In the serene landscapes of Seneca County, amidst tranquil lakeshores, charming wineries, and state parks, there lies a collection of locations offering optimal viewing opportunities while providing a retreat into wide-open spaces, away from bustling crowds. Let's explore the best places to witness this celestial marvel while immersing ourselves in the beauty of Seneca County. 

When Anthony met Stanton1. Van Cleef Lake (Seneca Falls)

Positioned in the heart of Seneca Falls, Van Cleef Lake provides a serene setting for eclipse viewing. Be sure to take the opportunity to visit several historical sites within walking distance, including the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and the When Anthony Met Stanton sculpture. Small accommodations like 3’s a Charm Carriage House grace the shoreline, allowing you to extend your stay and explore the quaint charm of this historic town. 

2. Oak Island (Waterloo)

A unique spot in the small yet mighty community of Waterloo, Oak Island provides a wide-open space for observation, making it a prime location for the eclipse. While there, you van visit the American Civil War Memorial and indulge in a cheese-tasting at Muranda Cheese Company.  

3. Americana Vineyards & Winery (Interlaken) 

Savor the flavors of the Finger Lakes while awaiting the eclipse. One of the oldest wineries on Cayuga Lake, you can enjoy award-winning wine (or a wine slushie!), eat food at the Crystal Lake Café, and take in the gorgeous views of the vineyard.  

4. Swedish Hill Winery (Fayette) 

Nestled amidst rolling hills overlooking Cayuga Lake, Swedish Hill Winery offers a variety of wines that’ll undoubtedly pair well with your eclipse experience. While there, be sure to enjoy their picnic facilities and visit their donkey mascot, Doobie! 

Finger Lakes Cider House at Good Life Farms5. Finger Lakes Cider House (Interlaken) 

Experience the eclipse amidst the orchards of Finger Lakes Cider House. Enjoy cider tastings, farm-to-table fare, and scenic countryside views. Made with a wide range of apples to cater to every palette, their traditional ciders are hailed as some of the best in the Finger Lakes. They even have rentals available on-site to maximize the rural elegance of your trip. 

Finger Lakes Outlet Mall6. Finger Lakes Premium Outlets (Junius) 

For those seeking convenience alongside celestial wonder, Finger Lakes Premium Outlets provides ample space for eclipse viewing. While there, add some new pieces to your wardrobe at stores like Nike or Adidas, and dine at nearby restaurants like Margarita’s Latin Soul Food before retiring to nearby hotels or motels for a comfortable stay. 

7. Lodi Point State Park (Lodi) 

Situated on the shore of Seneca Lake, Lodi Point State Park offers a quiet setting for eclipse viewing. With on-site campsites and nearby cottages, there are plenty of places to unwind during your trip. While there, be sure to stop into Boundary Breaks Vineyard and indulge in a Finger Lakes wine tasting overlooking Seneca Lake. 

8. Bonavista State Park (Ovid) 

Experience breathtaking views of Seneca Lake while enjoying a round of golf at Bonavista State Park's scenic 9-hole course. This is a great spot to watch the eclipse and have plenty to do before and after! Speaking of after, Ovid also offers a variety of wineries and distilleries to check out before you head home.  

Sampson Beach fall9. Sampson State Park (Romulus) 

With its expansive shoreline along the eastern side of Seneca Lake, Sampson State Park offers ample space for eclipse viewing. The park is located on the site of the former Sampson Naval Training Station, and even offers a military museum to visit. Explore the vast nature trails or head out on the water before viewing the eclipse. 

10. del Lago Resort & Casino (Tyre) 

Eclipse viewing meets entertainment at del Lago Resort & Casino, boasting a large parking lot for sky gazers. After the event, enjoy gaming, dining, and music before retiring to luxurious hotel accommodations. 

11. Goose Watch Winery (Varick) 

Offering a comfortable tasting room and a wide variety of unique blended wines, Goose Watch Winery is an ideal spot for eclipse viewing. The winery is equipped with a large viewing deck overlooking Cayuga Lake and multiple picnic areas, as well as an expansive area of gardens and trails to explore. 

12. Seneca Lake State Park (Waterloo/Geneva) 

Seneca Lake State Park, overlooking its namesake body of water, creates a relaxing viewing experience for the eclipse. Children will be especially delighted with the playground facilities. 

blue and yellow tent in cayuga lake state park13. Cayuga Lake State Park (Seneca Falls) 

Situated on the northern shore of Cayuga Lake, Cayuga Lake State Park promises breathtaking views of the eclipse. Campsites nestled amidst lush greenery provide an escape in the Finger Lakes region. While in the area, visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park or the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum

14. Lafayette Park (Waterloo) 

Discover the eclipse AND the official birthplace of Memorial Day at Lafayette Park. This wide-open area in the heart of Waterloo offers a simple yet special way to view the eclipse. Visit the Purple Heart Monument and the Korean War Memorial, among other pieces of history spread throughout the park.