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Best things to do in Cayuga Lake

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Taughannock Falls is the most iconic gorge in Ithaca. Though it is a bit further of a drive than Buttermilk and there is no swimming, Taughannock is massive and beautiful. It is taller than Niagara Falls and some of the hiking trails go up over the gorge so you have a view of the waterfall from above.”
155 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Hazelnut offers the best in farm-to-table fine dining. Great for a celebratory dinner or fancy date night, this small restaurant offers a formal yet cozy atmosphere. You will definitely need a reservation if you want to sample their chef's amazing local/seasonal menu.”
49 locals recommend
Park
“Check out our Lake, Cayuga Lake. It's one of the deepest and longest lakes in America. Sit on the Southern-most shore and appreciate why the Fingerlakes Region of NY has abundant fresh water. ”
29 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Learn about the unique geological components of the finger lakes. Fossil and dinosaur bone exhibits. ”
31 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The trail is open all year round. A 1-mile hike to see the big waterfall. Lake swimming in the summer.”
33 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
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“After the concert, or as an alternative evening activity, head over to Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg, where you can eat and drink and bowl - all at the same time! This funky restaurant was a makeover of an old grocery store, and it has a fun vintage vibe. The menu offers tasty hipster-vintage-Americana fare. If you're a Big Lebowski fan you'll feel right at home, and you should probably try a boozy milkshake.”
32 locals recommend
Vineyard
“about 25-30 minutes away. Great beer and wine. restaurant open on the weekends in the summer. family friendly with large field to let kids (or pets) run around. I believe you may even be able to pack a picnic”
31 locals recommend
Establishment
“What's not to like about skilled musical theater actors performing glitzy summer shows with happy song and dance at a beautiful park overlooking one of the Finger Lakes? An offshoot worth exploring is The Pitch, where new musicals are presented by a three-person team in a cabaret setting at another theater closer to downtown Auburn. ”
11 locals recommend
Café
“Gimme! is the go-to coffee shop in the Ithaca area, and we are lucky to have one in T'burg. Coffee is the main thing here, of course, but they also serve some pastries. Great for people-watching on Main Street!”
24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Best burgers! And great casual atmosphere. A classic place to eat after enjoying Taughannock park!”
27 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Not exactly in Rochester but just over an hour away in the town of Auburn is the former home of Harriet Tubman. History is sensitively presented here. Worth a visit to help gain an understanding of this aspect of US history. ”
13 locals recommend
Winery
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“Zip out Rt 89 to check out one of the most unique farm-to-table operations in the Finger Lakes. Good Life Farm is home to an amazing ecologically-managed apple orchard, that supplies the fruit to make Kite and String Cider. The tasting room is open daily from 11am - 5pm, with lunch available from 11am - 4pm. ”
23 locals recommend
Café
“open for breakfast and lunch only thursday and friday 8-2 saturday 8-12 sunday brunch 9-1”
18 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The only full-sized grocery store in Trumansburg. They have deli and take-out pizza options. It has a gas station on one end and an attached liquor store (with a separate entrance) on the far end.”
14 locals recommend
Food
“Treleaven is home to some fabulous wines as well as a great little restaurant and an outdoor bar. This is a great place to take the whole family and they have live entertainment all summer on Friday evenings as well as Sunday afternoons. ”
12 locals recommend
Park
“Playground and vintage carousel right on Cayuga Lake. Biking paths, small boat launch, great place to pack a picnic and watch the sunset”
13 locals recommend