Top 10 Rainy Day Activities in the Finger Lakes

In case you forgot your galoshes, or you've had your fill splashing in puddles, here are some of our top picks for how to spend time on a rainy day!

#1. Taste New York

Two wine glasses cheer in front of the County Road 12 Scenic OverlookSpend your rainy day exploring one, two (or all!) of the wineries on the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail. With 22 miles stretching from Canandaigua down to Naples, there are wineries and grapes galore. All wine-d out? Check out the ROC/FLX Craft Beverage Trail for some great brewery, cidery and distillery ideas during your FLX stay.

#2. Find the mug/bowl/dish with your name on it

Freshly made clay pottery sits inside of the Wizard of ClayThe Wizard of Clay in Bloomfield is home to three generations of potters, who are busy throwing between 60,000-80,000 pounds of clay per year! Take home a one-of-a-kind Bristol Leaf® piece of pottery – imprinted with local leaves and finished with the Wizard’s touch.

#3. Find brightness inside!

Vases and glassware sit for sale inside of ArtizannsBright colors on a canvas can help you forget dark clouds outside – on this rainy day, find that brightness at an art gallery! Stroll down Main Street in Canandaigua to visit the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery or go get hands-on at Lath and Letters. Head down to the village of Naples to check out a slew of local artisan works at Artizanns, or check out Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs!

#4. Eastview's the place to be

Eastview mall's entrance lit up during nighttimeNeed a pick-me-up on with all those clouds outside? Put your walking shoes on and head to Eastview Mall. Shop, dine or catch a movie next door at Regal Cinemas - you'll get your steps in too!

#5. Are you feeling lucky?

A couple crowds around a machine at the Finger Lakes Gaming and RacetrackFinger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is a great place to win big on a rainy day (assuming you're on a lucky roll)! Take your chance on your choice of nearly 1,200 slot machines, follow simulcast racing from the country’s top tracks, and enjoy your breaks at the Vineyard Buffet, the Platinum Grille, or one of several other great dining options. A win-win!

#6. Shop for a really cool raincoat

Handcrafted jewlery sits for sale inside of Adorn JewelryMaybe you need something rugged that will see you through camping and hiking. The Outdoor Store in Bloomfield could be the place to find it. For something more fashion-forward, consider Dick Anthony for men or Davidson Shoes for your next pair of kicks, or go accessorizing at Adorn Jewelry and Accessories. All three can be found right in downtown Canandaigua. There's plenty more just waiting for you to discover.

#7. Treat yourself to a day at the spa

A woman receives a massage inside of Isabella Spa at Belhurst CastleWhether it’s the Park West Hair Design & Spa in Canandaigua or the Isabella Spa at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, who doesn't like to be pampered and feel relaxed, particularly on a rainy day.  While you ease into relaxation in a cozy environment, you may forget that it's raining outside all together.

#8 Go on a treasure hunt!

Inside of Peddlers antiques in BloomfieldThe great thing about antiquing? You can discover treasure upon treasure, and stay dry while you do it! From the amateur to the professional, everyone is bound to find something they love among the various antique shops and galleries in Ontario County.

#9. Embrace the rain

A father and son splash down in a tube at Roseland WaterparkYou’re already wet… so why not embrace the rain? Head to Grimes Glen Park in Naples for a refreshing hike through the waterfalls (caution: the rocks get slippery!); splash around at the sprayground at Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva, or catch your thrills on a waterslide at Roseland Waterpark in Canandaigua! Just be sure to call it a day if you see any lightning.

#10. Cozy up with a warm drink

Various types of coffee available for purchase at Finger Lakes Coffee RoastersSome of our favorites? Monaco's Coffee in Geneva, Dalai Java in Canandaigua or Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters in Farmington - just to name a few. Grab a ‘cuppa’ local coffee or juice, and pair it with local cheeses, breads, ice cream, and more! The best part? You can browse all kinds of locally made products from jewelry to wood carved items, all while you stay dry and warm up!