Summer Fun 

During Summer, days are full of adventure, nights are spent under the stars, and anything seems possible. Whether you’re looking for excitement or serenity or a little of both, Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes offers so many reasons to get away

Market Street Brewing
Molly Cagwin Photography

Summer smells like campfires and S’mores, sounds like splashing and laughter and echoes calls for more, more, more. Summer tastes mouthwateringly good and feels fresh and warm and so worth savoring.  

“We've rounded up the absolute coolest small lake towns in America—from off-the-beaten-path locales . . . to the crooked Finger Lakes in New York, summer bliss awaits.” – Perri O. Blumberg, Country Living 

Michael B Studios

With a stunning landscape of rolling forested hills, deep gorges, breathtaking waterfalls, windy rivers snaking their way through lush valleys, nearly 1,000 miles of footpaths and hiking trails, you can hike, bike, paddle, or simply stop, catch your breath, and take it all in.  

Summer is the perfect time to find out for yourself why Country Living named Hammondsport one of “The 25 Best Small Lake Towns in America.” Fish, paddleboard, kayak, jet ski, rent a pontoon boat, or simply swim. 

“. . . the Finger Lakes region is a pleasing patchwork of rich farmland and small towns, with a mix of handsome 19th-century homes and red-brick downtowns that would have inspired Edward Hopper. Two-lane blacktops follow the lakeshores, sometimes hugging the waterlines, sometimes drifting up into green, pillowy dairylands. Except along Keuka Lake, popular with summer cottagers, farms and forest run right down to the water.” - William Scheller, National Geographic Traveler 

Family Fishing Depot Park Keuka Lake 613 courtesy Stu Gallagher
Stu Gallagher

There’s something idyllic about strolling small town streets, exploring world class museums, sampling award-winning wines and brews, enjoying a delicious lakeside meal, or experiencing a number of exciting annual events, including the country’s longest continuously-running county fair which celebrates 200 years in 2019.  

There’s a reason summer days are so much longer. There’s just too much fun to fit in otherwise.  

What are you waiting for? Start planning your summer getaway today.