. Inspire. Local history of Yates County.