Activities & Outings

Although you may never want to leave the quiet comfort of the Inns of Aurora, the Finger Lakes region offers a wealth of natural beauty, recreation and entertainment opportunities. This section introduces a small sampling of what awaits. Visit tourcayuga.comvisitithaca.comskaneatles.com and fingerlakes.org for more information.

Lake Life

Kayaks & Canoes
Borrow one of our boats for an early morning paddle through glassy waters or an afternoon exploration of the village’s shoreline.

Boat Rentals
Our staff is happy to provide you with information about half and full-day private boat rentals.

Swimming
Relive your childhood. Hold your nose, take a deep breath, and leap off of our dock into the refreshing waters of Cayuga Lake!

Docking
Our dock is open to the public, so why not arrive in style in your own boat? Please call for availability and policies.

Fishing Charters
What’s biting in Cayuga Lake? Depending on the season, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Atlantic Salmon!

Recreation

Fitness Center
Take advantage of the new state-of-the-art fitness center, overlooking the lake, at Wells College. Located only minutes from the Inns of Aurora, the facility offers weight and cardio equiptment, as well as a swimming pool and outdoor tennis courts. Day-passes are available at the front desk of the Aurora Inn.

Bicycling
Borrow a bicycle from the Aurora Inn or bring your own and explore the countryside. The area has no shortage of fantastic rides full of beautiful vistas.

Wells College Golf Course
This nine-hole course, designed in part by Robert Trent Jones, is located less than a mile from the Inns of Aurora and offers sweeping views of Cayuga Lake. Open to the public.

Skiing
The Inns of Aurora are within an hour of several ski areas (both downhill and cross-country). Please call us for more information.

Shopping

MacKenzie-Childs, the celebrated maker of hand-crafted tableware, home furnishings and accessories is located less than one mile from the Aurora Inn. Visitors can tour the Victorian Farmhouse, view artisans at work in the new Visitors Center, stroll through the gardens, or shop in the retail store. 

Whether you’re looking for wine, clothing, gifts, art, or antiques, you’ll find it in the heart of the village. Jane Morgan’s Little House has been a mainstay in the community for its selection of fine women’s apparel and accessories. Bet The Farm, a regional wine shop and a gourmet market, offers a comprehensive selection of Finger Lakes wine and weekly wine tastings.

The Aurora Arts & Design Center features the work of local artists and artisans as well as a stunning collection of antiques. Don’t miss Vintage Lighting, with its fascinating collection of old lamps and lighting, and Shakelton’s, an old-fashioned village hardware store that sells both hardware and antiques. Cleaveland’s Antiques, located just outside of the village, has long been a favorite destination for antiques dealers and collectors alike.

Want to relax after a day of exploring? Visit Meeshe Salon & Spa, located just a few doors south of the Aurora Inn. Meeshe offers facials, body treatments, spa manicures & pedicures, haircuts and coloring, and waxing, as well as spa packages.

Historic Sites

Aurora and the Finger Lakes region have an unusually rich history. Following is just a small sampling of some historic places you may want to visit during your stay with us.

Village of Aurora and 
Wells College
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Aurora is home to Wells College, which was founded in 1868 by Henry Wells of Wells Fargo stagecoach fame. The college has a beautiful campus overlooking Cayuga Lake.

Women’s Rights National Historic Park, Seneca Falls
The birthplace of the women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls is home to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the residence of suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady.

Harriet Tubman Home, Auburn
A conductor on the Underground Railroad who led hundreds of slaves to freedom, Harriet Tubman settled in Auburn after the Civil War and operated this home for aged and indigent African-Americans.

William H. Seward House, Auburn
A registered National Historic Landmark, this grand home was the long-time residence of William Henry Seward, Governor of New York, Secretary of State to Presidents Lincoln and Johnson and leading figure in the purchase of Alaska.

Willard Memorial Chapel, Auburn
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1894 chapel is a masterpiece of Tiffany design. It is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany religious interior in the world with a nine-panel rose window, a three-paneled stained glass window, 14 opalescent nave windows, nine leaded glass chandeliers and more.