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Finger Lakes Pride: LGBTQ+ Friendly Stops

Finger Lakes Pride: LGBTQ+ Friendly Stops

Finger Lakes Pride: LGBTQ+ Friendly Stops

Experience the warmth of the Finger Lakes region, where friendliness, inclusivity, and vibrant experiences await you. Our towns welcome you with open arms and offer a myriad of enriching activities for all to enjoy. Dive into this three-day, LGBT+-friendly itinerary exploring Rochester, Corning, and Ithaca.


Welcome to Rochester, where history pulses through its streets and creativity flourishes at every turn! From the pioneering spirit of Frederick Douglass to the tenacity of Susan B. Anthony, this city has long been a beacon of civil rights and progress. Rochester is one of the most progressive cities you’ll find in the U.S, so it’s no surprise that it was named one of the most LGBTQ-friendly places in Advocate’s Gayest Cities in America list.

Finger Lakes Pride: LGBTQ+ Friendly Stops

Begin your journey by delving into the vibrant art scene at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, followed by a captivating visit to the George Eastman Museum, a haven for photography enthusiasts.

And what better way to refuel than with a taste of Rochester’s culinary icon, the Garbage Plate, at Nick Tahou Hots? Despite its name, this hearty dish is a true delight beloved across the nation.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, where you can stand in the very spot where she made history.

There are so many ways you can spend the rest of your afternoon. If you’re an old soul, you’ll need to check out Record Archive where you’ll find over 250,000 new and vintage vinyl records, a wide selection of Rochester-themed gifts, merchandise, vintage clothing and furniture. If you want something more hands-on, stop by Scents by Design for a pour-your-own candle and custom fragrance experience. Or, if you’re traveling with children, the whole family will love The Strong National Museum of Play and the Seneca Park Zoo.

On tap is your evening at the theater. Take in the sights and sounds at the Rochester Broadway Theater League. We suggest that you pair your show with an upscale dining experience at Carnegie Cellars or The Gate House.

And for those seeking a lively nightlife, Rochester delivers with LGBT+ friendly hotspots like Roar Rochester, The Avenue Pub, and 140 Alex Bar & Grill.

Rest easy knowing that Rochester offers LGBT+ owned accommodations for a welcoming overnight stay. Visit for more information.


Ready for day two of your adventure? Let’s kick it off with a hearty breakfast at Jine’s or grab a quick coffee and breakfast sandwich at Equal=Grounds Cafe to fuel up for the day. Now, it’s time to hit the road and head over to Corning, a gem listed in last year’s top 22 Small LGBT-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

Finger Lakes Pride: LGBTQ+ Friendly Stops

First up, immerse yourself in the wonderland of glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. With over 50,000 mesmerizing objects, captivating contemporary glass working demonstrations, and the chance to create your very own glass masterpiece, prepare to be spellbound.

Afterward, indulge in some retail therapy at Card Carrying, one of only two feminist bookstores in NYS, and treat yourself to something sweet at the delicious and proudly gay-owned Laura Belle’s Bakery. For a heartier meal, Aniello’s Pizzeria is sure to hit the spot.

Next on the agenda is The Rockwell Museum, where you’ll find a captivating collection that reflects the spirit, character, and values of America through diverse artistic lenses.

As the sun begins to set, get ready for an evening packed with excitement at the Park Ave Sports Center. Mini golf, rock climbing, driving range, laser tag – the options are endless! Then, take your pick from nearby dining spots for a satisfying dinner.Wrap up your day with a cozy overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Corning. With a fantastic team ready to ensure your comfort and relaxation, it’s the perfect end to an exhilarating day. And if you fancy exploring other accommodation options, there are plenty nearby to choose from.


Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your cozy accommodation, or treat yourself to some locally roasted and ethically sourced coffee at Soul Full Cup. As you hit the road towards Ithaca, recently hailed in Advocate’s magazine as one of the “10 best cities for LGBTQ people,” get ready for a journey filled with dining, arts, shopping, and vibrant nightlife.

Nature enthusiasts, rejoice! Ithaca is your ultimate outdoor haven. Lose yourself in the tranquility of Buttermilk Falls State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park, where adventure awaits at every turn. Whether you prefer boating, hiking, biking, swimming, or fishing, these breathtaking environments offer endless possibilities for exploration and relaxation.

Animal lovers, don’t miss the chance to grab a light lunch and some cuddles from adorable (and adoptable) cats at Alley Cat Café. Craving something heartier? Head over to Ithaca Ale House for mouthwatering burgers and a selection of 20 craft beers on tap.

Finger Lakes Pride: LGBTQ+ Friendly Stops

Take your Ithaca experience to new heights with private tours that offer a unique perspective of the Finger Lakes region. Southern Tier Balloon Tours offer the thrill of soaring above Upstate New York in a hot air balloon, while Discover Cayuga Lake Boat Tours provide an opportunity to cruise the picturesque waters with a variety of themed excursions. Experience! The Finger Lakes offers wine tours and waterfall adventures, showcasing the region’s best.

Delve into Ithaca’s rich LGBTQ history with a self-guided walking tour, featuring 32 stops over 7 miles. Explore sites of historic significance, from the first gay student sit-in demonstration to memorial gardens and beyond.

As night falls, dine al fresco at The Rook in downtown Ithaca before immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant nightlife. With inclusive bars like The Range, Bar Argos, and The Watershed, there’s no shortage of options to dance the night away.

Rest your head at the historic Argos Inn, a welcoming gay-friendly inn in downtown Ithaca, or choose from a variety of nearby accommodations for a comfortable night’s sleep.

For more resources, take a look at the I Love NY LGBTQ travel guide and make the most of your unforgettable journey to Ithaca and beyond.

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