This land of lakes holds endless adventure.
The Curtiss Centennial Celebration, September 15 in Hammondsport, is a treat for seaplane fans and anyone who loves a good air show. Sponsored by the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, this year’s Annual Parade of The Seaplanes and flight of the Museum’s Model E Flying Boat will highlight day-long demonstrations by visiting seaplanes.
Hit the trails for three days of hikes in Ithaca’s Robert H. Treman State Park during the Finger Lakes Trail Conference Fall Campout, September 21-23. Explore the untamed beauty of rugged Enfield Glen through nine miles of winding trails past 12 waterfalls, including 115-foot Lucifer Falls, and take in mile-long views of the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. Register by September 6.
The fun is hands-on at Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days, September 22-23 at Carpenter’s Brook in Elbridge. Outdoor activities for all ages include skeet shooting, turkey calling, archery, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, trapping and muzzle loading. Meet woodsmen, sport dogs, wildlife artists and forest rangers. All hands-on activities are included in the $5 per car admission.
Bask in autumn’s glow on an evening Early Autumn Paddle around Beaver Lake with a Nature Center naturalist. Beach on an isolated dune and drink in the sunset while snacking on cheese and cider. Book your experience for Saturdays, September 22 and 29 at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, just minutes from Syracuse in Baldwinsville.
Sample the Susquehanna on October 6 in a gentle six-mile float through the calm and scenic waters of the southern tier‘s premier river. After a quick kayaking lesson you’ll travel downstream through sweeping turns into a wide valley, past historic Hiawatha Island and plenty of wildlife. Cool off in the water before you reach your destination at Hickories Park.
Mid-Lakes Navigation Company offers so many ways to cruise the Erie Canal and Skaneateles Lake this fall. Try a day cruise for lunch or dinner sightseeing, a mailboat cruise, or a three-day canal excursion aboard the 42-passenger Emita II, docking at Buffalo, Macedon, Syracuse, Oswego and Amsterdam. You can even skipper your own Erie Canal Lockmaster canal boat rental.
Finger Lakes fly fishing, charter fishing, kayaking and archery fans keep returning to Summit to Stream Adventures, in historic Watkins Glen at the south end of Seneca Lake. Let this family business lead you to fantastic fall fly fishing, boat charters, kayak rentals and archery hunts with licensed guides and more than a decade’s experience.
For more information, visit the Finger Lakes region and Finger Lakes alliance.