Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake is the longest of the Finger Lakes at 38.1 miles. There are 140 streams that flow into Cayuga. Water that comes into the lake takes 10 years to cycle through toward Lake Ontario. You can drive around the entire lake in 120 minutes.

Seneca Falls Canal

Seneca Falls (north end)

Take a slow drive through Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and look for migratory waterfowl and nesting eagles.

Step back in history at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. Check out the famous “It’s a Wonderful Life” bridge and museum.

Cayuga Lake: Taughannock Falls State Park Ithaca NY

Ithaca (south end)

A day of science at the Museum of the Earth, the Sciencecenter and the Sagan Planet Walk.

A day of shopping around Ithaca Commons.

A day of horticulture at Cornell Plantations and the Ithaca Children’s Garden.

Pick a waterfall, any waterfall! They are all spectacular.


Follow the Cayuga Wine Trail, Sweet Treat Trail or Cheese Trail!

Stop at MacKenzie-Childs on the east shore in Aurora, if not for the shopping then definitely for the landscape!

Eat at MoosewoodParker’s Grille & Tap HouseDeerhead Lakeside Restaurant & Bar, Fargo Bar & Grill, Cayuga Lake Creamery, Hazelnut Kitchen, Connie’s Diner, The Heights, Sumo, Ciao, Ithaca Ale House, Just a Taste, Carriage House Cafe, Istanbul Turkish Kitchen, Agave, and many more!

Swim at Taughannock Falls State Park, Long Point State Park, and Myers Park ($5 gate fee for non-residents of Lansing)

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60 minutes from Rochester – MAP

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Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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