Did you know that the Adirondacks has over 3,000 ponds and lakes? The Thousand Islands is home to the famous St. Lawrence River, where the wreckage of five ships have made it a scuba diver's paradise. And these are just a few of the 215 state and national parks that call New York State home. As you can imagine, you don't have to travel far to find an outdoor adventure in New York State. Central New York and the Capital Saratoga regions bring you a host of activities from caverns and golf courses to balloon flights and tour boat cruises.
The Catskills and Hudson Valley are just a short ride north from New York City, and the beaches of Long Island are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. The Finger Lakes are close enough for a real getaway from most major metropolitan areas. Western New York also provides excellent opportunities to explore whether it's Niagara Falls and museums, or Chautauqua Allegheny offering entertainment from a hike in a park to an opera, plan to stay for a few days at least so you don't miss anything!
Whatever your desire, there is a section of New York State reserved just for you. Take to the water in a canoe or kayak or raft the Hudson. Hike through the Adirondack High Peaks, or climb the famous Modern Times route (5.8+) at the Shawangunks climbing reserve. Drop a hook in Lake Cayuga or cast a fly across the Ausable River for a new fishing experience. Get a picnic lunch ready and head to one of the historic gardens in Hyde Park. New York is an adventurer's paradise, so pack a bag, grab a friend and point your compass towards the Empire State.