Category - Family Fun Activities

Summer in the Finger Lakes is finally here! The sun sets a little later, and the rolling green hills are a bit greener. There’s something about this time of year that seems to put a smile on people’s faces and add extra pep to their step. Let’s harness all that momentum and focus it on summer planning!

Here are a few ideas to jump start your summer fun!

Building the Ultimate Finger Lakes Picnic

Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:00 AM by Kendall Knaak

It’s what I like to call the Finger Lakes conundrum. There are so many trails to hike and vistas to see, but there are also some delicious foods to be sampled around the area. How is one able to do everything at once?

Enter picnicking.

Fusing together a rejuvenating hike with Ontario County dining, all while maintaining social distancing regulations is a perfect warm weather day activity, and I am here to make it even easier. So, lace up your sneakers, grab your picnic basket, and let’s hit the trail!

Best Places to Bike in Ontario County

Friday, May 1, 2020 10:00 AM by Kendall Knaak

One of the top reasons to visit the Finger Lakes is to experience the natural beauty and breathtaking vistas (after the wine, of course!). With rolling hillsides, wide open spaces and breathtaking views, cycling through the Finger Lakes is an optimal way to explore the region. 

Did you know that Ontario County has an alpaca farm? How about a museum dedicated to communications history so full of stories you just may lose all sense of time? In this new climate, many people are finding themselves spending more time indoors, so why not spend your time (virtually) in the Finger Lakes! 

Finger Lakes Crossword Puzzle

Friday, April 10, 2020 2:00 PM by Valerie Knoblauch

At home for the foreseeable future? Us too. You've probably heard from experts about the importance of keeping your mind, body, and spirit sharp. I'm a big believer in keeping my mind, body, and spirit moving forward and staying positive. You can just ask my family or my team! I always have a new project in the works, and this time at home has allowed me to tap into new creative talents I didn't realize I had, like crossword creation. Why not test your knowledge of the Finger Lakes with this crossword created by me! Can I stump you? Let's see what you've got!

From its founding as “Rochesterville” to the third-wave coffee age of today, the city of Rochester has laid claim to plenty of locations and experiences. Despite its recent resurgence, there are still plenty of gems that even the Flower City can’t offer. For these sights, sips and sounds, you have to venture just outside the ROC to the free-spirited beauty and relaxed nature of the Finger Lakes region.

So long, summer. Hello, fall! It’s that time, once again, when pumpkin gets prime billing, sweaters become fashion statements and the leaves reveal their true talents. For many, the crisp air and cool breeze of this unfolding season are practically perfection. To enjoy autumn to the full extent, we’ve put together the Ultimate Finger Lakes Fall Fun Guide.

Grab your friends and family, pick your spots and get ready to go adventuring!

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.