Perched at the northernmost tip of Seneca Lake is a historic farming town that’s on the cutting edge of the culinary world. Geneva is a modern farming community that’s home to some of the region’s best theaters, restaurants, wineries, and hiking trails. Discover the many amazing things to do in Geneva, NY, as well as where you can find the best rental properties in the Finger Lakes area!
Our Favorite Things to Do in Geneva, NY
Seneca Lake State Park
If you’re traveling with kids, head to Seneca Lake State Park for a fun day under the sun! It’s home to a “sprayground,” a fun water park that’s the first of its kind in a New York state park. It features over 100 water jets that spray water at the same time. Your kids are sure to love playing there! There are also three playgrounds available for public use nearby, as well as a Finger Lakes beach that’s open during the summer season. We suggest you call the park the day-of to make sure that the beach and the sprayground are both available to the public. The park is open year-round with hours that change seasonally. There’s a $7 vehicle entry fee for cars.
Catch a Show at the Smith Center for the Arts
Housed in the historic Smith Opera House, the Smith Center for the Arts works tirelessly to make theater, music, and film more accessible to the public. You’ll find a wide range of programs here, including movie screenings and live performances. From incredible reimaginings of Shakespeare plays to dance showcases that are sure to amaze, the variety at the Smith Center for the Arts’ box office is impressive. There is also a series of kid-friendly performances under their “ArtSmart Educational Theatre” label. Your little ones will love learning about new styles of theater, dance, music, or literature. Check the calendar of the Smith Center for the Arts and purchase a ticket to one of their outstanding shows!
Visit Geneva, NY, Restaurants
Not to brag, but the Finger Lakes region has been at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement before it was a buzzword among trendy restaurants. When you look at Geneva’s vast history as a farming town, it’s no wonder. For example, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station made its home here in 1880. It developed new varieties of fruits and vegetables as well as created new growing methods to better serve the environment and produce a better yield. Today, you can see the benefit of this region’s innovation in the many extraordinary restaurants in town.
Foodies should not miss the chance to dine at the famous F.L.X. Kitchen. This popular spot only has 14 seats per night and reservations for the restaurant are open one month in advance. If you plan on visiting, you’ll want to book your table as soon as you can as slots often fill up within a couple of days. So why is this restaurant such a hot ticket? The restaurant’s dining room is set up so that there is no barrier between the guests and the kitchen. You are welcome to chat with the chefs and ask questions about the dishes on the night’s menu. You’ll never have the same meal twice at F.L.X. Kitchen, as the plates change depending on the available ingredients. Whether you consider yourself an amateur chef or you have an appreciation of the art of cooking, this is an excellent restaurant to visit.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s sure to suit everyone’s tastes, consider making a reservation at Halsey’s Restaurant! They have a wide variety of dishes, including wood-fired pizzas, locally sourced steaks grilled to perfection, and their famous meatballs. Their beer and wine list is just as impressive, with local options as well as some international varieties. Ask about their vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well!
Beef & Brew
When you visit Beef & Brew, you might feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a tavern from 19th-century England. On the menu, you’ll find classic American, British, and Irish dishes. Enjoy a hearty bowl of beef and beer stew or dig into their slow-roasted beef on weck sandwich. Be sure to save room for dessert, as each of their pastries is homemade. Pair your lunch or dinner with a beer from their extensive brew menu. Their list is one of the biggest in the area, with just about every variety you can imagine.
Tour Geneva, NY, Wineries
Ravines Wine Cellars
Morten and Lisa Hallgren of Ravines Wine Cellars are bringing European growing methods to the Finger Lakes. You can enjoy the fruits of their labor at their Geneva, NY, tasting room. Visit the historic barn and chat with the knowledgeable staff while you sip on a glass or two of some of the best wines in the area.
If you prefer dry red wines, you’ll want to head to Ventosa Vineyards. The winery’s 23 acres only grow vinifera varieties, so you’ll have your pick of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Pinot Noirs, among other types. Be sure to visit Cafe Toscana while you’re there. This cozy restaurant offers seasonal Mediterranean fare.
Three Brothers Wineries and Estates
Three Brothers Wineries consist of three wineries, a microbrewery, and a cafe all in one location. If you purchase their $20 tasting passport, you’ll be able to easily enjoy samples from each winery and the microbrewery. With so many options, you’re sure to find something to your liking.
Book Your Next Getaway With Finger Lakes Premier Properties
Are you ready to experience the best things to do in Geneva, NY? Then it’s time to book your vacation home with Finger Lakes Premier Properties. Consider booking Riverside Retreat, a gorgeous three-bedroom, one-bathroom home that’s just a 10-minute drive to Geneva. It’s the perfect cabin for a getaway with your immediate family. If you’re seeking quiet and privacy, this cozy cottage is perfect. It’s situated on two acres of pristine private property, with a permanent boat dock on site.