From blissful spas and cool cultural events to wild mountain coasters and thrilling zipline tours, there’s even more to love this Winter in New York!
Wild Wintery Adventure
One of the hottest new ways to ride a New York mountain is by Alpine Coaster! Similar to a roller coaster, cars on a track take you up to the apex for a thrilling ride down, zigzagging and spiraling all the way! Check out the new Mountain Coaster at Holiday Valley resort in Ellicottville (716/699-2345; holidayvalley.com) and the Alpine Mountain Coaster at Greek Peak Resort (800/955-2754; greekpeak.net) in the Finger Lakes region.
Other new adventure attractions across the state include Big Bear Ziplines (888/947-2294; bigbearziplines.com) at Hyde Park in the Hudson Valley. In the Catskills, the New York Zipline at Hunter Mountain, the longest and highest in North America, offers thrills for the whole family with zips and canopy tours from tame to wild. Yep; you can zip year-round! 518/263-5580; huntermtn.com.
More Family Fun!
News flash: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, set on the historic aircraft carrier, has been chosen as the new home for Enterprise, the first Space Shuttle Orbiter and one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements. To experience life aboard The Intrepid, check out the new schedule of “Operation Slumber” overnight visits for families. 877/957-7447; intrepidmuseum.org
Cool Cultural Updates
Art and performance centers throughout the state are all dressed up in seasonal finery! The Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan (212/535-7710; metmuseum.org) is celebrating its new galleries and exhibits with events featuring world-renowned artists. Catch a Patti Smith concert inspired by the exhibit Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe, and holiday concerts performed by Paul Winter, Judy Collins, and the Vienna Boys Choir. Check out nycgo.com for information on New York City events and shows. See new productions of Broadway’s The Addams Family (12/6-11) and Les Miserables (2/28-3/4) at Shea’s in Buffalo’s Theater District. 716/847- 1410; sheas.org