Things to Do in Finger Lakes

There are many exciting things to do in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Whether you are looking to sample some award-winning Finger Lakes wines along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, experience our region’s agricultural bounty on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, learn more about Finger Lakes history and cultural heritage at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, or explore the two largest freshwater Finger Lakes in Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake — you will find that Seneca County, NY offers the most complete and authentic Finger Lakes vacation experience.

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Finger Lakes Wine Trail, Finger Lakes Beer Trail and more

Among the most popular visitor activities in the Central Finger Lakes

Referred to as Finger Lakes Wine Country, the region boasts over 100 diverse wineries (from small, micro-wineries to bigger, farm wineries) that offer something for everyone on a wine tour – a popular Finger Lakes visitor activity! Renowned for its production of world-class Rieslings, Finger Lakes wineries consistently win top honors from international competitions for the white-grape variety. Other popular specialties among Finger Lakes wines include:  Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc , Chardonnay and Ice Wines. The Finger Lakes region also boasts micro-breweries, a distillery, meadery, and cidery options sure to please everyone’s preference. In addition to tasting rooms, many wineries and beverage producers also offer behind the scenes tours, gift shops, and have restaurants or special event booking spaces available (perfect for Finger Lakes Weddings or live entertainment venues)  – making them an ideal year-round destination.

Agritourism

Farms, food and festivals add real, local flavor in Finger Lakes Central

In addition to great wines and beverages, the Finger Lakes region is home to a thriving Food Movement – featuring unique products, restaurants and chefs. Each year, the Finger Lakes Cork & Fork hosts the region’s largest harvest festival and features the people and products behind the Finger Lakes food revolution. To compliment the wine trails, the region offers the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, which provides visitors an opportunity to sample farm fresh cheeses from places such as: Muranda Cheese Company and Lively Run Goat Dairy. Other local favorites include homemade ice cream at Cayuga Lake Creamery, old-fashioned Mennonite pies at Sauders Country Store and Finger Lakes Grapeseed Oil.

History Happened Here

History comes alive in the Central Finger Lakes Region

The history, heritage and culture of the Finger Lakes provide some of the most fascinating activities for both visitors and knowledge seekers to enjoy. From the birthplace of Women’s Rights in Seneca Falls to the origins of Memorial Day in Waterloo to the inspiration for one of America’s most beloved motion pictures, It’s a Wonderful Life – Seneca County’s illustrious history is on display at more than 20 museums throughout the area.  Other historical sites and monuments offer clues to the vast military secrets lost in abandoned bases and battlegrounds that played prominent roles in the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II.

Finger Lakes Outdoors

Glaciers carved the footprint for the pristine waters of the Finger Lakes Region and left endless recreational opportunities

Blessed with amazing natural beauty, the Finger Lakes region is home to some of the most picturesque countrysides, diverse landscapes and magnificent waterways of any destination in the world. These assets provide abundant recreational activities from hiking in the Finger Lakes National Forest to biking along one of eleven Finger Lakes to kayaking on the Erie Canal System and the Cayuga Seneca Canal. There are plenty of wildlife and hunting opportunities as well, including bird-watching at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge or tracking the world-famous Seneca White Deer – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in every season in Seneca County NY — Finger Lakes Central.