Most people already familiar with wine know that the Finger Lakes, in upstate New York, is one of the best places in the United States to go wine tasting. But what people might not know about this region is that it offers abundant opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration of sites central to American history and progress.
The region encompasses Ithaca, Seneca Falls, Geneva, and Rochester, among many other small towns, as those 11 lakes that it’s named for. Every type of explorer looking to spend warmer weather days outside and in nature will find something to do here: There are parks galore, many of them lake-front, for casual strolls and picnicking, forested hiking trails, cascading waterfalls nestled within the bigger state parks, and crystal clear swimming holes. Pack the family into the car because there is enough to do outdoors in the Finger Lakes, New York to fill a whole weekend of discovery and play.