Friday, June 17, 2016

10 Experiential Gifts for Dads

1. Geocache Adventure
Via Points of Inspiration

Be some of the first to embark on the new treasure hunt experience just launched by the Points of Inspiration Project. The geocache adventure is based around the already existing Architecture and Scenic View driving trails, with caches located at 33 different regional sites.

2. Kayak Tour

Mountain Valley Guides offers three awesome guided kayak tours on Seneca Lake. Take a trip up the eastern shore of the lake to the painted bluffs and Hector Falls, do some birding on Catherine Creek, or paddle up the west side to the Tiki Bar for lakeside music and grub.

3. Drive the Glen
Via Watkins Glen International

Yes, you can cruise in your own car around the famous 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit at Watkins Glen International. You'll even get a chance to stop for a picture to prove that you did it!

4. Craft Beverage Tasting
Via Wagner Valley Brewing Company

There's wine, craft beer, cider, and distilled spirits ready for tasting at more than 100 locations throughout the region! Check out Wagner Vineyards for award-winning wine and beer in one location with an amazing view; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for great wine and cider in The Oasis--their outdoor party pavilion; or stop in to CK Cellars for a taste of wine, cider, and mead.

5. Hike Watkins Glen State Park

19 waterfalls, a stream descending 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, a gorge path winding over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade, and rim trails overlook the gorge = a must-do on any hiker's bucket list.

6. Glider Ride
Via Mark Twain Country

Take dad on the adventure of a lifetime to enjoy the breathtaking sights of the region from the cockpit of a glider in the Soaring Capital of America.

7. Farm-to-Table Cooking Class

Perfect for foodie fathers! Stay at the Black Sheep Inn, explore local organic farms and wineries, meet the growers, and collect your own ingredients for an instructed cooking class.

8. Schooner Excursion

Sail on the historic True Love schooner that appeared in the movies "Philadelphia Story" (1940) and "High Society" (1956) or cruise on the custom-built Remedy for an Eco, history, craft beverage, or sightseeing tour.

9. Make Your Own Glass
Via Corning Museum of Glass

Let dad create his own glass piece at the Corning Museum of Glass. Also check out a live hot glass demo, the galleries with over 35 centuries of glass history, and The Shops at the Museum.

10. Fishing and Camping

Fish hundreds of flowing rivers, lakes, and streams that are packed with walleye, pike, pickerel, trout, salmon, steelhead, perch, muskellunge, and bass. There are lots of great spots for camping too!


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