- The list below includes 50 free or cheap things to do in or near Skaneateles, New York, including 48 different types of inexpensive activities like Walking Trails, Bowling, Mini Golf and Farms & Ranches.
- From Skaneateles Lake to Charlie Major Nature Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Skaneateles and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Syracuse, Auburn, Seneca Falls and Ithaca.
Dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history and culture of the Yates County area, the Yates County History Center includes multiple museums as well as a restored carriage house. The museum features permanent exhibits, archives, and genealogical materials.
Nature walkers will enjoy a stroll along Keuka Lake Outlet Trail in Penn Yan. Scenic and picturesque, the trail provides great views of birds, flowers and other foliage. Along with walkers, bikers are also welcome on the trail.
The Arts Center of Yates County is devoted to bringing artistic opportunities to the area. The center hosts a variety of exhibits of local and regional artists' work, and hosts workshops and special events.
A locally-owned cinema multiplex with three theaters, Lake Street Plaza Theatres shows first-run Hollywood movies. The theater offers discount matinees, as well as a variety of other promotions and combo options.
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.