MacKenzie-Childs headquarters in Aurora on Cayuga Lake is a destination in and of itself, and certainly worth a stop if you’re in the neighborhood. The grounds are open for the public to enjoy. They also offer free, guided tours of their Second-Empire Farmhouse throughout the day.
Follow the red brick road
The entrance to MacKenzie-Childs is on NY-90 just north of the Historic Village of Aurora and south of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This is state route NY-90, not the interstate I-90.
Stop in the Visitor Center
Relax after your long drive and watch their 15-minute behind-the-scenes video, “Handmade at MacKenzie-Childs” which runs on a continuous loop beginning at 10am. You’ll learn so much about the craft and the campus.
Everything you love about MacKenzie-Childs in one location with a whimsical presentation. The shop is overflowing with their signature Courtly Check design.
Tour their Second-Empire Farmhouse
Daily guided 40-minute tours take you through 15 rooms on three floors, each one a MacKenzie-Childs design inspiration.
Stroll around the duck pond
Follow the red brick footpath
Wander over to the Gothic-Revival-style Chicken Palace and admire the beautiful seasonally-inspired gardens along the way.
The view of Cayuga Lake
I have to believe this is a beautiful spot at sunset.