New York State is home to some of the nation's most exciting locales and breathtaking natural wonders. It is a diverse place, filled with national parks, international borders, and the most exciting city in the world. It’s not called the Empire State for nothing.
But did you know that the 8,639 square mile area known as the Central New York region has a little bit of everything that makes New York State unique and great?
Central New York has everything from big city lights to small town charms. We encapsulate all that is New York. You'll find award-winning live theatre and entertainment, fascinating museums and halls of fame, historical landmarks, farmers' markets bursting with fresh produce, year round festivals, country style bed and breakfasts, exquisite antiquing, the most-manicured golf greens in the northeast, and trail after trail of boundless nature. And that litany hardly scratches the surface. The CNY region is a diamond in the rough. The list of what you should expect from Central New York is limitless.
The Finger Lakes refers to both a group of eleven narrow, north-south lakes in Central New York (which resemble, of course, human fingers) and the beautiful region around the lakes.
The Finger Lakes are known for their awesome natural beauty. They were formed over two million years ago by glaciation originating from the Hudson Bay area. The deep waters of the largest lakes, combined with the high, rolling hills surrounding them, create a distinct bioregion that makes ideal for fine wine production. The Finger Lakes are home to award-winning Rieslings, a number of craft breweries, and several hard-cider makers.
Many of the lakes are well-developed and booming with tourism industries. It features more than 135 museums, 80 art galleries, and 400 registered landmarks and historic sites. Among them, the Glenn H. Curtis Aviation Museum brings in flight, mechanic, and speedster buffs from around the globe. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY has the largest collection of play-related exhibits in the world. Quaint towns and historic villages dot the Finger Lakes environs. The Waktins Glen State Park holds exquisite waterfalls and gorgeous gorges. There are also miles and miles of pristine and undeveloped hiking and biking trails throughout the region. Finally, the Waterloo Premium Outlets, Destiny USA, and the Eastview Mall all offer a world-class shopping experience for both bargain-hunters and luxury lovers, alike.
The Finger Lakes region is deservedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole United States.
The lakes themselves vary in length from up to 40 miles (Cayuga and Seneca Lake) to only 3.5 miles (Canadice Lake). Their depths range from 618 ft. (Seneca Lake) to just 30 ft. (Honeoye Lake). Seneca Lake, at 66.9 square miles, has the largest total area of all the Finger Lakes.
Here’s a little more information about each of the Finger Lakes: