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Geneva Organizations Encourage Local "Vacations"

Aug 05th, 2020

Geneva, N.Y.: The Geneva Historical Society and its partners are encouraging residents to enjoy summer despite the current emergency. Through September 7 we will be highlighting a variety of summer activities that can be done right here in the Geneva area. These activities will help you to "Vacation in Your Own Backyard". Below is a sample of the “backyard” activities. A complete list can be found at

  • Sample ice cream from each of the local ice cream stands.
  • Tour the world through our local restaurants.
  • Canoe or kayak on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal.
  • Recreate a summertime activity based on a photo from the Historical Society’s collection.
  • Be a virtual guest of the Smith Opera House through the Smith Film Club or Ghost Light Tours.
  • Explore the Kashong Conservation Area.
  • Visit the Geneva Farmer’s Market.


The project partners for Vacation In Your Own Backyard are the City of Geneva, Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Geneva BID, Geneva Public Library, Geneva Public Art Committee, Smith Center For the Arts, The Davis Gallery at Houghton House (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), and the Town of Geneva.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geneva History Museum is currently operating at a reduced capacity. Face coverings are required for all visitors and staff. New safety measures, including social distancing and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols have been implemented. For more information about visiting the museum or current safety procedures, visit or call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151.


The Geneva History Museum is located at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, NY. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $3. Parking is available on the street or in the lot at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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