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To help you find your perfect New York summer escape, we rounded up some of the state's top destinations to face off against each other in the style of March Madnes. Visit I Love New York on Twitter to vote for your favorites--and come back to the I Love New York Blog next week to see which destinations move on to Round 3! Click here to see all of the Round 1 match-ups.
Round 2: Central Park vs. Watkins Glen State Park
WINNER: Central Park
Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the United States with 42 million visits each year to its 843 acres of sheer beauty. The park is home to ballfields and playgrounds, statues, a mature conservancy, monuments, bridges, ponds and woodlands . You’ll find endless activities and sights to explore.
Watkins Glen State Park
Perhaps the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, Watkins Glen State Park is a natural wonder with 19 waterfalls. Hike the gorge path and experience 400- to 200-foot drops. Take a guided tour or explore on your own! Whatever you do, bring your fishing pole. Excellent fishing exists nearby at Seneca Lake and Catherine Creek, which is filled with rainbow trout.
Round 2: Statue of Liberty vs. Brooklyn Bridge Park
WINNER: Statue of Liberty
One of the most iconic attractions in the world, Lady Liberty has presided over New York Harbor since 1886. A gift from France meant to symbolize the friendship between the two nations in the wake of the Revolutionary War, the monument has since greeted thousands of immigrants on their to America via nearby Ellis Island, and now welcomes millions of visitors every year.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
This 85-acre development under the majestic Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most scenic and relaxed spots. Spend an afternoon exploring the piers, lawns and even a beach in this urban oasis with the Manhattan skyline twinkling in the distance.
Round 2: Niagara Falls vs. Walkway over the Hudson
WINNER: Niagara Falls State Park
Discover the majesty and beauty of the Niagara Falls this summer. Get misted by the magnificent spray of the falls then wander the surrounding State Park. The wonderland that surrounds the Falls includes gardens, over 15 miles of challenging hiking trails and (not surprisingly) stunning views.
Walkway over the Hudson
The Walkway over the Hudson is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world! The elevated trail follows a renovated railroad bridge, spanning the stunning Hudson River, offering awesome views of the water and the surrounding area. Sunsets here are especially unforgettable.
Round 2: Boldt Castle vs. Brewery Ommegang
WINNER: Boldt Castle
Pay a visit to stunning Boldt Castle, a 120-room Rhineland-style castle and yacht house built at the turn of the 20th century in Alexandria Bay. Learn the history of the castle with a self-guided tour by audio – you can pre-purchase a souvenir audio guide before you embark on your journey.
This Cooperstown brewery is best known for its variety of top-notch Belgian-style ales. Sample the many different brews and take a tour of the brewery, then make sure to pay a visit the café to enjoy a bite on the scenic patio before you leave.
Round 2: Strong National Museum of Play vs. Baseball Hall of Fame
Strong National Museum of Play
This Rochester museum is the only major museum in the world devoted entirely to the study and interpretation of play, and is sure to bring out the inner kid in anyone. Complete with a comprehensive collection of dolls, toys, and play-related objects, the Strong is the second largest children’s museum in the country, and largest year-round family attraction in Western New York.
WINNER: National Baseball Hall of Fame
All hail America’s sport! The newly renovated Baseball Hall of Fame Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history of the game, honoring its outstanding contributors and connecting generations of fans.
Round 2: Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom vs. Herkimer Diamond Mines
WINNER: Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom
From pulse-pounding roller coasters and speedy water slides to gentler rides for tots, there’s something for everyone at this popular Adirondacks amusement park (which opens for the season on May 21). This year, the park unveils the brand new looping coaster Greezed Lightnin', making it an even more essential destination for thrill seekers of all ages.
Herkimer Diamond Mines
Capitalize on a unique opportunity to mine for “diamonds” (quartz crystals unique to the area) this summer along the West Canada Creek in Herkimer Buy package that includes use of a rock hammer, all day museum entrance and mining information. Then, after you find your diamonds, visit the nearby Diamond Activity Center for jewelry classes, appraisals, geode cracking and more!
Round 2: Lake Placid vs. Fire Island National Seashore
WINNER: Lake Placid
Fed by a network of springs and mountain streams, Lake Placid is one of the cleanest freshwater lakes in the world. In the summer, it’s a fantastic destination for boating, water skiing, swimming and more. Set up camp at one of several local campgrounds, and be sure to explore the nearby village of Lake Placid, which hosted the winter Olympics twice. You can take a bobsled ride here year round!
Fire Island National Seashore
Explore a maritime forest, soak in some rays and stroll along some of the most pristine beaches on the east coast. The Fire Island Lighthouse was built in 1858 and is located on the western end of the (mostly car-free) barrier Island. Climb the stairs and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Round 2: Chautauqua Institution vs. Catskills Scenic Trail
Chautauqua Institution - a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York - comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, recreational activities and more. Learn, enjoy and expand your intellect here, all while soaking in the beautiful, historic lakeside village.
WINNER: Catskills Scenic Trail
Pay a visit to the Catskills Scenic Trail in Delaware County, where you can hike, bike, stroll or ride horseback. Soak in the stunning rolling mountain vistas and Delaware River headwaters while you breath in that fresh mountain air. Don’t forget to pack a picnic!