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The Seneca Falls Bucket List

by on August 3, 2014
Flipping into Cayuga Lake

When you’re a student at New York Chiropractic College, there are certain things that are simply essential experiences. Though there is little free time when you have class 32 hours each week, we still live in the Finger Lakes. Despite a relatively rural setting, there are a surprisingly endless number of things to see and do before you can say you’ve truly experienced the region.


NYCC students study on campus for 7 trimesters, or just over two years, and then intern in their option of school-run clinics throughout New York. I myself will be located in Rochester, NY. For those of us leaving, it means a limited time to do it all, in the company of the friends alongside whom we’ve studied, played and slept. And that’s just the activities in the classroom!

Fear not. With help from the class of December 2015, I have compiled all of the things you need to do to say you had the Seneca Falls experience.

Essential Eats


Celebrating final exams finished with the Man Vs. Burger Challenge at Parker’s.

  • Downtown Deli’s movie-themed sandwiches
  • Man Vs. Burger Challenge at Parker’s
  • Joe’s Hots (only counts after 1:00 AM)
  • Wing Night at Dewey’s Third Ward Tavern (Thursdays)
  • Ice cream at Cayuga Sugar Shack
  • Take your family to Wolffy’s for lakeside dining

Get Moving

Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail

Hanging out at the Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail that runs to Geneva.

  • It’s a Wonderful Life 5K road race, part of Seneca Falls’ legendary Christmas season celebrations
  • Beach Volleyball at Cayuga Lake State Park
  • Run/bike the Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail
  • Jumping from the railroad bridge into Cayuga Lake
  • Hike to each of the spectacular waterfalls in Ithaca’s Treman State Park
  • Tee off at the NYCC campus golf course

For the Socialite

A performance by the band Fun at Canandaigua  Music and Arts Center

A performance by the band Fun at Canandaigua Music and Arts Center

  • Halloween Party at The Sequestered Tavern (formerly Bull’s Run)
  • Catch an outdoor concert at CMAC‘s huge sloping lawns
  • Celebrate your 4th-Trimester Scrub Burning Party with a bonfire at Elk’s
  • Out on a Tuesday night for the Pre-Registration Day party
  • Saturday Night Bands at The Groggery (Bonus: Perform at Open Mic Night Thursdays)
  • Summer Tuesdays with Finger Lakes Athletic Club at Dewey’s Party House: food, drink, live music, and volleyball tournaments

Drink Time

Wine touring on the Cayuga Wine Trail

Wine touring on the Cayuga Wine Trail

  • Cayuga Wine Trail (must taste at minimum 6 wineries of the 17 on the trail to count)
  • Visit Ithaca Beer Company

Student Exclusive

  • Live in the dorms
  • Get out of the dorms
  • Study at the NYCC library until closing
  • Open your assigned locker

See it to Believe It

NYCC students living on the lake love to show off their view of dawn

NYCC students living on the lake love to show off their view of dawn

  • Watch sunrise on Cayuga Lake
  • Take pictures at Taughannock Falls

Know Your Locale

The canal locks of Seneca Falls still allow waterborne access to the Finger Lakes

The canal locks of Seneca Falls still allow waterborne access to the Finger Lakes

  • Tour the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights National Park and the Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Walk Cayuga St. and State St. to observe the impressive Revivalist and Italianate architecture, and visit the Seneca Falls Historical Society
  • See the Cayuga-Seneca Canal double lock in action
    • DOUBLE POINTS: Ride through the locks in a boat
  • Join the ranks of celebrities who have had a haircut at Tony’s, an inconspicuous, old-fashioned Italian barber shop in Kingdom Plaza
  • Shop at Sauder’s, the unbeatable local Mennonite market, and Wegman’s, upstate NY’s favorite grocer

Explorer Badge (Bonus points)

Find Ithaca's many stunning falls and gorges

Find Ithaca’s many stunning falls and gorges

  • Explore Ithaca’s downtown, gorges and Cornell University (enjoy dinner at Bandwagon)
  • Date night in classy Skaneateles
  • Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill in Syracuse’s epic Destiny USA mall (must ride the bull)
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Q in Rochester, see the city’s revitalized waterfront and Gotham City-like architecture
  • Swim and hike in Watkins Glen
  • Roadtrip to Niagara Falls

What’s left? What experiences are essential to your life in the Finger Lakes? Tell me in the comments, or tweet @bhmccann with the hashtag #FLXbucketlist!

  1. You made me homesick with this blog! Fairport, a suburb of Rochester, is my hometown. I went to HS in the city and loved the area. I miss the cicadas and corn in the summer. Congrats on your hard work!

  2. Charlene permalink

    And here I was thinking I was the only nut bag who jumped off the train bridge…

  3. CPB permalink

    you forgot Sauders, all the amazing diners in Waterloo and the Drive-In Movies on the way to Auburn!!!!

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