Orchards, Creameries & Farms
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Where Agriculture and Tourism meet
Agritourism is best described as an intersection where agriculture and tourism meet. It could be plucking an apple from a u-pick orchard, touring a creamery where you can meet cows then taste the cheese made from their milk, or horseback riding among beautiful forests and rolling pastures. If you are looking to explore the outdoors, enjoy the country air, and stretch your legs, we have an experience to fit your interest!
Cheese & Creameries
Here in Watkins Glen and Schuyler County, we are lucky to be surrounded by rich, fertile farmland. Our local farmers open their doors and welcome you to experience the beauty and bounty of the Finger Lakes! While the area is known for the wine trail and the addition of many craft breweries as of late, the region's cheese is another shining star, with a collection of family-run dairy farms.
Fall in love with the animals at farm sanctuary
If you are an animal lover, you will feel right at home in the Finger Lakes. One of only three official Farm Sanctuary properties in the country is right here in Schuyler County, where rescued farm animals are taken to their forever home. This 175-acre sanctuary, located a short drive west of Watkins Glen, is home to more than 800 farm animals including cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens and roosters, horses, goats, and more. You can even stay on-site in one of their cabins or tiny houses.
During the season, visitors can tour the farm and visit with the animals, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. Spend the day and take an hour-long guided tour, browse the unique gift shop, learn more about farm animals in their Visitor Center, or enjoy a snack on their scenic deck.
In Watkins Glen and the surrounding area, there are a number of farms and agriculture-based businesses that welcome visitors to tour their operations! Perhaps you're interested in seeing a vineyard up close and learning more about the wine industry in the Finger Lakes, touring a working dairy farm and seeing how they turn their fresh milk into cheese, or perhaps you'd like to get out into the forest, cross a small creek and tour a woodland mushroom farm - we've got all of these experiences (and more!) just waiting for you. Download the Finger Lakes Farm Country app on your mobile device and start building your itinerary today!
There's nothing better than picking a fresh fruit or vegetable straight from the tree or vine and straight into your month. Head out for a fun afternoon, or stop by to get some fresh ingredients for pies or other dishes, you won't be disappointed.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County
Since 1917, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County (CCESC) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. CCESC hosts various programs and events helping connecting our robust, diverse agricultural community with residents and visitors alike.