Summer Travel 2013: Budget-Friendly Activities in New York's Finger Lakes

No need to keep an eye on your wallet with these family-friendly, inexpensive recreation options.

On the cheap …

There’s a nice public beach for swimming, plus great trout and bass fishing, at Keuka Lake State Park. $7/vehicle. 3560 Pepper Road, Bluff Point, (315) 536-3666,

Swim and fish in Seneca Lake at the public beach in Clute Memorial Park. $5 parking fee. 155 S. Clute Park Drive, Watkins Glen, (607) 535-4438,

Don’t pass up a reasonably priced fried-chicken meal or frozen treat at Seneca Farms, family owned and operated for 50 years. 2485 State Route 54A, Penn Yan, (315) 536-4066.

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Mark Twain spent 20 summers in Elmira writing most of his famous novels. On the Elmira College campus, visit his study and view photos and memorabilia at the Mark Twain Exhibit in Hamilton Hall. 1 Park Place, (607) 735-1941, Twain, his family, and both Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers rest at nearby Woodlawn National Cemetery. 1825 Davis St., Elmira, (607) 732-5411.  All are free.

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