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Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack

October 25th, 2010 ernie Posted in Finger Lakes 4 Comments »

We recently visited the Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack while on a shopping trip to the Syracuse area. We had finished shopping at the Waterloo premium outlets. I entered casino into our GPS to find out if any were near and it turns out the Finger Finger Lakes CasinoLakes Casino & Racetrack was only 30 miles away. Since we had not been there before we decided to give it a try before heading back to our hotel in Syracuse.

It is easy to get to, just off I90 and there is also a Comfort Inn close by if you decide you want to stay overnight, however I would suggest that you make a reservation, since it look like it is pretty busy on the weekends.

The Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack was better than most racetrack casinos that we have visited. It has a definite Las Vegas flair to it with high ceilings and lots of machines. Beer prices are reasonable at $3 per glass of draft beer, and there are lots of machines to choose from. There are a few too many penny slot machines for our taste, however penny machines seem to be the trend for many casinos. They also use ticket in and ticket out machines making it easy to move from machine to machine.

I had a hamburger at the deli and found it to be better than many I have had in similar casino deli’s. We did not try the buffet, however pretty much all buffets at these casinos are great. I am sure this one is as well.

Overall we found this to be a nice casino to visit and will definitely go back sometime to visit. Probably combine a shopping trip with a little gambling as well. Note that there are no table games at this casino, however you can also play the horses if you prefer.

Finger Lakes Casino – Slot Machines

Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack offers nearly 1,200 slot machines for your enjoyment. With a spacious, 30,000 square foot gaming floor there is enough room for you to move around in comfort even during the busiest times. Open from 10am – 4am daily, you can play all of your favorite games, including video poker, progressive jackpots, penny machines, and more!

Customer-friendly features include comfortable seating, touch screen play, cash/ticket in – ticket out machines, and free beverage service while playing.

They also feature seasonal coat check, valet parking, and ample safe and free parking. The Cashier Cage provides personal check cashing and credit card advance services. They also have four ATM machines.

Table Games

There are no table games at the Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack.


Enjoy the Tuscan atmosphere at their 10,000 square-foot “All You Can Eat” Vineyard Buffet! Mediterranean and Southwest cuisines, All American and regional favorites, fresh carved selections, and tempting salad and dessert bars. The Vineyard Buffet is open daily from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch and 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner featuring prime rib.

They also offer a variety of dining options to suit your tastes. From fine dining at our buffet, to “grab-n-go” sandwiches and snacks at the Platinum Grille, there is something for everyone! They also have casual dining overlooking the racetrack in the Terrace Dining Room.

What We Liked

  • Variety of slot machines
  • Drinks are not free while gambling, however at $3.00 for a draft beer they are reasonable
  • Buffet
  • Easy access from all highways including I90
  • Safe environment in the casino and parking areas
  • Great stopover point on your way to Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse or points west

What We Did Not Like

There are no real complaints about the Finger Lakes casino & racetrack

This a typical racetrack style casino with a touch of Vegas . We are not fond of racetrack casinos so would not rate this one very high, however compared to other racetrack casinos, it is near the top of tat sub list.

Slot Player Card

The Finger Lakes casino & racetrack has their own slot card which provides you with cash discounts on meals as well as cash in the form of free slot play.

If you have not taken advantage of slot player cards, there are a number of benefits that many slot players should consider. Free or discounted rooms, email mailing list of promotions, free or discounted meals, access to entertainment, and a tax report outlining your losses and wins for tax claim purposes.


There is ample parking at the Finger Lakes casino & racetrack  in a large  surface parking area, which is ample for all casino and racetrack patrons.


From Rochester:

I-490 East to the end

NYS Thruway (I-90) east to exit 44 (Route 332, Canandaigua)

South on Route 332 approximately 1 mile to Route 96

Left on Route 96 , ½ mile on the right

From the West (Buffalo)

NYS Thruway (I-90) east to exit 44 (Route 332, Canandaigua)

South on Route 332 approximately 1 mile to Route 96

Left on Route 96, ½ mile on the right

Note: They are about 1/2 hour from Rochester International Airport. From the airport, just travel south on 390 to I-90, and you can take I-90 East from there.

From the East (Syracuse, Utica, Albany, etc.)

NYS Thruway (I-90) west to exit 43 (Route 21, Manchester)

South on Route 21 a short distance to Route 96

Right on Route 96, 5 miles on the left


NYS Thruway (I-90) west to exit 44 (Route 332, Canandaigua)

South on Route 332 approximately 1 mile to Route 96

Left on Route 96,½ mile on the right

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