Whether you like to play or just watch, spring is sports season in New York State.
New York Red Bulls fans warm up their vocal cords for the spring soccer season, while youth clubs across the state hit the practice fields. Rugby is another field sport getting big with young players who are learning the ropes at clubs like the New York Rugby Club, the nation's oldest.
Paddles hit the water again at rowing clubs from Apalachin to Whitney Point that use every available mile of New York's rivers and lakes. Shoreside fans cheer on the New York Athletic Club rowing team, always a top contender for the national club championship.
Horseback riding facilities offer you a chance to mount up and ride out to see spring's offerings up close.
You don't need to wait long to swing a club in New York. From famed Bethpage Black home of two US Open Golf Championships-to the rolling terrain of Green Lakes State Park, New York's 29 State Park golf courses rank among the best public courses in the world. You'll find acres of tennis courts to get your blood going, while local parks and athletic fields provide elbow room for all imaginable outdoor spring games and sports.
Mountain biking was made for New York's rolling trails and views along gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. A short list includes the Adirondack Park, Catskill Mountains, Hudson Valley, and Finger Lakes Canal and Rail Trail system.
Spring brings the whitewater for kayakers and rafters. Listen for the thunder as mountains release their winter snows to power a heart-pounding run through the Hudson River Gorge or a canoe ride down the Delaware River.
When spring thaws raise stream levels, head to the nearest creek for plenty of spring fishing. Famished fish are biting bass minnows in the Finger Lakes, trout begin their runs from Lake Ontario, smelt make their way up smaller streams and bullheads come looking for a meal as soon as the ice is off.
Why leave the city for rock climbing, golf and batting practice? Chelsea Piers in NYC's Hudson River Park is a 28-acre sports village with all that and more- ice skating, indoor courts and fields, and even bowling alleys.
Ski Areas of New York
New York State Outdoor Guides Association
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation: Fishing
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation: Fishing License
New York Golf Courses
New York State Parks