The Finger Lakes is an ideal spring vacation spot for families of all sizes, and never more so than in the spring.
The region offers natural beauty, a variety of opportunities, and diverse personalities to suit any interest or passion.
Resembling the fingers of a hand, 11 linear lakes make up the Finger Lakes region of west central New York State, ranging from 64 kilometre long Cayuga Lake to 4.8 kilometre long Canadice Lake.
The region is situated between the cities of Syracuse and Rochester, running 120 kilometres from east to west and 80 kilometres from north to south.
A getaway to the Finger Lakes is known to be peaceful and calming, yet never boring. There are countless activities that allow the family to take in what the region has to offer.
Hike trails and gorges to witness incredible views. Experience history at one of the area’s many museums or historic mansions. Enjoy world-class theatre and performing arts.
The Finger Lakes region offers a range of activities and attractions that are educational, entertaining and sometimes just good old-fashioned fun. Whether you want to explore nature, shop ‘til you drop or check out exhibits, the area has something to satisfy everyone in the family.
Discover the many family-friendly attractions during your stay in the Finger Lakes this spring.
Make your own glass masterpiece, see live glass-blowing demonstrations, learn about glass dating back to 35 centuries ago at Corning Museum of Glass, or walk into the old west at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning – where kids 17 and under are free. View pieces of artwork, and play dress-up in the kids’ interpretive area.
Meet new animals at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse.
Get scientific at the Rochester Museum and Science Centre. Experiment hands-on at the Sciencenter on Ithaca’s Discovery Trail, or the Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry in Seneca Falls. Learn how the waterways impacted industrial growth, try out interpretive displays, and check out arts and crafts exhibits.
Go sky-high with displays ranging from old toys, to bicycles, motorcycles, gliders and fighter planes at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Centre near Elmira – then hop over the hill to Hammondsport for the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.
Get the inside story on Native American culture at Sainte Marie among the Iroquois in Liverpool or Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor.
Step into the past at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, and learn about daily life in the 19th century, walk among costumed interpreters, visit over 50 historic buildings–many with live demonstrations.
Or have wiggly, jiggly fun at the JELL-O Gallery in LeRoy.