Active Adventure

Each year, the state of New York releases over one million pounds of fish into more than 1,200 bodies of water across the state. That's good fishing.

The 563-mile Finger Lakes Trail lets hikers trek from the Catskills to the Allegany Mountains. It is the longest continuous hiking trail in New York.

New York State has more ski mountains than any other state in the country.


The Hudson River School art movement was inspired by the natural beauty of the state.

Between 1890 and 1913, J.P. Morgan spent nearly half his fortune on art. Most of it is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Statue of Liberty measures 305 feet and 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the flame. In 1900, George C. Boldt, set out to build a castle on Heart Island as a display of his love for his wife, Louise. In 1904, Boldt commanded the workers to immediately stop all construction, as Louise had died suddenly. After the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977, several million dollars have been applied to rehabilitating, restoring and improving the Heart Island structures of Boldt Castle.

The New York State Capitol, completed in 1899 at a cost of $25 million (roughly half a billion current dollars), was the most expensive government building of its time.

First proposed in 1808, and officially opened on October 26, 1825, the Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of the 19th Century and proved to be the key that unlocked an enormous series of social and economic changes in the young nation. Within 15 years of the Canal's opening, New York was the busiest port in America, moving tonnages greater than Boston, Baltimore and New Orleans combined. The impact on the rest of the State can be seen by looking at a modern map. With the exception of Binghamton and Elmira, every major city in New York falls along the trade route established by the Erie Canal, from New York City to Albany, through Schenectady, Utica and Syracuse, to Rochester and Buffalo. Nearly 80% of upstate New York's population lives within a 25 miles of the Erie Canal.

Food & Wine

New York is the country's third-largest wine-producing state, with more than 250 wineries growing over 35 varieties of grapes.

New York is the birthplace of many foods: potato chips, ready-made mayonnaise, Buffalo wings and Thousand Island dressing, for starters.

The original Buffalo wings were invented in Buffalo at the Anchor Bar.

The Culinary Institute of America in the Hudson Valley is often considered the nation's most important culinary education institution. In 1981, the CIA became the only school authorized to administer the American Culinary Federation's (ACF) master chef certification exam. The CIA employs the largest concentration of master chefs certified through the 10-day ACF-sponsored exam.

The first wineries in the US took root in the Hudson Valley in the 1600s.

Thousand Islands dressing was invented in where else but the Thousand Islands-Seaway region.

History & Culture

The original "Uncle Sam" was a meat packer from Troy, New York. Sam Wilson's meats helped feed soldiers
during the war of 1812.

New York was the first state in the country to preserve a historic site (Washington's Headquarters Historic Site in Newburgh).

Dr. Richard Shuckburgh, a British army physician, wrote the song "Yankee Doodle" while at Fort Crailo near Albany.

A leatherstocking was a deerskin coat worn by early settlers to protect their linen pants.

Amish communities in western New York refer to non-Amish people as the "English."

America's women's rights movement began in the Finger Lakes region. Learn more at the Women's Rights Historic National Park in Seneca Falls. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first woman's rights convention, which met in July, 1848 in Seneca Falls. The women were liberal thinkers who challenged women to overcome any barrier of state or church that limited their sphere. Susan B. Anthony and Stanton met in 1851. They remained friends and collaborators in the women's rights movement for the next fifty years. Stanton was the theoretician of the cause, Anthony its organizer.

If the borough of Brooklyn were its own city, its population would rank among the top five biggest cities in the country.

Broadway was originally an Algonquin Indian trade route known as Wiechquaekeck Trail.


There are over 560 spas in the state of New York.

In the nineteenth century, New York State was known for therapeutic mineral springs. The waters of Saratoga Springs became very famous.


New York has over 6,713 natural ponds, lakes, and reservoirs of one acre or more.

About 40 million gallons of water flow over Niagara Falls every minute.

The Adirondack Park makes up 85 percent of all wilderness land in the eastern United States.

The Adirondack Park has over 6.1 million acres, larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined.

Nearly all of New York City's water supply comes from a system of reservoirs in the Catskill Mountains.

The rugged terrain made famous by James Fennimore Cooper's tales lives on at Glimmerglass State Park.

At over 65,000 acres, Allegany State Park is the
largest state park in New York.

All of the Finger Lakes are oriented north-to-south.

Niagara Falls is approximately 12,000 years old. The Falls have actually moved seven miles from its original location.

Long Island juts 118 miles into the Atlantic Ocean.

Otsego Lake is the "Glimmerglass" Lake in James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales novels.

There are 1,864 islands in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region.

Science & Animals

The state's wildlife diversity includes 92 mammals, 376 birds, and 71 amphibians and reptiles.

The Catskills is often considered the birthplace of fly fishing.


With over 800,000 square feet and 220 stores, Woodbury Common is one of the largest outlet shopping centers in the world.

Sports & Gaming

Saratoga Race Course is the
oldest major sports venue in America. Its first thoroughbred race dates back to

& Excursions

Tourist railroads have taken visitors to New York mountaintops since the 1890s.

The first railroad in America ran the 11-mile distance between Albany and Schenectady.

The oldest working cattle ranch in America is in Montauk, Long Island. Deep Hollow Ranch has been
around since the 1800s.

New York City's subway passenger ridership in 2008: 1.62 billion riders.