Cayuga County Tourism suggests adding an experience to your next visit -- anything from cooking classes to guided wine tours to hot air balloon rides.

Visitors can find plenty of things to do in the Finger Lakes region of New York, from touring wineries to live comedy acts, film, dance and concerts, to experiencing first class arts, cultural institutions and cuisine

Cayuga County Tourism suggests the following vacation experiences:

Cooking classes for the casual chef: The Inns of Aurora offers a new series of classes that focus on light and fast summer foods. Themes include “Chillin and Grillin” which covers grill skills. From pulled pork and ribs to potatoes, corn, and fish, enjoy the best lakeside barbecue ever—and eat family style as the sun sets over beautiful Cayuga Lake.

Musical theatre from On, Off and Beyond Broadway: The new Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, produced by the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, N.Y., is a summer-long festival featuring nine full scale professional productions plus 20 new musicals. The festival will offer productions at three different venues including Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Auburn Public Theater and Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. Performances include "Kiss Me, Kate," “Altar Boyz,” “9 to 5: The Musical,” and “The Pitch,” the Festival’s new play development series where playwrites and composers “pitch” their ideas in front of a live audience. More information is available at

A guided wine tour: There are more than 16 wineries, distilleries and tasting rooms on the Cayuga Wine Trail alone. Scenic, fun and full-service concierge tours are available, helping groups of all sizes easily navigate the wineries. Many area Inn’s and Bed & Breakfasts in the Finger Lakes such as the Aurora Inn and E.B. Morgan House offer Wine Country Getaway packages. These include a one-night stay, private 6-hour wine tours, a picnic lunch and dinner after a full day of tasting.

Annual shopping events: An annual favorite for collectors, the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale, typically held in July at the company’s Aurora, N.Y. headquarters, features high-quality seconds and discontinued items. Visit for dates and other event details

Visitors can also scour Cayuga County’s annual 50-Mile Long Garage Sale which blends fabulous finds with pristine scenery and lake breezes. The sale runs from Montezuma to Homer along Scenic Byway Route 90 on the eastern side of Cayuga Lake. It is held Saturday and Sunday, the last full weekend of July.

A Little Adventure: Enjoy breathtaking views of the region's spectacular lakes and countryside from a hot air balloon. Rides are launched from Emerson Park in Auburn and can be coordinated with an overnight stay at locations including 10 Fitch. Other private recreational experiences are available including boating, sailing and fishing excursions.

Visit to learn more about summer learning, leisure, luxury and adventure ideas appropriate for the entire family.

About the Cayuga County Office of Tourism

The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is the designated Tourism Promotion Agency for Cayuga County and promotes the County’s attractions, events and lodging establishments. For more information call 315-255-1658/800-499-9615 or visit