Paddling, Playscape and Yoga at the Finger Lakes Museum

Annual Paddle Keuka 5K

The weather is definitely letting us know that summer season is right around the corner. What better to way to enjoy the great outdoors of the Finger Lakes than with a lovely paddling excursion? The Finger Lakes Museum in Branchport is offering a variety of kayaking programs throughout what some consider to be the best months of the year.

There are three sessions of kayak lessons on the calendar this season, with the ability to learn the sport if you’ve always been curious or brush up on your advanced skills if you’ve done this a time or two. These lessons are a great way for individuals of any skill level to receive instruction from certified kayak instructors. The Finger Lakes Museum also offers a variety of paddling excursions from June to October. Participants will begin the program with a leisurely and educational paddle in Sugar Creek and along Keuka Lake, returning to shore to enjoy a bonfire and snacks.

Those who want more of a competitive event will be pleased to hear that the Annual Paddle Keuka 5K is returning to the Museum campus for the 6th year on Saturday, August 6. As the museum’s biggest program of the year, you won’t want to miss this fun experience. Come with your friends and challenge one another to cross the finish line first or just come on your own to enjoy the spirit and excitement of this 5K paddle on Keuka Lake. With raffle prizes, a food truck, music and fun, it’s an afternoon that produces a lot of smiles and laughter.

Another exciting summer activity to add to your bucket list is visiting the Finger Lakes Museum’s newly constructed playscape. Raised with funds from ROC the Day and FLXGives, this donor-supported project will be a great natural outdoor outlet for kids of all ages beginning late June. Currently under construction using the designs of renown playscape designer, Rusty Keeler, there are just a few more weeks until there are logs to climb, a tree fort to let imaginations run wild and access to a shallow creek for splashing! A perfect way to unwind for kids of all ages.

Those who prefer to spend time off the water, the Yoga, Cider, Namaste series at the museum is led by local Certified Yoga Instructor Kiki Seago. This 4-week July program can be attended as a full series or individually, whatever works in your schedule. A relaxing Tuesday evening spent in the evening air of the Creekside Center barn followed by a cold beverage is a great way to recharge for the rest of the week.

Registration for the museum’s summer season, is available at the museum’s website

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