The first thing we often hear from our city visitors is, “I can’t believe all the stars you can see!” It is true – the beauty in the Finger Lakes doesn’t set with the sun! 

Wherever you are visiting us from, here are a few spots that are sure to offer some brilliant stargazing landscapes. 


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Belhurst Castle 
As beautiful sprinkled with snow as it is under a summer sunset, Belhurst’s stunning architecture amplifies the beautiful night sky. 


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C.E.K. Mees Observatory
The University of Rochester’s observatory in Naples is a great spot to view a sparkling night sky! While used for teaching purposes, it is also periodically open to the public for tours in the summer months. 


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Canadice Lake 
One of the two Finger Lakes with virtually undeveloped shorelines, this offers an excellent viewing of stars over the water. 


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Cumming Nature Center 
Some of our favorite pictures come from between these pines, but don’t forget to look up! 


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Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area 
A four-season favorite for outdoor enthusiasts, come when the trails are quiet to look down on Honeoye Lake and up at the stars. 


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Hemlock Lake 
The other lake with an undeveloped shoreline, and just to the east of Hemlock Lake, you will find another quiet night sky. 


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Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill 
Slip away to one of the highest points in Ontario County for a truly expansive view of the night sky. 

MARK YOU CALENDARS: On April 8, 2024, Ontario County will be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse! We hope to see you all here. 

Where’s your favorite stargazing spot? Let us know @VisitFLX and #FLXperience!