There’s something about travel that can rekindle the spark of adventure in weary bones and inspire youth to make new discoveries. Especially when experienced together.  

Explore museums or the great outdoors. Learn new skills or make your own keepsakes to take home. Strike up a little friendly competition or enjoy some downtime in nature. 

The Southern Finger Lakes has an assortment of kid-tested, family-approved experiences sure to bring you together! 


Family hiking

Make Discoveries Together 

In Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes you’ll find a diverse collection of exceptional attractions, like world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass (the world’s largest museum devoted to glass). In addition to a vast collection of artifacts spanning 35 Centuries, you can watch live glassblowing demonstrations and also make your own glass art. Learn about local history and the ways small town folk have impacted the world including their involvement in everything from making the first light bulbs for Thomas Edison to innovations in aviation. 

Family Exploring New Glass Now Exhibit in the Contemporary Art + Design Wing at CMoG
The Corning Museum of Glass

Explore the Great Outdoors 

You don’t need your own boat or other equipment to experience lake life. On breathtaking Keuka Lake—the only Finger Lakes not shaped like a finger—you can rent everything from paddle boards and kayaks, to pontoon boats, speed boats, and jet skis. Fish from the dock or hire a professional guide for an excursion out on the water. Take an evening cruise or call the water taxi for a private tour, a ride to one of the four lakeside restaurants, or a special culinary excursion. With hundreds of miles of hiking trails, state parks that make an ideal backdrop for picnics and waterfall exploration, fun mountain bike trails, or guided river paddles, there are so many ways to get your fill of outdoor recreation.  

Family taking a photo on a wooden walking bridge in the woods.

Try Something New 

Push yourselves out of your comfort zone by acquiring a new skill such as glassblowing, pottery throwing, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Learn about various hands-on activities here.  

Hands-on Glass IMG_6735
Molly Cagwin Photography

Treat Your Tastebuds 

In addition to being named one  “The World’s Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2019” by VinePair magazine, the Finger Lakes is also home to numerous craft beverage producers who offer excellent libations, as well as live music, food trucks, and other fun experiences. Learn more about our wineries and craft beverage producers.  

Of course, food is also a big deal here and you’ll find a wide range of dining options from delicious burger joints to authentic southern BBQ, from some of the best pizza around to smoothies and healthier fare. Not to mention restaurants specializing in decadent baked goods, locally made chocolates, as well as fine dining, casual comfort foods, and everything in between.  

Lakeside Dining 5 at Waterfront Restaurant
Stu Gallagher

“Known for its natural beauty, cultural heritage, food and wine, the Finger Lakes are perfect for a family vacation on the water.” - Family Traveller Magazine