Tioga County is the Gateway to the Finger Lakes and the perfect home-base to explore the region. With affordable lodging, dining and shopping, you can stretch your budget while enjoying the rural, authentic, small-town charms of the county and stay within a short drive of many of the area’s attractions, including Tioga Downs Casino.
Tioga Downs Casino recently opened table games and the World Series of Poker ® Poker Room. They will cut the ribbon on their new resort hotel in November, complete with event space, a spa, and rooms with views of the track and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The Summer Concert series and harness racing are popular events during the warmer months. Eat and drink at Virgil’s Real BBQ , the Country Fair Buffet, and Coasters Bar and Grill.
Just off the main routes in Tioga County are some of the best golf courses in region. The natural terrain of rolling hills, creeks, lush foliage, and scenic farmland lends itself to challenging games in some of the most beautiful country in New York State.
The historic Village of Owego is packed with small, independent shops that offer distinctive, quality items. There is a wealth of Antique Shops brimming with interesting finds, and the restaurants are surprisingly diverse for a small village, offering everything from global cuisine to comfort food classics, some with a twist!
Visit the farm stores for an immersive agricultural experience as you travel country roads through scenic woods and farmland to sample local products.
Tioga County has many areas for birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and exploring. Waverly Glen Park and Two Rivers State Park in Waverly, which are connected, are the best kept outdoor recreation secret in the Finger Lakes. They offer a variety of scenic views and activities, such as a waterfall, pavilions, grills, play structures, bathrooms, parking, reservoirs, and miles of trails that traverse undeveloped woodland, creeks, fields, and hills. This is where you go to beat the crowds and enjoy a serene outdoor experience.
Tioga County has an intriguing history as one of the earliest settlements in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Regions. Prehistoric, Native American and Colonial History are kept alive in the many historic sites, buildings, museums, workshops and events.
Start your Finger Lakes vacation in Tioga County, where you can live large or relax peacefully, hike and bike in the wilderness or stroll the village streets, dance to live music or have a quiet evening with family and friends, kayak the Susquehanna River or have a drink overlooking the water, shop for gifts or tour a farm. Tioga County has something for everyone.
The Finger Lakes region offers countless attractions throughout the region for all ages and for any time of year. If you're looking for a summer get-away with the family, try the Seabreeze Amusement Park, Rosamond Gifford Zoo and the Destiny USA mall.
If you are a little older and want to see what the Finger Lakes region has to offer besides the quality farm based beverages you can find in the region, try del Lago Resort & Casino, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, or Tioga Downs Casino.
If you're visiting during the winter, there are a number of indoor and outdoor attractions. Greek Peak Mountain Resort features great skiing near Cortland. Painted Bar Stables offers horseback rides year-round at the southern end of Seneca Lake. Eastview Mall and Waterloo Premium Outlets offer fantastic shopping rain, shine, sleet or snow.
It doesn't matter if you are looking to get outdoors or to escape the elements, the Finger Lakes offer something for everyone during all seasons. Browse the sections below to find what you are looking for in this region.