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


    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

    Historic Home

    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


    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


    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

  • 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

  • 6. Abbott's Frozen Custard


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

    Historic Home

    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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