Finger Lakes

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The Finger Lakes region is expansive, offering plenty of opportunities to explore various villages and towns, picturesque country roads, state parks, museums, and wine trails (see Day Trips section). While there is some nightlife, especially in the college town of Ithaca, it’s usually in the form of local bars and pubs. 

Things to do in Finger Lakes

Captain Bill’s Cruises

Launching from the Southern end of Seneca Lake, Captain Bill’s hosts lunch, a traditional seated dinner, and cocktail cruises with selections prepared by an in-house chef, all throughout the summer. The teen cruise features pizza, sodas, and a DJ.

1 ½ N. Franklin St., NY, 607-535-4541,
Tags: family | cruise | things to do

Corning Museum of Glass

Housing the most celebrated collection of glass in the world, this mammoth museum offers comprehensive historical exhibits, modern and contemporary art displays, interactive exhibits on the science of glass for both kids and adults, and a vast array of glassmaking classes and demonstrations for both young and old.

One Museum Way, NY, 607-937-5371,
Tags: family | art | things to do | culture | history

National Soaring Museum

This comprehensive museum dedicated to motorless flight and soaring, pays tribute to the region’s social and economic history (Elmira is the “Soaring Capital of America”) with lectures, contests, symposia, and a stunning collection of sailplanes.

52 Soaring Hill Dr., NY, 607-734-3128,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | history

Rockwell Museum of Western Art

With the largest collection of western art in the eastern United States, the Rockwell houses large-scale paintings of cowboys and Indians, landscapes (O’Keefe and Adams), sculpture, and contemporary Native American art.

111 Cedar St., NY, 607-937-5386,
Tags: family | art | things to do | culture | history

Tanglewood Nature Center

Featuring nine miles of trails and a museum, the Tanglewood Nature Center is also home to several dozen varieties of animals in live displays. Programs for children involve hands-on, adventure-based workshops and classes.

443 Coleman Ave., NY, 607-732-4880,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors

Watkins Glen International

The region’s majestic farmland vistas provide a sharp contrast to the sights and sounds of this world-class raceway. Watkins Glen International is host to NASCAR’s Winston Cup, Crafstman Truck, Busch, and SCCA racing events, as well as the premier vintage event, the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix.

2790 County Rd. 16, NY, 866-461-7223,
Tags: family | things to do | sports

Watkins Glen State Park

The oldest of the region’s many state parks is dotted with 19 waterfalls as well as numerous gorges, deep pools, and glacier-sculpted rocks. The park invites camping, picnics, and trail hiking, and the entrance is right in town amidst dining, lodging, and other conveniences.

Near south end of Seneca Lake, off Route 14, NY, 607-535-4511,
Tags: family | views | things to do | outdoors | camping

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