The Finger Lakes region is a site for summer family enjoyment on the water and fantastic wine, but this region hosts far more than its gorgeous lakes. Rochester and Syracuse are cities everyone should experience at least once, twice or even thrice. You can’t go wrong with massive attractions, both in size and fun, like Destiny U.S.A., the largest mall in New York with plenty of places to shop, eat and have fun! Are you looking for events to look back on for years to come? There’s always something to do at the New York State Fairgrounds, and more importantly, the New York State Fair each August, which has a stop during the Fair. Syracuse is also home to habitats for elephants and big cats at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.   

Speaking of nature, Letchworth State Park, considered the “Grand Canyon of the East,” is a striking 17-mile park you simply can’t pass up, and with Rochester, home of Kodak, around the corner, you may never want to leave. Drink and play in Rochester’s East End at Axes and Ales and Iron Tug Brewing. Art, history, culture and science are at your fingertips at the George Eastman Museum and Rochester Museum and Science Center, while nostalgia can be found at every turn at the Strong National Museum of Play.