Below I’ve  listed 25 fun activities, in no particular order, that you can enjoy for $10 or less.  All open during the winter or year ’round.  I’ve also indicated whether they’re better for everyone (All), Adults, or Families with children.   Click on FLTM Post to read a prior post written about the activity.

Hold a butterfly at Strong National Museum of Play

Hold a butterfly at Strong National Museum of Play

  1. Walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski on the Erie Canal (ALL, Year-’round) FREE.  Throughout Finger Lakes region. FLTM Post.
  2. Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating  - (All: Winter, but some year ’round) Pricing Varies depending on Location.  Throughout Region.
  3. Strong National Museum of Play (All, but better for Families with children: Year-’round) $8-$10/person, extra for butterfly exhibit.  Free for Members and children 2 and under.  Rochester, NY.
  4. Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Adults, Families with older children): Year-’round) FREE.   Seneca Falls, NY.
  5. Seneca Park Zoo (All: Year-’round) $6-$9 summer, $4-$7 winter.  Rochester, NY. FLTM Post.
  6. Walk, bike, boat, birdwatch, snow shoe or cross-country ski in Mendon Ponds Park (All: Year-’round) FREE.  Honeoye Falls, NY.  FLTM Post #1. 
  7. The Seward House - (Adults, Families with older children: Year-’round) $2-$6, children under 2 Free.  Auburn, NY. FLTM #1, FLTM #2, FLTM #3.
  8. Strasenburgh Planetarium (Adults, Families with children over 5: Year-’round) $8-$10.  Rochester, NY.
  9. Hike, Snowshoe, cross-country ski, bird watch at Cumming Nature Center(All: Year-’round) $3/person or $10/family suggested donation.  Equipment rental extra.  Naples, NY.
  10. Rosamond Gifford Zoo – (All: Year-’round) $4.00-$6.50, children 2 and under Free  Syracuse, NY.
  11. Rockwell Museum of Western Art - (Adults, Families with older children: Year-’round) $5.50-$6.50, Under 19 free.  Corning, NY.
  12. Walk, snowshoe boat, snowmobile or cross-country ski at Letchworth State Park - (All: Year-’round) $6 per car.  Entrances at Castile, Portageville, Mount Morris and Perry, NY. FLTM Post #1, FLTM Post #2.
  13. Rochester Public Market - (Adults, families with older children): Year-’round, Tues. & Thurs. 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat. 5 a.m.-3 p.m.) Rochester, NY. FLTM Post.
  14. Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum - (All:Year-’round) $4.50-$7.50, children 6 and under free.  Hammondsport, NY.
  15. George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film –  (All:Year-’round) $4-$10, children 4 and under free.  Rochester, NY.
  16. Sciencenter(All:Year-’round) $4-$7, children under 3 are free.  Ithaca, NY.
  17. Trails and live animal exhibits at Cayuga Nature Center - (All:Year-’round) $1-$3.  Ithaca, NY.
  18. Cornell Lab of Ornithology – (All: Year-’round) Free.  Ithaca, NY.
  19. Museum of the Earth – (All: Year-’round) $3-$8, children 3 and under Free.  Ithaca, NY.
  20. Susan B. Anthony House – (Adults, Families with older children: Year-’round) $3-$6.  Rochester, NY.
  21. National Women’s Hall of Fame - (Adults, Families with older children: Year-’round) $1.50-$3, Families $7.  Seneca Falls, NY.
  22. Wild Wings Birds of Prey Facility- (All: Year-round) Free, but donation suggested.  Honeoye Falls, NY.  FLTM POST.
  23. Lazy Acre Alpacas – (All: Year ’round) $5/person. Bloomfield, NY.  FLTM Post.
  24. The National Soaring Museum(All: Year ’round) $4-$6.50 or family (2 adult, 2 youth) $18; children 4 and under free.  Elmira, NY.
  25. Memorial Art Gallery - (Adults, Families with older children: Year ’round) $4-$10.  Rochester, NY. 

If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!  Please send me an email at CWhiteLlewellyn@msn.com with your favorite $10 or less winter or year ’round activity for adults or families to do in the Finger Lakes region.