Category - Outdoor Things to Do

Hiking the trails of Ontario County is fun to do in any season, but if you’re looking to add a new twist to your next adventure, consider Geocaching. Remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines when you head out!

Simply put, geocaching is a treasure hunt. It’s the activity of hunting for, and finding, a hidden object by using GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates that are posted on the Geocaching website. The game is completely free, and you can download the Geocaching app to most smart phones, or you can purchase a hand-held GPS device to help you find hidden geocaches. Once you have the app or a GPS device, you can start finding hidden geocaches anywhere around the world!

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!

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. 

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.

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!

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!