18 Best Things To Do In Hammondsport, New York - Updated 2023

things to do in hammondsport new york

Situated in the southern tip of Keuka Lake, Hammondsport offers a great mix of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. Vineyards will engulf you as you take in the scenic views of the lake. While it’s a small town destination that offers a respite from large crowds, it has no shortage of fun-filled and relaxing activities. From kayaking, jet skiing, and fishing to visiting museums and wine-tasting, this quaint little village in New York has something in store for every kind of traveler. No wonder it’s hailed as one of America’s Coolest Small Town. Heading to Hammondsport soon? Here are the top 10 things to do in Hammondsport, NY.

1. Spot the vintage vehicles at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (from USD 13.0)

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Make your way through an incredible collection of historic planes and automobiles, as well as vintage boats, bicycles, and other modes of transportation at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. When you get this tour with Viator, you can skip the line at the ticket booth and go straight inside.

Glenn H Curtiss Museum Admission Ticket

Duration: 2 hours

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2. Rent a boat from Keuka Watersports

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Posted by Keuka Watersports on Monday, July 12, 2021

Hammondsport is located on the southern banks of the long Keuka Lake, so while you’re in town, don’t miss the opportunity to go sailing in its cool waters. If you don’t have a water vehicle, you can easily rent one from Keuka Watersports. They offer boats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards. You can even purchase water sports equipment here.

Keuka Watersports

Address: 7 Water Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Keuka Watersports

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

3. Go fishing with Keuka Bigfoot Charters

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Keuka Lake is a great place to introduce your kids to the world of fishing. They’ll pick up life skills, most importantly patience and the moral lesson that when you wait just long enough, you will be rewarded. We highly recommend going on a fishing trip with Keuka Bigfoot Charters– they specialize in bringing kids out to fish! And while you’re in Hammondsport, it always helps to support local establishments like Keuka Bigfoot Charters.

Keuka Bigfoot Charters

Address: Keuka Lake, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Keuka Bigfoot Charters

Price: 300 USD per trip (up to 6 passengers)

4. Visit the old vineyards of Pleasant Valley Wine Company

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When you’re in the Finger Lakes region, be sure to drop by Pleasant Valley Wine Company, especially if you’re an oenophile. This is the oldest winery in the region, dating back to 1860. The vineyards and the cellars aren’t the only places to check out. Pleasant Valley Wine Company has eight historic stone buildings, all included in the United States’ National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are only available from Memorial Day to mid-November, weather permitting, so plan your trip ahead.

Pleasant Valley Wine Company

Address: 8260 Pleasant Valley Road, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Pleasant Valley Wine Company

Opening hours: Jan - Mar: Tue - Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed on Sun & Mon); Apr - Dec: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

Price: 5 USD

5. Taste local brews at Steuben Brewing Company

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Posted by Steuben Brewing Company on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hammondsport has been voted America’s coolest small town by the readers of ‘Budget Travel’ because of plenty of reasons. One of those is the great local brews courtesy of Steuben Brewing Company. This family-operated farm and brewery produce excellent beer, which you can sample directly from the tap then take home with you when you purchase a couple of cans. Favorites include the Steuben Club IPA and the NY PILS.

Steuben Brewing Company

Address: 10286 Judson Road, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Steuben Brewing Company

Opening hours: Wed: 12pm - 6pm; Thu: 12pm - 7pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 8pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm (closed on Mon & Tues)

6. Enjoy outdoor activities with your family at HA Funland

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We're firing up our pizza oven to be ready at noon for all your take-out pizza desires. #hammondsport #keuka #keukalake #smallbusiness #woodfiredpizza #pizza #fingerlakes

Posted by HAfunland on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Bring the entire family to HA Funland, where there is plenty of fun activities for the young and the young at heart. Beat each other’s high scores at the arcade. Try your hand at the escape room and see if your family can survive. Explore the nature trail. And when the hunger is no longer avoidable, fire up the wood oven and bring the entire group around to make some fresh pizza.

HA Funland

Address: 8383 Gallagher Road, Hammondsport, NY

Website: HA Funland

Opening hours: Jun - Oct: Sat: 12pm - 7pm (closed from Sun - Fri)

Price: 1 USD onwards

7. Get an aerial view with Finger Lakes Seaplanes

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Posted by Finger Lakes Seaplanes on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Now that you’ve explored the streets of Hammondsport and even experienced the cold waters of Keuka Lake, it’s time to take your adventure to the skies on a seaplane! Go on a seaplane tour of Hammondsport and the surrounding areas. Watch the landscape turn from populated town centers to rolling vineyards. When it comes to seaplane tours, the most trusted local outfitter is Finger Lakes Seaplanes.

Finger Lakes Seaplanes

Address: 13760 W Lake Road, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Finger Lakes Seaplanes

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 225 USD onwards

8. Watch local performances at Keuka Lake Players

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Posted by Keuka Lake Players, Inc. on Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hammondsport locals have a penchant for the theater arts. This is most evident with Keuka Lake Players, a local non-profit where Steuben County residents can live out their theater dreams and perform in front of the people. It was founded in 1986, making it the oldest organization of its kind in the Finger Lakes region as well. They regularly hold summer, fall, and winter productions – just check their official website for upcoming productions and events.

Keuka Lake Players

Website: Keuka Lake Players

Price: 5 USD onwards

9. Gaze at fine artworks at Twig & Hollow Gallery

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Posted by Twig & Hollow Gallery on Thursday, October 18, 2018

Want to check out some local art and photography? Head to Twig & Hollow Gallery, where the walls are displayed with various fine art and photographs from Hammondsport’s artists. If you love art or have children taking an interest in it, this is perhaps a must-do activity when in Hammondsport.

Twig & Hollow Gallery

Address: 65-67 Shethar Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Twig & Hollow Gallery

Opening hours: Wed: 2pm - 7pm; Fri - Sun: 2pm - 7pm (closed on Mon, Tue & Thu)

10. Hunt for vintage finds at Crooked Lake Antiques

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Beautiful maple bakers cabinet!

Posted by Crooked Lake Antiques on Monday, November 5, 2018

Want some retail therapy while you’re in Hammondsport? Why not head to Crooked Lake Antiques and hunt for unique and vintage finds? Crooked Lake Antiques has everything, from beautiful and restored vintage furniture to heirlooms and a wide variety of one-of-a-kind collectibles. We recommend you make this your last stop before heading out of Hammondsport so you can get souvenirs and gifts for friends and loved ones who couldn’t make it with you to this town.

Crooked Lake Antiques

Address: 8428 NY-54, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Crooked Lake Antiques

Opening hours: Apr - Dec: 10am - 5pm (daily); Jan - Mar: Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Fri)

11. Savor delicious ice creams at Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company

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Winter, spring, summer or, fall– it doesn’t matter when you head to Hammondsport so long as you drop by Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company to sample the goods. In fact, Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company has been a destination in its own right for 30 years. It’s not just the big scoops, the sundaes, the milkshakes, and the coolers that keep people coming back. It’s the warm and friendly atmosphere as well.

Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company

Address: 35 Shether Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company

Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)

12. Go kayaking with Keuka Seneca Kayak Rentals

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Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

We already mentioned a couple of group activities you can enjoy on Keuka Lake, but this time around, let’s focus on you. You deserve some “me” time. Keuka Seneca Kayak Rentals, one of the local outfitters in the area, has a wide selection of kayaks for rent so you can go out, paddle, and enjoy some peace and solitude in the lake. We recommend going out in the early morning for a tranquil sunrise. It will set the day’s tone, trust us!

Keuka Seneca Kayak Rentals

Address: 59-67 Shethar Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Keuka Seneca Kayak Rentals

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 9pm

13. Have a picnic at Champlin Beach Park

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If you’re not in the mood to do anything in particular and just want to enjoy the day outside, why not go on a picnic at Champlin Beach Park? Pack a couple of sandwiches and your preferred drinks, maybe even bring your favorite book with you, or invite the rest of the group to soak up the sun at Champlin Beach Park. From here, you can also easily go kayaking on Keuka Lake.

Champlin Beach Park

Address: NY-54, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Champlin Beach Park

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7am - 6pm; Fri - Sun: 10am - 6pm

14. Walk down the Pulteney Square Historic District

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Listed as part of the United States’ National Register of Historic Places in 1999, the Pulteney Square Historic District is a must-stop if you’re making your way through a historic tour of Hammondsport. There are a total of 15 buildings in the district, as well as a couple of notable Hammondsport sites like the village green and the Pulteney Square Bandstand. The entire historic district is estimated to date back between the 1800s and 1900s.

Pulteney Square Historic District

Address: Pulteney Square Historic District, Hammondsport, NY

Price: Free

15. Indulge in the best burgers at Burgers & Beer of Hammondsport

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Chicken Cheddar Cowboy sandwich is today's special. Grilled chicken, crispy onion rings, BBQ sauce and Cheddar cheese...

Posted by Burgers & Beer of Hammondsport on Monday, May 13, 2019

Look at that photo of one of the burgers served at Burgers & Beer of Hammondsport and tell us your mouth is not watering. Wow, all of a sudden we’re craving for the best burger we can find! But back to the topic, there is only place to find the most scrumptious burgers in Hammondsport and that’s Burgers & Beer of Hammondsport. Include this in your itinerary especially if you’re going on a food-and-drink trip in the Finger Lakes region.

Burgers & Beer of Hammondsport

Address: 41 Shethar Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Burgers & Beer of Hammondsport

Opening hours: 7:30am - 10:10pm (daily)

16. Try some classic Italian cuisine at Union Block Italian Bistro

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Order up! What's your favorite dish when you come here?

Posted by Union Block Italian Bistro on Friday, September 27, 2019

We’re not sure if you noticed, but Shether Street is home to some of Hammondsport’s finest food and drink establishments. Take Union Block, for example. This is the best Italian restaurant in town, well-known for their take on Italian cuisine, which strikes the perfect balance between authentic and inventive. If you’re in the mood for some live music, head downstairs to the “grotto” for a good time.

Union Block Italian Bistro

Address: 31 Shether Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Union Block Italian Bistro

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5pm - 9pm; Sat: 4pm - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 3pm

17. Visit The Cinnamon Stick

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Down in Mechanic Street, you’ll find a cozy little gift shop called The Cinnamon Stick. Inside, a wealth of interesting curios abound, from unique collectibles to even gourmet goods. As the proprietors of The Cinnamon Stick say, “why go to the mall when we have it all?” Why, indeed!

The Cinnamon Stick

Address: 26 Mechanic Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: The Cinnamon Stick

Opening hours: Mon: 4pm - 9pm; Tue - Wed: 9am - 9pm; Thu: 4pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 12pm - 9pm

18. Dig in to a delish meal at Wiseguys Pizzeria & Subs

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Still shoveling snow? Can’t make dinner? Call us at 607-569-2000. #WGPizza

Posted by Wise Guys of Hammondsport on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Should you ever find yourself craving for greasy good food in the middle of the night while you’re in Hammondsport, there is only one thing to do: go to Wiseguys Pizzeria & Subs and treat yourself. It’s a no-frills establishment that serves only the best pizzas and calzone in this side of Keuka Lake. And if you don’t want to get out of bed, call to have some of that goodness delivered to your hotel or vacation rental.

Wiseguys Pizzeria & Subs

Address: 90 Pulteney Street, Hammondsport, NY

Website: Wiseguys Pizzeria & Subs

Opening hours:Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

Welcome to Hammondsport

Hammondsport may be a small town, but now you know it’s packed with activities to do and restaurants to try. The moniker bestowed on Hammondsport is truly well-deserved. Sound off below if you agree and don’t forget to check out our website if you’d like to learn more about Hammondsport and the Finger Lakes region.

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