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Eastern Finger Lake region

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Eastern Finger Lake region

Hi...interested in finding out more about things to do for 1 - 2 days in the area. Also, looking for a nice clean hotel with a pool.

We have 2 sons, 10 & 12. Has anyone visited any interesting waterfalls? We are stopping on our way home from Niagara Falls....back to the Jersey Shore.

Thanks for your input!

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1. Re: Eastern Finger Lake region

Are you referring to the Finger Lakes region in New York? If yes, you may want to post this on the Watkins Glen and/or Ithaca forums.

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Thanks for your input....we are undecided where we are going to stop on the way back from Niagara.....seems the Scranton Area is more the 1/2 way point...but I'll post on the other forums . thanks again.

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3. Re: Eastern Finger Lake region

My inlaws are in Buffalo & we live no. of Trenton. For years we have gone via Scranton, Binghamton, up rte 17 to a bit past Corning where we join the interstate again.

You can certainly visit the Finger Lakes on the way home from Niagara, but I would not call it halfway, and you make a 90 degr turn if doing that, not "cutting the corner" as we do with the Scranton-Binhamton route.

If you use the rtes 17->81 ->Scranton way instead, you can stop at the Newtown Battlefield, which is a park on the top of a hill with a commanding view of the surrounding, and a map & displays showing how the Battle of Newtown took place---which was Genl Sullivan exacting revenge on Indians who had been allied with Brits & clearing them & the Brits out of that valley. We have gotten lunch/early dinner in Corning & driven on abt 15-20 to the park to sit on the hill enjoying the view, and eating. Bathrooms near the overlook.

Also, in Owego, there is a beautiful park on the Susqueh. R called The Hickories. It is a town park & they have bathrooms, dining pavilions on the river, grownup wooden swings as well as playground stuff. For many years, we have called that our halfway point, and stopped along Owego's fast-food alley (KFC, Stewarts, McDs, Subway etc & a small supermarket), gotten lunch/dinner & taken to park to eat. It's been very useful for giving kids a break from sitting in the car---the playground that is.

Another possib. is a stop of several hours in Corning---terrific glass museum (good for most of a day if you are into history of glass), watch Steuben glass being made, can stroll along main drag & look into indiv. artisans' shops where they are blowing glass, too. As well as window shop the cute, touristy stores. Several OK restaurants on the main st & a bunch of fast foods just outside town. In Big Flats I think. A great ice cream place is on the main st in Corning. They also have a very well stocked Corning factory outlet store there. There is a nice parking garage near the main st. The glass museum has a kid workshop where the boys can make a picture frame or other things---that's a don't-miss for those ages! Visit their website & see if they have details.

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