Fall is my jam. Not a jam that you produce using grapes and put on a piece of toast, though that sounds like tons of fun too. For some reason, fall has it all for me. Crisp, cool air (though not so much this year), changing leaves and plenty of activities to do.

One of those activities? Taking amazing Instagram photos. Sure, you shouldn’t plan a trip to the Finger Lakes surrounding a social media app, but sometimes it’s irresistible. Take it from a local, there are photo opportunities galore.

With that in mind, let me share six of my favorite fall-themed Instagram photos.

This aerial photo from Jack Haley is excellent! It shows a unique perspective of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park, one of my favorite locations in the Finger Lakes. The 52-acre estate has nine-themed gardens set around a 40-room Queen Anne mansion that was built in 1887. The best way to experience it in the fall is to walk in the gardens and take in the serenity

Two birthdays ago, my wife treated me to kayaking on Canadice Lake with Canadice Lake Outfitters. If the weather continues like it has been, I’d get your paddles out. Kidding, John at Canadice Lake Outfitters provides the paddles. Fun fact, Canadice Lake is three miles in length—the perfect distance for a workout!

No matter the season, Harriet Hollister Spencer Park is worth the trip. If I hadn’t proposed to my wife on the Brooklyn Bridge, her hometown, this spot was certainly a possibility. What’s so appealing about it? Diversity. The 1,550-acre state recreation area offers year-round activities for the outdoor explorer. Whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.


You are the best thing.

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Fall is an amazing time to get married in the Finger Lakes. If you’re lucky enough to be getting married, or even attending a wedding, bring your camera because the photo opportunities are plentiful. Not only are the photo locations unique, they are typically easy to get to. I love this photo from my college lacrosse teammate Zach Fayette, who was married at Belhurst Castle to his wife Emily! The man literally got married in a castle!


You just can’t beat this! 📸: @carolahicks12 #FLX #NYLovesFall

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In case you haven’t caught on to a theme of this list, you should try to get outside to really experience fall correctly in the Finger Lakes. Everyone has adventure in their fiber, some more than others. Try to tap into that and get moving.

It’s good to have goals in life, right? At least that’s what Google and my parents tell me. One of my goals? Bike all 11 Finger Lakes. I’ve done one (Honeoye Lake) and have others on my mind. But biking lake side isn’t the only way to enjoy this activity. You can bike all over the Finger Lakes. And based on this picture, the back roads of Victor are a great place to start in the fall.

Want to see what else you can do this fall? Join FLVC’s great mailing list! It’s a fun content-filled email with insider tips and ideas on making the most of Ontario County. Plus, you can opt-out at any time, and they’ll never share your information with any outside organization.