Looking for Fun and Low or No Cost things to do around the Finger Lakes region this summer?  I’ve listed some ideas here.  The last listing I wrote for winter was a list of things that cost $10 or less per person.  I’m going to challenge myself and look for ideas that cost $5 or less per person.  I bet it’ll be a breeze!

    Golden Eagles are some of the residents of Wild Wings Birds of Prey Facility

    Golden Eagles are some of the residents of Wild Wings Birds of Prey Facility

  1. Wild Wings Birds of Prey Facility – Visit this Raptor conservation and research facility to learn about how they help injured birds of prey. FREE. In Mendon Ponds Park, Honeoye Falls, NY.  FLTM Post.
  2. Ganondagan State Historic Site – Tour a 17th Century bark longhouse , hike miles of trails and learn about Seneca history & culture – Adults $3, Children $2, Members Free. Victor, NY.  FLTM Post.
  3. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Visit, hike, photograph or simply observe migratory birds and wildlife at this refuge.  FREE. Seneca Falls, NY.
  4. Wegmans Concerts by the Shore – On Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., catch terrific bands playing at Ontario Beach State Park.  Food available nearby or consider a picnic.  FREE. Rochester, NY.  FLTM Post.
  5. Lazy Acre Alpacas – Tour a working alpaca farm and meet its fluffy residents.  Bloomfield, NY. Tours $5/person, reservations requested.FLTM Post. 
  6.  Bike or Hike the Erie Canal – If you have the energy, you can bike or hike all the way from Albany to Buffalo along the beatiful Erie Canal. FREE.Ward O'Hara Agriculture Museum, photo courtesy of Kristian Reynolds and Cayuga County Office of Tourism 

  7. Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum – Step back in time and discover how farms ran a hundred years ago.  Auburn, NY. FREE, Donations appreciated. (Photo courtesy Kristian Reynolds and the Cayuga County Office of Tourism)
  8. The Windmill Farm & Craft Market – (Saturdays only) Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this traditional Amish Market with hundreds of booths. Penn Yan, NYFREE.
  9. Women’s Rights National Historic Park – Visit the location where the First Women’s Rights Convention took place and tour 4 historical properties.  Seneca Falls, NY.  FREE. FLTM Post.
  10. Cornell Lab of Ornithology – If you’re a wildlife and bird lover, don’t miss this sanctuary, dedicated to research, education and conservation.   Ithaca, NY.  FREE, donations appreciated.
  11. Sodus Point Lighthouse Museum Explore maritime history in this authentic 1824 lighthouse that was used up until 1900.  Adults $3, Children $1.  Sodus Point, NY.
  12. Download a trail from Let’s Go Hike and Bike and go bicycling or hiking in the Finger Lakes – 66 different trails, including info about, and attractions on those trails.  FREE.  (Fee for some attractions on trails). Finger Lakes region. FLTM Post.
  13. Jell-o Museum & Gallery – Visit a museum dedicated to Jell-o and its Founders – Age 12-Adult $4, 6-11 $$1.50, 5 and under Free. LeRoy, NY.

    Rochester's Public Market is over 100 years old

    Rochester's Public Market is over 100 years old

  14. Rochester Public Market – Visit the oldest regional public market with hundreds of vendors – FREE.  T & Th 6 a.m.. – 1 p.m.  Sat. 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Rochester, NY.
  15. Swim at Kershaw Park Enjoy a refreshing plunge in Canandaigua Lake.  Adults $3, 6-18 $2, under 6 Free. Canandaigua, NY.
  16. Willard Memorial Chapel – Visit the only known Chapel in existence created by Louis B. Tiffany & Co.  Suggested donation $3.  Auburn, NY. 
    Outdoors Enthusiasts love Letchworth State Park

    Outdoors Enthusiasts love Letchworth State Park

  17.  Letchworth State ParkExplore the Grand Canyon of the East.  $7 fee per vehicle.  Wyoming and Livingston Counties.
  18. Cayuga Nature Center Enjoy an exhibit of 40+ live animals, a butterfly house and a tree-top observational lookout. Adults $3, Srs./Students $2, children $1.  Ithaca, NY.
  19. Cornell PlantationsNaturalists will love the arboretum and botanical gardens!  FREE.  Ithaca, NY.
  20. Johnson Museum of ArtDiscover a world of Art at Cornell’s Art Museum. FREE.  Ithaca, NY.
  21. Go Geocaching along Routes 5 & 20 If you own or can borrow a geocache, you can spend the day “hunting for treasures.  FREE. Across Routes 5 & 20.
  22. Stony Brook Park Enjoy swimming, hiking, a Picnic  and viewing a waterfalls in this lovely State Park.  FREE. Dansville, NY.
  23. Weaver View Farms Discover Amish furniture, quilting, handwork and canned goods at this Amish emporium, located on a working Amish farm.  FREE. Penn Yan, NY.
  24. Ride the 1905 Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park Take a picnic and enjoy Ontario Beach State Park and its carousel.  $1 for carousel ride.  Rochester, NY.  FLTM Post.
  25. Tour the Pleasant Valley WineryVisit and tour the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes, established in 1860. FREE. Hammondsport, NY.
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