- The list below includes 61 free or cheap things to do in or near Hector, New York, including 55 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.
As an educational center belonging to the Paleontological Research Institution, the Cayuga Nature Center provides exhibits and activities for visitors to learn about nature. Activities at the center include a six-story tree house, a butterfly garden, animals, and night hikes.
Founded in 2003, the Museum of the Earth studies the history of Earth and its life. The permanent exhibition features almost 3 million items, and cover domains like the glaciers and the coral reefs. Special programs are organized all around the year, such as the Fossil ID Day.
The Robert Treman State Park is popular for its waterfalls, the best known being the Lucifer Falls. 4.5 miles of trails connect all the falls. In here there are also camping areas, picnic tables, playing fields, and a pool. The Enfield Falls Mill and Miller's House is also in here.
Named after the creek which crosses it and after the many falls in it, the Buttermilk Falls State Park was founded in 1924 and has cabins, pavilions, playgrounds, as well as other amenities. The main activities which can be performed in here are fishing, hunting, and hiking.