Happy New Year! It may still be chilly out, but there are tons of activities both inside and out in New York that you don’t want to miss this month.
Take a break from working hard (or hardly working) on those New Years resolutions and check out our list of top things to do and places to see in New York for January!
Eat your way into February
Between barbeque in Manhattan and chowder in Saratoga Springs, January in NY is every foodie’s dream come true.
Buffalo Bites food tours are perfect for the hungry history buff, with food tasting and historical walking tours throughout Buffalo and Western New York recurring daily.
Want a dish that will keep you warm? Try Chowderfest in Downtown Saratoga, where local restaurants offer samples of their best chowders for just $1 per cup. And when you’re stuffed – check out what else Saratoga’s 30th Annual Winterfest has to offer, like live music and wine tasting!
But if you’re looking to drink just as much as you can eat… and even add a little dance in the mix, don’t miss the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Manhattan on January 24. Enjoy all those pleasures that Southerners swear by – bites, booze, and bluegrass – in a tri-session eat-a-thon:
- Session 1: Noon to 4p, Bacon Bash Tasting Session
- Session 2: 5:30p to 9:30p, The Whole Hog Pig Pickin’ Session
- Session 3: Noon to 9:30p, The Grand Poobah ChickenN’ Biscuits Session
Enjoy the Outdoors
Don’t let the cold keep you cooped up! There are plenty of outdoor adventures across NY that you don’t want to miss.
Long Lake Winter Carnival in the Adirondacks is perfect for the whole family. Compete in the famous Cardboard Box Sled Derby and snowshoe relay, then enjoy a nice big bonfire to warm your toes up after!
Looking for something a little more active? There are tons of options including skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking and so much more. Check out a few of our top picks for January:
- Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, Canandaigua, Finger Lakes
- Olympic Sports Complex, Lake Placid, Adirondacks
- Sam’s Point Preserve, Cragsmoor, Catskills
- Art Roscoe Cross Country Ski & Mountain Bike Area, Salamanca, Chataqua-Allegheny
Want to hit the slopes, but not sure how to get there? ILNY Bus Tours can take you from city to mountaintop in no time. Book your next ski trip today:
- Saturday, January 17: One-day ski trip to Plattekill Mountain
- Saturday, January 17: One-day ski trip to Belleayre
- Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25: Greek Peek Mountain Resort
- Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 1: Whiteface Lake Placid
Shop ‘til You Drop
Memories are great and all, but there’s even more to bring back from a NY getaway. Shop NY for fabulous finds and awesome souvenirs.
If you prefer to shop antiques, you can’t miss the Mohawk Valley Antique Fest in Utica, where shoppers and enthusiasts travel to search for old treasures.
Enjoy shopping, but prefer the fresh-from-the-farm over fresh-from-the-department-store? We have the perfect weekend expedition for you: head to the Winter Farmers Market in Corning for locally grown produce, naturally-raised meats and eggs, honeys and preserves.
Hit the High Sea
Can’t wait until summer to rock the boat? Head to the Progressive Insurance NY Boat Show in Manhattan form January 21 to 25, where boaters get the chance to shop, compare and find competitive deals on luxury yachts to sailboats to every marine accessory you can think of.