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Things to Do

Discover all the fun that the Finger Lakes has to offer


There are countless things to do in the Finger Lakes. Some visitors explore the landscape and natural beauty of the region, such as the many wineries along the lakes and hiking trails that stretch for miles, leading you to some fantastic sites. There are also a number of attractions that call the Finger Lakes home, such as the many shopping, art and dining experiences throughout the region.


When it comes to shopping in the Finger Lakes, there are plenty of places to go to suit your needs. From top-end shopping malls to budget-friendly outlet malls and even family-owned boutiques, we’ve got you covered! Many local producers and farmers will also sell their goods at farmers markets held throughout the region. 

Arts & Entertainment

Photography, glasswork, theatre and so much more, artists throughout the region in a wide variety of disciplines display their work in museums, galleries and other venues throughout the Finger Lakes region. Looking for live entertainment and music in the Finger Lakes? There are many options to choose from!  Finger Lakes arts and entertainers are astonishing, check it out for yourself!

Historical Sites

The Finger Lakes have been the host to a number of historical events, movements and other developments throughout history. Many of the historical happenings have been well documented and celebrated in the many Finger Lakes museums throughout the region. Civil rights, religious freedom, literature, flight, boating and so much more has made significant historical progress within the Finger Lakes.

Outdoor Recreation

The Finger Lakes is a four season destination and there are great ways to get outside during each one. Summer features great camping, biking, hiking and, of course, on the water activities. During the fall you can find some great festivals or other outdoor fall events and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as the leaves change color.

When winter comes enjoy outdoor winter events and take in the landscape blanketed with snow. The Finger Lakes is home to many mountain resorts with skiing and snowboarding. Once the snow melts enjoy blooming wildlife and budding flowers during spring!

If you’re looking to get outdoors to enjoy beautiful scenery, be sure to check out one of the many nature centers and parks in the Finger Lakes region. Two of the top ten best state parks as voted by a poll by USA Today are within the region: Letchworth State Park and Watkins Glen State Park. Want to see the view from the lake? Take one of the many Finger Lakes boat cruises in the area.

The Finger Lakes is also known for it's many race tracks - for horse racing, car racing, and more. Enjoy live racing in the Finger Lakes throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Family Activities

The Finger Lakes is the perfect destination for the entire family, and has something for everyone, especially events for kids! There are numerous family-friendly destinations in the Finger Lakes. From camping, local cuisine, zoos, museums and go karts there is something for everyone. If you're looking for outdoor activities consider any Finger Lakes State Park or Cumming Nature Center.

For the thrill seekers in your family head over to the RPM Speedway for go-kart racing, go sky-high at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum or splash at Seabreeze!

Dining, Wineries and More

Pair with wine, share with family, take it on the go, whatever and however you want to eat, look no further than the restaurants in the Finger Lakes. The regions has a diverse selection of restaurants and other food options to please everyone.

If you’ve only heard one thing about the region, it probably has to do with the top-notch, award-winning Finger Lakes wineries. But it’s not just the wine that is making a splash; breweries, distilleries and cideries are also starting to pop up through the Finger Lakes.