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 fun 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.
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.