Cayuga Lake State Park beach cover

Cayuga Lake: One of New York’s 11 Finger Lakes

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 sign

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.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge on Cayuga Lake
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls Cayuga Lake
Seneca Falls
Trinity Episcopal Church Seneca Falls on Cayuga Lake
Trinity Episcopal Church
Seneca Falls Womens Rally
Seneca Falls Women’s Rights National Historic Park
Taughannock Falls State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park
Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, NY

Ithaca (south end)

Enjoy a day filled with science at the Museum of the Earth, the Sciencecenter and the Sagan Planet Walk. Eat and shop around Ithaca Commons. Explore the gardens at Cornell Plantations and the Ithaca Children’s Garden.

Groge Trails Cascadilla Creek Ithaca
Cascadilla Gorge
Public Gardens Around Rochester - Ithaca Childrens Garden
Ithaca Children’s Garden
Public Gardens Around Rochester: Cornell Botanic Gardens
Cornell Botanic Gardens in Ithaca
Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca NY
Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca NY
Buttermilk Falls State Park Ithaca NY
Buttermilk Falls

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

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Finger Lakes Region

Things to do around Rochester NY: MacKenzie-Childs
MacKenzie-Childs

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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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43 New York State Parks
Within a 2-Hour Drive

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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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