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Taughannock Falls - located only 20 minutes from Skydive Seneca Lake

About the Finger Lakes

At Skydive Seneca Lake, we pride ourselves on having the absolute best view of the Finger Lakes. This is because we are lucky enough to be located smack dab in the middle of all of them! There are eleven Finger Lakes in total, with Seneca and Cayuga being the two largest. 

The Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York is a beautiful and historically significant area known for its stunning natural scenery and rich cultural heritage. The Finger Lakes themselves are a group of long, narrow lakes that were formed at the end of the last Ice Age by the melting of glaciers. As the glaciers melted, enormous holes were left in the earth. This formed our beautiful gorges, lakes and several local waterfalls.

According to Native American legend, the Finger Lakes were formed when the Creator reached down to bless the land, leaving behind the imprint of his hand. This mythological explanation adds a touch of mystique to the natural beauty of the region.

In addition to the breathtaking views of the lakes, the Finger Lakes region offers a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy. Some popular things to do in the area include:

1. Hiking: The Finger Lakes region is home to numerous state parks and hiking trails, offering opportunities to explore the area's lush forests, waterfalls, and gorges.

2. Wine Tasting: The Finger Lakes region is known for its thriving wine industry, with numerous vineyards and wineries offering tastings and tours.

3. Water Activities: With eleven lakes to choose from, the Finger Lakes region is a paradise for water enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and other water sports on the lakes.

4. Historic Sites: The Finger Lakes region is rich in history, with numerous museums, historic sites, and landmarks to explore. From the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls to the Corning Museum of Glass, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the area's past.

5. Accommodations: Whether you're looking for a cozy bed and breakfast, a luxury resort, or a camping site, the Finger Lakes region offers a variety of accommodations to suit every taste and budget.

Overall, the Finger Lakes region is a diverse and vibrant destination with something to offer every visitor. Whether you're interested in outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply relaxing by the water, the Finger Lakes have it all.

Photo by: Jamie Melville

Our Top Picks




  • Finger Lakes Cider House
    Interlaken, NY

  • Thirsty Owl Winery
    Ovid, NY

  • Hosmer Winery
    Ovid, NY

  • Buttonwood Winery
    Romulus, NY

  • Taughannock Falls State Park
    Trumansburg, NY 

  • Buttermilk Falls State Park
    Ithaca, NY

  • Robert Treman State Park
    Ithaca, NY

  • Sampson State Park
    Romulus, NY

  • Uptown Diner
    Ovid, NY

  • Pat's Pizzeria
    Ovid, NY

  • Thirsty Owl Bistro
    Ovid, NY

  • Seneca Coffee House
    Ovid, NY

Explore the Finger Lakes Region if you are chasing waterfalls!


  • Tillinghast Manor
    Ovid, NY

  • Glass Magnolia Bed & Breakfast
    Ovid, NY

  • Belhurst Castle & Winery
    Geneva, NY

  • Driftwood Inn
    Ovid, NY

Camping and RV

  • Sunset on Seneca Campsites
    Lodi, NY 

  • Lakeview Campsites
    Dundee, NY

  • Sned-Acres Family Campground
    Ovid, NY

  • Babcock-Hovey BSA Camp
    Ovid, NY

Photo by: Jamie Melville

Driving Distances:

  • Ithaca, NY                     24.5 mi             33 min

  • Geneva, NY                  22.0 mi             28 min

  • Watkins Glen, NY         22 mi                29 min

  • Dryden, NY                   38 mi               51 min

  • Corning, NY                 44.0 mi             57 min

  • Cortland, NY                47 mi                1 hr 7 min

  • Binghamton, NY         73.3 mi              1 hr 34 min

  • Elmira, NY                    45.0 mi              1 hr 0 min

  • Syracuse, NY               65.0 mi             1 hr 12  min

  • Rochester, NY             65.6 mi             1 hr  9 min

  • Buffalo, NY                   128.4 mi            2 hr 6 min

  • Scranton, PA               130 mi              2 hr 26 min

  • Sayre, PA                     58.0 mi             1 hr 11 min

  • Allentown, PA              205 mi            3 hr 38 min

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