Winter Fun Is All About Variety

Perkins Shelter on the Finger Lakes Trail. Photo courtesy

Just because winter is upon us doesn’t mean that we must be confined to the house or office, there are still plenty of things one can do for entertainment across the region.


Cross Country Skiing: With the swish-swish of snow pants as you glide almost effortlessly over the snow, cross country skiing is both relaxing and exhilarating - especially when it is against the backdrop of the scenery of the Finger Lakes Region. One of my personal favorite winter state parks is Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, where the waters of the meromictic lakes stay green all year due to lack of turn-over of the waters. Green Lakes State Park is located at 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066. Phone: 315-637-6111. Or visit for more information.

Snow Shoeing: Once the snow flies it usually sticks until March or April and just a few inches can make snow shoeing an enjoyable activity. The Finger Lakes Trail offers opportunities for hiking like a hare across much of its expanse. If you’d like to take part in an organized walk, the annual Howard Beye Winter Hike will be held on Feb. 10, 2018 in Onondaga County. Check out the Finger Lakes Trail webpage at for more information.

Horseback Riding: For 15 years as a youth, horseback riding was an all-season sport for me. There is nothing like warming your fingers in the thick fur of your horse’s neck or seeing a puff of breath from his nostrils as he pushes into a canter. Painted Bar Stables of Burdett offers year-round trail rides for all experience levels, including on the trails of the Finger Lakes National Forest. For more information or to make a reservation, check out their webpage at

Go to The Theater: Some of us remember the live theater only from trips to NYC during our high school days, but theater is alive and well here in the Finger Lakes Region at the Kitchen Theater Company in Ithaca. Experience the power of emotion, humor, and culture as this theater company strives to create connections and community by bringing shows that engage the intellect and challenge viewers to see the world differently. For more information, visit

Winter doesn’t have to be boring and depressing, just bundle up and head out to one of these Finger Lakes destinations for some enjoyment and entertainment.

By Gabrielle L. Wheeler

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