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Finger Lakes

Eleven finger-shaped lakes cross the heart of New York in this region of refreshing waterfalls, gorgeous gorges, sun-kissed vineyards and lush forests. Fantastic state parks, from Buttermilk Falls to Watkins Glen, are perfect for outdoor fun: swimming, hikingbiking and camping. From pretty Owasco Lake to mighty Great Lake Ontario, boating and fishing are world-class! Complementing all the natural beauty, vibrant cities and towns present cultural treasures. 

The arts thrive in Rochester, with the acclaimed Geva TheatreXerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and summer-long Wegman’s Concerts by the Shore. The Museum & Science Center’s vast collections and planetarium shows reveal wonders of the world. Tour the landmark mansion at the George Eastman Museum, with an unparalleled collection of photography and film. Discover the world’s largest toy collection at The Strong, rated a Top 10 Children’s Museum by Parents. Seabreeze Amusement Park is full of fun, too!

Seneca Falls captivates with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the Memorial Day and It’s a Wonderful Life museums, and the Ludovico Sculpture Trail beside the tranquil Seneca-Cayuga Canal. Wine trails around Seneca, Cayuga, Keuka and Canandaigua lakes showcase premier vineyards with events like the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen in July. The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail features local farm specialties. NASCAR’s biggest stars race at Watkins Glen International! 

Corning’s world-famous Museum of Glass dazzles with 3,500 years of glass art and hot glassblowing shows. Nearby, see artwork by Old West Masters at the Rockwell Museum and explore the Gaffer District’s shops and galleries. Power shoppers love Waterloo’s Premium Outlets and Destiny USA, Syracuse’s supersized luxury outlet and entertainment center. 

For cool fun, head to Greek Peak Resort’s mountain coaster and Cascades indoor waterpark, rated #1 of the Top 10 Waterpark Resorts by See the world’s largest sailplane collection at Elmira's National Soaring Museum and experience the thrill of motorless flight at Harris Hill Soaring Center. 

For more information, visit: Finger Lakes region and Finger Lakes alliance

Finger Lakes Highlights