Author: Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is the tourism promotion agency representing Ontario County in the Finger Lakes. Our team provides visitor information on wine trails, lake activities, historic attractions, spas, shopping, and more. Take a look around this website, request information or call our office to get more detailed itineraries, routes, trip planning suggestions.

Grab your telescope, blanket and bug spray because it’s time get ready for the total solar eclipse coming to a sky near you April 8 … 2024?! That’s right! We’re aware that’s about a lightyear away, but we already can’t wait.

And we’re not the only ones. There’s already been some media hype orbiting around 2024’s total eclipse. Amazingly, 2017’s eclipse was viewed by more than 150 million people! And 2024’s eclipse will last even longer than usual, taking the moon four minutes to move in front of the sun.

The best part—New York is one of 15 states in the U.S. located in the path of totality and the Upstate NY region is considered a prime viewing location!

So even though you have time to prepare, why not use the impending total eclipse as an excuse to scope out your perfect skygazing spot in the Finger Lakes? There’s no better (or more beautiful) place to navigate your way through stellar parks, celestial lakeside views and starry overlooks before the big day. To help, here’s a list of spots that shine bright in our eyes.

Warm weather calls for sizzling soirées, barbecue bashes, campfire celebrations—or pretty much any excuse to enjoy the great outdoors and good company. But whether it’s a thoughtfully crafted occasion or spur-of-the-moment backyard hangout, the best parties are the ones that keep your guests entertained, happy and full.

Pulling together all of the things you’ll need seems like a tall order with a long list of items to buy. But it doesn’t have to be a chore! And to prove it, we’ve prepared a list of outdoor party and hosting essentials—all from one convenient store.

So where can you find all the cooking gear, summer-fare favorites and outdoor comfort items to keep your party going? Wegmans, of course—the grocery store mothership of the Finger Lakes and the pride and joy of Upstate New Yorkers. It’s got everything you need to throw together a party in a cinch and enjoy it, too!

Ontario County’s Finger Lakes are known for breathtaking views, handcrafted wine and beer, and local towns populated with charming restaurants (and people, of course). Season after season, they prove to be a perfect setting for adventures—both in and out of the water.

Thanks to ancient glaciers that melted some 10,000 years ago, we now have these unique, gorgeous Finger Lakes to love and enjoy. So let’s take a deep dive into what makes each of Ontario County’s Finger Lakes so special!

June is Pride Month—a worldwide celebration of the LGBTQ community! All month long, every major US city will have rainbow-clad parades and exciting escapades that recognize a full spectrum of sexual orientations, genders and lifestyles. But luckily you don’t need to travel far to embrace Pride. Mark your calendars, because Ontario County has a variety of local pride events happening throughout early June!

Golf enthusiasts are pulling out their plaid pants and ironing their polos in anticipation of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Rochester’s renowned Oak Hill Country Club May 21-26! But whether or not you plan to attend the event, there’s no better time to take advantage of the golf-centric destinations throughout the Finger Lakes. In the mood to practice your game while the pros do their thing, and unwind after with some food and drink? We’ve got you covered. Feel like simply watching the action unfold from a comfortable restaurant with some delicious local fare? Not a problem. Put any of these golf courses and accompanying sports-focused eateries at the top of your see-and-tee list for a complete golf-themed experience!

Game nights, happy hours and co-ed sports leagues all make for great memories and moments—with fellow human beings. But when it comes to unconditional love in the form of happy howls and giddy licks, there’s nothing better than some quality time with your little fluffle snuggins. That’s right, we’re talking about dogs (and puppies).

Time and time again, dogs prove that they’re more than just pleasant space heaters in cold weather or protectors against rascally squirrels and do-badders. They are loving, jumping, licking, barking, hunka hunka furry loves and it’s time to take them on the W-A-L-K they deserve. But these aren’t just any walks—these are the seven-best dog-friendly walks in the Finger Lakes.

With the winter officially behind us, it’s time to look forward to the season of growth and optimism—spring! The days are longer, the weather is warmer and the smiles are brighter as we exit the chilly tundra for greener pastures. But before we get to May flowers, we’ll have to pass through a few April showers.

Truthbomb: A little rain never hurt anyone. And while you may not be dancing in it, the wet stuff gives a great excuse for hunkering down in the cozy comfort of the great indoors. Not sure where to start? That’s what we’re here for.

Check out these 16 rainy-day activities to enjoy in the Finger Lakes.

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.

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!