Summer Destinations: Finger Lakes

May 21, 2015

There are plenty of great destinations to visit this summer in the Finger Lakes, including:

Auburn Public Theater

Auburn Public Theater is an intimate, publicly accessible theater space in downtown Auburn, whose mission is to bring you a performance that leaves you talking, laughing and sharing with friends. There are shows for grown-ups with a cafe and bar, shows on the big screen, shows for kids and shows for families. Since 2005, the theater has welcomed over 80,000 patrons and performers for year-round theater.

Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab

The Cayuga Museum was founded in 1936 as the Cayuga Museum of History and Art. Their mission is to provide a forum for the public to realize, interact with and appreciate Cayuga County’s shared past and unfolding present to help shape a better future.

Cinch Art Space

Cinch Art Space, in the historic Cortland Corset Building promotes local art production by increasing community exposure to those who make it. They do this by offering classes, events, meeting space and a permanent sales floor. The mission of Cinch Art Space is to create a storefront presence where community art connections are made and nurtured, and where regional art can find a sustainable foothold in the local economy.

Cultural Council of Cortland County

The Cultural Council of Cortland County strives to encourage, promote and sustain arts and culture in Cortland County in order to enhance the quality of life. The council accomplishes their mission by assuring the availability of a variety of cultural experiences, opportunities and services throughout Cortland County. From the popular Arts and Wine festival every August, to First Fridays, to bus trips to the east coast, there's culture in every corner of Cortland County.

Doug's Fish Fry

Started in Skaneateles, Doug's Fish Fry has been serving since 1982. Their seafood is delivered by truck on crushed ice five days per week. The menu offers seafood, chicken, grilled items, steamed clams and lobsters, beer, wine and ice cream. Doug's Dipping Sauce is also available in a convenient take-home size at the Skaneateles or Cortland locations, at The Great New York State Fair, and online.

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

Headquartered in Auburn, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is a dynamic arts organization committed to creating theatrical experiences at the highest level of artistic integrity. The festival presents large-scale Broadway spectacles with high caliber talent from Broadway and across the country at its main stage, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; and new musicals in development at its cabaret-style venue, Theater Mack.

Geneva Music Festival

June, 2017, marks the seventh season for the Geneva Music Festival with three weeks of world-class performances of chamber music, contemporary and new music, jazz, bluegrass and Latin music. Concerts are held across the region in unique concert venues in Skaneateles, Auburn, Geneva and Canandaigua. Performers include: violinists Ani Kavafian and Jinjoo Cho, cellist Clive Greensmith, vocalists La Voz de Trez and many more. This year's concert season runs June 1 through 18. You can find information about tickets, the artists and concert season online.

The Harriet Tubman Home

The Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn lays testimony to her legacy. She lived and died there as a free American. Located on 26 acres of land, her home remains a living tribute to the astonishing 'Road to Freedom' enshrined by Harriet Tubman. The site contains four buildings -- two of which she utilized. She originally purchased the home and land from William Seward, former governor and U.S. senator from New York.


Celebrating 25 years, Imagine is located in the beautiful lakeside village of Skaneateles. Imagine is a different kind of jewelry story, representing talented jewelers and artisans both local and from around the country. Ceramics, blown glass, woodworking and fibers are also featured. You can view the collection 7 days a week or stop by for a first Friday gallery reception.

The Inns of Aurora

On the shores of Cayuga Lake, in the tiny village of Aurora, a distinctive collection of historic inns awaits the modern traveler. Appointed with handsome antiques and an exceptional collection of art, the Inns of Aurora provide four-star accommodations in its four historically significant inns and farm-to-table American fare in its lakeside dining room.

Mid-Lakes Navigation

Mid-Lakes Navigation offers cruises on the Erie Canal and Skaneateles Lake. You can choose between daily cruises with lunch or dinner on the lake and canal, charters on the Erie Canal, and longer two or three day cruises on the canal with tours, meals, overnight accommodations and stops at historical sites. For information on booking or to request a brochure or video, visit their website.

The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is a multi arts facility, located in Auburn. They offer exhibitions, art classes for young and old, and a gift shop. Multi arts programs include music, film, folk arts, poetry, storytelling and more. Their "Circular Abstractions: Bullseye Quilts" exhibition runs through August 17.

Seward House Museum

Visit the historic home of William Henry Seward and his family. Serving as state senator, governor of New York, a U.S. senator, and as Secretary of State during the Lincoln and Johnson administrations, Seward was one of the foremost politicians of nineteenth century America. The museum provides guided tours to help you navigate the many fascinating aspects of this beautifully preserved home that houses one of the largest original collections in the United States.

Skaneateles Antique & Classic Boat Show

View 90 antique and classic boats on water and land, enjoy concerts and children’s activities, and wander the village’s unique shops and galleries during the 39th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, July 28-30. Highlights of the judged show, hosted by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Foundation, include a boat parade and fly-by, opportunities for children to paint their own wooden boats, and a photo-shoot/spectator cruise. Free admission.

Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce

Skaneateles is hosting an array of unique events throughout the summer season, including: the 6th Annual Duck Dash in mid June; an antique show; the 10th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival, July 8 through 9; the Curbstone Festival and sidewalk sales, July 20 through 22; the annual book sale; and the 39th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. More information is available online.

Skaneateles Festival

Since 1980, the Skaneateles Festival has provided a rare opportunity for people to experience world-class music by the lake. Recognized for its beautiful setting combined with creative and inspiring concert programming, education and outreach -- the festival is one of a kind. This season the Skaneateles Festival welcomes soprano Maureen McKay, Windsync, Joey Alexander, David Zinman, Misha Ditcher and more. Ticket information, venues and a full list of artists is available online.

Willard Memorial Chapel

Visit the "Tiffany Treasure of the Finger Lakes." View a chapel totally designed by the Louis Comfort Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Built in 1892 for the Auburn Theological Seminary, the chapel is a National Historic Landmark. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours are available on the hour until 3 p.m. The chapel is available for group tours, weddings and other events.