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Things To Do In Canadaigua, New York State

Canadaigua Things To Do

Located near the western portion of New York State, Canadaigua lake features many interesting sights for curious tourists. History, culture and nature are all on display.

Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens

Fred and Mary Thompson lived at the Sonnenberg Mansion from 1863 to 1923. In 1970, a non-profit called Friends of Sonnenberg acquired the property, and began restoration. Guided tours through the mansion, included in the admission, are given daily. There are nine gardens that surround the mansion, each with its own character.

Wine Country and Culinary Arts

NYS is being recognized for having great wines: as good as California wines. Four groups of New York backers (Constellation brands, Wegmans, RIT and NY Wine Foundation) have provided a place where you can learn everything about wines and cooking, located on South Main Street. You can join a wine tasting, take a wine making class, learn to cook a special meal, or have your kids taught the culinary arts.

Historical Boats and Courthouses

The Ontario County Court House is set on a hill on the north side of the downtown area. Perhaps the most notable event that has taken place here was the trial of the women’s rights activist, Susan B. Anthony, in the 1870s. The Canandaigua Lady is an authentic paddle boat that operates on Lake Ontario for sight-seeing tours or dinner-cruise parties. The passengers get to visit the wheelroom and meet the captain. Then there is a nice buffet and a little more sight seeing before returning to shore. In addition, you can schedule sunset and late evening cruises for very reasonable rates.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Canadaigua.

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