If there’s a way to have fun in the winter, New York has thought of it. Take in an Islanders or Rangers game, watch the Knicks play The Garden, or burn some calories of your own.
NHL teams begin their quest for the coveted Stanley Cup as Islanders, Rangers and Sabres fans fill the stadiums. Club and amateur hockey games fill rinks across the state, and school leagues begin training junior players for the big leagues.
Indoors, it’s basketball season for the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. At college courts the fans throng to cheer on the Albany Great Danes, Binghamton Bearcats, Stony Brook Seawolves or the Syracuse Orange.
For a different breed of games, try your luck at casinos, racinos and gaming facilities in every region, where the entertainment, dining and accommodations tempt you to stay awhile. Bingo halls dot the state too, and some of the jackpots are impressive, especially at venues in New York, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
You’ll burn off some winter calories on New York’s snowscapes. Winter fishing lures anglers to ice shanties statewide for walleye and perch, lake trout and salmon. Novice or pro, your hook won’t stay empty for long. Top spots include the Indian River Lakes chain and Black River.
If there’s a snow-covered hill, someone’s sliding down it. Ski centers blanket the state making full use of our powder. If Mother Nature’s napping, snowmaking machines take over. Cross-country skiers tackle trails in scores of state parks, and snow parks pop up wherever you can fit a toboggan or snow tube. Snowmobile trails are endless as they meander through open farmlands and wooded glens, and snowshoers can hike countless miles of trails. Ice skating is making a comeback too at hundreds of rinks, lakes and ponds. Lake Placid’s toboggan chute launches sleds on thousand-foot runs down ice covered chutes onto frozen Mirror Lake. For a different type of drop, try a winter coaster ride at Ellicottville’s Holiday Valley.
Ziplines are a year-round thrill, but there’s something magical about soaring over sparkling winterscapes at 50 miles per hour suspended from a nylon strap. Hunter Mountain’s SkyRider Tour reveals magnificent views of the Catskills, Windham Mountain offers side-by-side racing ziplines, and Hyde Park’s Big Bear Ziplines are an easy drive from NYC.
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Hunter Mountain SkyRider Tour
Indian River Lakes Fishing
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