Affordable Family Fun in Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York, is the world’s most affordable wine country destination. Named a Top Ten Value Destination for 2011 by Shermans Travel, the Finger Lakes is the ideal getaway for those who are looking for a vacation that is one part excitement, one part relaxation, one part luxury, and always a great value.

Kids explore at The Corning Museum of Glass

Kids and teens 19 years and younger receive free admission at The Corning Musem of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.

Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York, is the world’s most affordable wine country destination.

Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York, is the world’s most affordable wine country destination. Named a Top Ten Value Destination for 2011 by Shermans Travel, the Finger Lakes is the ideal getaway for those who are looking for a vacation that is one part excitement, one part relaxation, one part luxury, and always a great value.

Outdoor Adventure

In addition to the award-winning Finger Lakes wine, the Finger Lakes offer spectacular scenery, unmatched by any other wine region destination in North America. This scenery offers the perfect backdrop for many exciting outdoor activities for the entire family. Whether it is water sports, snow sports, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, hunting, or any number of activities, outdoor adventure awaits you in Finger Lakes Wine Country, the “world’s most beautiful wine region”*.

Watkins Glen International

Spectator sports are a family favorite and Finger Lakes Wine Country is home to the Elmira Jackals AAA hockey team, the Elmira Pioneers AAA baseball team, and the iconic Watkins Glen International Raceway. If you crave the thrill of the race, Watkins Glen International is the answer. The Glen will host a variety of events in 2011 including Opening Weekend, April 16 & 17 and the popular NASCAR series on August 11-14. The Glen offers a family friendly atmosphere with their McDonald’s Kid Zone, where one will not find smoking or drinking, but you will find kid-friendly fun activities. On any non-race day, visitors to the region can take to the famed track in their own vehicle on a Thunder Road Tour. Just $25 per car will get you three paced laps around the road course.

History & Culture for the Whole Family

From outdoor adventure to indoor discovery, enjoy the multiple museums throughout Finger Lakes Wine Country. The Corning Museum of Glass, celebrating 60 years in 2011, boasts the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of glass. With hands-on experiences and hot glass demonstrations, it’s easy to spend hours at the museum completely enthralled with the many fascinating aspects of the glittering world of glass. The museum is located in Corning, NY, which is also home to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.

The best of American Western and Native American art are preserved and interpreted at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, a focal point for engaging, dynamic exhibitions and educational events in Corning. Both museums offer free admission to kids and teens, 19 years and under every day. In addition, a combination pass is offered to visit both museums at a discounted rate. To add to the already enticing offer, the affordability continues with the free shuttle between the two museums and the city’s downtown shopping and entertainment district.

Corning’s Gaffer District is a center for dining, unique shopping, exciting events, and a variety of entertainment for the entire family. The Gaffer District offers Experience Trails, including the delectable Chocolate Trail, for you to enjoy while you mosey your way down the city of Corning’s brick-lined sidewalks. The city of Corning offers an affordable, family-friendly experience during your stay in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Hop aboard the Trolley into Mark Twain Country Tour in historic downtown Elmira. Learn about Twain’s legacy in the Chemung River Valley and even visit the study where the classic characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn came to life. Twain history is just the beginning in Elmira’s cultural offerings.

Visit the Arnot Art Museum, one of the few museums in the world that focuses on representational art and truly an undiscovered gem in the region. The Arnot Art Museum will begin their centennial celebration in 2011. Elmira is also known for Civil War history and 2011 marks 150 years since the start of the Civil War.

Have a passion for flight? Dive into the history of naval aviation at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport (2011 marks the centennial of naval aviation). Discover the fascinating history of motorless flight at the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, the “Soaring Capital of America.”

World-Class Wine

A trip to Finger Lakes Wine Country wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the award-winning wineries surrounding the glacier-carved lakes. Tastings at these wineries are very reasonable, around $2 to $5 for a flight of wines for sampling. Finger Lakes wines are world class wines at an affordable price. A typical bottle of Finger Lakes wine will run between $10 and $20. Traveling with the family? Many wineries offer fresh grape juice for children and designated drivers to enjoy.

Places to Stay

Finger Lakes Wine Country offers over 200 accommodation options to choose from. Whether it is a luxurious hotel like the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel the Hilton Garden Inn Elmira/Corning, or the Radisson Hotel Corning; a cozy inn like the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars; family-friendly accommodations like the Holiday Inn Riverview Elmira, the Holiday Inn Express Horseheads, the Hampton Inn Elmira/Horseheads, or the Best Western Plus Vineyard Inn and Suites; a quaint bed and breakfast, campground or cabin, or a lakeside vacation rental from Finger Lakes Premier Properties, a stay in Finger Lakes Wine Country is affordable.

http://www.FingerLakesWineCountry.com has a database of all the accommodations that is searchable by price. In fact, all events, wineries, restaurants, and the many things to do while visiting are available for searching by price, amenity, and location. Travel planning just got easier.

Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the most affordable and beautiful wine country destinations in North America with three wine trails; over 100 wineries and over 400 unique things to do including shopping and dining experiences, world-class museums, and a local culture that is both warm and welcoming. For further information on this year-round destination visit http://www.FingerLakesWineCountry.com, http://www.Facebook.com/FingerLakesWineCountry, http://www.Twitter.com/FLWineCountry, or call 800.813.2958. Download the free Finger Lakes Wine Country mobile travel app at http://www.FLWC.mobi.

*Budget Travel readers named Finger Lakes Wine Country the “world’s most beautiful wine region” in the 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards poll. The Finger Lakes region was also named one of the top value destinations in the poll, second only to the Dominican Republic.

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