Did you know that the Adirondack Park 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 179 state 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. The Catskills and Hudson Valley are just a short ride from Manhattan, and the Finger Lakes are close enough for a real getaway from most major metropolitan areas.
Whether you're a triathlete or a day hiker, a rock climber or a golfer, there is a section of New York State reserved just for you. Bike from Albany to Cohoes along the Mohawk River. Climb the famous Modern Times route (5.8+) at the Shawangunks climbing reserve. Drop a hook in Lake Cayuga. Or pack a picnic 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.