Seneca Lake pier

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

Seneca Lake is the deepest of the Finger Lakes with an estimated volume of 4.2 trillion gallons, roughly half of the water in all of the Finger Lakes. Seneca and Cayuga lakes are so deep their bottoms are well below sea level. You can drive around the entire lake in 120 minutes.

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Seneca Lake in Geneva

Geneva (north end)

Spend the day at Seneca Lake State Park on the north shore in Geneva. Great sprayground & playground, plus swimming! Tour Rose Hill Mansion or historic South Main St. Enjoy a show at the Smith Opera House. Walk through Bishop Nature Preserve.

Eat at Ports CafeBeef & Brew, Char Burrito Bar, Club 86 Bagels, Red Dove TavernFLX Table, Geneva on the Lake, Belhurst Castle, and many more!

Geneva on the Lake
Geneva on the Lake
Belhurst Castle Dock Seneca Lake
The Docks at Belhurst Castle
Geneva Visitor Center
Geneva Visitor Center
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Seneca Lake State Park

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Watkins Glen (south end)

Tackle the 800 steps up the gorge (800 more back down!) at Watkins Glen State Park. Enjoy a walk down the Seneca Lake Pier or through Catharine Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Check out a race at Watkins Glen International.

Seneca Lake Pier Watkins Glen

Gorge Trails Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen State Park

Eat at Jeraldo’s, Rooster Fish Brew PubNickel’s Pit BBQ, Curly’s Family Restaurant, Seneca Harbor Station,  and many more!

Follow Rt. 14 just 3 miles south and visit Montour Falls, home to several more waterfalls, including one of the most photographed, Shequaga Falls. As you’re heading back toward Rochester, stop at Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary for a tour.

Farm Sanctuary Watkins Glen
Farm Sanctuary

Around Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake has more wineries than any other Finger Lake. Follow the wine trail! Take a hike through Finger Lakes National Forest and pick wild blueberries for free from a 5-acre managed patch. Eat at Dano’s Heuriger On Seneca, and Spotted Duck. Enjoy a swim and relax at Sampson State Park and Lodi Point State Park. Hike the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail between Seneca and Keuka lakes, or through the Kashong Conservation Area.

Keuka Outlet Trail
Seneca Mills Falls on the Keuka Outlet Trail

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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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