Voting for Round 3 has concluded. Head here to see the semifinal match-ups--and be sure to vote for your favorites!
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 this weekend to see which destinations move on to Round 4! Click here to see all of the Round 1 match-ups, and click here to check out Round 2.
Round 3: Central Park vs. Statue of Liberty
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.
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.
Round 3: Baseball Hall of Fame vs. Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom
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.
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.
Round 3: Niagara Falls vs. Boldt Castle
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.
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.
Round 3: Lake Placid vs. Catskills Scenic Trail
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!
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!