New York State really heats up when the temperature drops, with fantastic outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding, or ice skating underneath some of New York's iconic skylines. When it's time to go inside and get cozy, New York also offers plenty of indoor activities. Snow will be falling before you know it, so now is the time to plan your New York winter adventure.
Lake Placid is best known for hosting the Winter Olympics twice - and you can trust that it’s capitalized on that legacy. Visitors can get a glimpse of the history at the museums and former sports venues. The village is full of natural beauty, including two lakes (Mirror Lake and Lake Placid) and the snowy Adirondack mountains.
Ice skate on Mirror Lake; take a gondola ride up or ski down Whiteface Mountain; bobsled or luge at the Olympic Sports Complex; and visit the Lake Placid Olympic History Museum. Whiteface Lodge offers a range of vacation indulgences! Enjoy their state-of-the-art health and fitness center year-round, heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, movie theater, family game room, nightly family campfire with s’mores, Children’s Programs, Kamp Kanu and Sunset Club. So whether you want the quiet comfort of a restful weekend or the exhilarating activities that put Lake Placid on the map, you'll find it all at Whiteface Lodge.
Plan your winter escape in the official “Home of Winter,” Syracuse!
Explore the downtown area's rich history. The Erie Canal once flowed through the heart of Clinton Square; now it's a hot spot for outdoor events, concerts and winter ice skating. See what's playing at the Landmark Theatre, a historic building that exudes the glamour of Hollywood-esque movie palaces, where visitors enjoy the best in performing arts including concerts, plays and films.
Destiny USA, New York’s largest shopping, dining, entertainment, and outlet destination can fill a whole day and more! Flagship retail outlets include Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Forever 21 and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. The complex has a 19-screen Regal Cinemas, family-favorite restaurants as well as hands-on entertainment including the world’s largest indoor suspended ropes course The Canyon Climb Adventure, Pole Position Raceway, WonderWorks and The Amazing Mirror Maze.
Settle in at the conveniently located Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA which offers a complimentary shuttle for easy access to the area's attractions. Enjoy breakfast or dine in at their on-site restaurant which offers comfort food and appetizers in a relaxed atmosphere. Relax at the end of the day with a drink in the beautiful atrium lounge!
Peek'n Peak Family Resort, is a four seasons resort located in the foothills of Clymer. It’s the ideal destination for a family getaway, any time of year, but it really comes alive in winter.
The resort features 27 ski slopes and trails, 10 miles of cross country terrain, a luxury day spa, fine dining and après-ski amenities including a fitness center, sauna and tanning facilities.
Kids can run wild in the play zone, swim and splash in indoor pool complex. The hot tub features indoor and outdoor areas for soothing heat any time of the year. For the more adventurous, there is alpine and nordic skiing, terrain parks (including the new BoarderCross Course) and snow tubing. There are five restaurants on the property offering different dining options from an Italian restaurant and sports bar, to a fine dining room for a fancy night out.
Rocking Horse Ranch is the ultimate all-inclusive resort where all your entertainment needs are in one place. While this family-friendly destination centers on horses and horseback riding, it also offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities so there's plenty to do all year long.
Go outside to enjoy snow tubing and horseback riding or escape the cold by visiting their indoor water park, arcade and bowling alley and much more. The resort specializes in family amenities like supervised children's programs for newborns to 12 year olds, so kids and adults can have a care-free getaway.
Saratoga Springs is known for being a hub for thoroughbred horse racing, it’s home to the Saratoga Race Course and The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. But save horse racing for the summer months because Saratoga Springs has a lot more to offer in winter!
If museums are your thing, nearby the Saratoga Automobile Museum exhibits vintage models and race cars and especially for the kids, The Children’s Museum is filled with hours of indoor entertainment and learning.
Stay at the The Gideon Putnam, situated in the serenity of Saratoga Spa State Park, where luxury rooms and historic architecture fill the hotel. Outside you’ll find nature in all its glory as you walk along winding paths.
For the special winter events, look no further than Saratoga's Winterfest which brings live music and special events to mid-winter. In February, make time for the Saratoga Springs Flurry Fest, and get a sneak peek at spring colors during the New York State Museum's New York In Bloom event.