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Family Travel In New York State

Published: Feb 25, 2014
Adirondacks
ATTRACTIONS:

Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course

Tree-top adventure for the entire family, 6 courses with a mix of 10-17 different obstacles, zip lines, rope bridges, swings, slides, nets & ladders.

Lake George Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom

Over 135 rides shows and attractions including a full outdoor water park and roller coasters, petting zoo. New in 2013 Screamin' Eagles!

Santa's Workshop

The seeds of imagination that culminated in this fantasy village lie in an enchanting story a father told his young daughter about a baby bear whose adventures led him to discover Santa Claus and his North Pole Workshop. The little girl's plea to visit this magical place prompted the father, Julian Reiss, a Lake Placid businessman, to build a summer home for Santa Claus located where children could live their fondest fantasy.

EVENTS:

Adirondack Balloon Festival

September 19-22 in Glens Falls and Queensbury. Features hot air balloon rides, family-friendly activities and more.

9th Annual Cream Cheese Festival

September 21 in Lowville. One of the most unique fall events in the Adirondacks, enjoy live music, cream cheese treats, food and craft vendors, as well as children's activities.

4th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival

September 28-29 in Indian Lake. Celebrate the return of moose to the Adirondacks with family-friendly activities, guided tours through the Moose River Plains, an old-fashioned turkey shoot and more.

Lake Champlain Windsurfing Festival

September 28-29 in Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain. Skim across the water during family fun races, and enjoy demonstrations and clinics, music and barbecue.

Fort Ticonderoga's Heritage Harvest and Horse Festival

September 28 in Ticonderoga. Enjoy equestrian sports, family-friendly activities, Heroic Corn Maze adventures and more.

Penfield Homestead Museum's AppleFolkFest

October 13 at Crown Point. Enjoy a craft fair, flea market, music, homemade baked delicacies and apple desserts.

MUSEUMS:

The Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, often considered the Smithsonian of the Adirondacks, is located at the geographic center of the Adirondack Park. With a campus spanning several acres, it is one of the largest museums in northern New York - and one of the most acclaimed. Enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, workshops and annual festivals at this top attraction in the Adirondack Wild Region.

Champlain Valley Transportation Museum & Kid's Station

Explore the history of travel in America at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum in Plattsburgh. See exhibits of hand-carved canoes to sleek steam engines, and discover the many ways of getting around with the museum's unique collection of antique cars, trains and boats.

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Explore the legacy of the Olympic games, with many great exhibits, including video highlights, athletes' uniforms and equipment, a collection of Olympic torches, mascots and medals, including the first gold medal ever awarded.

The Wild Center: Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks

The Wild Center is a family-friendly museum in the Adirondack Lakes Region, providing a hands-on experience that explores the diverse ecosystems of the Adirondacks' forests, lakes and rivers. Discover the colorful plants and animals of the Adirondacks, and travel back to the ice-age to touch a glacier. Explore outside hiking trails and enjoy a show in the Wild Center's small theater. Head into the Village of Tupper Lake to for paddling and hiking in summer, or skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

NATURE:

Ausable Chasm

‘America's Oldest Natural Attraction.' Since 1870, over 10 million visitors have explored the famous depths of the Chasm. View waterfalls and unique rock formations from sturdy bridges, walkways, stairs and vistas. Enjoy our "Classic Tour" by adding a scenic float ride (via raft) or cool off on a tubing adventure. Visit the North Star Underground Railroad Museum with family friendly exhibits. Campground, cafe, gift shop, and more.

High Falls Gorge

One of the Adirondack's most breathtaking walks. View the Ausable River as it spills over ancient granite cliffs. Sturdy bridges, walkways and groomed paths provide safe access to breathtaking views. Mine for gemstones, and fossils.

SPORTS:

Lake Placid Olympic Venues

Site of the historic 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games, including the legendary "Miracle on Ice" hockey game in 1980. The Olympic Center houses three ice surfaces - the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, the 1932 Jack Shea Arena and the USA Rink. This unique venue is active year round and even offers public skating sessions throughout the year depending on ice availability! The Olympic Center hosts numerous events including concerts, youth and adult hockey tournaments and figure skating championships throughout the year.

Capital-Saratoga
HISTORY:

New York State Capitol

Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 25 years. Extensive restorations to maintain and protect it for future generations of New Yorkers were just completed. During the month of October, families can enjoy free Capitol Hauntings tours with a reservation through the State's website.

MUSEUMS:

Albany Institute of History & Art

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region's heritage, with nationally significant collections. The Institute's museum and library holdings form the best collections in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late seventeenth century to the present day. The Institute is home to many educational programs for children and also features a children's area.

Children's Museum of Science & Technology

The CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST), part of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), is the only science center in Tech Valley designed specifically for kids and parents to Explore, Discover, and Imagine the world of science together.

New York State Museum

The New York State Museum serves the lifelong educational needs of New Yorkers and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, scholarship, programs, media and publications in science, history, anthropology, and art. The Museum explores and expresses New York State's significant natural and cultural diversity, past and present.

The Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum

A must-see, stop for the entire family. Kids (of all ages) will love the full-size exhibits of bears, wolves, buffalo, mountain lions, fish, birds and much, much more.

NATURE:

Adirondack Animal Land

With over five hundred animals - including colorful birds, camels, bear and deer - the ZOO has a variety of animals and activities that are sure to please the whole family. Try our country-style home cooking at our new cafe with indoor seating and very affordable prices.

Liberty Ridge Farm

Enjoy family fun at Liberty Ridge Farm, pumpkin patch, pumpkin picking and the region's original and largest corn maze.

The Catskills
ATTRACTIONS:

Catskill Mountain Railroad

The most scenic railroad this side of the Rocky Mountain Golden Nugget Pass.

Homegrown Mini-Golf at Kelder's Farm

Play miniature golf on the only farm-themed course with edible landscaping! Have fun and learn about local food! Homegrown Mini-Golf on Kelder's Farm features real vegetables, fruit, grain and herbs. All of the plantings in the mini-golf garden are edible, some are unusual, and many of the varieties are also grown in the Kelder's Farm U-Pick fields. It's only $3.25 a game--and of course you get a chance to win a free game on the last hole.

Headless Horseman Hayride

It wouldn't be Halloween without a trip to Headless Horseman Hayrides - the number one haunted attraction in America. It's guaranteed to scare your socks off.

Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park

Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park is located in Monticello, New York, about an hour north of New York City. Holiday Mountain's slogan is "Where Great Skiers Begin" - so everyone in the family, from novice or seasoned veteran, will enjoy an day on our slopes.

Lukanoos Family Fun Center

A family-owned business with a Go-Kart track, Miniature Golf Course and six batting cages.

New York Zipline Adventure Tours at Hunter Mountain is the longest & highest zipline canopy tour in North America, featuring over 4 miles of ziplines, some reaching heights of nearly 600 feet above the ground. The summit SkyRider Tour will thrill even the most die-hard adventure seeker, but there are also many tamer, family-friendly zips, canopy tours and adventures for all ages, all ability levels. This is a four-season operation - if you're dressed for skiing or snowboarding (minus the boots), you're dressed for winter ziplining.

Skatetime 209

Year-round, indoor family entertainment center with roller-skating, Skateboard Park, games, food and more!

Zoom Flue Water Park

Zoom Flume Water Park is the Catskill's largest water park and the most family friendly. The newest attraction is Riptide Cove the new wave pool.

FAMILY RESORTS:

Mohonk Mountain House

This grand Victorian Castle beside a mountaintop lake was named Conde Nast Traveler's #1 Resort Spa in the U.S. 2013.  259 rooms. Meals by award-winning chefs. Award-winning spa. Fireplaces. Pristine lake. Indoor heated pool. Fitness center. Miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Plus homemade cookies and milk or tea in the afternoon.

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

Named #1 Best Resort for families in the World by TripAdvisor in 2012, this all-inclusive property includes Big Splash indoor water park, unlimited horseback riding, over 100 activities, children's day camp, outdoor pools, waterslides, Winter Fun Park, nightly entertainment and much more! A fun-filled year-round family resort.

MUSEUMS:

Hanford Mills Museum

Nestled in the northwestern Catskills, Hanford Mills Museum features an authentic water- and steam-powered sawmill with a 1926 Fitz Overshot Waterwheel, restored water turbine, and vintage woodworking machines.

Hudson River Maritime Museum

This family destination on Kingston's waterfront is where maritime history lives. Many hands-on exhibits, events and activities for children.

Trolley Museum

Take a trolley ride on tracks that run along the Kingston waterfront to Kingston Point Park on the Hudson River.

NATURE:

Forsyth Nature Center

This interpretive nature center located in Kingston is open year round with 15 animal exhibits, 5 gardens and fun, environmental and nature based programs for children and adults.

Minnewaska State Park

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys and world-class rock climbing as well as 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk or hike. Just an hour and a half drive from New York City.

SPORTS:

Belleayre Mountain Pine Hill Lake

Belleayre Mountain is located in Highmount, NY, just hours from New York City. It was declared "Forever Wild" by the New York State Forest Preserve in 1885. Early on, skiers would side-step or hike their way more than 3,000 feet to be the first to make tracks down nameless woody trails.  In the 1940's skiing enthusiasts pressured politicians to develop Belleayre as a safe and fun mountain for families and extreme skiers alike. Construction began in 1949 and Belleayre began its premier winter season with five trails, an electrically powered rope tow, New York's first chairlift, a summit lodge, a temporary base lodge with a cafeteria and dirt floors and parking to accommodate 300 people. It has become the center for winter sports in the region.

Tube the Esopus Creek

Nothing's more fun than floating down a cool river on a hot summer day! Two tube rental companies in Phoenicia can take you on a trip through Category II - IV white water

Tubing has been a big summer sport for more than 35 years in the quaint little hamlet of Phoenicia, in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.

For over 30 years , the Town Tinker Tube Rental has provided whitewater equipment for adrenaline seekers to come and experience the intensity of the rapids on the Esopus Creek.

Ulster Landing County Park & Swim Facility

Sand beach swimming area with a swimming dock in the Esopus Creek, a playground area, a fishing area and a kayak/boat launch.

Take a hike

The Catskills' peaks provide tremendous views, and many of the parks and preserves offer guided nature walks for children and families.

OTHER:

Kelder's Farm Market

It's not just educational, a visit to the farm is always fun. You can pick your own top quality produce starting in June with luscious strawberries and a wide variety of vegetables. July and August is the time to pick apples, flowers, blueberries, and blackberries. In September and October, pick your own grapes, raspberries and pumpkins. Enjoy the animals in our petting zoo throughout the season. Come and see the honey bees making honey.

Krause's Homemade Candy

The Krause family has been making exceptional candies for over 80 years. Owner Karl Krause is a third generation confectioner who uses his grandfather's recipes and hand-dipping techniques. Each chocolate is a unique creation made in our own candy store. It's no wonder our loyal customers rave, 'It's the best chocolate they've ever had!'

Michael's Candy Corner

Altamarie's Candies brings to you generations of candy making with over 93 years of experience in producing quality hard-to-find hand-made candy canes. We also offer a large selection of boxed assorted chocolates to make your gift-giving a real treat. Be sure to make Altamarie's Candies your online candy store at Candycornerusa.com.

Tonner Doll Company Store

This company based in Kingston sells collectible dolls sold in exclusive stores nationwide.

Central New York
ATTRACTIONS:

Adirondack Scenic Railroad

All aboard for the Adirondacks! Travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

Enchanted Forest Water Safari offers great family amusement! Located in New York's Adirondack State Park in Old Forge, NY, the Enchanted Forest Water Safari is New York's Largest Water Theme Park with over 50 rides & attractions including 32 of the wettest and wildest water rides!

Erie Canal Cruises

Erie Canal Cruises tour boats Lil' Diamond II and Lil' Diamond III are docked at Gems Along the Mohawk, the Official Mohawk Valley Visitor Center.

Skate Estate

Since it opened in 1982, Skate Estate has become the premier outlet for skating enthusiasts. Whether you're a beginner or expert, Skate Estate is the place to have some good old-fashioned skating fun.

Sylvan Beach

Nestled on the Eastern shore of Oneida Lake is Sylvan Beach, a resort community offering a full array of summer fun activities. A popular location for walleye & bass fishing, swimming and boating, it also has an exciting amusement park, great restaurants, rental cottages,  nightlife and entertainment.

HISTORY:

Fort Klock Historic Restoration

Owned by Fort Klock Historic Restoration, the largely original house has been restored and in 1973 was designated a National Historic Landmark, a site "of exceptional value in Commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States

Fort Stanwix National Monument

For centuries, the Oneida Carrying Place, a six-mile portage connecting the Mohawk River and Wood Creek, served as a vital link for those traveling by water from the ocean to the Great Lakes. When Europeans arrived, nations fought for control of the carry, the homelands of the Six Nations Confederacy and the rich resources of North America. In this struggle, Fort Stanwix played a vital role.

MUSEUMS:

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

The Discovery Center is a hands-on interactive children's museum. This remarkable 22,500 square foot space was created for, with and by children.  Play and learning flow together in unique hands-on settings designed with imagination, research and attention to the needs and spirit of today's learners. The Discovery Center fosters play, sparks creative thinking and builds self-esteem. 

NATURE:

Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo

The Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo is a special kind of zoo with a focus on children and fun. Everything we do here centers on the understanding that, for kids, passive observation of zoo animals is not enough; children need to be engaged.

Rogers Environmental Education Center

The mission of the Friends of Rogers is to provide outstanding educational opportunities that excite, inspire, and motivate people of all ages to enjoy, understand, and protect our natural environment.

Utica Zoo

The Utica Zoo is the perfect place to get a little WILD!  With so many ways to learn and explore, the Zoo is great for all ages.

Wolf Mountain Nature Center

Wolf Mountain Nature Center is a non-profit organization situated on 60+ acres of woods, fields, and ponds in the rolling hills of Chenango County in upstate New York. Our primary purpose is to give people the opportunity to learn about, appreciate, and admire the majestic Gray Wolf, and his cousins; the Arctic Fox, and Eastern Coyote.              

OTHER:

Shakoli Cultural Center

Known as the fledgling United States' first allies, the Oneidas played a key role in the birth of this Nation and have overcome numerous challenges and hardships. We have a unique story to share, and we encourage you to learn more about us and our economic rebirth in our Central New York home.

Chautauqua- Allegheny
ATTRACTIONS:

Midway State Park

One of the oldest operating amusements parks in the country is located in Maple Springs on Chautauqua Lake and is operated by the New York State Parks and Recreation.

FAMILY RESORTS:

Holiday Valley

New York's largest ski resort by volume. The new Sky High Adventure Park features four-acres with zip lines and bridges made from logs, obstacles and ladders. Mountain coaster rides zigzag, spiral and whoosh down the mountain. Nearby, the one-square-mile village of Ellicottville is filled with 19th-century charm, shops, nightclubs and restaurants.

Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa

Founded as a ski destination in 1964 with six trails and two lifts, Peek'n Peak has grown into a golf and ski resort of distinction with two 18-hole golf courses, a miniature golf course, 27 downhill trails and slopes, three terrain parks and a tubing arena.  The Inn at the Peak, a charming old world chalet,has 108 newly renovated guest rooms, conference and meeting rooms, top restaurant, day spa, fitness center, indoor/outdoor hot tub, indoor and outdoor pools and 115' water slide. The Peek is well-known for its learn-to-ski/snowboard programs for all ages and golf academy.

HISTORY:

Chautauqua Institution

Situated on a 783-acre campus on Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution is designated as a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic District.  The Institution's roots began in 1874 when Lewis Miller, a businessman, and John Heyl Vincent, a Methodist minister, came to the shores of Chautauqua Lake seeking to enhance religious study and reflection through education.  Their experiment led to the "Chautauqua Movement" which spread to rural communities throughout the country during the early 20th Century via traveling tent chautauquas and distance learning courses.  Today the Chautauqua experience is world renowned and continues each summer with a 9-week program season from late June to late August offering hundreds of events and activities in arts, education, religion and recreation.

Fenton History Center

Elegant 1863 mansion of former NY State Governor Reuben E. Fenton. Exhibits tell stories of early settlers, the Underground Railroad, Civil War and modern manufacturing. The Center features regular educational programs and camps for youth, historic walking tours of Jamestown and seasoal tour of Lake View Cemetery where Lucille Ball is buried.

MUSEUMS:

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy

A multiplex tribute to the first couple of comedy in Lucy's hometown with the Lucy-Desi Museum featuring family memorabilia and the Desilu Playhouse. Two gift shops feature hundreds of Lucy themed items. The Tropicana Room, a reproduction of the night club where the Desi Arnaz Orchestra played, is used for group tour meetings, luncheons and special events.  The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival takes place in early August.

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Learn about the history and culture of the Seneca Nation. Artifacts and a reconstructed longhouse reflect centuries of Native American heritage.

NATURE:

Allegany State Park

New York's largest state park  with 65,000 acres of lush forests and lakes for four-season fun including swimming, fishing, wildlife walks and some of the nation's finest groomed trails for mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The park has hundreds of campsites, cabins and year-round vacation cottages.

Griffis Sculpture Park

Ten miles of hiking trails that meander around 250 monumental sculptures on a 400-acre nature preserve, which is also popular for bird watching.

Jamestown Audubon Nature Center

600-acre wildlife sanctuary with 5 miles of hiking trails, observation towers and a wildlife educational center.

Panama Rocks

An enchanting park of towering rocks, crevice passageways and ancient forest with ½ mile self-guided hike.

Rock City Park

Explore a world of stone bridges, crevices and towering and house-size rock formations. Paths lead over, under and even through ancient rocks as high as 80 feet.

OTHER:

 Amish Trail

A driving route through New York's largest Old Order Amish community.

Chautauqua Belle Steamboat

A historic steamboat replica that plies the waters of Chautauqua Lake's northern basin with narrated historic tours and daily stops at Chautauqua Institution during the season.

Grape Discovery Center

Tells the story of 150 years of grape growing in the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt and developing wineries of Lake Erie Wine CountryHome to the first Welch's grape juice production facility, the region is the oldest and largest Concord grape-growing region in the world and the first Heritage Area in New York State designated for an agricultural theme. With 20,000 vineyard acres in New York State and another 10,000 in adjacent Pennsylvania, it is also the largest grape growing region in the eastern United States.

Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Educational center and art gallery dedicated to the life and work of Roger Tory Peterson, Jamestown native, naturalist, artist and author of over 50 volumes in the Peterson Field Guide Series.

Sprague's Maple Farms

Tours of the old sugarhouse show how syrup is made the old-fashioned way. Fresh syrup and other maple products are available in the restaurant and gift shop. A nature center and trail leads to picturesque views.

Summer Wind Lake Cruises

A sleek 130-passenger yacht-style cruise ship.  Lunch, brunch and dinner cruises available. Cruises depart from the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.

Finger Lakes
ATTRACTIONS:

Cascades Indoor Waterpark

Cascades Indoor Waterpark at Hope Lake Lodge is the only indoor water park in Central New York and the first in the Finger Lakes Region. This 41,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art indoor waterpark contains more than 150,000 gallons of water and over 500 feet of slides. Temperature is maintained at 84 degrees year round. Come for the day, we are open every weekday to the public. Or stay and play at Hope Lake Lodge!

Fuzzy Guppies Waterpark

Located in Waterloo, visitors can take a spin in a human powered hamster cage or one of their other unique human powered watercraft.

Harris Hill Glider

The best way to take in the spectacular beauty of fall in the Finger Lakes is from a glider at Harris Hill, the designated Soaring Capital of America. Weather permitting; rides are available Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the fall. The cost is $95 for a 20-minute ride in a high performance glider. Travelers can also watch the gliders from the Harris Hill Lookout or try out a variety of flying simulators at the National Soaring Museum, right next door.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

With its Cascades Indoor Waterpark (41,000 square feet of three-story tubes and body slides, wave pool, and indoor/outdoor hot tub and pool), 32 varied terrain ski trails, indoor game room and adventure center (complete with a roller coaster, zip lining, a ropes course and more!) the resort caters to adventurous kids of all ages.  Guest rooms were designed with families in mind sleeping up to 10 guests at a time and feature fully-equipped kitchens. 

Pole Position Raceway

Offering a true experience in the expanding sport of indoor karting, Pole Position Raceway combines first-class operations with state-of-the-art-technology.  Experience enthusiasts of all ages can relish in the real head-to-head racing at Pole Position Raceway and discover why indoor karting is the fastest-growing sport in the United States.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The zoo is home to approximately 700 animals on 43 acres in Syracuse and is open year-round as many exhibits are located indoors. Exhibits include the U.S.S. Antiquities, home to a variety of fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, the Diversity of Birds Aviary, Lion Corridor, Penguin Coast and new Asian Elephant Preserve.

Roseland Waterpark

Families are invited to experience a day of fun at the Bristol Mountain's Roseland Waterpark. With attractions including the Giant Wave Pool, Splash Factory, Mammoth Raft Ride, and Adventure River, it is the perfect way to beat the heat in the warm summer months.

WonderWorks

An amusement park for the mind with over 100 interactive exhibits, a 4D theater, ropes challenge course, laser tag and more. WonderWorks is an amusement park that offers fun for all ages.

HISTORY:

Mark Twain Country

Mark Twain sought refuge in Elmira to live out his private life and write. There is a new Twain-themed putt putt golf course and a ‘Twain Trail' featuring Twain quotes sprinkled along the path for literary enthusiast families. Head to Elmira College to see the Mark Twain Study, which was named the #1 literary attraction in America by USA Today.

Women's History

In 1848 the first Women's Rights Convention was organized in Seneca Falls and Susan B. Anthony called Rochester home. Visitors to the region can experience a National Women's History Trail through Rochester, Seneca Falls and the rest of the region. A National Historic Landmark, the Susan B. Anthony House was home to this legendary suffragist during her 40 most politically active years. In addition, the region is full of history from pioneering women who laid the groundwork for women's rights from Mary Jemison to Harriet Tubman to Clara Barton and Martha Matilda Harper.

African American History

The Harriet Tubman Home, built by the famous Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman is minutes from her final resting place, Fort Hill Cemetery. 

Seward House Museum

William H. Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State and known for "Seward's Folly", the purchase of Alaska lived in this house, which looks as if he just left yesterday. The house was also used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Tiffany & Treasures Trail

The Tiffany & Treasures Trail is a self-guided adventure in the fire arts treasures and Tiffany glass of yesterday and today in Corning and the Finger Lakes. Sites include working potters, glass artists, museums, and buildings completely designed by L.C. Tiffany. It's a great way for art lovers to shop, explore, and admire the beauty of Tiffany glass.

MUSEUMS:

The CNY Living History Center

Three museums in one, the CNY Living History Center features military history memorabilia, a Brockway Trucks exhibit and an antique tractor museum. The museum is devoted to preserving historical artifacts of local, national, and international significance.

Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world's most comprehensive and celebrated collection of glass, with more than 40,000 objects reflecting 3,500 years of glassmaking history.  Included in its collection is the oldest known portrait in glass - that of King Amenhotep II, Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt.

Erie Canal Museum

Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the United States, the Erie Canal Museum collects and conserves Canal material and champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming. Visitors are invited to learn about the Canal's transforming effects on the past, present and future.

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

At the George Eastman house, museum goers will discover the world through the lens of renowned photographers and filmmakers.  Experience the estate of George Eastman, the founder of the Kodak company and heralded as the father of popular photography and motion picture film. This museum combines the world's leading collections of photography and film with the stately pleasures of the landmark Colonial Revival mansion and gardens that George Eastman called home from 1905 to 1932 - now an international museum and National Historic Landmark.

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Ever felt an intense need for speed? Glenn H. Curtiss certainly did. In fact, he held the title of "Fastest Man on Earth" for four years of his life. Everything he did revolved around engines. Andthe Glenn H. Curtiss Museum revolves around teaching the world about his great accomplishments. Visit this hidden gem and learn how Hammondsport got its wings.

Museum of Science & Technology

The MOST is a hands-on interactive science museum housed in the Armory building in downtown Syracuse. Home to educational exhibits, Silverman Planetarium and the Bristol IMAX® Omnitheater, it is perfect for an educational afternoon the whole family will enjoy.

Strong National Museum of Play

Just named one of the top 12 children's museums in the country, it is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame®, the International Center for the History of Electronic GamesTM, and the world's largest collection of toys, dolls, games and other items that celebrate play.

NATURE

Camillus Erie Canal Park has the restored 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, one of three sites recently honored with an Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence for its outstanding contribution to the National Heritage Corridor.

Finger Lakes National Forest

The perfect escape for nature enthusiasts! The Finger Lakes National Forest encompasses 16,212 acres nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. The only national forest in New York, the park features over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. With a variety of activities, the park caters to everyone from hikers and campers to horseback riders and hunters.

Lake Ontario Beach Park

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario in the northernmost section of the City of Rochester, Ontario Beach Park provides all that's necessary for a perfect summer day at the beach. The park is a total of 39 acres and offers seven shelters that are available for rent in the summer months.

Cayuga-Seneca Canal, a 20-mile portion of famed Erie Canal system, connects to two of the longest and deepest of the Finger Lakes - Seneca and Cayuga.  Along these waterways, visitors can experience sightseeing cruises, tour the renowned, working area locks on the canal, and enjoy swimming, boating, world-class fishing and many other water sports and recreational attractions.

Cayuga Waterfront Trail

The first section of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail was completed in 2003 featuring a two-mile loop in Cass Park, along the southwestern shore of beautiful Cayuga Lake with unusual geological features from glacial development. It is a popular urban multi-use trail enjoyed by many joggers, walkers, strollers, and cyclists throughout the seasons. The Cayuga Waterfront Trail is currently two-thirds of the way constructed with a new two-mile section furnished with benches, bike racks, mile markers, overlooks, additional landscaping, interpretive and directional signs, and other amenities.

Erie Canal Trail

The historic Erie Canal Trail runs along the canal towpath with a mostly flat surface, as cyclists travel through quaint canal towns and villages. The Erie Canal and the villages along the route are being rediscovered for their scenic beauty and rich role in the history of Colonial America, the American Revolution, commerce, and women's rights. The trail will ultimately be a 524-mile continuous trail along New York's historic Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca, and Champlain canals. Today, the Erie Canalway Trail is more than three-fourths complete and when finished, the trail will be the nation's longest multiple-use trail. The pathway can be broken into smaller sections for biking including a seven mile pass from Macedon to Fairport, New York.

Genesee Valley Greenway

The Genesee Valley Greenway follows the historic transportation corridor of the Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) and its successor, the Pennsylvania Railroad, Rochester Branch, abandoned in 1962. The Greenway includes a multi-use trail that begins at the Erie Canal Heritage Trail in Rochester, passes through five counties and will be 90 miles when completed to Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County. Fifty-six miles are currently open, taking users through scenic woodlands, river and stream valleys, rolling farmlands, steep gorges, and historic villages.

State Parks in Finger Lakes

Acres of enchanted waterfalls, awe-inspiring caverns and caves await hiking, biking, waterfall spotting, kayaking, bird watching, picnics and more await visitors to Finger Lakes' beautiful parks including Letchworth State Park (known as "The Grand Canyon of the East"),  Watkins Glen State Park, or Taughannock Falls (a larger drop than Niagara Falls).

OTHER:

Annual Apple Tasting Tour

Apple taste testing is one way to learn the differences in apples including taste, texture and scent. Each stop on the apple tasting tour is as unique as is the taste and texture of apples.  Besides apples, the tour also includes stops at three Wayne County wineries. Visitors can call (800) 527-6510 for a map for this self-guided tour.

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

Made up of 15 small family farms throughout the Finger Lakes region of New York State, the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail offers a full selection of artisanal cheeses from Gouda, Colby, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Swiss, Brie and Jack to unique cheeses like Irish washed-rind cheese, a variety of goat cheeses and Kefir cheese. The difference in farm-fresh cheese is palatable, with most of the creameries producing their cheeses from raw milks and in small batches, making them more flavorful and creamy. Many of the creameries have production facilities, farm stores and tasting rooms right on their farms and welcome visitors to stop by and experience the process first hand. The Trail hosts Open Houses throughout the year, where they fling open the gates of their farms for tours, tastings and family activities at each farm.

Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail

The Sweet Treat Trail is all about the unique sweets and treats that Cayuga County has to offer.  Whether it's honey, jam or homemade cookies made with locally grown and produced products, this sweet adventure has everything to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth.  From north to south in Cayuga County it seems like all roads lead to yummy goodness.

Mid Lakes Navigation

Mid-Lakes Navigation Company is located in beautiful Skaneateles, New York. Founded in 1968, the company offers daily cruises on Skaneateles Lake (including one of the only remaining mail boat cruises in the country) and in June, July and August on the Erie Canal in nearby Syracuse. Dinner, sightseeing, lunch, brunch and more wait for visitors.

New York Wine and Culinary Center

Foodies can visit this independent, not-for-profit organization that serves as an educational gateway to New York's agriculture, food and wine. Courses are offered in cooking techniques, food and wine pairings, focused wine tastings and nutrition programs. Classes are geared towards people of all ages and skill levels from kids to community and professional groups.  The center boasts The Taste of New York Lounge which features New York wines paired with appetizers made from New York ingredients. Visitors can relax and enjoy the sights and tastes of NY upstairs at the food and beverage bar, or stroll out to our wrap-around balcony overlooking Canandaigua Lake.

Stivers Seneca Marine or Canal Side Experiences offer houseboat rentals Here guests can take advantage of fully outfitted guestrooms, living rooms, full kitchens and decks that offer tremendous views and grills for barbequing.

Greater Niagara
ATTRACTIONS:

Aquarium of Niagara

A world of discovery just a stroll away from the Falls with over 1,500 aquatic animals including sharks, piranhas, sea lions, sea horses, giant Pacific octopus and a colony of  Peruvian penguins. Open year round from 9am daily.

Buffalo Zoo

Throughout the year, the Buffalo Zoo offers guests fascinating animal exhibits, natural wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and several unique areas to enjoy an environment that is full of fun, adventure and history. The Buffalo Zoo is open daily, rain or shine!

Cave of the Winds

Get closer than you can imagine at the Cave of the Winds! Come face-to-face with the pounding waters of Niagara Falls and get soaked on the Hurricane Deck where you are just feet from the thundering waters. You cannot get any closer to the Falls. Be sure to plan a trip at night when the Falls are illuminated in a rainbow of color.

Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride

A historical, fun, guided 70-minute tour through America's past, viewing the Erie Canal Locks and walking through a 1600 foot water-power tunnel blasted out of solid rock. View geologic cave formations whilst riding in an underground boat. Daily tours 10 am - 5 pm.  May 7 - Oct. 10.

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

Experience this AAA GEM attraction featured on the History Channel. Enjoy a unique narrated 2-hour cruise past many historic sights and five original locks. Cruise includes being raised and lowered 50 feet in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. Only 30 minutes from Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY.

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

This world-famous scenic boat tour of the American and Canadian Falls is a spectacular half-hour ride. The memory lasts a lifetime. Access the tour via the Observation Tower elevator at Prospect Point in the state park. Waterproof clothing is provided. Operates mid-May until late October. No passport necessary for U.S. departures.

Olcott Beach Carousel Park
A vintage amusement park featuring a 1928 Herschell Spillman Carousel for adults and children, five kiddy rides, skee ball and a vintage arcade and a Wurlitzer Band Organ. All rides $0.25. Park hours: Memorial Day weekend-June and September-October - Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm. July-Labor Day - Thursday, Friday, Sunday 12-6pm and Saturday 12-8pm.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

As seen on The Amazing Race, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours is an exhilarating experience aboard 1500 horsepower jet boats that take you safely through the Niagara River Gorge on the Niagara River. You'll experience awe-inspiring scenery, historical significance, and Class Five white water at the Devil's Hole Rapids! Hydrate your senses! Seasonal. Admission.

HISTORY:

Old Fort Niagara

Original 18th century fortress active during the French and Indian War, American Revolution, and War of 1812. Exciting living history programs, exhibits and spectacular scenery. Minutes from the Falls via the Robert Moses Parkway North. Open year-round.

Murphy Orchards
Historic farmstead of abolitionist Charles McClew and a recognized site on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. Still a working fruit farm, it offers fresh produce, country barn store featuring jams and jellies made on site. Tearoom in 1850 farmhouse open year round. Guided tours by reservation.

MUSEUMS:

Buffalo Museum of Science

The Buffalo Museum of Science is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the study and interpretation of the natural and physical sciences. Its extensive collections of over 700,000 specimens and artifacts represent all facets of the natural world with an emphasis on Western New York as well as man-made objects spanning the globe. The Museum presents a wide variety of programs and services for families, teachers, adults, and community organizations throughout each year.

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Carrousel band organ and kiddie rides, housed in National Register listed Allan Herschell Co. Factory Building. Exhibits, demonstrations, family-oriented Children's Gallery and events.

Hudson Valley
ATTRACTIONS:

Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round

42-seat carousel in a stone and timber pavilion with viewing area and fireplace hearth. Carved animals are those native to the Hudson River Valley and the carrousel also features paintings of the parklands.

Bear Mountain Trailside Museums and Zoo

Wildlife center with four trailside museums and numerous outdoor exhibits related to the local environment. Nature trails with spectacular views of the Hudson River. Site of the Revolutionary War Fort Clinton and battle of 1777.

Castle Fun Center

Go carts, ballocity, laser tag, roller skating rink, free fall, mini bowling, rock wall, arcade. Seasonal batting cages and mini golf. Jesters Restaurant & Pub. Event center for corporate events, concerts, celebrations, meetings, birthday parties and groups.

Catemount Aerial Adventure Park

Our park is an exciting aerial forest adventure that provides a variety of courses that are fun for all ability levels. After participants are fitted with harnesses, they are led through a safety and park usage demonstration, fitted with gloves and are then free to navigate their chosen treetop courses.

Fun Central

Multi-activity, indoor and outdoor recreational facility with miniature golf, bumper boats, arcade, food, virtual reality roller coaster. Group outings, parties, seasonal activities.

Hyde Park Drive-In Theater and Overlook Drive-In Theater

In continuous operation since 1949, Hyde Park is one of four NY Drive-in movie theaters which are less than a two-hour drive from Manhattan. Situated on 12 acres, with an 82' wide screen and a capacity for parking 670 cars, the Drive-in operates every night of the week, April thru September. Audio for the movies' soundtrack is provided with a local radio broadcast (87.9 FM).

Hyde Park Roller Magic

Roller skating & blading, video arcade, concession, private parties & group rates, fundraising program and events. Home of The Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby team. 

Splash Down Beach

The latest in thrill ride technology: the Bullet Bowl 4-story ride satisfies the wildest thrill seeker. A steep dark tunnel blasts riders into the Centrifuge of Terror! Humunga Half Pipe, NY State's only Zero Gravity Water Ride. Kids-only Shipwreck Lagoon, themed pirate ship with geysers, buckets, fountains and 4 wet n'wild slides! Completing your adventure are The Monster Wave Pool, Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River, Pirates Plunge and Pirate's Revenge.

Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School

AZA-accredited with over 160 exotic and indigenous animals in exhibits covering 4 acres. Groups require reservations.

HISTORY:

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

8,000 soldiers, civilians and artisans built this winter encampment during the closing days of the Revolutionary War. Costumed interpreters demonstrate life at the camp. Visitor center (open year round) features exhibits and a collection of 18th century artillery.

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

Gen. George Washington made this fieldstone farmhouse his Continental Army headquarters and spent more time here than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. The new exhibit, "Unpacked and Rediscovered" is an interactive exhibit showing pieces taken from the museum's vast collection.  In 1850 the property became our nation's first public historic site.

MUSEUMS:

Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3-D simulator. Riveting state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits. Call and judge a race. Theaters tell the fascinating history of America's first sport. Home of the largest collection of Currier & Ives trotting prints. Changing art exhibits.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

The Wildlife Education Center offers living exhibitions of native animals, a gallery for temporary exhibitions and the Museum Shop. Family-friendly walking trails. Year round. Fri-Sun 12-4. The Outdoor Discovery Center features trails with Discovery Quests and Grasshopper Grove Nature Play Area.

Museum Village

One of New York's largest living history museums with costumed interpreters demonstrating crafts in a 19th century village setting. The skeleton of a local mastodon is housed in one of the buildings.

Storm King Art Center

500-acre world-renowned outdoor sculpture park and museum known for its harmonious, yet dramatic interaction between sculpture and the surrounding landscape. Guided tours daily at 2 PM, family programs, concerts and hikes. Handicap accessible tram tours. Bicycle rentals.  

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. We celebrate childhood and are proud to offer exhibits that get kids moving, exploring, building, pretending, collaborating, creating and discovering.

SPORTS:

Juckas Stables

Year-round horseback riding for all ages. Over 45 years in business. Beautiful trails, well trained horses, courteous and qualified staff. English or Western lessons.. Friendly farm atmosphere. Birthday parties.

Overlook Golf & Recreation Center

The Overlook Golf Center is a family recreation center located in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the upper Hudson Valley (Dutchess County), a fully lit facility featuring a driving range, miniature golf course, batting cages and a state of the art go-kart track.

OTHER:

Heritage Trail

Converted railbed of the Erie Railroad. Walk, jog and bike on this scenic route. Trail entrances in Goshen, Chester and Monroe. Eventually a 20-mile trail will be cleared from Middletown to Harriman along the railbed.

Lawrence Farms Orchards

Apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, strawberries, pumpkins, vegetables. New England village for the children with farmyard animals. Horse-drawn carriage rides and scenic views. Open June -October plus Christmas trees in Dec. 

Long Island
ATTRACTIONS:

Adventureland

Long Island's Amusement Park since 1962 welcomes families to enjoy a fun and exciting day on over 30 rides and attractions including thrill, water, family and kiddie rides.  Adventureland Amusement Park is only located 30 minutes east of New York City in Farmingdale.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

After 99 years as a New York State trout hatchery, the site has opened as a non-profit educational center dedicated to educating visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. Features the largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fish and amphibians. Visitors can tour two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed the hungry trout, and try "Catch & Keep" fishing.

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

Prepare for a voyage of undersea discovery at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center. The only public Aquarium on Long Island offers offer interactive fun, adventure, and education. Visitors are invited to take a Shark Dive, get up close with penguins, snorkel with tropical fish, feed a stingray, watch a sea lion show, and more.

Splish Splash Water Park

Splish Splash has 96 exciting acres of total fun for the whole family. Everywhere you turn, you discover another one-of-a-kind water attraction.

MUSEUMS:

Long Island Children's Museum

LICM is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups with places to play, learn and have fun.

Thousand Islands-Seaway
ATTRACTIONS:

AAA Paintball Park

Features fort, islands, western town and three lighted fields for night play. Nitrogen, compressed air, CO2 refills. Catering facilities with pavilion, store, and snack bar. Group reservations available.

KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place

Featuring 6000 square feet of indoor fun for the 8 and under crowd and the adults who accompany them. 

Thunder Island Water & Family Fun Park

Mini golf, go-carts, water park, Ferris wheel, games and food.

Tri-R-Karts Super Golf & Go Carts

Mini golf, super go-karts, driving range, refreshments. Track and course rentals, party packages. (315) 298-7223

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Mini Golf & Water Wars

Campground with mini golf, jumping Air Pillow and "Water Wars" water balloon game.

HISTORY:

Fort Ontario State Historic Site

Historic site overlooking the Oswego Harbor and Lake Ontario.  Spans more than 300 years of colonial and U.S. history. Site of two War of 1812 battles.

MUSEUMS:

H. Lee White Marine Museum & Maritime Center

Includes NY State Canal derrick boat, World War II tugboat, hands-on and interpretive displays. Children 12 and under are free.

NATURE:

Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center

Nature programs and walks for the family.

Camp Zerbe

Trails, picnic area and playground

New York State Zoo

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is dedicated to providing natural experiences that foster an appreciation of the Empire State's ecosystems through conservation, education, scientific study and responsible recreation.

Old McDonald's Farm Village

Children have been bringing their parents to our 1200-acre working dairy and crop farm since 1986.

OTHER:

Salmon River Fish Hatchery

Owned and operated by the NYS DEC, the hatchery is a major stocking source of several strains of salmon and trout for Lakes Ontario and Erie. More than 3 million salmonids produced annually. Features displays and exhibits. Egg collection takes place weekdays during spawning season.

About New York State:

New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span landmarks from Niagara Falls to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's outdoor activities for the whole family like ice-fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers big excitement and tons of activities for all travelers. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

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