- The list below includes 61 free or cheap things to do in or near Hector, New York, including 56 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Waterfalls, History Museums and Movie Theaters.
- From Hector Falls, Hector, NY to Smith Memorial Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hector and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Ithaca, Penn Yan, Horseheads and Watkins Glen.
Located along Seneca Lake, Smith Memorial Park is a campground that provides access to the water for swimming and boating. The park offers shower and restroom facilities, picnic areas and nature trails suitable for hiking.
Dedicated to preserving the local history of the region, Dundee Area Historical Society is a volunteer led organization. It runs the Hoyt Coal Weigh Station, featuring mining artifacts, and the Old Schoolhouse Museum, a school from the 1890s.
Summit to Stream Adventures is an outdoor adventure guide service that leads fly fishing, steelhead and salmon fishing, charter fishing, and and kayak and canoe services. The business features an experienced and knowledgeable staff.
Spanning 35 acres, Clute Park Campground runs along Seneca Lake and provides a boat launch into the lake. The park has areas for soccer, baseball and tennis as well as picnic areas, a skate park and playground.
The centerpiece of the park in which it is found, the Gorge at Watkins Glen State Park was created by the glaciers immediately after the Ice Age. It is basically a 400 foot-deep narrow cut in the earth, through which several waterfalls pass.
The Watkins Glen State Park is the most popular in the Finger Lakes area, because it has a 400 foot-deep gorge, which forms 19 waterfalls. Among the amenities in here can be mentioned the picnic areas, the pavilions, the camping sites, and the playgrounds.
For 20 consecutive years, the Watkins Glen International has hosted the United States Grand Prix. Now it hosts 2 NASCAR Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.