Spice things up this winter! New York's a fabulous feast of entertainment, with endless variety. Enjoy world-class art, performances, nature museums, shopping, culinary delights, wineries, spas and even indoor waterparks!
The winter menu's full of fun-from Broadway shows in New York City to the sparkling Aquarium of Niagara Falls. Watch otters play in an indoor waterfall at the Adirondacks' Wild Center or visit a tropical butterfly garden in Rochester's National Museum of Play. Make a splash at an indoor waterpark like Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, near Lake George, or Cascades at Greek Peak Mountain Resort.
Don't miss famous attractions like Howe Caverns, Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame, Buffalo's historic Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and dazzling hot-glass shows at the Corning Museum of Glass!
American Museum of
Natural History, Manhattan.
See the world-renowned Dinosaur Halls, Rose Center for Earth & Space, Giant Origami Holiday Tree, Whales exhibit, and much more!
Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
State-of-the-art venue for world-class entertainment and sports; new home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
Great productions, from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella to Motown the Musical.
of Music, Brooklyn.
Art, theater, music, dance, opera and comedy.
The Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn.
Over 100 vendors: antiques, furniture, art, crafts, clothing, jewelry and collectibles. In former bank with a gorgeous interior!
The Intrepid Sea,
Air & Space Museum, Manhattan.
An inspiring walk through history.
Javitz Center, Manhattan.
Events include the International Motorcycle Show, NY Boat Show, International Toy Fair, and Coffee Fest.
Architectural masterpiece houses the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, NYC Ballet, NY Philharmonic, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
House Museum, Queens.
Celebrates the life and legacy of the world's most famous jazz musician.
Madame Tussaud's, Times Square, Manhattan.
Over 220 wax figures of pop stars, Hollywood legends, sports heroes and historic icons.
Museum of Art, Manhattan.
Dutch masterpieces, ancient Egyptian temple, and many other treasures from around the world and across the ages.
Museum of the
Moving Image, Queens.
Interactive exhibits, memorabilia and shows highlight the art of movies, television and digital media.
St. George Theatre,
Magnificent theater; shows from Blue's Clues Live to Jim Belushi & the Chicago Board of Comedy.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
America's Parish Church; Gothic Revival-style construction began in 1858. Tours, concerts and masses.
The Stand Comedy Club,
Presents top comedians; voted Best Comedy Club by New York magazine.
For more ideas and information, see New York City Regional Tourism Website
Cradle of Aviation
Museum, Garden City.
World-class museum explores 100 years of Long Island's aerospace heritage; IMAX theater, new Planetarium, Red Planet Café.
Danfords Hotel & Marina, Port Jefferson.
Cozy restaurant; guestrooms with views of Long Island Sound. Explore the harbor and historic village's shops and restaurants.
Resort & Spa, Montauk.
Winter spa packages and spectacular ocean views from your cozy room or the king-size heated seawater swimming pool.
Over 25 indoor exhibits include Amazon Rainforest & Aviary, giant Pacific Octopus, living Coral Reef, and a shocking Electric Eel exhibit!
Children's Museum, Garden City.
Hands-on fun for kids and families. Art programs and theater.
The Milleridge Inn,
Cottage & Shops, Jericho.
Quaint 1672 village of specialty shops; café, fine dining at the Inn.
Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor.
See fine art on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular Gold Coast property.
Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale.
Top entertainment, concerts and sports; home of NY Islanders professional hockey team.
Oheka Castle, Huntington.
Dine like royalty (or Gatsby!) or spend the night at this magnificent historic estate that's now a luxury hotel. Tours.
Museum, Water Mill.
New location has seven sky-lit galleries. Art from late 19th Century to the present includes William Merritt Chase and Fairfield Porter.
Bargain hunter's paradise: over 165 brand-name and designer outlets from Armani to Zumiez.
& Planetarium, Centerport.
Gold Coast mansion on a 43-acre estate. Tours, history and art exhibits, state-of-the-art planetarium.
The Whaling Museum,
Cold Spring Harbor.
Maritime heritage: interactives, authentic ship figureheads, scrimshaw, historic whaleboat and more. Family programs, events.
Winterfest Jazz on
the Vine, North Fork, Long Island Wine Country.
Top jazz musicians play in the tasting rooms of more than 20 wineries. (Weekends, February 16 to March 24).
Award-winning winery; tours and tasting daily. Winter events include Candlelight Fridays with hot jazz, mulled wine, and cheese & charcuterie plates.
For more ideas and information, see Long Island's Regional Tourism Website.
Great performances since 1869: concerts, dance and film.
Bear Mountain Inn,
Three restaurants, rustically elegant guestrooms and a spa. Stunning mountain views.
Farm, Bells Pond Rd. Hudson.
Weekly Woolly Wednesdays: watch or work with spinners, knitters and other fiber lovers. Visit the llamas and sheep. Shop for woolly gifts, herbs, fresh eggs and maple syrup.
Historic Site, Germantown.
Winter events and candlelight tours recreate holiday traditions through the ages; period decorations and treats in the historic kitchen.
of America, Hyde Park.
Classes on international holiday treats, seasonal soups, artisan breads and creative cupcakes. Five award-winning restaurants. Tours, bookstore with kitchen gadgets.
Fisher Center for
Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Acclaimed music, opera, theater and dance. Stunning design by architect Frank Gehry.
Valley, Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow.
Seasonal events include music and storytelling in the cozy Old Dutch Church, candlelight tours and holiday celebrations at Philipsburg Manor-an 18th-century farm.
Home of Franklin D.
Lifelong home of the 32nd President of the US. Mansion tours year-round. Events.
Dealers Association, Hudson.
Dozens of art and antique galleries on five historic blocks. Eclectic restaurants and boutiques.
Madava Farms, Dover
Watch sugar-making and hand-bottling of the famous Crown Maple® Syrup. Guided tasting tours year-round. The restaurant's artisan lunches highlight local seasonal ingredients.
House, New Paltz.
Named America's #1 Resort Spa by Conde Nast Traveler! Plan a day visit or an entire vacation at this lakeside Victorian castle with fine dining, a sumptuous spa and great activities.
Brand-new; a motorcycle lover's paradise! With over 450 motorcycles, from an 1897 DeDion to modern choppers, it's America's largest motorcycle museum.
19th-century estate of Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. Tours, holiday events and snowshoe treks through the winter landscape with sweeping river views.
Sugar Loaf Art
& Craft Village, Sugar Loaf.
Historic shopping village: art galleries, artisan shops, studios and cafes in 1700s-era buildings.
Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park.
Year-round tours of Gilded Age estate with splendid grounds and Hudson River views. Events.
Woodbury Common, Central
One the world's top shopping destinations. Just an hour from NYC, it's a bargain hunter's haven with over 220 stores.
For more ideas and information, see Hudson Valley's Regional Tourism Website.
Fishing Center, Livingston Manor.
Award-winning museum in the birthplace of American fly fishing honors the heroes and heritage of the sport. Vintage rods; fly tying workshops and other programs.
The Emerson Resort
& Spa, Mt. Tremper.
Luxury suites, family-friendly lodge, and four-star spa. Adjacent restaurant and unique boutiques, including a kaleidoscope shop. You can step inside the world's largest!
KTD Monastery, Woodstock.
Painted by a Tibetan artist-in-residence, the shrine replicates an authentic Tibetan monastery. Retreats and courses on Tibetan culture, meditation and yoga.
Longyear Gallery, Margaretville.
Artist-run cooperative in historic Commons Building. Works in a broad range of styles and media by artists from NYC and upstate. Exhibits change monthly.
& Raceway, Monticello.
Over 1,000 slot machines, year-round harness racing, several restaurants.
River Rock Health
Natural wellness treatments in a tranquil mountain setting.
Boutique motel resort with uniquely themed rooms; rated on National Geographic's Stay List. Shimmer Spa. The village is on the National Historic Register.
Theater, dance, concerts and art exhibits.
Roxbury Mountain Maple,
Syrup-making in the sap house, tours of the sugar woods, and a sweet gift and syrup shop.
Villa Roma Resort,
Enjoy swimming, bocce and shuffleboard in the indoor sports complex, plus great entertainment on-site. Dining options from gourmet to an in-house Starbucks.
Association & Museum, Woodstock.
Art and crafts by regional artists in spacious galleries. Events, shop.
Monastery, Mt. Tremper.
Weekend meditation programs and retreats; classes from calligraphy to Qi Gong.
For more ideas and information, see The Catskills Regional Tourism Website.
Tours and tasting reveal the process of creating 19th- to early 20th-century-style rums and whiskeys.
Restaurant menu complements ales and lagers brewed on site. The Malt Room is a speakeasy-style bar.
Historic day spa features a wide variety of spa services including relaxing mineral bath treatments.
The Egg Performing
Arts Center, Albany.
Top entertainment, from popular musicians to theater and international performers.
Putnam Resort & Spa, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs.
Historic luxury hotel, fine dining. Roosevelt Baths & Spa with bubbling mineral baths.
Hubbard Hall, Cambridge.
Restored 1878 opera house presents acclaimed theater and concerts.
Just outside the village, nuns sell their famous cheesecakes.
New York State
Magnificent, historic structure; marvel of 19th-century grandeur. Tours.
New York State
Art, history, nature and culture. Kids can ride a full-size indoor carousel.
Majestic theater presents concerts, comedy, holiday favorites, musicals and drama. The resident Albany Symphony is one of the nation's great orchestras.
Majestic Vaudeville-era palace presents traveling Broadway hits, musicals, pop and classical music, dance and movies.
& Raceway, Saratoga Springs.
Gaming machines, restaurants, and a nightclub hosting top celebrities and great local bands. Watch live harness racing from the indoor lounge.
Highlights the history of quarrying: paintings, sculpture, photographs and special events.
Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs.
Full season of musicals, comedy and drama.
Troy Music Hall, Troy.
1875 concert hall attracts world-class musicians.
For more ideas and information, see the Capital-Saratoga Regional Tourism website.
Maple Farm, Athol.
Producer of award-winning maple syrup, maple cream and candies. Tours, events, demonstrations.
Ausable Chasm Welcome Center & Mining Sluice, Ausable Chasm.
Pan for gemstones and fossils inside, rain or shine!
Factory Outlets of
Lake George, Lake George.
Great bargains for the whole family in 70 designer and brand-name stores within a half-mile of each other.
Collection, Glens Falls.
Elegant 1912 mansion displays nearly 6,000 years of art, from antiquity to the present. Works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso and Renoir.
Inn at Erlowest,
Dining is a special occasion at this stone castle. Lovely guestrooms; recently featured as a healing retreat on TV's Housewives of New Jersey.
Olympic Center & Museum, Lake Placid.
Highlights amazing history as host of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games and the world's winter sports capital. See international competitions, USA Hockey and Smuckers' Stars on Ice.
Lake Placid Pub
& Brewery, Lake Placid.
Craft ales and lagers, including their famous Ubu Ale, served with traditional pub fare. Downstairs: the legendary P.J. O'Neill's, an Irish pub with warm character.
Mirror Lake Inn
& Spa, Lake Placid.
Elegant full-service resort, voted the #1 Resort in the Northeast by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.
Noon Mark Diner, Keene
Classic favorite with locals and visitors; famous for pies and tasty meals.
Smoke House, Warrensburg.
Traditional Adirondack foods from hickory-smoked meats to local maple syrup and cheddar cheese. Historic family-run icon; featured on Rachael Ray TV show.
Six Flags Great
Escape Lodge Indoor Waterpark, Lake George.
Lazy river, wave and surfing pools, tubes, tunnels and slides. It's a balmy 80 degrees year-round!
Spa at the
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid.
Spa services include use of the wellness facilities for the entire day: year-round indoor/outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, steam room and saunas. Fitness classes.
The Wild Center/Natural
History Museum of the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake.
Hands-on activities; live animals from porcupines, to hawks, to otters at play in an indoor waterfall. Multi-media shows on planets and butterflies.
Children's Museum, Glens Falls.
Interactive art exhibits, music, events and activities for kids and families.
For more ideas and information, see The Adirondacks Regional Tourism Website.
CNY Arts Center, Fulton.
Fine and performing arts; events, theater productions and programs. The annual Snow Day, in January, is a snow-themed children's carnival of art, food and winter fun!
Art Museum, Ogdensburg.
Paintings, drawings and bronzes of the foremost artist of America's Old West. Historic home with the artist's easel, paintbrushes, letters and other artifacts.
The Gran-View on
the River, Ogdensburg.
Family-run inn with fine dining and entertainment. Watch oceangoing vessels and breathtaking sunsets from your table in the landmark restaurant-or guestroom balcony if you stay the night.
Visitors Center, on the St. Lawrence River, Massena.
Interactive NY Power Authority exhibits. Spectacular views from the observation deck!
Rice Creek Field
Station, State University of New York at Oswego, Thompson Rd, Oswego.
Watch wildlife from indoor viewing area; indoor nature exhibits.
Robert Moses State
Park Nature Center, Massena.
Year-round nature center hosts holiday events and programs.
Salmon Hills, 100
Noble Shores Drive, Redfield.
Cozy log-style lodge, cabins and resort for snowmobile and cross-country ski enthusiasts, fishermen and nature lovers.
Sandy Pond Steak
Guests arrive by car, boat, seaplane or snowmobile. Cozy family dining inside and weekly ice-fishing derbies outside!
of NY at Oswego Event Venues, Oswego.
Art, music, theater productions and sports events.
Islands-Seaway Wine Trail, Lowville to Ogdensburg.
Eight wineries offer tours and events all winter.
Winery, Alexandria Bay.
Sample Alexandria Bay Rosé and other award-winning wines on an 1836 farm.
Tug Hill Vineyards,
Award-winning winery serves a light menu with live music on Thursday evenings and brunch every Sunday. Stunning views of the 40-acre estate. Boutique with gourmet foods and wine.
For more ideas and information, see Thousand Islands-Seaway's Regional Tourism Website.
Railroad, Union Station, Utica.
Live the magic as the classic story The Polar Express is read. Travel with Santa's elves to the "North Pole." Santa boards for the return trip. Pajamas encouraged!
Boxing Hall of
Exhibits and events honor boxing's royalty, from Joe Louis to Rocky Graziano and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Beverage Trail, Cooperstown.
Tasteful stops include Fly Creek Cider Mill, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Butternuts Beer & Ale and two award-winning wineries: Bear Pond and Rustic Ridge.
Experience 19th-century village life. Events like the magical Candlelight Evening show how holidays were celebrated in 1845.
The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown.
Native American and American art. One of the world's best Folk Art collections.
Amazing rock formations 156 feet below the earth's surface; temperature's a constant 52 degrees F.
Mining Company, Howes Cave.
Pan for gems, minerals, fossils and arrowheads in indoor/outdoor water sluices. Kids' jewelry-making fun.
Arts Institute, Utica.
Concerts, theater and dance; house museum; art exhibits, from Thomas Cole to Winslow Homer.
Hall of Fame & Museum, Cooperstown.
World-renowned museum with thousands of baseball artifacts; an American treasure and must-see destination.
Tours finish with tasting fine-crafted beers and sodas in their 1888 tavern.
Turning Stone Resort &
Gaming, dining, entertainment, lodging from modest to posh. Spa with American Indian influence.
For more ideas and information, see Central New York Regional Tourism Website.
Water Park, Hope Lake Lodge at Greek
Peak Resort, Cortland.
Waterslides, wave pools, and other splashy fun! It's always a balmy 84 degrees.
Authentic Irish Pub, historic Tipperary Hill, Syracuse.
Lively music and fireside dining: traditional Irish fare, from corned beef & cabbage to shepherd's pie. There's a 15-inch door for leprechauns!
Corning Museum of
Hot Glass Shows, workshops for all ages, and trees decorated with thousands of handmade ornaments-a perfect backdrop for family pictures! Pick up sparkly souvenirs in the huge GlassMarket.
Over 100 shops, galleries and studios. Winter events include a Parade of Lights, one of New York's top holiday parades, with participants covered from tip to toe in lights!
America's sixth-largest shopping center: luxury retailers, outlets, 27 restaurants, 3-story glass atrium. Entertainment includes Ice Museum, go-carts, OptiGolf and world's largest indoor ropes course.
Famous for smokin' good food and sultry blues.
Landmark mansion of Eastman Kodak's founder. Museum has the world's largest collection of silent films, Hollywood classics and early Westerns; the world's first cameras; and space and digital photography.
Keuka Lake Wine
Choose a designated driver and explore wineries, shops, country inns and stunning scenery. Events include Keuka Holidays, pairing delicious winter foods with fine wines.
Majestic after a multi-million dollar renovation. Shows include traveling Broadway plays and The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles.
Award-winning inn, dining and spa in wine country. French Country charm; perfect for a winter getaway.
Museum, atop Harris Hill, Elmira.
Learn about 100 years of motorless flight. See fleets of gliders on display and play with interactives like a computerized flight simulator.
New York Wine & Culinary Center, Canandaigua.
Celebrates NY's agriculture, wine and beer. Wine tasting dinners, chef demonstrations and classes from holiday baking to hearty winter soups. Canandaigua Wine Trail is nearby.
Rockwell Museum of Western Art,
Renowned collection of American Western art. See works by Old West masters like Remington and Russell, as well as Native American and modern artists, from Kay Walking Stick to Andy Warhol.
The Springs of
Clifton Spa, Clifton Springs.
Award-winning spa features natural mineral springs and treatments designed to be especially beneficial in winter.
Museum of Play, Rochester.
Step into Bererstain Bear Country, Sesame Street, Reading Adventureland life-size pop-up books, and a tropical indoor garden with free-flying butterflies! Toy Hall of Fame.
Renowned collection of modern and contemporary art; works by Pollock, deKooning and Warhol. Winter events include a Jazz Series and family art activities.
Niagara, Niagara Falls.
Over 1,500 aquatic animals: sharks, piranhas, sea lions, sea horses, a giant octopus and a colony of Peruvian penguins all reside within its walls. Open year-round.
Whatever the weather outside, the Victorian-era glass conservatory is balmy: palms, tropical fruit trees and exotic orchids. Stroll through the world's ecosystems, from desert to rose garden.
Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo.
Grammy Award-winning orchestra performs in the renowned Kleinhans Music Hall.
Art Center, Buffalo.
Works by abstract watercolorist Charles Burchfield and other regional artists. Docent-led tours Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Neighborhood with some of Buffalo's hippest boutiques, galleries, cafes and coffee shops.
Discovery Center, Lockport.
Interactive museum and virtual-reality excursions on a recreated packetboat transport visitors back to canal days of the 1820s.
One of the world's largest New Year's celebrations: big entertainment and family fun. The annual Ball Drop & Fireworks downtown at midnight is the 2nd largest in the US!
Main Street, LeRoy.
Visit the birthplace of America's famous dessert; the museum highlights the sweet history of this jiggly treat. Gift shop.
Tour one of the best examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style design, newly restored.
Center, North Tonawanda.
Indoor rock climbing gym offers winter activity for the whole family. For climbers of all levels, beginner to advanced.
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Niagara Falls.
Showcase of the natural and local history with hands-on interactive displays, a 180° multi-screen theater experience, and a towering rock climbing wall with fossils and geological formations.
Niagara Wine Trail, Between Lockport and Lake Ontario.
Along the trail 17 wineries (5 in Lockport) and a cider mill offer tours and seasonal events. Specialties include some of the world's best ice wines.
Arts Center, Buffalo.
The winter season at this elegant 1926 theater is highlighted by a Broadway Series.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo.
Historic home; state-of-the-art exhibits put you in the moment when "Teddy" Roosevelt became America's youngest president after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.
Disco, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo.
In November, over 300,000 people don disco duds and get down to music of the ‘70s.
For more ideas and information, see Greater Niagara's Regional Tourism Website.
Slopeside village is highly rated for après ski fun. International restaurants, shops and galleries mingle with clubs where you can dance the night away, yet the village retains its small-town charm.
Brewing Company, Ellicottville.
Tours let you see behind the scenes brewing operations and taste award-winning craft brews. Restaurant.
Local history exhibits in an elegant 1863 mansion that was the home of New York's 22nd Governor, Rueben Fenton. Holiday exhibits, events and gift shop.
Top-rated slopeside resort hotel with indoor pools, spa and great amenities. Specializes in family fun.
Lake Erie Wine
Country, Ripley to Silver Creek.
The 50-mile trail includes more than 20 wineries open for tours and seasonal events. Ice wines are a regional specialty!
New York's Amish
Trail Welcome Center. Randolph.
Trail runs north to Gowanda. Shops along the way offer homemade baked goods, cheeses, hand-crafted furniture, baskets and quilts. Events include the annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration.
Peek'n Peak Resort
& Spa, Findley Lake.
Top ski center's luxurious Inn at the Peek has fine restaurants, indoor pool and spa for a perfect finish to a day of winter sports.
International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred.
Ancient pottery to contemporary sculpture, quirky teapots and cutting-edge ceramic technology.
Casino & Hotel, Salamanca.
Gaming, top-name entertainment, dining and a new luxury hotel and spa.
Brewing Company, Lakewood.
Tour and sample seasonal brews. The Empty Pint Brewery Pub offers a selection of 14 draught beers paired with savory dishes like hickory-smoked pulled pork and hearty soups.
Visitors sample ice wine, sparkling wines and other favorites in the cozy tasting room beside serene Lake Erie.
Down-home country meals include bountiful breakfasts and free-range turkey dinners. For a sweet ending, sample their signature maple syrup. Family-fun events.
For more ideas and information, see Chautauqua-Allegheny's Regional Tourism Website.