For Finger Lakes Region residents looking to take a day trip to Lake Ontario I recommend three destinations. Fair Haven Beach State Park, almost due north of Ithaca, has probably the nicest sand beach on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Among other things, there is a long pier out into the mouth of Little Sodus Bay, swimming, and a simple park store. I also recommend Sodus Point, which has a public beach, a few restaurants, a large food stand, a pier, and an 1871 lighthouse. It sits at the mouth of Sodus Bay, which is worth seeing on its own. If you feel like a longer drive, Southwich Beach State Park on the east shore features an amazing beach (narrower but better than most of Cape Cod.)
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