Summer on Cayuga Lake:
Boat Tours, Kayaks, Canoes, and Paddleboards
In Aurora during the summer, the only thing better than relaxing by the water is actually being on the lake— and we have a ton of ways for guests and visitors to get out there. From guided Cayuga Lake boat tours to personal watercraft for every ability level, we have plenty of options to get you out on the water. Grab your paddle and enjoy the sun!
Cayuga Lake Boat Tours
There are some great options for boat tours on Cayuga Lake that pick up or depart directly from the dock at the Aurora Inn, including:
Bianconi Tours – Captain Matt Bianconi is a true native of Aurora: his family has lived next to the Aurora Inn since the early 1900s, and he’s spent over 40 years boating on Cayuga Lake. Captain Matt’s 27-foot pontoon boat, La Barca Del Vino, can accommodate up to six guests. Public tours include sunset cruises and trips across Cayuga Lake to popular wineries on the western shore; private charters are also available. Public tours start at $34 per person.
Water to Wine Tours – Captain Skip Stamberger and his co-captains run several different tours with a fleet of four boats, visiting popular wineries and sightseeing destinations. Pick-up locations are offered all around Cayuga Lake—including the Aurora Inn dock and Long Point State Park, just down the road. Public tours start at $35 per person.
Discovery Cayuga Lake – Discover Cayuga Lake is an educational nonprofit that operates the MV Teal, a 63-foot cruiser that can accommodate more than 60 passengers. Primarily used as a “floating classroom” for ecological education—raising public awareness about the ecosystems of the Finger Lakes—the Teal also offer public tours and private charters. The Teal offers service from the Aurora Inn dock, and public tours start at $25 per person.
Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand-up Paddleboards
If you’d rather be the captain of your own ship, we have a range of personal watercraft options available for our guests.
There’s nothing like slipping out for a quiet morning paddle before Breakfast Menu at 1833 Kitchen & Bar, when the mist is still on the water and the sun is just starting to warm up—or, taking your own sunset cruise before enjoying a drink next to one of our outdoor firepits.
We have watercraft options for a number of different styles and abilities, including:
Single-person kayaks – Our Old Town Vapor 10 kayaks are built for stability—great for fishing, photography, or just paddling around. These boats are more maneuverable than our canoes and are built for one person; unlike professional kayaks, this style of kayak doesn’t require much effort to keep upright. If you’ve only been kayaking a few times, these boats would be a great option for you!
Two-person canoes – Like our kayaks, we’ve chosen our canoes for stability and ease of use. It’s possible to pilot one of these by yourself, if you have some experience, but we find they’re best enjoyed with a partner. There’s also room for a passenger or two.
Stand-up paddle boards — This option has the steepest learning curve for beginners. If you’ve never tried it before, stand-up paddleboarding requires a fair amount of coordination, stamina, and confidence. (And it’s totally worth the effort!) Stand-up paddleboarding is a great workout and it’s one of the most engaging ways to get out on the water. Once you get the hang of it, there are a variety of ways to use a paddleboard—including yoga!
There’s plenty of shoreline to explore to the north and south of the Aurora Inn dock. If you’re feeling ambitious, Long Point State Park is roughly three miles south. With a canoe or
kayak, it would take an experienced paddler about four hours to get there and back, in favorable conditions. Long Point State Park is a great spot for a picnic or a hike: the park has multiple picnic areas on the lakeshore, and also throughout its
4.5 miles of hiking trails.
Whether you’re taking a guided cruise or heading out for a solo paddle, be sure to pick up snacks and supplies (especially extra water bottles!) from the Village Market, next door to the Aurora Inn.
Have a fun and safe day on Cayuga Lake!
Need help planning your Inns of Aurora adventure?