Things to Do in Finger Lakes

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Canandaigua_Lake_scenicA favorite fall activity in the Finger Lakes Region is to visit a local U-Pick and pick your own produce.  Sample great, local, fresh fruits and vegetables, or get your perfect pumpkin for Halloween!

The Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour is also a popular autumn activity.  Occurring annually in October, it’s not only a great way to see all the beautiful foliage as you drive from farm to farm, it’s also a great way to learn about the difference between apple types.   Do an apple taste test and discover all the different types of apples and the varieties of colors, sizes, and textures they come in.  Or stick to tasting the amazing baked goods, apple butters, ciders, and other delicious apple products you’ll find along the way.  You might even win a door prize!

The U-Pick’s aren’t the only ones with a harvest festival! The Corning Museum of Glass offers their own version with the Glass Harvest  at the museum.  Find lots of fun harvest themed activities, like getting to blow your own glass pumpkin, going on a scavenger hunt to find all the fall-themed objects throughout the museum, see the world’s largest glass pumpkin, and enjoy a glass farmer’s market where you’ll find lots of great harvest themed glass objects for sale!

Autumn is an excellent time to go wine tasting.   You may even get to participate in some of the harvest process if that is your wish.  Finger Lakes has an extensive list of wineries and many of them offer free tastings.  Be sure to check out these wine touring tips to get the most out of your Finger Lakes wine tasting experience.

Elmira became a favorite haunt of famed author Mark Twain, especially after he married Olivia Langdon, an Elmira native, in 1870.  Discover why he loved it so much by doing Twain County’s “Find Twain Here” activities.   On the top of that list?  Visit the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College to learn about his works,  the Chemung Valley History Museum  to learn about his life in Elmira, and Woodland National Cemetery to see where he is buried.

October may mean harvest to some, but to others it means ghosts and ghouls! Join the Chemung Valley History Museum on October 18th or 19th for a night of screams and terror at their annual Woodland Cemetery Ghost Walk.

Kilpatrick’s Public House will be hosting the first annual Ithaca Oktoberfest on October 27th.  Join what is sure to become a treasured tradition and taste beers from local microbreweries as they compete for best beer.  Enter in the lederhosen competition for a chance to win a gift card good at over 90 locations in downtown Ithaca, and get a great picture of yourself in costume.   Enjoy live music from great local bands, and delicious food from local food vendors.

As always, fishing, hiking, and boating are great activities to do in the Finger Lakes Region.  Some fantastic places to do these are Letchwood State Park, sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the East” for its great cliffs, and the Catherine Valley Trail.


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