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 (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.
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.
Ithaca is Gorges!
Pick a waterfall, any waterfall! They are all spectacular.
Taughannock Falls State Park
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Robert H. Treman State Park
Ithaca Falls on Fall Creek
Find more waterfalls around Ithaca
Other points of interest
Stop at MacKenzie-Childs on the east shore in Aurora, if not for the shopping then definitely for the landscape!
Follow the Cayuga Wine Trail, Sweet Treat Trail or Cheese Trail!
Eat at Moosewood, Parker’s Grille & Tap House, Deerhead 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)
More about Cayuga Lake
60 minutes from Rochester – MAP
Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region
The Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and right in our backyard! It is easy to get out there and explore.
34 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester
Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. And for some, you do not need to get out of your car.
39 Natural Swimming Areas
On a hot day, you can sit under a waterfall, swim in a lake, or jump in a creek at one of these refreshing natural swimming areas.
Routes 5 and 20 Road Trip
Routes 5 and 20 is a beautiful 67-mile stretch of highway where NY-5 and US-20 converge, following an ancient foot trail of New York’s first people.
Where is your favorite spot along Cayuga Lake?
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