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AuroraUnited States of America

Walk for miles through a picturesque state park and make a trip to the vineyards facing the sparkling blue Cayuga Lake.

Aurora is a delightful village in the Finger Lakes area, with water views, a state park and an intriguing Native American history. Visit its quaint shops and several vineyards. The community on the shore of Cayuga Lake is home to the 19th-century Wells College.

Earlier on this site was a Cayuga Indian community of Deawendote, which means “Village of Constant Dawn.” Watch a prolonged sunrise over a low ridge east of the village.

Many of the area vineyards are perched on the sides of hills overlooking the lake to receive the most sunshine. Learn about the development of wineries that began gradually in the 1970s. Explore some of the 23 vineyards that now exist around Cayuga Lake.

Make your way across vast acres of scenic terrain at lakeside wineries. Sip wine from tasting rooms with spectacular views of rolling hills and the long, narrow lake. Enjoy the charming atmosphere, as you explore fields, production facilities and gift shops at family-run wineries.

Aside from the lake and vineyards, Aurora is known as a university town. Stroll leisurely across the campus of Wells College and embrace the feeling of academia in the scenic region with river views. Admire student art exhibits in the String Room Gallery. Famous American businessman Henry Wells founded the college in 1868.

A little southwest of the village, visit Long Point State Park. Go cross-country skiing in winter. The water in the Fingers Lakes region helps to keep the weather mild in winter, which is beneficial for growing wine grapes.

Aurora is on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The nearest large town is Syracuse, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast. To reach Aurora from New York City, drive northwest 250 miles (400 kilometers).

Enjoy a college town with a sparkling lake, scenic vineyards and parks in Aurora, a relaxing and historic vacation spot.

Top Hotels in Aurora

The Inns of Aurora
The Inns of Aurora
4.5 out of 5
391 Main Street, Aurora, NY
The price is $202 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Aurora, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Wells College and Cayuga Lake. Cedarview Golf Course and Long ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (180 reviews)

"The inn keepers are excellent. The property is amazing and the lake is therapeutic."…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

The Inns of Aurora
Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Aurora, NY

Situated on a lake, this historic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Point Winery and Cayuga Lake. Wells College and Cedarview Golf Course are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Lake Aurora Vacation

"We spent 3 nights on a getaway to the lake and couldn’t have been happier with the rental. The kids enjoyed fishing and the hot tub as well as their own space and bathroom upstairs. Everything was just as advertised I just wish we could have spent more time there. Would definitely recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Aura- Experience Serenity
Aura- Experience Serenity
Aurora, NY
The price is $500 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9

Situated in Aurora, this historic castle is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wells College and Cayuga Lake. Long Point Winery and Cedarview Golf Course are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Interesting and fun location

"Original experience and lovely place to spend week"…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

Aura- Experience Serenity
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Aurora

Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Aurora, NY

Situated on a lake, this historic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Point Winery and Cayuga Lake. Wells College and Cedarview Golf Course are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Lake Aurora Vacation

"We spent 3 nights on a getaway to the lake and couldn’t have been happier with the rental. The kids enjoyed fishing and the hot tub as well as their own space and bathroom upstairs. Everything was just as advertised I just wish we could have spent more time there. Would definitely recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Vintage Vogue Villa!
Vintage Vogue Villa!
Aurora, NY

Situated in Aurora, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cayuga Lake and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Wells College. Long Point Winery and Owasco Lake are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Family spot

"Great place for the family to gather during, before and after a wedding at the Aurora inn."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Vintage Vogue Villa!
Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Aurora, NY

Situated on a lake, this historic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Point Winery and Cayuga Lake. Wells College and Cedarview Golf Course are also within ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Perfect

"The house was absolutely perfect. They thought of everything! The neighborhood was quiet but very friendly, every car that passed us waved. The lake was beautiful, the kids loved the water slide. When we got home, my son discovered that he left his “blankie” there, the owners communication was amazing ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Cayuga Lake: Lakefront Cottage With Dock, Boat Lifts & Ample Parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Aurora

Wells College
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Wells College

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Explore the campus of Wells College during your visit to Town of Ledyard. Stroll along the lakeside in this family-friendly area, or seek out the hiking trails.

Ithaca Farmers Market
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Ithaca Farmers Market

4.5/5(60 reviews)

You can enjoy retail therapy at Ithaca Farmers Market during your visit to Ithaca. Wander the area's college campus or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Three Brothers Wineries and Estates
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Three Brothers Wineries and Estates

4.5/5(87 reviews)

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates during your travels to Geneva. Wander the area's lakeside or simply enjoy one of its wineries.

Reviews of Aurora

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DeborahK

May 26, 2020

Since we traveled during COVID-19, we could not experience all that the Aurora area has to offer. We look forward to returning to not just relax & enjoy, but to explore other venues of the area.

5/5 - Excellent

LGEC

Feb 3, 2019

Perfect for a quiet, romantic weekend away. We highly recommend the cooking classes offered by the Inn.

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