comScore
Taughannock Falls State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
JLAPhotography / Getty Images

Key Info

Details

  • Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.0
Overall
US NEWS LOGO

Scorecard

  • Value
    4.0
  • Facilities
    4.0
  • Atmosphere
    4.0

Read about how we rank Things to Do.

The waterfall at Taughannock Falls State Park is one of New York's most spectacular natural sights, descending more than 200 feet over 400-foot-tall rocky cliffs above the gorge. Trails offer stunning views from above the falls and campsites and cabins line the sparkling lake, which also offers a marina and a beach. The park also boasts trails for cross-country skiing, sledding slopes and skating ponds, making it a year-round destination. In the summer, concerts are held along the lake shore. 

Recent visitors were disappointed that a dry summer also dried up the fabulous waterfall, but even so, loved the easy walk to the viewpoint  (nearly 2 miles up and back) and the new visitor center. Those traveling with kids were also pleased with the playground. 

Located on the south end of Cayuga Lake off SR89, Taughannock Falls State Park is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Park on the west side for the closest access to the gorge trail. Vehicle entry fees, which are collected from mid-April to mid-October, cost $8. Camping fees range from $18 to $28 per night, with an additional $5 per night fee for out-of-state visitors. Cabins are also available for $210 to $238 per week; nonresidents pay an additional $7 per night. You can also rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and paddleboats. To view a trail map and see information about seasonal road closures, visit the state park's website.

Powered by Viator

More Best Things to Do in The Finger Lakes

Skaneateles Lake picture in The Finger Lakes
Recreation, Shopping, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Skiing picture in The Finger Lakes
Skiing, Sports Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Watkins Glen State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Hiking, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Corning Museum of Glass picture in The Finger Lakes
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Seneca Lake Wine Trail picture in The Finger Lakes
Sightseeing, Tours, Wineries/Breweries Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Robert Treman State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Taughannock Falls State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Strong Museum of Play picture in The Finger Lakes
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
George Eastman Museum picture in The Finger Lakes
Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cornell University picture in The Finger Lakes
Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Watkins Glen International picture in The Finger Lakes
Sports, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
|

#1 Skaneateles Lake Located about 23 miles southwest of Syracuse, Skaneateles Lake is the sixth-largest of the Finger Lakes. The name means "long lake" in the Iroquois language and indeed, the 16-mile-long lake ... Read more » Matt Champlin / Getty Images

#2 Skiing During the winter season, which runs from December through March, the Finger Lakes region is a destination for both downhill and cross-country skiers. The two major year-round resorts, Bristol Mountain ... Read more » Karl Weatherly / Getty Images

#3 Watkins Glen State Park One of the most popular state parks within the region, Watkins Glen is known for its 19 waterfalls and picturesque trails, especially the Gorge Trail. This looped path, which spans ... Read more » Naeem Jaffer / Getty Images

#4 Corning Museum of Glass The Corning Museum of Glass offers one of the world's best collections of art and historical glass, from a portrait of an Egyptian pharaoh to works by Tiffany and ... Read more » The Corning Museum of Glass

#5 Seneca Lake Wine Trail The Seneca Lake Wine Trail, situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region, is one of the most popular trails, offering more than 35 wineries, cideries and breweries ... Read more » Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

#6 Robert Treman State Park Robert Treman State Park is known for its rugged and stony gorge, Enfield Glen, and the 115-foot Lucifer Falls. In fact, Lucifer Falls is just one of 12 waterfalls along ... Read more » Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

#7 Taughannock Falls State Park The waterfall at Taughannock Falls State Park is one of New York's most spectacular natural sights, descending more than 200 feet over 400-foot-tall rocky cliffs above the gorge. Trails ... Read more » JLAPhotography / Getty Images

#8 The Strong National Museum of Play Who wouldn't love a museum dedicated to play? The Strong National Museum of Play in downtown Rochester has something for kids of any age. From "Sesame Street," board games ... Read more » Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

#9 George Eastman Museum Located in Rochester, this facility – the world's oldest museum of photography and one of the oldest film archives – is housed within the former estate of George Eastman, a photography ... Read more » Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

#10 Cornell University Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, this Ivy League private university is located in Ithaca. When you're not exploring Cornell's 745 acres, head to ... Read more » Jupiterimages / Getty Images

#11 Watkins Glen International Since 1948, Watkins Glen has been one of the premier racing facilities in North America, hosting everything from the Formula One United States Grand Prix to the NASCAR Sprint Cup ... Read more » Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

Skaneateles Lake picture in The Finger Lakes
Skiing picture in The Finger Lakes
Watkins Glen State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Corning Museum of Glass picture in The Finger Lakes
Seneca Lake Wine Trail picture in The Finger Lakes
Robert Treman State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Taughannock Falls State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Strong Museum of Play picture in The Finger Lakes
George Eastman Museum picture in The Finger Lakes
Cornell University picture in The Finger Lakes
Watkins Glen International picture in The Finger Lakes
Skaneateles Lake picture in The Finger Lakes
Skiing picture in The Finger Lakes
Watkins Glen State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Corning Museum of Glass picture in The Finger Lakes
Seneca Lake Wine Trail picture in The Finger Lakes
Robert Treman State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Taughannock Falls State Park picture in The Finger Lakes
Strong Museum of Play picture in The Finger Lakes
George Eastman Museum picture in The Finger Lakes
Cornell University picture in The Finger Lakes
Watkins Glen International picture in The Finger Lakes

Pronounced "skinny atlas," this popular recreational lake is also known for its quaint historic town. Matt Champlin / Getty Images

Karl Weatherly / Getty Images

The rocky gorges and numerous waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park make it a favorite for hikers. Naeem Jaffer / Getty Images

The live glassblowing demonstrations at the Corning Museum are a visitor favorite. The Corning Museum of Glass

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the most popular in the Finger Lakes region, with several wineries clustered around the shores of the lake. Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

The charming stone paths at Robert Treman State Park offer prime photo ops for shutterbugs. Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

Known for its spectacular waterfall, Taughannock Falls State Park also offers cross-country ski trails, sledding runs and skating ponds during the winter. JLAPhotography / Getty Images

"Dinousaurs: Land of Fire and Ice" is just one of the themed areas at the Strong Museum of Play, home to one of the largest collections of toys and games in the world. Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

Even if you're not a photography buff, the elegant mansion and gorgeous gardens of the George Eastman Museum are worth your time, according to recent visitors. Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

Historic Cornell University sits high atop a bluff overlooking the river and the city of Ithaca. See it all on a complimentary campus tour. Jupiterimages / Getty Images

A legend in NASCAR racing, Watkins Glen International also offers fans a chance to drive their own cars on the track on nonevent days. Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance

×

See full list of Best Things to Do in The Finger Lakes »

Explore More of The Finger Lakes

Find the Best Price

Enter your check in and check out dates to find the best price

PriceFinder powered by TripAdvisor Primary Logo