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. It features 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

del Lago Resort & Casino
del Lago Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
1133 Route 414, Waterloo, NY
The price is $129 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Waterloo, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Waterloo Premium Outlets, Montezuma Winery, and National Memorial Day Museum. Women's Rights National ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (947 reviews)
"Very nice hotel and casino, not too crowded during our stay."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

del Lago Resort & Casino
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Geneva Lakefront Resort
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Geneva Lakefront Resort
3 out of 5
41 Lake Front Blvd, Geneva, NY
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Main Street and Smith Center for the Arts. Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva General ...
3.8/5Good! (952 reviews)
"It was beautiful! The hotel was really nice and clean, the staff was super friendly and also the lake behind the hotel was so perfect."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

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The Gould Hotel
The Gould Hotel
3.5 out of 5
108 Falls Street, Seneca Falls, NY
The price is $135 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Seneca Falls, this hotel is steps from National Women's Hall of Fame, Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, and Women's Rights National Historical ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (813 reviews)
"Our suite was beautiful and had tons of room. The staff was very helpful. Cool building right in town. Lots of places to walk to."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

The Gould Hotel
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Secluded & Clean Yurt, nestled in woods and gardens
Secluded & Clean Yurt, nestled in woods and gardens
Trumansburg, NY
The price is $140 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Situated in a rural location, this historic cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, Hillendale Golf Course, and Robert H. ...
5/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
Pleasant Yurt
"Yurt was clean but extremely remote. Firepit area that was available was not well maintained nor was the walking path they had."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Secluded & Clean Yurt, nestled in woods and gardens
The Flatts at North Shore
The Flatts at North Shore
3.5 out of 5
414 Exchange St, Geneva, NY
The price is $288 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in the heart of Geneva, this spa condo building is within a 10-minute walk of South Main Street and Smith Center for the Arts. Hobart and William Smith ...
5/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"The apartment was so clean, bright, and spacious and had all the amenities we could ever want. Karen was very responsive to our questions. Once we parked in the back, we walked everywhere through town - to many delicious restaurants, the pier, through downtown... It was a wonderful stay and we wouldn't ..."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2021

The Flatts at North Shore
Houseboat at the Mouth of Seneca Lake!
Houseboat at the Mouth of Seneca Lake!
Geneva, NY
Situated in Geneva, this houseboat is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rose Hill Mansion and Ventosa Vineyards. Seneca Lake State Park and Seneca Lake Sprayground are also ...
Houseboat at the Mouth of Seneca Lake!
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