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Hidden Gems - On the Water


Summer is the best season, isn’t it? Sunshine, cook-outs, outdoor activities and, my personal favorite, traveling! But if you are anything like me, the hidden gems and non-touristy spots are the best to explore when visiting a new place.

Even with the area being inland, Upstate New York delightfully has a surprising amount of activities to do on the water. From Great Lakes to scenic Finger Lakes and the historic Erie Canal, there is endless, refreshing adventure to be found in New York State!

For History Buffs

Upstate New York is full of rich history, so what better way to learn about it than with a lively boat tour down the world-famous Erie Canal? Right in the backyard of many towns are ports that lead directly into the canal. For a historical narration while you travel down the canal, try Mid-Lakes Navigation!

Get Ready for Refreshing Activity

New York State is full of hidden treasures perfectly tailored to the heart of an explorer, so get ready for some exhilarating adventure. Carved from glaciers and sculpted by the elements, Chimney Bluffs are a must-see, natural wonder located in Wolcott, NY. Spend some time hiking the trails that overlook the pebbly, crystal blue shore of Lake Ontario.

For Adventurers

Ready to get in the water now? Stunning Chautauqua Lake offers paddleboard, canoe and sailboat rentals, among many other water activities. Get the best view of the scenic area from the middle of the lake! Paddleboarding has to be one of my favorite experiences at Chautauqua — it was so relaxing yet thrilling at the same time!

Time to Unwind

Exploring, learning and adventuring are always fun — but unwinding is a great time, too. For a true hidden treasure, head over to Marge’s Lakeside Inn in Rochester, New York to enjoy a tasty drink right on the beach! Enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Ontario as you relax and reflect on your eventful day.