The Finger Lakes region is 9,000 square miles of a variety of things to see and do. While there is some debate, there are actually 11 Finger Lakes that span across the region. These eleven glimmering lakes were all formed from Ice Age glaciers moving through the area creating the illusion of finger shaped lakes. The glaciers that carved out the beautiful countryside left rolling hills and valleys perfect for the outdoor enthusiast to explore, and the perfect conditions for grape vines to grow.
The region encompasses 14 counties and spans all the way from just outside the western borders of Rochester all the way east to Syracuse from the shores of Lake Ontario all the way south to the Pennsylvania border. The Finger Lakes region is not just a point on the map, but an entire region waiting for your next adventure!
It is a four season destination with flowers blooming and agriculture blossoming in the spring, to festivals, Nascar events, and shopping opportunities galore in the summer, to vibrant fall foliage and the smell of grapes being pressed in the fall, all the way to snowmobiling, skiing, and mouthwatering culinary delights in the winter waiting to be explored! The variety of businesses to be found in the Finger Lakes region will take you days if not weeks and as soon as your visit to the region ends, you find yourself quickly starting to plan your next visit.
With all the natural splendor and outdoor activities to be found on the lakes themselves as well as surrounding hiking areas, state parks, and marinas, visitors will also be pleasantly surprised to discover the abundance of rich history that lies in the Finger Lakes. Museums dot the region dedicated to western art, the art of glassblowing, photography and film, and even a museum solely dedicated to America's favorite dessert, JELL-O found in the Finger Lakes community of Le Roy!
Major national events have ties to the Finger Lakes region such as the home of abolitionist Harriet Tubman who lead enslaved African Americans to the north. The Women's Rights movement took place in the town of Seneca Falls and women's rights leader Susan B. Anthony's home can be toured in the same location. If you're a Huckleberry Finn fan, be sure to visit Mark Twain's study in the town of Elmira and see where the iconic pages of the novel were written. These are just a few of the locations that break off the tip of the iceberg waiting for your inner curious history buff to explore!
Information provided by: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance
With miles of beauty and charm, the Finger Lakes region is a true fun-for-all destination! Families with children of all ages will get a kick out of making glass at the Corning Museum of Glass or spending the day at Roseland Water Park in Canandaigua. Adventure seekers will find opportunities to hike 16,212 acres in the Finger Lakes National Forest or explore dozens of public waterfalls, such as Grimes Glen in Naples.
Over 200 wineries offer an experience all the
"The Finger Lakes region is one of the most aesthetically pleasing vacation spots in New York. The area comes complete with plenty of opportunities for scenic hiking, wine touring, concert going, water sporting, golfing, biking, and good eating. If you are checking out this area for the first time, there are a few key places you should make sure visit to understand the hype of this pristine location. The name says it all - the Finger Lakes consists of a series of eleven lakes
"If you are looking for more of an adult-oriented vacation, try following the Finger Lakes Wine Trail. The Finger Lakes are a great area for wine making, and this wine trail offers the chance to see what this wine-savvy area is all about. The wine tour includes five wineries; Arbor Hill, Casa Larga, Eagle Crest, Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars, Heron Hill at Briston, Sonnenberg Finer Lakes Wine Center. Wine tour passports are also available to those who wish to experience the tour
"For those who care to pump up the volume on their relaxing vacation, the Finger Lakes Gaming and Race track is highly recommended. You can also catch some high quality music performances, the CMAC Venue for summer entertainment is where it’s at. The venue boasts 5,000 covered seats, lawn space for 10,000 and 54 VIP boxes. CMAC hosts the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as: Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snoop Dogg, Jason Mraz, Mumford and Sons
"Visit Cayuga Lake Creamery in Interlaken, a personal favorite, for award winning homemade ice cream with flavors like maple bacon, sea salt caramel, all the classics, gluten free options, and of course, wine sorbets. Try their fresh waffle cones which envelope the parlor with their sweet aroma. Another stop for the epicurean is the Muranda Cheese Company in Waterloo. Taste a variety of high-quality cheeses made from the fresh raw milk of the cows on site. Making cheese for
"Wineries abound in the Finger Lakes. With a climate conducive to vineyards, the Finger Lakes region has almost 100 wineries. Riesling is one of the most popular grape varieties in the area, but the vineyards offer a range of wines. Some favorite winery stops include Cayuga Ridge, Anthony Road, Fox Run, Pleasant Valley, Glenora, and Chateau Lafayette Reneau. Don't miss the breweries either, like Naked Dove, Rooster Fish, and GC Starkey. "
"Paddle your way around Lake Seneca and into the Erie Canal system with Fuzzy Guppies in Waterloo. Fuzzy Guppies is your source for fun with a variety of human powered water crafts, including kayaks, paddle boards, and even a human size hamster ball. You can even make your way through the canal way locks. Bring your tent or camper and stay the night at Waterloo Harbor Campground.
Nature lovers are drawn to Taughannock Falls State Park for its breathtaking beauty.