Are you looking to have some fun? From romance to adventure, there are tons of fun things to do in the Finger Lakes. Watkins Glen, at the bottom of Seneca Lake, is a great little village with delicious eateries, a marina, and plenty of places to stay… though our romantic Watkins Glen bed and breakfast is beautifully perched up on a hill, overlooking it all. Check out our blog if you are looking for more great Finger Lakes Activities.
Watkins Glen State Park
Enjoy a picturesque hike through one of the deep gorges of Watkins Glen State Park while marveling at cascading waterfalls and rocky cliffs that will leave you spellbound! Within 2 miles of your hike, you will witness glens streams descend 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. There is also a café and gift shop to visit as well.
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Wine, wine and more wine, but don’t forget the beer! The Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries are generally open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week. Some open a little later on Sundays, so make sure to plan ahead. Home to more wineries than any other wine trail in New York, Seneca Lake is known for its diverse offerings of world class wines!
Nestled here in the beautiful Finger Lakes, guests can admire and visit the rolling green pastures on Farms Sanctuary’s 275-acre shelter. The farm is home to more than 800 rescued farm animals. You can take a guided tour, browse the gift shop, or grab a snack on the deck while enjoying some scenic views!
Take in the views and have some fun at Clute Park which offers 35 acres for family recreation within walking distance of downtown Watkins Glen. There are open fields, swimming areas, picnic tables, grills, children’s playgrounds, and even a small skate park. Spend the day looking out onto the lake or take a walk around it. Either way, it’s worth a visit!
An amazing experience for any occasion! The Schooner Excursion’s rich history spans for decades and its past stories tell-all, including tales about the Virgin Islands, Hollywood stardom and countless shared life events right here in the Finger Lakes. You can sail as part of a group or can have a more intimate excursion!
Summit to Stream Adventures
From kayak and canoe rentals to guided fishing tours, Summit to Stream offers an adventure you won’t forget! The primary guide founder, Mark Moskal, has spent most of his life dedicated to studying wildlife and the outdoors. His goal is to share his passion of the outdoors with all who join him and have people experience all that the Finger Lakes has to offer.
Seneca Lake Kayak
Seneca Lake Kayak offers numerous tours, all providing a fun and unique experience. Choose one that meets your needs and your guide will be sure to make it an enjoyable adventure. All tours originate in historic Watkins Glen, New York. Seneca Lake Kayak is fully mobile so if you have a special destination in mind for your group they will most likely accommodate you. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available to experienced enthusiasts.
International Motor Racing Research Center
Watkins Glen has a great history of car racing! The first America Road Race after WWII was held here and is known as “The day the trains stopped”. With free admission for all, visitors can admire the extensive collection of cars while viewing historic photographs, films, oral history and records of famous drivers!
Corning Museum of Glass
Dedicated to the arts, The Corning Museum of Glass focuses on sharing the history and science of all things glass. They feature over 50,000 glass pieces, with some being over 3,500 years old! You can spend the day watching scheduled demonstrations or exploring the exhibits, or partake in the fun activity of creating your own glass art.