Outdoor Destinations

Outdoor Destinations

See how members across the region are enjoying warmer temps, fewer layers, and days filled with more sunlight.

1 Varick Winery Cherry Picking

Pick Cherries

Varick Winery’s Cherry Festival Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
5102 St. Rt. 89
Romulus, NY 14541
315- 549-8797
varickwinery.com June25 and 26 | 9:30a.m.-6p.m. Free admission | $4 to taste six wines
Visit the shores of Cayuga Lake for the Varick Winery Cherry Festival. The festival features cherry picking, wine, games for the kids, food, and live music!

3 Explore the ShoresExplore the Shores

Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival 211 N. Franklin St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Explore the shores of Seneca Lake in downtown Watkins Glen at the Waterfront Festival. On June 17, enjoy musical entertainment along the Seneca Harbor Waterfront along with the Harbor Light Show when the sun sets. On June 18, visitors are invited to stroll through the Concourse de Cardboard.

2 Visit the FallsVisit the Falls

Chittenango Falls State Park
2300 Rathbun Rd.
Cazenovia, NY 13035
See a 167-foot waterfall, made from 400-million year-old bedrock.
View the falls from the very top, or walk the winding trail into the gorge. Other activities include fishing, hiking and picnicking.

4 Celebrate WildlifeCelebrate Wildlife

10th Annual Wildlife Festival
2295 NY-89
Savannah, NY 13146
May7 | 10a.m.-3p.m. $2/children 2+, $4/Adults
Celebrate the importance of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex at the 10th Annual Wildlife Festival. The daylong event features live animal presentations, food, live music, children’s games and prizes, a bounce house, crafts and activities, guided bird watching hikes and canoe trips, a native plant sale, and more than 40 vendors and exhibitors.

13 Hike Green LakesHike Green Lakes

7900 Green Lakes Rd.
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Opens May 12
Enjoy the day hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, picnicking, or camping at this scenic state park. Take a walk around the two glacial lakes surrounded by upland forest. Or, make it a beach day. Look for rowboat rentals, cabins and campsites, pavilions, a golf course, and playground.

5 Smell the violetsSmell the Violets

Dolgeville Violet Festival
23 South Main St. Dolgeville,
NY 13229
June 10-12
The Dolgeville Violet Festival preserves the historical aspects of the Village of Dolgeville through the use of innovative, artistic, and educational displays throughout the year. The festival draws more than 75 vendors, 80 organizations that participate in the parade and more than 10,000 people to the Village.

Bike Erie CanalCycle the Erie Canal

Various locations
Visit eriecanalway.org/explore for detailed information
Join people, of all ages and from all over the country for the annual, eight-day, 400-mile, Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour across New York State July 10-17. Along the way, learn about the people, places, and events that shaped the Erie Canal and its vital role in American history. For more information about the bike tour, visit ptny.org/events/annual-bike-tour.

12 Travel Back to ChildhoodTravel Back to Childhood

Peter Paul Recreation Park
5615 Rome-New London Rd.
Rome, NY 13440
This family fun spot will keep you and your family occupied for hours! Whether it’s racing your kids on the action-packed go-karts, practicing your home run swing in the batting cages, polishing up your pool game in the arcade room, or drenching your friends on the wacky water bumper boats, there’s something for everyone.

Rome Sand Plains Sign

Rome Sand Plains Sign

Explore Sand Plains

Rome Sand Plains Hogsback Rd.
Rome, NY 13440
Visit Rome Sand Plains, one of only a handful of inland Pine Barrens in the nation. This natural treasure consists of high sand dunes, low peat bogs, Pine Barrens, hardwood forests, meadows and wetlands. Nature lovers will enjoy bird life, butterflies, and plants.

8 Fly the regionFly the Region

Airborne Adventures Ballooning
6255 Haslaurer Rd.
Munnsville, NY 13409
Travel the region in a hot air balloon and see the foothills of the Adirondacks and the Catskills, the distant cities of Utica and Syracuse, numerous lakes and ponds, and woodlands and farms.

Explore the Art Park

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
3883 Stone Quarry Rd. Cazenovia,
NY 13035
Take in art and nature at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. This art park features 104 acres of conserved land and more than four miles of trails overlooking the rural landscape of Cazenovia and Madison County. Stone Quarry is both a museum and landscape, serving the dual purpose of exposing visitors to art and nature.

9 Visit the beachVisit the Beach

Southwick Beach State Park
8119 Southwicks Pl.
Henderson, NY 13650
Open May 13 – Oct. 9, 2016
Southwick Beach State Park, located on Lake Ontario, is a spacious and popular beach known for swimming and sunning. Other activities include picnicking, hiking, and games on the playing fields. For an extended stay, consider renting a camp site on the water.

6 Sample Wines-smSample Wines

Canandaigua Wine Walk
143 South Main St. Canandaigua,
NY 14424
May 7 | 4-8p.m. $8/glass
Sample the finest Finger Lakes wine while walking historic Canandaigua! Start with a commemorative wine glass for $8 at and enjoy all the tastings at any participating merchant along the way. Local merchants include apparel shops, gift shops and novelty items, art galleries, restaurants and much more!

15 Cruise Skaneateles LakeCruise Skaneateles Lake

Mid-Lakes Navigation Co.
11 Jordan St.
Skaneateles, NY 13152 315-685-8500 midlakesnav.com/dailycruises
Explore Skaneateles Lake aboard the popular Judge Ben Wiles cruise with the Midlakes Navigation company. Enjoy a lunch, dinner or sightseeing cruise while an entertaining captain shares information about landmarks along the lake. For rates, dates and times visit midlakesnav.com/dailycruises.

14 Run a 10kRun a 10K

Tortoise & Hare 10K
106 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
June 5 | 9 a.m. | $15/pre-registration | $20/day-of-registration
Welcome the summer with a 10K race in Ithaca. The Tortoise and Hare is set along the beautiful Buttermilk Falls. A one-mile fun run/hike is also available! Make sure to pre-register by May 31.

16 Paddle Beaver LakePaddle Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake Nature Center
8477 East Mud Lake Rd.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
May 7–June 2 | $10/hour for canoe and kayak rentals
Enjoy a trip across Beaver Lake by kayak. Search for beaver lodges, turtles, herons, and osprey. Beaver Lake also invites visitors to its nature programs, picnic areas, hiking trails and a gift shop.

17 Ithaca Farmers MarketHead the the Market

Ithaca Farmer’s Market
Steamboat Landing
545 3rd St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
There’s something for everyone at this owner-operated cooperative market. More than 160 members grow or produce their wares within 30 miles of the pavilion. Find vegetables, fruit, pastured meat, bakeries, crafted artisanal gifts, and hot prepared foods.
See a full list of farmer’s markets in our region at wcny.org/guides.

18 Watch PGA GolfersWatch Professional Golfers

PGA Professional National Championship at Turning Stone Turning Stone Resort and Casino
5218 Patrick Rd.
Verona, NY 13478
Watch 312 professional golfers compete in the 49th PGA Professional National Championship at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, June 26-29. The venue also features a casino, spa, concerts, nightlife and lounges,
and dining.

19 Visit Armory SquareVisit Armory Square

City Market
Armory Square
South Franklin and Walton Streets
Syracuse, NY 13202
Stop by Armory Square to shop the City Market. You’ll find dozens of vendors selling their wares the second Sunday of each month now through October. Look for beautiful antiques and repurposed items including pottery, jewelry, textiles, clothing and more. The event is located in from of the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) and along West Jefferson Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.





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