Must see attractions in Finger Lakes

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    Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art

    IM Pei's brutalist building looms like a giant concrete robot above the ornate neo-Gothic surrounds of Cornell University's campus. Inside you'll find an…

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    Corning Museum of Glass

    This massive complex is home to fascinating exhibits on glassmaking, both as an art since ancient Egyptian days, and in the name of science. The…

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    Dr Konstantin Frank

    Four generations of the Frank family have run this multi-award–winning winery since 1962. The verandah of the tasting room offers spectacular views of…

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    Buttermilk Falls State Park

    At the base of the eponymous falls, near the park entrance, is a popular swimming hole (11am to 7pm Friday through Sunday July and August). At other times…

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    Robert H Treman State Park

    Five and a half miles southwest of Ithaca, the biggest state park in the area offers extensive trails and a very popular swimming hole (late June to early…

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    Knapp Winery & Restaurant

    This winery, 12 miles south of Seneca Falls, has a wide lawn surrounded by gnarly roots and rioting wildflowers; you can look out over the trellis-covered…

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    Rockwell Museum of Western Art

    Based in Corning's attractive old city hall (built in 1893) the Rockwell's wide-ranging collection covers classic Americana and cowboy scenes, as well as…

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    Cornell Botanic Gardens

    The verdant spaces in and around campus includes a 100-acre arboretum, a botanical garden and numerous trails. Stop at the Nevin Welcome Center for maps…

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    Buttonwood Grove Winery

    As well as a decent range of whites and a smattering of reds, this winery, 15 miles south of Seneca Falls, also makes blackberry wines and hard ciders.

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    Billsboro Winery

    This modern winery, overlooking the northern end of Seneca Lake, focuses on dry vinifera varietals. For an extra $2 you can add chocolates to your wine…

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    Red Tail Ridge Winery

    Devoted to sustainable agriculture, this vineyard likes to experiment with obscure red varietals from cooler European regions, such as Teroldego and…

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    Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

    Named after the farmer who founded the original orchards and vineyards here in 1852, this wine-making operation has been in business since 1985 and has…

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    Cascadilla Gorge

    Downtown Ithaca is connected to Cornell's campus by the Cascadilla Gorge Trail, which winds its way past cascading falls. Join it near the First Church…

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    Taughannock Falls State Park

    This park, 10 miles north of Ithaca, has two major hiking trails, a dramatic waterfall plunging 215ft (11am to 7pm mid-Jun-e to August), canoe rental for…

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    Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    Cornell's world-famous ornithology lab has a visitor center with art and interactive exhibits. Surrounding it is leafy Sapsucker Woods with nature trails…

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    Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard

    This classy operation is known for its outstanding range of Rieslings; sample a flight ($10) showcasing the differences between wines produced from grapes…

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    Barrington Cellars

    Barrington's deck, 8½ miles south of Penn Yan, is a favorite place to stop for a drink. It's just 500ft off the lake and flush with labrusca and vinifera…

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    Hunt Country Vineyards

    Tours are available at this family-run winery where you can combine your tasting with samples of artisan chocolate ($5). Light meals can also be had at…

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    Everson Museum of Art

    Famed brutalist architect IM Pei designed this museum in Syracuse which has exciting rotating exhibits and one of the largest collections of ceramics in…