Best spots for taking in the summer on Cayuga Lake!
Stewart Park, Ithaca NY
A local favorite, this park has several facilities including pavilions (available for rent), tennis courts, a playground with several play structures including a carousel, athletic fields, a duck pond, a spray pool, a municipal golf course, and a bird sanctuary.
East Shore Park, Ithaca NY
Want to take a swim? Don't let the no swimming signs fool you, this is a common spot for locals to gather on hot days to take a dip in the lake and sun bathe on the quarry stone stairs. Be sure to come early on weekends, the parking lot fills up fast!
Myers Park, Lansing NY
This park is graced with 31 acres of grass covered, tree shaded land, with extensive Cayuga Lake frontage. There are seven pavilions. Picnic tables and barbecue grills are scattered throughout the park grounds and camping is available in a designated area. There is a large boat marina and three paved launching ramps where boats may be put into the water for a small fee. Family friendly, the park offers a swimming area (with lifeguards on duty,) playground, volleyball net, basketball court, horseshoe pits, and vending machines.
Taughannock Falls, Trumansburg NY
I've talked a lot about the gorge trails but have I mentioned there's a whole other side of this park that has playgrounds, a quick service stand with ice cream, and a beach? We recommend staying at New Park Event Venue And Suites for easy access to the park! Enjoy the gorge and then cross the street to enjoy Cayuga Lake at its finest.
Cayuga Lake State Park, Seneca Falls NY
Offers a beach, two playgrounds, playing fields, picnic tables and pavilions, recreation programs, a nature trail, showers, fishing, and a boat launch.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Seneca Falls NY
a wildlife preserve encompassing part of the Montezuma Swamp at the north end of Cayuga Lake The 10,004-acre preserve is composed of swamps, pools and channels and is a stopping point for migratory birds. Take a look around the visitor center, go for a hike, or enjoy this park from the water with a boat or kayak rental!
Long Point State Park, Aurora NY
A hidden gem, the park offers a playground, picnic tables, hunting, fishing, hiking and a boat launch. I highly recommend bringing the family, a picnic lunch, and some hiking boots for a truly wonderful summer afternoon!
New Park Venue and Suites offers the perfect location for getting around Cayuga Lake. Located 10 minutes from Taughannock Falls State Park, the suites provide the perfect backdrop for a sweet summer getaway.
Sarah Arleo is a 25 year old blogger and tiktoker based in the Finger Lakes. She enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and can often be found writing for her blog Field Guide To Marrying Young or running around state parks filming for her TikTok channel @SarahintheSunshine.