New York's many parks are the perfect place to experience the natural beauty of the state. Four mountain ranges, secluded natural preserves and wide-open green space all over the state mean plenty of places to go camping and hiking. New York has over 6,700 natural bodies of water, 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 9,767 miles of shoreline and waterfalls. Pick up a paddle for some great canoeing and kayaking. To get really wet, hit the beaches and swimming holes. Boating enthusiasts will love on the open water, including the Great Lakes and famous rivers like the Hudson. And don't forget to bring your rod, because the fishing here is sure to add to your fish stories.
Golf courses in the state have played host to legendary championships and tournaments-over 15 U.S. Opens and ten PGA Championships, so far, but they also offer novice golfers a chance to learn the game. There are over 800 courses in the state, giving you a range of experiences. Play on fairways bordering nature preserves. Go under par in view of old glacial lakes. You can even step up to a casino table after the 18th hole at some courses.
As the seasons change, you'll find even more variety in New York. Fall is the perfect time to explore the outdoors and take in scenic views of the changing foliage. Skiing and other snowy adventures keep you active all winter long. There are over 50 downhill ski areas around the state, more than any other state in the U.S. You can choose from day or weekend trips for quick thrills or longer winter stays near prime ski runs.