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Eleven pristine lakes spread like fingers across central New York. Native American legend has it that these lakes were left behind by the Great Spirit, who blessed this land with his hands.

 

 

Eleven pristine lakes spread like fingers across the heart of New York. Native American legend says these lakes were left behind when the Great Spirit blessed the land with his hands. Today, we know them as the Finger Lakes. Each lake is connected by rivers to Great Lake Ontario, and all are ideal for fishing, swimming, and boating.

With spectacular scenery, the region’s state parks offer great hiking, biking and camping, Visit Letchworth, known as the Grand Canyon of the East; Watkins Glen’s gorges and waterfalls; Taughannock, with waters dropping 400 feet; and the great Chimney Bluffs along Lake Ontario.

The legendary Finger Lakes wine trails showcase some of the nation’s premier wineries.In addition to wine tasting, visitors can sample finely-crafted beers, distilled spirits, juices and ciders. You can also follow art trails, the Seaway Trail, and trails along the historic Erie Canal. Natural Choices organic and eco-friendly trails run between Cortland, Ithaca and Owego.

Don’t miss the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua for a real taste of New York. Or stop by the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. Other food firsts in the region include grape pies, ice-cream sundaes, and Rochester’s garbage plates, recently featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Roadside stand and farmers markets offer fresh local produce. The largest is the Windmill Farm & Craft Market near Penn Yan.

Complementing all this natural beauty are cities and towns filled with cultural treasures. Just outside Rochester, explore Genesee Country Village, one of the nation’s largest living history museums. Rochester has the Strong National Museum of Play and the George Eastman House & Museum of Photography. Syracuse hosts the annual Great New York State Fair. Corning showcases 3,500 years of glassmaking at the Corning Museum of Glass, and Elmira celebrates its ties to Mark Twain. Nearby, you can explore the National Soaring Museum. Visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls to discover how five area women changed the world.


 

FINGER LAKES MUST-SEES

Outdoors
• Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway | Various points
• Chimney Bluffs State Park | Wolcott
• Finger Lakes National Forest | Hector
• Ganondagan State Historic Site | Victor
• Harris Hill Soaring Center | Elmira
• Letchworth State Park | Castile
• Lime Hollow Nature Center | Cortland
• Onondaga County Parks | Syracuse
• Watkins Glen State Park | Watkins Glen
Great Lakes Seaway Trail | Along Lake Ontario
Hemlock/ Canadice Sate Forest |Hemlock  

Art+Culture
• Corning Museum of Glass | Corning
• Everson Museum of Art | Syracuse
• George Eastman House | Rochester
• Memorial Art Gallery | Rochester
Herbert F. Johnson Museum  of Fine Art | Ithaca

History
• Genesee Country Village & Museum | Mumford
• Glenn H Curtiss Museum | Hammondsport
• National Soaring Museum | Elmira
• Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park | Canandaigua
Women’s Rights National Historical Park | Seneca Falls

Families
• Hope Lake Lodge and Cascades Indoor Waterpark | Cortland
• Iron Kettle Farm | Candor
• Rosamond Gifford Zoo | Syracuse
• Strong National Museum of Play | Rochester
Mount Morris Dam & Visitors Center | Mount Morris

Food+Drink
• Finger Lakes Wineries | Regionwide
• Moosewood Restaurant | Ithaca
• New York Wine & Culinary Center | Canandaigua

Green NY
• Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge | Seneca Falls
• Taughannock Falls State Park | Trumansburg

Shopping
• Corning’s Gaffer District | Corning
• MacKenzie-Childs Ltd | Aurora
• Waterloo Premium Outlets | Waterloo
• Windmill Farm & Craft Market | Penn Yan
• Towns and cities of Brockport, CanandaiguaFairportHammondsportIthacaOwegoPittsford, Mount Morris Skaneateles

 

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