Posts in this series
- The Perfect Finger Lakes Weekend Getaway
- Cayuga Lake Sunset Cruise, Ithaca, New York
- The Best Ithaca Restaurants
- Chasing the Finger Lakes Waterfalls in New York State
Cayuga Lake is the longest of the 11 finger lakes in New York State. The town of Ithaca is situated at the southern end of the lake. My friend and I joined Ithaca Boat Tours for their last Cayuga Lake Sunset Cruise of the season. We met the boat and our guide Susanna at the dock just before 7pm. Our boat was FULL, so I suggest getting there early to snag a desired seat. Also, it can get chilly out there on the lake, so bring a coat, some blankets, and tasty snacks & drinks!
We passed this beautiful willow tree on our way from the dock to Lake Cayuga.
You can see the cliffs and natural vegetation from the boat as we cruised on the lake.
Here you can see some friendly lake side residents waving to us as we go by.
You can see some homes nestled into the cliffs as well as the rare water front lake houses.
You can see a few other boats on the lake, but it was pretty quiet this evening.
I wore my cape to stay warm on this chilly September evening. You can read more about what I wore in the finger lakes here.
Another glimpse of beautiful lake side properties just after the sun sets.
Some equipment from the salt mine. The mine is located UNDER the lake! On rare occasions people have toured the mine.
Throughout the first half of the cruise, our tour guide provided a nice history of the lake, the local wineries, salt mine, and the local colleges. As we returned to the dock, we had time to relax and just take in the sights. You are allowed to bring your own food & drink, so we brought along a bottle of Rosé and a cheese & cracker plate! There are some complimentary sodas on board for passengers. The night of our tour was a bit rainy, so we didn’t have much of a sunset. It was the only night the cruise was running during our stay though, so we decided to go for it! If you make it to Ithaca and are looking for other activities, check out my here.
If you are looking for a place to eat before or after the boat ride, I recommend the nearby Boat Yard Grill.
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