Seneca Lake, NY

Travel Guide
Seneca Lake showing a lake or waterhole and sailing
Embark on a series of outdoor adventures and then relax with locally made wine in a region known for its beautiful scenery and attractive towns and villages.

Carved by glaciers, Seneca Lake is the largest and deepest of New York State’s Finger Lakes. Here, hike a gorge, picnic by a waterfall, sample award-winning wines and cheer on a motor race.

Enjoy plenty of water-based pursuits on the lake. Charter a sail boat or book a sunset dinner cruise. Swim, canoe, Jet Ski and wakeboard. Try trout fishing at Catharine Creek, which is located at the lake’s southern end. If you are traveling with children, visit Seneca Lake State Park. Itfeatures a “sprayground” with more than 100 water jets.

Explore more of Seneca Lake’s scenery. Cycle along well-maintained paths on the eastern and western shores. Hike the narrow gorge of Watkins Glen State Park past several waterfalls. In the winter, try skiing and snowmobiling in the Finger Lakes National Forest.

The hills and countryside surrounding Seneca Lake are dotted with vineyards and wineries. Spend a day or two on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, touring winegrowing estates and tasting some of their award-winning products. Throughout the year, the region hosts numerous food and drink festivals such as February's Chocolate and Wine Weekend. Visit the trail’s official website for more details. If you don’t want to drive, use one of many companies in the area offering drivers and personalized tours.

Visit some of the towns and villages situated along the shores of the lake. In Geneva, at the northern end, find historic homes, antique stores and plenty of restaurants. Make your way to Watkins Glen at the southern end for motor races at the Watkins Glen International Racetrack.

Reach the area by car or by train to Rochester or Syracuse. Seneca Lake is served by four airports. The nearest is Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, 35 miles (57 kilometers) away. Greater Rochester International Airport is 67 miles (107 kilometers) away.

Seneca Lake is a great vacation destination at any time of the year for its scenery, wines and range of outdoor activities.

Where to stay in Seneca Lake

The Gould Hotel
The Gould Hotel
3.5 out of 5
108 Falls Street, Seneca Falls, NY, 13148
The price is $120 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Seneca Falls. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,005 reviews)
"Excellent location, good breakfast, and outstanding staff."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

del Lago Resort & Casino
del Lago Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
1133 Route 414, Waterloo, NY, 13165
The price is $129 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Waterloo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 7 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
Great spot on the road
"Beautiful hotel and casino with a kind staff at check-in and in the restaurant. Bedroom was spacious and the bed and bedding were oh so comfy."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

41 Lakefront Hotel, Trademark Collection By Wyndham
41 Lakefront Hotel, Trademark Collection By Wyndham
3 out of 5
41 Lake Front Blvd, Geneva, NY, 14456
The price is $160 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,005 reviews)
"I stayed in one of the lake view rooms and it did not disappoint! what a beautiful view! Hotel was nice, clean, restaurant/bar was great, and I really enjoyed the walking trails too. Room is basic, but nice."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

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.
Rustic Ridge
Rustic Ridge
Penn Yan, NY
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Penn Yan. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and an onsite playground. Popular attractions Keuka Lake State Park and Keuka ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Great little cozy camp in wine country
"We love coming to this spot with our dog for overnights to grab some bottles of wine and unwind by the fire pit. Cabin in warmed nicely by the wood burning stove and provided blankets. It’s a wonderful little gem tucked away in the woods."

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

The Flatts at North Shore
The Flatts at North Shore
3.5 out of 5
414 Exchange St, Geneva, NY, 14456
Stay at this 3.5-star spa condo in Geneva. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Smith Center for the Arts and South Main ...
5/5 Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"Very nicely decorated and comfortable atmosphere."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2022

Studio Flat with Private entrance on Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Studio Flat with Private entrance on Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Burdett, NY
Stay at this apartment in Burdett. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Damiani Wine Cellars and Grist Iron Brewing Company are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
Spot with good location and great view
"It was not what I was expecting. However very clean and good space. All the necessities covered."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

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