Category - Outdoor Things to Do

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!

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.

It’s this time each year when some of us emerge from our homes like grizzlies from their dens. Shaking off the indoors and winter temperatures to step into longer days and welcomed sunlight. People rekindle forgotten New Year’s resolutions with passion and excitement. You see the overeager among us in shorts and T-shirts, while the crocuses are still dusted with frost. Whatever category you find yourself in, now’s the time to get outside and spring into action!  What are you waiting for?

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.