Why the Finger Lakes Are Great, Too

Friday, March 8, 2019 10:00 AM by Melissa Knoblauch

Occupying the top five spots on the list of largest lakes in the United States, there’s no doubt the Great Lakes make an impression. But lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario aren’t the only lakes that are great. New York’s Finger Lakes, while smaller in size, punch well above their weight in terms of scenery, attractions, activities, food and drink. And the deeper you dive, the more you discover!

We’ve rounded up just a few reasons the Finger Lakes deserve the “great” title, too.

For us in Ontario County, March is about all things maple (I think there might also be a basketball tournament as well? I will check on that). Maple Weekends in March are a great time to spotlight the sugarmakers that keep our pancakes coated with syrup year-round, and the process of turning the sap into syrup. 

The Finger Lakes is a winter lover’s dream. With annual snowfall totals as high as 120 inches, the region offers boundless opportunity for fans of skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and snowboarding. But if you want to have fun in the snow with no equipment except your own two hands, there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Luckily, there are plenty of local parks that are perfect for staging a snowy attack. We’ve rounded up six of our favorites below!

Every February, Americans honor the contributions and achievements of African-American culture during Black History Month. The overwhelming response and support of what started as a weeklong celebration in 1926 helped expand the event to an entire month 50 years later when President Gerald Ford beckoned the country to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Winter in the Finger Lakes is ideal for kids who love sledding, skiing or snowball fights, but sometimes there are days when even the hardiest winter lovers don’t want to go outside. On those bitter, icy days when it’s too cold to even build a snowman, entertain the kids at Eastview Mall in Victor, NY. Far more than just a place to shop, Eastview is full of activities for the younger set.

Here are four best bets inside Eastview Mall for keeping the kids busy and happy on the coldest of winter days.