Not quite ready to travel? No problem! Let our locals connect you to ways you can virtually #VisitConfidently in the Finger Lakes! From painting to pie making, and everything in between, you can bring the Finger Lakes to you - wherever you call home.
Day by day, operations of virtual experiences may change, so please check ahead of time to ensure the event is still happening. Enjoy!
FLX Interactive Experiences
Enjoy some good old-fashioned and very practical activities. Boredom be gone. Download our Zoom backgrounds featuring our fantastic scenery. Take on our challenges either from your couch or on the road when we’re able to adventure out!
Let the locals connect you
These locals are sharing their talents and their favorite things to do. They connect you to some of the best of the Finger Lakes that soon, you’ll be able to get back out there and see! In the meantime – enjoy the locals showing off what we love to see and do in the Finger Lakes. more.
Tune in Live Digitally
Ontario County’s travel industry presents to you our virtual experiences. Tune in through Facebook, for example and get a behind the scene tour or a live presentation! This will prime you to want to come back – as soon as you can get out! more.
New York State is an awesome place to travel. Well, in fact the whole United States of America is, right? While you’re waiting to get back out there, we’ve curated a few of our favorite experiences here. Enjoy the best of the country on your computer and then when you’re ready to travel we’ll show you the best of the Finger Lakes. more.
Ontario County’s travel industry presents to you our virtual experiences. Tune in through Facebook, for example and get a behind the scene tour or a live presentation! This will prime you to want to come back – as soon as you can get out!
Please note that this is a fluid list and is subject to change. (Updated: 11/4/2020)
|Ganondagan||Virtual Experiences||Virtual experiences at Ganondagan, learn about the history, culture, art and more of the Haudenosaunee.||Website|
|The Smith Opera||The Smith Speaker Series||The Smith is excited to announce a new partnership with Patreon to bring you a new slate of digital programming! Through this awesome membership-based platform, we will be launching The Smith Speaker Series, a series of lectures recorded on the Smith stage. We’ll be hearing from scientists, winemakers, professors, and authors, all experts in their fields and all located in the Finger Lakes. We have an extraordinary community and this series will highlight that.||Website|
|New York Kitchen||Virtual Cooking Classes||Perfect your cooking skills at home with New York's Kitchens virtual classes series. Visit us online and book your class today!||Website|
|Ganondagan||10 Minute Teachings by Peter Jemison||Ganondagan is regularly sharing educational and entertaining posts for all ages, about Haudenosaunee culture, Indigenous stories and artwork; shares from popular Ganondagan guest speakers and performers and "how-to" videos from Native artisans. If you are looking for a quick break, join Site Manager Peter Jemison every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. on Facebook for his "Ten Minute Teachings."|
|Hobart and William Smith Colleges||Learn more about Rev. Dr. Alger Leroy Adams '32||Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva recently launched the Dr. Alger Adams Scholars webpage, a page recognizing the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Alger Leroy Adams '32, D.D.'83 and the high-achieving scholars of color who continue a tradition of excellence. The first African-American graduate of Hobart College, Adams rose above major societal obstacles to attend and excel at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Visit HWS’s virtual space to find a message from the daughter of Alger Adams 32’, a list of this year’s awardees, student artwork inspired by Adams and a short digital history of Geneva’s Black community, courtesy of the Director of the Geneva Historical Society John Marks.||Website|
|Lazy Acre Alpacas||Virtual Farm Tours||Explore the Lazy Acre Alpacas farm! Visit the website for videos on the farm experience, explore the farm via drone and witness shearing day for yourself.||Website|
|Ontario County History & Culture||Ontario County & History Podcast on Finger Lakes TV||A rotating cast of moderators and guests shares insights and anecdotes about the history and culture that contribute to the quality of life in Ontario County. This podcast is recorded in the Finger Lakes Television studio on the Finger Lakes Community College main campus. It is sponsored by the Cheshire Community Action Team, the Ontario County Arts Council and the Ontario County Historical Society.||Website|
|FLX 4-H Launchpad||Daily 4-H Project Opportunity||Join Ontario County 4-H each day at 10 a.m. for a new 4-H project opportunity, catering to a variety of ages and interests. There you’ll find nature guides, how-to lessons, recipes, and more! Check back for a gardening series that will be available soon!|
|Finger Lakes Museum||Monday Moments and Motivation||A museum dedicated to the stewardship of the Finger Lakes region, the Finger Lakes Museum is serving up loads of virtual fun! Check out their Facebook page for Monday Moments and Motivation, sign up for Cornell’s Bird Academy, find “toasty” ideas to jazz up your kitchen, and indulge in Friday Fun Facts!|
Writers & Books
|Mini Workshops, Kids Camps & an Online Bookstore||Writers & Books, which operates the Gell Center in Naples, provides a quiet and peaceful setting for writers and artists looking for creative solitude. Join Writers & Books online as they host mini workshops as usual; make the most of their April Break Camps for youngsters available through Zoom; and move Ampersand Books, their indie bookstore, to an online platform. Since 1981, their programs have reached a growing audience of thousands, making Writers & Books one of the largest and oldest independent literary centers in the nation.||Website|
|Finger Lakes Forest Immersion||Wood Wide Web Forest Bathing||Forest bathing is about slowing down and tuning into our senses and the natural world. Join us in savoring the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, touch and wisdom of nature for our peace of mind, physical vitality, resiliency and reciprocity.|
|Ganondagan||Virtual Tours & Storytelling||They are regularly sharing educational, inspirational, informative, and entertaining posts for all ages, about Haudenosaunee people, culture, language, food; their favorite Ganondagan photos and videos from the past; quotes and recommendations of some of their favorite books; Indigenous stories and artwork; shares from popular Ganondagan guest speakers and performers and "how-to" videos from Native artisans|
|Smith Opera House||Live Stream(s) "The Smith Sessions"||The Smith’s virtual experience, The Smith Sessions, features recordings of regional musical artists from their living rooms. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these intimate recordings anytime, anywhere. The recordings give viewers the chance to contribute to the artists via their personal Venmo or similar payment account – think of it as an open guitar case on the sidewalk!|
|Main Street Arts||Live Stream of Art Classes and Gallery Tours||Main Street Arts is an art gallery showcasing contemporary art and fine craft from emerging and established Upstate New York artists. Located in the historic, picturesque village of Clifton Springs, NY, the 3,600-square-foot space has two floors offering exhibitions, an artist residency program, and workshops.Main Street Arts continues to thrive with virtual exhibitions, online events and an expanded online shop. Tune in to their Facebook page for special "walk through" exhibitions and other virtual events|
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|Geneva Historical Society||History Articles||The Geneva Historical Society is the place to tell stories about Geneva's past! They look forward to welcoming you back to the Historical Society and all take part in in-person programming as soon as the situation is safe enough to do so. In the meantime, enjoy some unique stay-at-home activities including blog articles about early Finger Lakes wine history, prohibition in Geneva and a local restaurant word search!|
|Antique Wireless Museum||Virtual Video Experience||Recognized world-wide as the finest collection of communication artifacts, the Antique Wireless Museum provides a rich and unique experience for visitors of all ages. This virtual video experience provides you a quick view of some of the Antique Wireless Museum’s many artifacts including a reproduction of the Titanic Wireless (Radio) Room, electronics communications displays, an Old Time Store of early radios and parts, an operating telegraph office, the Voice of America control room and 250,000 watt transmitter from the Delano, CA VOA Station and shelves of artifacts of historic transmitters and receivers. Step back in time!||Online | YouTube|
|Will-O-Crest Farms||Virtual Farm Tour||Founded in 1976, Will-O-Crest Farm is a family owned dairy farm in Clifton Springs, New York. Their mission is to produce large amounts of high-quality milk, in a cost-efficient manner, from healthy, happy, and contented cows without adverse impact on the environment. Check out Farmtour Friday to see how a dairy farm is run. Visit Will-O-Crest’s Facebook page often for more farm fun!||YouTube|
|Cobblestone Arts Center||Arts Lessons and Interactive Fun||Enjoy yoga sessions, art lessons, music lessons and more interactive fun from the staff and students of Cobblestone! Founded in 1983 to bring the visual and performing arts to the rural community, The Cobblestone Arts Center welcomes all ages and abilities. Through music, dance, visual arts, and theatre cobblestone students gain a great sense of value and accomplishment connecting with each other and the community. They are proud to bring all the arts to the community, a unique after school program, and a new theatre space for the whole area to enjoy live performances.|
|Victor Yoga Studio||Interactive Yoga Sessions||Visit Victor Yoga Studio’s Facebook page for live classes throughout the week! Watch them live or tune in later. Their classes and workshops are aimed at providing whole human wellness of the mind-body, spirit. And when they reopen, visit the Victor Yoga Studio for weekly yoga classes or our special events. They have many offerings, such as yoga, aromatherapy, meditation, poetry writing, journaling, reiki, massage and much, much more! Visit their website to stay up to date!|
|Virtual Visits with Rochester’s Cultural Community||Online Cultural Experiences go Digital!||Many of Rochester’s cultural attractions are going digital to provide unique experiences for visitors and community members. Check out this list of some of the ways you can enjoy this content from the comfort of your home.||Online|
|Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion||Sonnenberg Gardens Cell Phone Tour||Sonnenberg’s mobile device tour allows guests to experience a narrated tour of the grounds straight from their smartphones and other devices.||Online|
Enjoy this good old-fashioned and very practical Activity Guide. Here everything is connected to some of the Finger Lakes’ best things to do. Boredom be gone. Take on our challenges either from your couch or on the road when we’re able to adventure out!
Our Activity Guide features dot-to-dot puzzles, word searches, mad libs, coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word scrambles and more, all in the theme of the Finger Lakes, and fun!
We miss the faces of our visitors and friends, and seeing the fun memories made every day here in the Finger Lakes. So, we decided to bring the Finger Lakes to you, wherever you are in the world! Enjoy FLX Flavor, a curated spotify playlist of songs!
These locals are sharing their talents and their favorite things to do. They connect you to some of the best of the Finger Lakes that soon, you’ll be able to get back out there and see! In the meantime – enjoy the locals showing off what we love to see and do in the Finger Lakes.
Artist Cindy Harris recreates the breathtaking scenic overlook at Carolabarb Park.
Cindy Harris of Harris Studios reminds us everyone is an artist.
How much do you know about Bristol Mountain?
English Scones & Channeling our Inner Pioneer Woman featuring Pam Raymor!
Cindy Harris reminds us to experience and create inside now, and experience in person later.
New York State is an awesome place to travel. Well, in fact the whole United States of America is, right? While you’re waiting to get back out there, we’ve curated a few of our favorite experiences here. Enjoy the best of the country on your computer and then when you’re ready to travel we’ll show you the best of the Finger Lakes
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