Sitting at the northern tip of Canandaigua Lake, the city of Canandaigua is a beautiful vacation spot known for its historic downtown district, its farm-to-table cuisine, and its gorgeous lake views. The charming downtown streets are dotted with boutique shops and local art galleries, and just outside of town, you'll find attractions like the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort and the family-friendly Lincoln Hill Farms. The food is a big attraction here as well; you can feast on Mexican or Thai, indulge in home churned ice cream, or learn how to make something new in one of the excellent classes offered by the New York Kitchen. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Formerly the summer home of a wealthy New York City banker, the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is a gorgeous 50-acre property with nine formal gardens. Much of the 40-room mansion is open to visitors, as are the gardens, which range from an elaborate Japanese garden to a peaceful rock garden. During the high season, the admission ticket includes a guided tour of the estate. The park is open to visitors seven days a week between the beginning of May and the end of October, and during these months, there are often evening concerts, afternoon high teas, and other special events.
151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-394-4922
2.Bristol Mountain Ski Resort
Only ten miles outside of Canandaigua, the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort is the place to go if you want to have some fun outdoors, particularly in the winter. The park boasts 34 trails spread out over almost 140 acres, and with the trails ranging from green to double black, there's something for skiers and riders of all ability levels. Two terrain parks and a handful of cross-country skiing trails can be found here as well. It's worth visiting the resort in the summer as well; they have a challenging high ropes course, a ziplines course, and a kids' adventure park.
5662 NY-64, Canandaigua, NY 14424
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3.CMAC, Canandaigua, New York
Known in full as the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, the CMAC is a large amphitheater that can hold up to 15,000 people. The seating is both under the roof and on the grassy hill overlooking the stage, and the performances range from popular musicians to ballet shows. A wide variety of food and drink trucks are usually on-site during events, and there's also a Corona-themed beer garden on the lawn. If you want to upgrade your experience, you can even get tickets for a VIP tent with a private bar and complimentary snacks.
4355 Lakeshore Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424
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4.Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum
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Originally constructed in 1816, the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum offers a fascinating look how people in the area used to live. The elegant three-story mansion is open to visitors by guided tour, and the tour also goes through two old barns filled with antique sleighs, carriages, and farm equipment. Visitors are encouraged to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens on their own. Carriage rides are offered between June and October, and during the winter, guests can often take a short sleigh ride around the property. Every November, the estate hosts a popular Festival of Trees and a three-day Christmas market.
295 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-394-1472
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5.Naked Dove Brewing Company, Canandaigua, New York
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Established by three friends with a passion for craft beer, the Naked Dove Brewing Company should be on every beer lover's list of places to visit in Canandaigua. They serve six incredible beers year-round, including an amber ale, an IPA, and a porter, and there's always a rotating selection of seasonal beers as well. The tasting room is open seven days a week, and customers are welcome to stop by to enjoy a tasting flight, fill a growler, or even pick up a keg for a special event. On the weekends, visitors can sometimes also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery.
4048 State Route 5 and 20, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-396-2537
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6.Ontario County Historical Society
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If you want to learn about the history of Ontario County and the people who have lived here over the years, there's no better place to do so than at the Ontario County Historical Society. They have a wide collection of historical objects and photos, and there's always an interesting exhibit to see. The staff are also happy to help you with your own genealogical research projects, although it's best to arrange an appointment in advance. If you're interested in learning even more, there's also a small bookshop with a fascinating selection of books, CDs, and DVDs.
55 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-394-4975
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7.Lincoln Hill Farms, Canandaigua, New York
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Occupying 95 acres of historic farmland, Lincoln Hill Farms is a family-friendly gathering place that holds both public and private events. Live music is held Thursday through Sunday, and every Sunday, there's a special family day with free admission, children's yard games, and a small petting zoo. A farm-to-table food truck and a 'silo bar' with 36 tap beers can be found on-site as well. Other events are held throughout the year as well; the most up-to-date information can be found on their website, but keep an eye out for extra-special seasonal events like the August Brewfest and the Halloween paintball.
3792 NY-247, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-563-8846
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8.Pat Rini Rohrer Art Gallery
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Owned and operated by a talented local artist, the Pat Rini Rohrer Art Gallery is a great place to see some incredible artwork made by artists who call the Finger Lakes region home. The gallery is housed inside a gorgeous refurbished 1850s house on Main Street, and it typically features a wide range of different artistic styles, including hand-blown glass, oil and watercolor paintings, unique sculptures, and jewelry. Visitors are always welcome to stop by during opening hours, and if you have more time, the gallery also offers one-day workshops and multi-session classes taught by various professional artists from the area.
71 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-394-0030
9.Jeanne Beck Gallery & Studio
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Found in a beautiful loft space above the Dalai Java Coffee Shop, the Jeanne Beck Gallery & Studio is a working artist's studio that also functions as a contemporary art gallery. The works on display include both paintings and mixed media creations, all of which are the creations of the artist who owns the gallery, and many are available for sale. From time to time, the gallery also hosts free and paid workshops covering various aspects of painting, mixed media creation, and storytelling. Supplies are typically included, and private painting lessons are also available for artists of all levels.
154 Mill St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-704-6419
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10.Simply Crepes Cafe - Canandaigua
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Established by a French-Canadian family with a delicious crepe recipe that has been passed down for generations, the Simply Crepes Cafe is a unique restaurant that serves sweet and savory crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All dishes are made fresh from locally sourced ingredients, and although the menu changes with the season, there's always salads, soups, and sides as well as an incredible selection of crepes. Lactose- and gluten-free crepes are available for guests with dietary restrictions. The restaurant is open seven days a week, and on Sunday mornings, there's a special brunch buffet with a made-to-order crepe station.
101 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-394-9090
11.New York Kitchen, Canandaigua, New York
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For lovers of food, wine, or beer, the New York Kitchen is a must-visit while in Canandaigua. Hands-on cooking classes teach guests how to make everything from wontons to hot sauce, and wine and beer workshops cover everything you need to know about local New York state wine and beer. There are even Junior Chef classes where kids can practice making foods like cookies, pizza, and pasta from scratch. If you'd rather simply relax and enjoy a delicious meal, there's also an excellent on-site restaurant and bar that focuses on crafting their cuisine with local and seasonal ingredients.
800 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-394-7070
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12.Rio Tomatlan, Canandaigua, New York
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Specializing in authentic Mexican food and cocktails, Rio Tomatlan is an inviting restaurant with funky decor and a beautiful patio. The ingredients are either sourced locally or imported from small Mexican producers, and house specialties include mole enchiladas, chile rellenos, and chicken tacos. There's also a wonderful selection of Mexican tequilas and mezcals, and the bar is known for its delicious specialty margaritas. Live music, themed dinners, and other special events are held here from time to time, and the space can also be booked for private events, including dinners, cocktail hours, and cooking classes.
106 Bemis St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-394-9380
13.Cheshire Farms Creamery, Canandaigua, NY
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Inspired by the happiness of old-time family farms, the Cheshire Farms Creamery is the perfect place for a sweet treat or a light lunch on a hot summer day. Their home-churned ice cream is made with local dairy products, and there are always around 20 different flavors to choose from, although the menu changes daily. If you don't eat dairy, there's a small selection of non-dairy Dole whip as well. Ice cream cakes can be ordered to celebrate a special event at home, and the shop also has a cafe with fresh baked goods, sandwiches, and excellent locally roasted coffee.
10 Parrish St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-396-9793
14.Thai by Night, Canandaigua, New York
One of the best restaurants in Canandaigua, Thai by Night is owned and operated by a Thai woman and her American husband, both of whom have extensive experience in the restaurant industry. The dishes are just like you'd get them in Thailand, and popular options include the Massaman curry, the pad Thai, and the tom yum soup. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally, and the staff are happy to accommodate various dietary needs and to adjust the level of spiciness in dishes as needed. There's also a great selection of local wines, beers, and ciders to accompany your meal.
123 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Phone: 585-412-6261
14 Best Things to Do in Canandaigua, New York
- Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Photo: jakkapan/stock.adobe.com
- Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, Photo: cppzone/stock.adobe.com
- CMAC, Canandaigua, New York, Photo: CMAC
- Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, Photo: Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum
- Naked Dove Brewing Company, Canandaigua, New York, Photo: Naked Dove Brewing Company
- Ontario County Historical Society, Photo: Ontario County Historical Society
- Lincoln Hill Farms, Canandaigua, New York, Photo: Lincoln Hill Farms
- Pat Rini Rohrer Art Gallery, Photo: Pat Rini Rohrer Art Gallery
- Jeanne Beck Gallery & Studio, Photo: Jeanne Beck Gallery & Studio
- Simply Crepes Cafe - Canandaigua, Photo: Simply Crepes Cafe - Canandaigua
- New York Kitchen, Canandaigua, New York, Photo: New York Kitchen
- Rio Tomatlan, Canandaigua, New York, Photo: Rio Tomatlan
- Cheshire Farms Creamery, Canandaigua, NY, Photo: Cheshire Farms Creamery
- Thai by Night, Canandaigua, New York, Photo: naito8/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: scriberight/stock.adobe.com
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