Geneva

Explore Geneva

Situated midway between Rochester and Syracuse on Routes 5 & 20, Geneva feels like the center of the Finger Lakes region. A one-hour drive from Rochester, the city sits on the north shore of Seneca Lake and is known for its agricultural and food science innovations. It is home to the Viticulture and Wine Center at FLCC and Cornell AgriTech. Visitors to Geneva can experience these innovations at local restaurants and wineries.

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Plan Your Day Trip to Geneva

Water Street Cafe Geneva
Water Street Cafe

Breakfast

Enjoy a meal at Water Street Cafe, Monaco’s Coffee, Captain’s Cafe, or Bagels & Cakes.

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Geneva Seneca Lake boardwalk
Geneva Visitor Center
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Finger Lakes Welcome Center

Morning

Park at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center and walk along the north shore through Seneca Lake State Park. The walk to the sprayground is a little over two miles, so trek as far as you like before returning to the welcome center, where you can snap a photo with the giant I Love New York sign.

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Lunch

Visit the historic district for some delicious food and drinks at Beef and Brew, Char Burrito Bar, FLX Fry Bird, Parker’s Grille and Tap House, or The Elephant. Check out Stonecutter’s Tavern at Belhurst Castle for a more formal setting. Besides their regular menu, they also have a wine, beer, and hard cider tasting room.

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The Smith
The Smith

Afternoon

Experience the history of Geneva by joining a guided tour of Rose Hill Mansion on the northeast side of Seneca Lake. Then head to Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, home to Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars, Passion Feet Wine Barn, Bagg Dare Wine Company, and War Horse Brewing Co., for an afternoon of wine and beer tastings. Before dinner, walk along South Main Street to see the historic rowhouses across from Pulteney Park and down Seneca Street to discover colorful murals, beautiful architecture, and the historic Smith Opera House. Linden Street has a European atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights when the Herringbone brick road is closed to vehicles. Visitors can enjoy outdoor dining, live music, and dancing at innovative food and drink establishments.

Geneva on the Lake
Geneva on the Lake
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Linden Street

Dinner

Select from among the exceptional restaurants on Seneca or Linden Streets, like FLX Table, Halsey’s, The Rusty Pig, Eddie O’Brien’s Grille & Bar, or the speakeasy at Vinifera. Also, consider Ports Cafe on West Lake Road, Ichiro Japanese Restaurant or Cosentino’s Ristorante on Exchange Street, Anorah on Castle Street, and Kindred Fare on US Route 20. Enjoy an exquisite meal at Geneva on the Lake, which offers stunning views of Seneca Lake and beautifully manicured gardens.

Geneva Long Pier
Long Pier

Evening

The Linden Social Club is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail. Alternatively, you can take a sunset stroll down Long Pier with a refreshing wine slushy or a delicious scoop of Gifford’s ice cream from Long Pier Ice Cream & Rentals.

Signature Events

Cruisin’ Night

mid-July

Spend a warm Friday evening downtown at the city of Geneva’s longest-running event. Marvel at over 100 classic cars while enjoying food, wine, beer, shopping, and live music on multiple stages. The streets around Seneca Street are closed for this pedestrian-friendly block party. Seneca Street

Glorious Garlic Festival

early August

This three-day garlic-centric event features food, wine, beer, cooking demonstrations, music, and art along Seneca Lake’s shoreline. Lakefront Park

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