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Best place in the Finger Lakes for a Picnic

In the romantic setting of the Finger Lakes, a picnic can be just what is needed during a day of wine tasting or site seeing. A picnic is a nice way to break up the day and get in touch with the region's beauty. Our innkeepers have weighed in with their suggestions for the best place in the Finger Lakes for a Picnic.

She-qua-ga Falls - A delightful surprise is to drive down Main Street in the village of Montour Falls and have the She-qua-ga Falls come into view. The falls is 165 feet high and is illuminated at night. There is a tiny park with a table or two right at the base of the falls, allowing for a picnic almost within arm's reach of the thundering water. Montour Falls is located South of Seneca Lake. ~ Donna Cunningham - Yale Manor Bed and Breakfast

Sandy Bottom Park - For a great area for a picnic we suggest Sandy Bottom Park on the north shore of Honeoye Lake. There are plenty of picnic tables along that have gorgeous views of Honeoye Lake.  You can work off your picnic with a fun hike  along the Honeoye Outlet Creek. A raised boardwalk has been erected over the Honeoye Outlet Creek and its wetlands, offering a gorgeous view at the north end of Honeoye Lake and the abundant wildlife in the area.  ~ Mike & Lisa Ligon - Greenwoods Bed and Breakfast Inn

Montezuma Wetlands Complex - If you enjoy nature and birds, Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a great place for a picnic. The tables are near the edge of the big pond. on  a lawn under some beautiful trees, with the observation platform and rest rooms close by. Plenty of parking at the Visitors Center. There are only 2 or 3 tables so it's pretty private and a great place to enjoy the outdoors just 5 miles East of Seneca Falls off Rt. 5/20. ~ Glenda Nash Gentle Giants B&B

Watkins Glen State Park - We discovered a wonderful site for a family or group picnic. The site has a beautiful, large enclosed pavilion, much nicer than your typical picnic shelter, located in a lovely clearing in the woods. To get there you take route 329 out of Watkins Glen to the intersection of Meads Hill Road, bear to your right, down the hill, and cross the landmark Stone Bridge,  of the original race course. The entrance to the pavilion will be a left turn after crossing the Stone Bridge. Just as all picnic facilities in the state park, one would have to reserve the pavilion by contacting the New York State park authorities. ~ Barbara and Bob Schiesser Sunrise Landing Bed and Breakfast

Lodi Point State Park - When the weather is right, it is hard to beat a picnic by the lake. Lodi Point State Park is a little park that most people aren't aware of, right on East side of Seneca Lake. The park has plenty of picnic tables and the point has a nice beach (no swimming though - no life guards). The location on the point means there is lots of water to be seen. It's a cute little park, just off the wine trail so it's a nice spot to stop for a picnic, and then get back to the wine. ~ Steve and Kathy Wirt - Wine Country Cabins B&B


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