Changing Leaves, Beautiful Scenery and Plenty of Things to Do
Fall is a unique time of year in the Finger Lakes. Temperatures have cooled and the leaves have begun to change color. Those familiar with the Finger Lakes know better than to long for the recent days of summer and instead celebrate the fall season! A number of unique events take place celebrating this time of year! Visit the events calendar to see a full list of events in the region and check out the Things to Do page for a list of everyday activities for anyone.
The Apple Harvest Festival (September 30 – October 2) presented by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance in Downtown Ithaca features apples, fun and so much more. Games, rides, prizes, live performances as well as over 100 vendors are featured large in the Ithaca Commons. Local farmers will also be on site selling their finest produce.
With the fall season comes Halloween and with Halloween comes a number of haunted houses throughout the Finger Lakes and beyond. If you are looking for a scare this season, visit Tagsylvania at Tag’s in Big Flats. On October 31, 1704 a thick fog covered the town of Atsingnetsing, a quiet town with 147 residents; that day all but one of the town's residents were possessed by blood craving beings. The town was then renamed Tagsylvania by neighboring towns. Every fall, a thick fog rises again on Tagsylvania and possesses all in its path. Travel through the forsaken town of Tagsylvania Fridays and Saturdays from September 23 through October 31.
Enjoy the Cool Air of Night in the Finger Lakes – After 5pm entertainment.
With the days ending sooner and the night ruling the air long before the day is done, it’s tempting to call it a night early during the fall and winter seasons. Don’t give into that temptation because if you do you will miss all of the excitement after 5 pm!
The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn is the region’s largest professional musical theatre group. Shows often start at 7:30 or 8 pm depending on the day and show. The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse brings a number of Broadway style shows to their stages throughout the year. Hangar Theatre in Ithaca is another option if you’re in the mood for a show. Hangar Theatre is located in a renovated airplane hangar and hosts a variety of shows ranging from Broadway style musicals to cabarets, art galleries and more.
If you’re looking for excitement look no further than Pole Position Raceway at Destiny USA mall in Syracuse with asecond location in Rochester. Have you ever watched racing on TV and thought you would like to give it a try? Pole Position Raceway features European style go-karts that can reach speeds of 45 mph. The approximately ¼ mile track will challenge new and experienced riders alike. Depending on the day of the week and location, Pole Position Raceway is open until between 9-11 pm.
Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack as well as Tioga Downs Casino are great options for those looking to stay out late in the Finger Lakes. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington features over 1,500 gaming machines and is open until 4 am every night! Gaming, dining, racing, entertainment, Tioga Downs Casino is a one stop shop for adults looking to have some fun in the southern portion of the Finger Lakes and is open until 2 am daily.
Book Direct for Accommodation Reservations
Don't forget, you can use the Book Direct widget on FingerLakes.org/places-to-stay to search and book accommodations. Search and sort by a number of criteria to find the perfect place for your next trip to the Finger Lakes. Whether you're looking for a vacation rental or a high class hotel you can search hundreds of regional accommodations and book with ease.
With a wide ranging culinary scene, 140+ festivals and endless family-friendly fun, there is no limit to what you can do in Rochester, NY!
Known as the gateway to the Finger Lakes, enjoy first-class dance, theatre and museums, live music, more than 100 family-friendly attractions, trendy boutiques and galleries, fresh farm-to-table cuisine and gourmet goodies, picturesque parks and scenery, and more than 100 wineries, breweries and distilleries. And with fall right around the corner, take advantage of the beautiful changing foliage, hayrides, a trip to one of many farms for u-pick apples and pumpkins, haunted attractions and so much more!
World-renowned attractions like the Finger Lakes wine region, Letchworth State Park, Corning Museum of Glass, Niagara Falls and the historic Erie Canal are all within a 90-minute drive. Whatever your interest, you’re sure to find it in Rochester, NY, where the opportunities are limitless.
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Seneca Lake Wine Trail
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a premier destination for wine lovers and a fantastic reason to visit the Finger Lakes region during any season. Visit the wineries that make up the Seneca Lake Wine Trail to taste the award winning Rieslings, dry rosés, Cabernet Francs and so much more! It doesn’t matter if you already know and love the wines of Seneca Lake or you’re looking to expand your palate to the unique and top-notch wines of Seneca Lake, you will be at home on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. A number of member wineries are also offering food samples with their wine tasting to show guests how Finger Lakes wines pair so well with a variety of food!
Tour the beautiful Seneca Lake for incredible vineyard and lake views; some wineries even offer tours of their vineyards (inquire at participating wineries). For more information, visit senecalakewine.com and discover what each member winery has to offer. Don’t forget, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail hosts seasonal events so get your tickets before they sell out! Click here for information about Seneca Lake Wine Trail Events.
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