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 whitewater raft rides on the Black River with Black River Outfitters in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region and in the Adirondacks North Creek, with Hudson River Rafting. 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.
How about a boat tour on one of our beautiful lakes? The Minne-Ha-Ha from Lake George Steamboat Company is a real paddlewheeler that travels across Lake George! Of course, Niagara Falls State Park is a wonderful way to enjoy your day and see one of the largest natural waterfalls in the country onboard the Maid of the Mist.
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 many trails. Or choose from hundreds of campgrounds, both public and private, that 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.
Travel along the Wild Walk at the Adirondack's Wild Center, but plan to spend the whole day because there are so many things to see and do here. For baseball fans, a visit to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame is a must see this summer and you may want a light saber after you discover how baseball and Star Wars are linked in baseball history.
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!
Feel free and as light as air, enjoying the sound of the whispering wind and your own heartbeat, when you take flight at the Harris Hill Soaring Center in Elmira. Stop by the world class museum dedicated to the preservation of motorless flight and the home of the Soaring Hall of Fame. Hot air balloon flights are another popular, quiet form of flight and we have plenty of pilots willing to take you up for an adventure, some even serve champagne!