With “Back to School” Time Approaching, Consider a Quick Finger Lakes Day Trip

Finger Lakes Day Trips

Now that summer is winding down and school is on the horizon, you may be wondering how to squeeze in some skaneateles vacation rentalsfun in between busy workdays. Or, maybe you’re looking for a change of scenery over the weekend. While you’re in the Finger Lakes turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary adventure by going on a day trip. Finger Lakes vacations don’t always need to be extended stays. Late summer is a wonderful time of year to shake up your normal routine a bit by booking a vacation rental for a mini getaway.

There are plenty of activities that cater to a wide range of interests that make perfect day trip excursions. Here are some suggestions:

Cayuga Lakes Cruises:

Cayuga Lake is the longest of the eleven lakes found in the Finger Lakes region. During the summer boating on the lake is very popular. Cayuga Lake Cruises in Ithaca, NY offers a selection of meal cruises aboard a ferryboat. Book a two-hour cruise for brunch, lunch, cocktails or dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal in a quaint setting on the water.

Johnson Museum of Art:

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is located on the historic Cornell University campus. The museum is a gift to the public by the late S.C. Johnson who was an alumni and trustee. Designed by famous architectural firm I.M. Pei & Partners, the Johnson Museum displays classic and contemporary artwork representing a diverse range of cultural influences. Admission is free. Take time to walk around the scenic Cornell campus while there.

Cayuga Wine Trail:

The Cayuga Wine Trail is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes area. The trail extends from Ithaca, New York on the southern end to Seneca Falls on the northern end. Along the way there are plenty of local wineries to visit. Each stop allows visitors to indulge their senses in every way. Enjoy fabulous food and wine in amazingly beautiful settings.

Roseland Waterpark:

Nothing says end of summer fun more than a visit to a water park. Roseland Waterpark in Canandaigua, NY features several rides that are fun for the whole family. Popular attractions are the wave pool, raft ride, splash slides and tube slides. Canoes and paddle boats are available for rental.

Watkins Glen Raceway Thunder Road Tours:

When you’re in the mood to feel like a race car driver, head on down to the world famous Watkins Glen Raceway for a taste of authentic speedway driving. The Thunder Road Tour lets participants drive onto the same racecourse track as professional drivers. Drivers follow a real lap car around the track. Drivers must be 18 or over.

After you’re done on the track take some time to visit the beautiful Watkins Glen State Park. Walk along nature trails and view stunning waterfalls, ancient rock formations and local plants and foliage.

When planning Finger Lakes vacations for any amount of time check out some cozy vacation rentals Finger Lakes properties.

Thinking About a Finger Lakes Vacation? Bring Your Pet Along!

Pet Friendly Accommodations

Your dog is considered a part of the family, but that furry family member often has to be left behind when it’s pet friendly accomodations in skaneatelestime to go on vacation. Fortunately, there are some places that welcome pets with open arms. Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals located in the Finger Lakes region in Central New York State is one such place where pets can be free to enjoy the local flavor just like their favorite humans so the next time you are considering a Finger Lakes vacation, consider bringing your pet along.

Parks Where Your Pet Can Have a Barking Good Time:

If there’s one thing a dog really loves, it is getting to walk, romp and play in the great outdoors. There are several area parks that welcome dog lovers. Dogs really appreciate the fresh air and natural sights. Pets can trot down country roads or hike on a trail as long as they are on a secure leash.

These parks are popular among pet owners:

Cayuga Lake State Park

Located on the northwest shore of Cayuga Lake, Cayuga Lake State Park has everything you and your pet could want. If you both love the water, this is a wonderful place to go boating or fishing. Dogs can’t go into the swimming areas, but they can go anywhere else inside the park, including the nature trails.

Finger Lakes National Forest:

Nestled between Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake is the vast Finger Lakes National Forest. With over 30 miles of interconnected trails the forest is a fantastic way to experience all facets of rustic beauty. Walk the 12-mile Interloken Trail or enjoy a scenic car ride through the area. During certain times of year fresh blueberries, apples and raspberries grow in abundance.

Taughannock Falls State Park:

Enter another world where nature trails take you along paths to observe ancient rock formations and native plants and flowers. Dogs are welcome on trails as long as they are on a leash and have proof of rabies vaccination. Any nature-loving dog will be happy to sniff out all sorts of interesting smells as you wind your way toward the magnificent waterfall. Taughannock Falls namesake waterfall attraction has a spectacular view. Water flows from the top down a 215-foot plunge into the creek.

Watkins Glen State Park:

The beautiful Watkins Glen State Park features a winding stone path that takes you along old rock formations, cascading waterfalls and lots of amazing scenic views. Dogs need proof of rabies vaccine and must be on a leash.

Woofing It Up at Local Wineries:

Ready to go on a Finger Lakes wine tasting tour? Great. Many local wineries allow you to bring along your pet for all the fun. Dogs need to be leashed at all times, under their owners control and well behaved. Some wineries don’t allow dogs inside tasting rooms, so check first before visiting.

Comfortable Dog-Friendly Accommodations:

Vacationing with your pet can be a great experience once you have set up your pet friendly Finger Lakes accommodations. Fingerlakes Luxury Rentals has wonderfully cozy luxury vacation rentals with all of the amenities of home conveniently located in Skaneateles and  elsewhere in the Finger Lakes region. So skip the Skaneateles hotel because there are plenty of fun things to do and see during your stay at one of our Finger Lakes rentals.


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