Things to Do

Featured Partner for December

The Rockwell Museum



Join The Rockwell Museum  in Celebrating 40 Years of Collecting and Community!

As the only Smithsonian Affiliate in upstate New York, The Rockwell displays exquisite pieces that tell the story of the American experience through fine art and hands-on, authentic learning. The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American spirit, character and values through the eyes of American artists.

In 1976, Bob and Hertha Rockwell donated their beloved collection of art and artifacts to the greater Corning community. 40 years later, The Rockwell is still committed to advancing the desire of our founding collectors to make the collection accessible to as many people as possible. We aim to reach all audiences in meaningful ways through authentic educational and cultural experiences.

That’s why we’re pleased to offer free admission for Founders’ Week – November 7 through November 13. This week captures both the birthdate of our founding collector, Bob Rockwell, and the day the Rockwell Museum opened 40 years ago!

What You’ll See and Experience

  • Explore the art of looking! The Rockwell’s unique 40th Anniversary Exhibition, curated by celebrity guest artists Steven and William Ladd, showcases a little bit of everything from The Rockwell collection – toys, photography, beaded accessories, landscape paintings, portraits, bronzes and firearms have been grouped in 40 visual stories, bringing the historic collection to a contemporary light.
  • Enjoy meaningful time with your family! The Rockwell makes it easy for families to connect to the art on our walls with Art Hunts  and I-SPY Games. Our Family Exploration Studio offers a drop-in activity space for families to get hands-on with art.
  • Art about the American experience! Housed within the Old City Hall building of Corning, our diverse collection includes a mix of nineteenth-century American paintings, historic bronzes, and Indian artifacts as well as twentieth-century modernists, illustration art, and contemporary photography.

 

Airplane/Balloon/Glider/Skydiving

Elmira

 • National Soaring Museum 

Fingerlakes

 • Liberty Balloon Company

Ovid

 • Finger Lakes Skydivers
 

Amusement/Water Parks/Zoo

Art Galleries

Auto Racing

Rochester

 • Pole Position Raceway (Rochester)

Syracuse

 • Pole Position Raceway

Watkins Glen

 • Watkins Glen International

Weedsport

 • Weedsport Speedway
 

Biking/Hiking

Boat Cruises/Tours

Breweries

Canoe/Kayak/Paddleboard

Distilleries

Farm Markets/U-Picks

Fingerlakes

 • Windmill Farm & Craft Market 

Geneva

 • Red Jacket Orchards

Ithaca

 • Ithaca Farmers Market

LaFayette

 • Beak & Skiff Apple Hill Campus

Locke

 • Grisamore Farms

 

 

Search Attractions

 

Most are surprised by the countless things to do in the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes are known for their many wineries, many offering wine tastings and tours, but there is much more to the Finger Lakes than grapes. Whether you are hoping for a quiet get away with a loved one or an adventure with the whole family, there is something in the Finger Lakes for you. 

 

Agriculture

The Finger Lakes region, having a large and plentiful rural surrounding, produces a wide variety of produce throughout the year. A number of farms allow you to pick your own fruits and most sell their produce at a number of markets and weekly farmers markets throughout the Finger Lakes.

Arts & Entertainment

Art, museum, music and theater, there is a wide variety of artistic talent in this region of New York. From galleries to live performances, from opera to photography there is a little bit of everything here in the Finger Lakes.

Dining

Whether you’re pairing it with wine, taking it to-go or sharing it with friends the dining in the Finger Lakes will not disappoint. The Finger Lakes have everything from BBQ to Italian, and many locations are getting involved with the farm to table movement, so there is certain to be something you’ll love close by. Your mouth will be watering for the deliciousness to be served up. Localvores and foodies unites in the Finger Lakes.

History/Museums

Civil rights, religious freedom, literature, flight, boating and more have roots in the Finger Lakes. This has all been well documented and preserved in the many museums and historical sites found throughout the Finger Lakes.

Nature/Parks

At the heart of the Finger Lakes are, of course, the 11 pristine Finger Lakes themselves as well as the surrounding parks. Visit one of the state parks within the Finger Lakes region or get on one of the lakes that make up the region's namesake. Enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer in the Finger Lakes.

Outdoor Recreation

There is a wide array of outdoor fun to be had in any season in the Finger Lakes. Rest assured many businesses are open year round and the Finger Lakes doesn't close down in the winter. Visit one of the ski resorts during the winter, cast away to catch some fish during the spring, get on the water during the summer and enjoy the foliage during the fall.

Shopping

From smaller retailers, mom and pop shops, boutique stops, to high end brand names, the Finger Lakes has it all. Whether your gift shopping or buying for yourself, you will not leave the Finger Lakes empty handed.

Wineries & More

Wineries, what the Finger Lakes are most famous for and for good reason. White wines, especially the Rieslings, are not to be over-looked during your next trip to the Finger Lakes. Don’t forget, the Finger Lakes are also home to a number of breweries, hard-cider producers and distilleries making the Finger Lakes a growing hot-spot for farm based beverages.