Businesses throughout the Finger Lakes are often independently owned. While we make every effort to provide updated information, tasting rooms, local farms, and other points of interest may close with short or no notice. To ensure a seamless experience, we recommend you call ahead before embarking on your journey.
Outings In & Around Aurora
With rolling hills, panoramic vistas, and plunging waterfalls, the pristine lakes that make up the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York were formed by glaciers over two million years ago. Today, the moderate climate and rich soil created by these ancient glaciers have helped the Finger Lakes become a world-class wine destination with over 100 award-winning wineries. Aurora is located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, the oldest wine trail in the country, and closeby to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and more. Along these routes, you'll find the Finger Lakes Beer Trail and many distilleries.
Tucked among this beautiful region are countless historic sites, wildlife and nature preserves, world-class museums, charming villages, roadside produce stands, and exceptional restaurants.
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Nearby Favorite towns & villages
Auburn, New York
a 25-minute drive from Aurora
Whether or not you’re a history buff, we recommend a tour at the Seward House Museum, home of William Henry Seward, President Lincoln’s Secretary of State, followed by a stop at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center.
Afterwards, grab a bite at Prison City Pub & Brewery: their Mass Riot IPA was ranked the best ipa in the U.S. during Paste Magazine’s annual blind taste-off.
Ithaca, New York
a 40-minute drive from Aurora
This colorful college town has something for everyone, including some of our favorite shops like Found, F. Oliver’s Oils & Vinegars, and Home Green Home. Head just northwest of town to Taughannock Falls: at 215 feet, it’s the largest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.
Geneva & Seneca Falls, New York
a 45-minute drive from Aurora
With a Brooklyn à la Finger Lakes feel, Geneva is booming with dining options on most nights. Check out brick-paved Linden Street for dinner at FLX Fry Bird, a glass of wine at Microclimate, or a cocktail at the Linden Social Club.
On your way to Geneva, stop in the Village of Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement, to visit the Women’s Rights National Historic Park and National Women’s Hall of Fame. Café XIX is the perfect place for a light soup-and-sandwhich lunch.
Corning, New York
an 85-minute drive from Aurora
A world-class destination, the Corning Museum of Glass offers remarkable exhibits of both historic and modern glass art along with hands-on activities from glass blowing to frosting.
A complimentary shuttle runs on a continuous loop between the glass museum, the Rockwell Museum (a small but distinguished museum of American art), and the downtown Gaffer District with over 45 restaurants and shops.