Beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, shimmering lakes and wondrous waterfalls. Across New York, discover awesome places to refresh and reconnect. The scenery is breathtaking and the options are unlimited. Swim in a crystal-clear lake, relax on a white-sand beach in the Hamptons, or take in the view from the top of the world after climbing a high peak. Bring your boat, bike, camera, hiking boots, bathing suit, or all of the above, and come out to play in New York's great outdoors!
Fun on the Water
From Long Island beaches, like Jones Beach State Park or Fire Island National Seashore, to Great Lake Erie, water is pure fun in New York. Experience fly-fishing in legendary Catskill trout streams, swimming in pristine water in the Finger Lakes region, or thrilling raft rides on the Black River with Black River Outfitters in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. Local dive shops, like Hampton Dive Center in Riverhead, provide training and equipment for scuba diving off Long Island. In the Adirondacks, kayak on wild rivers or float down the ancient Ausable Chasm. Drop a line in Lake Ontario, world-famous for trophy fishing.
Throughout New York, more than 17,000 miles of multi-use trails lead through spectacular landscapes-up mountain paths, along historic canals, around sparkling lakes, beside waterfalls and through historic villages. Enjoy hiking, biking or horseback riding with mountain vistas along the Catskill Scenic Trail, a 19-mile Rails to Trails project in the western Catskills. The trail's gentle grade offers an easy trek through stunning scenery. The High Peaks in the Adirondacks offers amazing views and opportunities for all levels of hiking, from beginners to advanced.
B&Bs and other lodging are located close to the trails. Hundreds of campgrounds, both public and private, combine rustic natural beauty with modern amenities. North-South Lake, the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Preserve offers hiking, kayaking and marvelous views.
Ski slopes in the Catskills and Adirondacks become cool mountain bike trails off-season. Ride through miles of shady woods and sun-kissed vineyards in the Finger Lakes. Along New York's Canal System, miles of former tow paths have been transformed into bike routes. Bike along tree-lined lanes in a Victorian village at the Chautauqua Institution, a summer haven for the arts. The more you bike, the greater the discoveries!