The Finger Lakes Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit The Finger Lakes

The best time to visit the Finger Lakes region is from May to September, when there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the area's outdoor pursuits. Expect higher accommodation rates in the peak months of June to August and longer lines at attractions and wineries. Fall foliage also draws crowds, so try to visit on weekdays. Even in the summer, temperatures vary through the day with cool mornings and evenings and daytime highs in the 70s and 80s. You'll want to layer with some long-sleeved shirts, light sweaters and jackets, and pack comfortable shoes.

Weather in The Finger Lakes

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36
22
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Average Precipitation (in)
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2.1
2.6
3.31
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3.8
3.6
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3.4
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2.4
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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March-April

The weather varies greatly in the spring, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s and 30s in March and April to high temperatures up to 70 in May. Since the area is undergoing its annual thaw, the ground is often soft so you may want to add a pair of waterproof hiking shoes to your wardrobe. As this is a shoulder season, accommodation rates are lower than summer, especially on weekdays.

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May-September

Summer is high season in this outdoor lover's paradise, meaning accommodations, which book up several months in advance, charge peak season rates. Even though temperatures reach the 80s on many days, mornings and evenings are still cool enough to require a sweater or jacket. 

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October-November

Like spring, fall weather varies greatly, ranging from occasional 70-degree days to low temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Note that fall foliage draws thousands of visitors to the region this time of year, so accommodation rates will be high, especially on weekends and holidays. You may also experience longer waits in wine tasting venues. 

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December-February

With temperatures dropping to the 20s, winter in the Finger Lakes region is best reserved for visitors who enjoy skiing, ice skating and sledding. Many wineries and attractions may have limited hours during the winter season, although rates at hotels and inns are at their lowest this time of year.

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