Canandaigua Lake is home to the smallest island—Squaw Island—one of only two islands in the Finger Lakes (the other on Cayuga). You can drive around the entire lake in 60 minutes.
City of Canandaigua
Swim at Kershaw Park in Canandaigua. Take a walk on the Canandaigua City Pier and check out Boathouse Row. Interesting fact: Homeowners are prohibited from actually living in these boathouses—they are for daytime use only. Take a boat ride on the Canandaigua Lady—a 19th century steamboat replica and double-decker paddle wheeler. Rent a kayak or paddleboard for the day. Enjoy a concert at CMAC or Lincoln Hill Farms. Visit Sonnenburg Gardens or Granger Homestead, then take a stroll along North Main Street. Eat at Rio Tomatlan, New York Kitchen, Flavors Indian Restaurant, Eric’s Office, Rheinblick German Restaurant, The Green Front, and enjoy an ice cream from Cheshire Farms Creamery.
Hike through Grimes Glen to two 60′ waterfalls; there is a 3rd, but it’s only for the daring to access. Pick grapes at Jerome’s U-Pick, then make a stop at Monica’s Pies. Take in the view of the Bristol Hills from “The Jump Off” in Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill. Eat at Roots Cafe or the Naples Hotel.
Take the lift up Bristol Mountain in the autumn and check out the Aerial Adventure Park and Zip-line Canopy Tour. You can walk up or down the mountain trails, or take the lift both ways. Stop at the scenic overlook on CR-12.
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30 minutes from Rochester – MAP