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.

Geneva Seneca Lake boardwalk
Geneva on the Lake Seneca
Geneva on the Lake
Geneva Belhurst Castle Winery
Belhurst Castle and Winery in Geneva
Historic Geneva
Historic Geneva
New York State Parks Seneca Lake Geneva
Seneca Lake State Park
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Finger Lakes Visitor Center

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!

Watkins Glen Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls
Seneca Lake Pier Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen Seneca Lake boats
Worlds smallest diner cony island hot dogs
Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Glen Theater Watkins Glen

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.

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

Keuka Outlet Trail
Seneca Mills Falls on the Keuka Outlet Trail
Roadside Waterfalls Shequaga Falls Montour Falls building
Shequaga Falls
Farm Sanctuary Watkins Glen
Farm Sanctuary
Havana Glen
Havana Glen

Around Seneca Lake

Follow Rt. 14 just three miles south and visit Montour Falls, home to several more waterfalls, including one of the most photographed—Shequaga Falls.

Head about eight minutes south of town to Havana Glen to explore a much smaller gorge with an extraordinary fall—a great swimming hole!

As you’re heading back toward Rochester, stop at Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary for a tour.

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 on the way home near Dresden in Penn Yan.

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.

Geneva I Love NY Seneca Lake cover
Geneva Visitor Center

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