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. But plan some stops along the way for a full, rewarding day trip around Cayuga Lake!
Seneca Falls visitor center
Anthony, Stanton, Bloomer
First Convention for Women’s Rights Held in Seneca Falls, NY 1848 Seneca Falls (north end)
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
Take a slow drive through
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and look for migratory waterfowl and nesting eagles.
Museum of the Earth
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Sagan Planet Walk 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.
Robert H Treman
Taughannock Falls State Park 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
MacKenzie-Childs Other points of interest
MacKenzie-Childs on the east shore in Aurora, if not for the shopping then definitely for the landscape!
Cayuga Wine Trail, Sweet Treat Trail or Cheese Trail!
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!
Cayuga Lake State Park
Cayuga Lake State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, Long Point State Park, and Myers Park ($5 gate fee for non-residents of Lansing)
Cayuga Lake, Taughannock Falls State Park More about Cayuga Lake
60 minutes from Rochester –
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.
32 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 Holes
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.
3-Day Getaway Along Routes 5 and 20
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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