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New York Sports & Gaming

How many ways can you do winter?

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.

Casinos and bingo

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.

Winter fishing

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.

Snow sports

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.


Big Bear Ziplines

Bingo Halls New York

Black River Fishing

Brooklyn Nets

Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack

Holiday Valley

Hunter Mountain

Hunter Mountain SkyRider Tour

Indian River Lakes Fishing

Lake Placid

New York Islanders

New York Knicks

New York State Amateur Hockey Association

New York State Ice Climbing

New York State Ice Fishing

New York State Parks

Snowmobile New York

Tioga Downs Casino

Whiteface Olympic Center

Windham Mountain


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