Finger Lakes Wine Country is more than wine. Enjoy rich cultural experiences at our world-class museums, hike along beautiful waterfalls and gorges, take in a professional sporting event, thrill in the heart-bounding action at Watkins Glen International, take a boating adventure, shop in a charming downtown village, or attend one of many year-round events. We welcome and invite you to learn more and explore our "things to do" database where you can search by type of activity, location, and price.
This summer we launched our search for the most beautiful Natural Wonders photos taken in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Over 150 pictures featuring Watkins Glen State Park, vineyards, wildlife, lakes and more were submitted (view all the submitted photos in the photo gallery below.) Congratulations to Kristin Holland from Pennsylvania for winning the contest with this photo, Sunrise over Seneca Lake > VIEW PHOTO NOW.
Rich Cultural Experiences
The region is rich with diverse, world-class museums like The Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Arnot Art Museum and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum all with unique stories and themes. Enjoy a Broadway show or concert at the beautifully restored Clemens Center in downtown Elmira. Discover more >
State Parks and Historic Sites
Outdoor recreation abounds in one of Finger Lakes Wine Country's state parks including Watkins Glen State Park and its 19 waterfalls. Enjoy an evening barbeque or weekend camping trip. Relive history at Newtown Battleground State Park or at one of several living history museums. Discover more >
Auto Racing at Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International, one of America's most famous road courses, hosts GRAND-AM, NASCAR, and the historical Watkins Glen Grand Prix in September. Can't make it up to a race? Experience the "The Glen" with a Thunder Road Tour in your own car and stop in at The Shop for racing memorabila. Discover more >
Are you an adventure seeker? Bring the entire family to enjoy week of camping, canoeing or kayaking. There are lots of scenic roads for a day of biking, and of course our lakes are perfect for swimming and boating. Need more thrill? Board a plane for an aerial tour or take a glider ride at Harris Hill for a view from the sky. Discover more >
Every vacation deserves shopping. Browse through one of the region's many specialty stores and antique shops to find local treasures and souvenirs. The quaint villages of Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, Hammondsport and Penn Yan offer both premier shopping centers and local vendors, making it easy find local. Go shopping >
From Kristin's pen... "The most relaxing time in the Finger Lakes is the time spent near the water. I found myself sitting on the dock at the lake house where I was staying for the weekend with friends on a calm June morning after an evening rain. While everyone was still asleep, I grabbed my camera and made my way to the dock on Seneca Lake hoping for a colorful sunrise. There were no clouds when I first sat down but was willing to stick it out to watch a peaceful sunrise before everyone else began their morning. As the sun slowly began to rise, the clouds moved across the sky to give the view a more spectacular feeling of what was to come. With the waves breaking on shore as my background music, the sun poked out above the trees and shined on the wet dock and provided me with an amazing reward for spending a summer morning taking in the stillness of a gorgeous backdrop in Finger Lakes Wine Country."