Sporting spirits find plenty of room to play at New York’s casinos and racetracks, stadiums, sports facilities and playgrounds. Warm weather brings green fairways, the roar of engines, the thunder of hooves, the crack of the bat and the jingle of jackpots to sports and gaming destinations across our regions. Here are the stats for spring and summer in the Empire State.
Guaranteed to get your blood racing is a visit to Watkins Glen International Racetrack, a top spot for NASCAR and IndyCar. Summer brings the Six Hours of The Glen and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showcasing NASCAR’s biggest stars. Camp on-site or enjoy nearby accommodations, you’ll want to idle awhile.
We’ve got the horse right here. The world’s top thoroughbreds hit the turf at Long Island’s Belmont Park in spring, head up to Saratoga Race Course in summer, and return to Belmont and New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack in the fall.
Racinos across the state provide year-round harness racing and gaming action too. Gaming machines flash and trotters race at Vernon Downs, Yonkers and Monticello, Tioga Downs, Batavia Downs and Saratoga, among others. Native American casinos offer a Vegas casino experience at several lush facilities in our state, including Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Seneca Allegany Casino, and Turning Stone Resort & Casino.
The boys of summer come out to play in warmer months when the Mets and Yankees continue their long rivalry, and minor league and college ball players hit the diamond in cities across New York. No other sports draws like the great American pastime—over 75 million stadium tickets every summer, and New York has a big share of it. Between games, head to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, then grab a bat at Doubleday Batting Range.
Pros and duffers alike can swing a club at some of America’s top courses including Turning Stone’s Shenendoah course, The Sagamore on Lake George, and Montauk Downs, one of New York’s 29 state park golf courses ranked among the world’s best public courses. Popular mountaintop resorts at Windham and Hunter offer fine golfing, and Long Island’s famed Bethpage Black, home to U.S. Open Golf Championships, is legendary.
Surf some big waves at Fire Island, Ditch Plains and Jones Beach along Long Island’s 118 miles of ocean-facing coastline as summer water temps climb into the 70s.
Are the trout really tastier here? Find out for yourself when you cast your line toward the closest Catskill waters. Favorite fishing spots are Eldred Preserve, Sunrise Lake and Steges Lake, but waters abound in the birthplace of fly-fishing.
Spring whitewater rafting on the mighty Cattaraugus through Zoar Valley plunges you past rugged cliffs, thundering waterfalls and nesting bald eagles as you navigate the finest white water west of the Adirondacks. In summer when the waters subside a bit, families can enjoy a quieter float.
Up for something new? Why just hike when you can geocache? This high-tech treasure hunting game is played with a GPS device or cell phone app that lead you to hidden “caches” throughout the hills, and it’s catching on with hikers all over the world. New York has hundreds of geocache adventures waiting.
Rock climbing beckons the truly daring athlete to destinations like Mohonk Mountain Preserve in New Paltz, and Alpine Endeavors in the Catskills where elite climbers tackle the challenging Shawangunk Ridge.
Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track
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Resorts World Casino, NYC
Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls
Turning Stone Shenendoah