Best Outdoor Activities in the Finger Lakes Any Time of Year 

Looking for outdoor activities in the Finger Lakes that you can enjoy year-round? Read on for local insight into the best things to do outdoors in Hammondsport any time of year! Get ready to breathe in the fresh mountain air, take in stunning panoramic lake views, taste award-winning wines, dine on delicious food, and enjoy family-friendly fun in our charming small town. 

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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in the Finger Lakes: Hike, Bike, Fish, Boat, Eat, Oh My! 

Make Your Own Finger Lakes Bucket List Packed With Outdoor Adventure     

The Finger Lakes region was made for exploration. You can find a state park or nature preserve almost everywhere you go! Whether you’re an avid hiker or a causal wanderer, you can find some of the best hiking trails near Keuka Lake. One of our favorite places to explore is the Finger Lakes Trail. There’s an entrance about a mile from our hotel! Another popular spot to take in natural beauty is Watkins Glen State Park, with cascading waterfalls and lush green landscape. While you’re here, you must add hiking the Gorge Trail to your bucket list. You’ll traverse 832 stone steps and view 19 waterfalls along the path!  

The fun doesn’t stop there! If you plan to explore as much of the Finger Lakes region as possible, be sure to plan your biking excursions. We even have shops with bicycle and e-bike rentals for you, so all you have to do is get yourself here! There are plenty of scenic biking trails that you won’t want to miss around Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, and Watkins Glen State Park.  

Find Fishing Spots You’ve Only Dreamed Of 

With five picturesque lakes to choose from and a myriad of streams, what more could a fisherman or fisherwoman ask for. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice angler or a beginner. We have fishing excursions and charters to guide you to the best freshwater fishing spots.  

Fish from a dock or boat at Keuka Lake, where you can reel in landlocked Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Bluegill, Large & Small Mouth Bass, Perch and even Rainbow Trout. If you’re up for the drive, make a trip to Canandaigua Lake, about 45 minutes north of Hammondsport, and enjoy some of the best bass fishing in the state! And, of course, you can always practice fly fishing in our beautiful streams, where you’re guaranteed to reel in trout. We also have plenty of opportunities for ice fishing in the frigid winter months on the Finger Lakes!  

Sip Award-Winning Wines in the Rolling Hills Overlooking Keuka Lake    

Everyone needs a break now and then. What better way to take in the Finger Lakes than to enjoy a glass of award-winning wine while sitting in the rolling hills of a world-class vineyard? Check our favorite top-tier wineries and get a taste of what you’ve been missing! Keuka Lake Vineyards is a short 6-minute drive from our hotel and offers indoor and outdoor wine tasting. 

If you can’t decide which wineries to visit, why not see them all? Get your Wine Tasting Passport, follow the Keuka Lake Wine Trail from Penn Yann, and end back here in Hammondsport. And feel free to bring a bottle back to your room. If wine isn’t your style, we have plenty of breweries for you to check out. Follow Craft Your Adventure, a self-guided beverage trail complete with beer, cider, and spirits stops along the way.  

Get a New Perspective When You Takeoff From Keuka Lake    

Hammondsport is known for its aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss. So, it’s time to get in on the adventure with a seaplane ride! If planes aren’t your thing, you can always try skydiving for an aerial view!  

When you’re back down from your aerial adventure, enjoy the water. A trip here isn’t complete without Keuka Lake watersports like paddle boarding, jet skiing, swimming, or boating. When you’re done, enjoy outdoor dining at one of the best Hammondsport restaurants. Our area is known for our wood-fired pizzas, prime steaks, local cheeses, and unique American fare in laid-back atmospheres.  

Experience Hammondsport’s Best Outdoor Events 

Our small town is known for its big events. Be sure to browse through our local events come winter, summer, spring, or fall! Hammondsport has many outdoor events like family-friendly holiday festivals, live music in the Village Square, bike races, and food and wine festivities.  

Enjoy Outdoor Activities in Finger Lakes When You Stay at the Hammondsport Hotel  

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Are you ready to see everything the Finger Lakes region has to offer? Then come and stay in the heart of it all at The Hammondsport Hotel. We’re conveniently located at the southern tip of Keuka Lake, close to the area’s best attractions, and offer a comfortable, relaxing place to stay. After your outdoor adventure, come back and relax in the heated indoor pool or warm up at our outdoor fire pit.

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