When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “When is the best time to visit the Finger Lakes?” The answer is, of course, right now! The Finger Lakes is one of the best vacation destinations in the United States no matter the time of year. From the snowy winters to the warm summers, there are endless opportunities for fun in every season.  

For even more help planning your trip, request our free Vacation Guide! It contains our recommendations for the best of the Finger Lakes. From wineries and restaurants to hiking trails and boat rentals, you’ll find everything you need to plan the ultimate Upstate New York getaway! 

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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Finger Lakes?

Although anytime is a great time to come, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is late spring through summer, or May through September. It’s an outdoor wonderland, full of recreational activities and water sports for any adventure lover! 

But, if you’re pinching pennies, you should avoid the summer months. Prices may go up between June and August when the kids are out of school. Plus, local attractions may be a little crowded during the summertime as well. 

Another thing to consider: thousands of tourists flock to the Finger Lakes region in the fall, too. Keep reading and we’ll explain why in a moment.  

Why Every Season Has Its Pros 

Spend Spring in the Finger Lakes 

Spring brings blooming flowers, warmer weather, and tons of great wine and food events in the Finger Lakes! 

From the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Bacon on the Lakein to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Pasta & Wine Weekend, there are so many excellent opportunities to enjoy a wine tour or wine tasting, and learn more about Finger Lakes wine country. 

Enjoy a Finger Lakes Summer Vacation 

The possibilities for adventure are endless when you visit the Finger Lakes in the summer! Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and boating are hugely popular activities during this season. Make sure to dress accordingly because mornings can be a little chilly, but the afternoons warm up to the perfect temperature in the 80s. 

Get a bird’s eye view of the lakes and book a hot air balloon ride!. White-water rafting in Letchworth State Park is another awesome activity! The Finger Lakes Wine FestivalGrassRoots Festival, and the Canandaigua Lakefront Art & Music Festival all take place during this season, as well! Make sure to plan your summer vacation several months in advance. Many people dream of a summer vacation in the Finger Lakes, and accommodations book up quickly! 

Fall in Love with the Finger Lakes 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find more gorgeous fall foliage than in the Finger Lakes! Autumn brings changing leaves, pumpkin farms, and the end of the grape-growing season.  

Visitors come from all over to see the captivating fall foliage. The colors are absolutely breathtaking! Just beware of the crowds.  

There are some fantastic fall festivals and harvest celebrations taking place during September, October, and November. Consider taking a scenic drive around the area to take in the gorgeous sights. 

Cozy up in Winter 

Whether you’re celebrating the holiday season or you’re interested in winter sports, there are so many great reasons to visit the Finger Lakes during the chilly season! Browse through the Watkins Glen Village Christmas or the Canandaigua Christkindl Market. There’s no better way to get your holiday shopping done and have a fun day! Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are all popular activities in this region, so come prepared for a fun day of adventure! 

Or, explore the Finger Lakes wine trails this winter for the region’s best ice wines. 

Cozy Up or Cool Down With Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Are you looking for the best place to stay in the Finger Lakes? Then browse through our inventory of homes! Finger Lakes Premier Properties contains the best selection of luxury rentals in the region! From pet-friendly to lakefront and more, our homes have everything you need for an outstanding getaway. Remember, the best time to visit the Finger Lakes is right now, so check out our catalog and book today! 

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Discover the Finger Lakes in August for the Best End-of-Summer Getaway

Summer is always a popular time to visit the Finger Lakes. Not only is the weather fantastic, but there are always so many awesome summer activities and events happening around Upstate New York. Why go to overcrowded vacation destinations like Niagara Falls, when the Finger Lakes in August is easily any outdoor lover’s paradise? Below, you’ll find out some of our favorite things to do as a last hurrah at the end of summer before the kids return to school. 

For more amazing things to do and see in the Finger Lakes region, make sure to check out our free Vacation Guide. It includes all the top attractions in the area when it comes to outdoor recreation, restaurants, shops, museums, and other popular attractions. 

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Experience the Finger Lakes in August 

Finger Lakes Weather in August 

Those who love summer weather will thrive by the lakes this August. Temperatures usually reach a comfortable high in the lower 80s, and at night can cool down enough to bring a cute sweater! 

During the day, spend your time on the boat, fishing, kayaking, or swimming. Or, hike to some of the best Finger Lakes waterfalls. 

The Finger Lakes region experiences all four seasons, so no matter which season you prefer, there will always be an abundance of activities to do. 

Sip Local on While Traveling the Finger Lakes Wine Trails 

Traveling the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a fun way to explore the area. One of several FLX wine trails, Seneca Lake Wine Trail features almost 40 incredible wineries, cideries, and breweries. Spend a whole day making your way down the 75-mile shoreline sipping on Upstate New York’s finest varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc, and Gewurztraminer. 

Other fantastic wine trails to discover include the 30-mile Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, the six incredible wineries on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, or the very first wine trail in the United States, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Hike the Trails at Watkins Glen State Park 

Discover the best outdoor recreation when you explore the trails at Watkins Glen State Park. It’s one of the most popular parks in New York State, offering nearly 20 waterfalls and beautiful hiking trails. Lace up your hiking boots for the popular Gorge Trail. And, we must say – it lives up to its name! Gorge!  

Celebrate Your Favorite German Cabbage Dish at the Annual Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend

Do you love sauerkraut so much that you wish you could dedicate a weekend to celebrating and eating it? Sauerkraut lovers from around the country need to experience our area’s annual Sauerkraut Weekend in Phelps, NY. 

It offers a variety of unique activities like a cabbage decorating contest, a wine with acrylics painting class, and even a Krauter 20K race! 

Come for the sauerkraut and stay for the awesome live music and vendors this August! 

End Your Summer in Our Summer Hideaway! 

Finger Lakes Premier Properties is the best place to unwind each evening after all of your FLX adventures. Cool down after a warm August day in Summer Hideaway, a two-bedroom vacation rental on Keuka Lake. This lovely cottage offers a bit of Californian flair with charming country style and a view of the lake from your living room and covered porch. Check our availability, and book Summer Hideaway today! 

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