Paddle a kayak, as the early morning sunlight sparkles on the clear, still water of Owasco Lake. Drop your line in one of Central New York’s best fishing lakes for trout, bass, pike and more. Spend a summer afternoon enjoying the excitement of water skiing or just leisurely cruising down the shoreline surrounded by rolling hills. Or dive right in the warm, shallow waters at the public beach located at beautiful Emerson Park.
Auburn provides a perfect home to explore The Finger Lakes Region. Auburn is centrally located in Cayuga County – an area surrounded by lakes. The Finger Lakes of Owasco, Skaneateles, and Cayuga are all less than ten miles from Auburn; and on the northern border of Cayuga County, one of the Great Lakes, Ontario, is less than 30 miles away. But fun in the Finger Lakes doesn’t stop at the water’s edge.
You can hike the many trails in one of the area’s State Parks and lands, where you will thrill at the magnificent views of steep waterfalls and gorges; or watch the bald eagles soar through the sky along with the hundreds of other species of birds and animals at the 9,809 acre Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. The natural attractions of The Finger Lakes Region offer a sportsman’s paradise year round.
The natural habitat of The Finger Lakes Region has produced another favorite attraction to the area. The deep waters and steep slopes surrounding the lakes has provided an ideal climate for grape growing, which has resulted in the largest and most acclaimed winemaking region in the Eastern United States. With over 90 wineries and three major wine trails to tour, tasting the area’s award winning offerings while soaking up the splendor of the setting has proven to be some folks favorite way to take in nature.
It is no wonder why The Finger Lakes Region has always been a favorite destination for everyone from presidents to pedestrians. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway or all the excitement to be discovered in the Great Outdoors, it is waiting for you in The Finger Lakes.