The Finger Lakes

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Finger Lakes - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Finger Lakes National Forest

    Forest

    On a ridge between the southern ends of Cayuga and Seneca lakes, 9 miles north of Watkins Glen, the national forest offers more than 30 mi of...Read More

  • 2. Rose Hill Mansion

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Six huge Ionic columns front this restored 1839 Greek Revival mansion overlooking Seneca Lake. The 21 rooms open to the public include servants...Read More

  • 3. Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    The grounds at this 52-acre estate are a magnificent example of late-Victorian gardening and design. The rose garden overflows with 4,000 bushes...Read More

  • 4. Strong National Museum of Play

    Museum/Gallery

    Play is taken seriously at the second-largest children's museum in the country, home to the world's largest collection of toys, dolls, and play...Read More

  • Watkins Glen State Park

    5. Watkins Glen State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The main entrance to this park is in downtown Watkins Glen. Campgrounds are scattered around the beautiful Glen Creek. The waters drop about...Read More

    Watkins Glen State Park
  • 6. Abbott's Frozen Custard

    Restaurant–Sight

    Finish your day at Ontario Beach Park with a true Rochester treat: Abbott's Frozen Custard . You can spot this Rochester institution, opened...Read More

  • 7. Armory Square

    Neighborhood/Street

    The former factory-warehouse district of redbrick buildings is now a vibrant area with shops, restaurants, and loads of nightlife. The district...Read More

  • 8. ARTISANWorks

    Museum/Gallery

    Inside this former cannon factory, nearly every inch of the more than 60,000-square-foot bohemian art-gallery-meets-studio-space is chockablock...Read More

  • 9. Bully Hill Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The views of Keuka Lake from here are spectacular. The wine is less so, and the tours are touristy, but the tastings are fun. Lunch and dinner...Read More

  • 10. Canandaigua Wine Trail

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The Canandaigua Wine Trail includes just five wineries, in Fairport, Canandaigua, and Naples, and two wine centers in Canandaigua. ...Read More

  • 11. Cayuga Wine Trail

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The Cayuga Wine Trail has 16 wineries stretching from Seneca Falls down to Ithaca, with most concentrated on the western-central lakefront...Read More

  • 12. Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Museum

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The lighthouse stands about a mile south of Lake Ontario, giving you an idea of how the landscape has changed since the 40-foot-tall stone structure...Read More

  • 13. Columbus Baking Co.

    Museum/Gallery

    The smell of its bread baking is so good that Columbus Baking Co. could charge admission. On a side street in Syracuse's Little Italy section...Read More

  • 14. Cornell Botanic Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    The 200 acres of plants and trees adjacent to the Cornell University campus are primarily organized in collections—peonies, rock-garden species...Read More

  • 15. Cornell University

    Educational Institution

    With its historic buildings, weave of natural and man-made spaces, Cayuga Lake views, and two spectacular gorges, the campus of this private...Read More

  • 16. Corning Museum of Glass

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the world's premier glass museums, the Corning Museum of Glass displays pieces ranging from contemporary glass sculpture to Frank Lloyd...Read More

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  • 17. Creamery Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Lake history and local farming take center stage at this 1899 barn-style building where butter bound for New York City was produced. Exhibits...Read More

  • 18. Custom BrewCrafters

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    If you enjoy a microbrew at a Rochester bar or restaurant, chances are it was brewed here. The 6,000-square-foot brewery makes more than 50...Read More

  • 19. Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Many consider Dr. Frank's the best wine in the Finger Lakes. The winery, overlooking Keuka Lake, was started in the early 1960s and is run by...Read More

  • 20. Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The meticulously restored Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is where one of American feminism's most important leaders shaped social reform as she...Read More

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