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Facility and Attraction Submission Criteria

Do you qualify for inclusion in the database?

Review the criteria below and see if your tourism related ATTRACTION meets our needs!

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Any Attraction to be considered for inclusion must currently serve more than their local market, drawing visitors from outside a 50 mile radius of the site on a regular basis, and encouraging overnight stays in the area.

  • Attractions are defined as a site/location that visitors can access and expect to have a safe, fun, interesting, and/or educational experience.  

  • Must be legally operated according to NYS tax, health and local city codes, laws and regulations. 

  • The site should be able to draw visitors on its own merit from outside of a 50 mile radius of its location (exclusion applied for 50 mile radius for NYC properties). 

  • Operating days should be a minimum of 3 days per week, with at least one of the days being on the weekend.  

  • Operating hours should be a minimum of 5 hours per each day open.  

  • A minimum of 50% of the business operation is related to the Attraction category selected - Select up to two categories.  (If combined with a Stay Category, up to three categories can be selected.)

NOTE: To be listed as a ‘Must-See’ Attraction and potentially be placed in the NYS Travel Guide or featured on – The property must consistently draw large numbers of visitors from outside the local area for overnight stays. The Tourism Promotion Agent for the county must recommend a property to be considered as a Must-See Attraction as there are a limited number of spaces available that we publish for each region.

Attraction Categories:

Outdoor Adventures

Defined as an activity that a person may participate in directly.   

Types: Whitewater rafting; hiking; biking; boating and rentals; balloon rides; horseback riding; swimming beaches; golf; parasailing; soaring; gliding; marinas; fishing & hunting; scuba; surfing; river tubing; and outdoor guide services.

Amusements/Family Fun

Types: Water and amusement parks; paintball parks; family entertainment; drive in theaters; unique mini-golf courses; laser tag; zoos; game farms; farm visits and aquariums.

Art & Culture

Types: Museums, art centers; ethnic heritage; dance; film; galleries; literary; music; and theater.


Types: Castles; cemeteries; covered bridges; Halls of Fame; historic sites; museums; villages; lighthouses; military; religious; presidential; and NY inventions.


Food & Drink

Types: Restaurants*; breweries; farm tours; farmer's markets; maple products; specialties; wineries and U-Pick.

*Restaurants may serve just one meal per day if that is their specialty.  They should offer a unique experience to the visitor.  This could include: entertainment shows, types of foods, cooking or preparation of food instruction, remarkable ambiance, one-of-a-kind offerings, oldest establishment of its type in the state/country, historical or architectural significance. 

Note: A property that serves locally crafted brews and beverages does not automatically qualify as a restaurant unless it meets the above criteria.

  • Mom & Pop places/Diners - we may include bakeries, candy stores, sandwich/deli shops; homemade ice cream shops, old-style diners, specialty eateries, etc. if they meet the above criteria and are notably recognized as a "TOP" eatery by a credible food related resource.

  • Pizza Places - those included must meet the above criteria and have an outstanding or notable history, and/or documented as a "TOP" pizza place by a credible dining resource.  

  • Not accepted - chain restaurants unless they are particularly unique in their atmosphere/food offerings that differ them from other restaurants in that chain.  


Types: Art & Culture; history; performing arts; science; sports; nature; ethnic heritage; and architecture & design.


Defined as providing an experience/product that is unique to the area (ie, agricultural; maple; Amish made; crafts; etc.).   Malls/ Outlets/Strip Plazas are acceptable if they contain a minimum of 5 well-known anchor stores.  Village shops are acceptable if they are within close proximity and offer distinctive and unique items for sale.   

Types: Arts & Crafts; antiques; country store; duty free; flea markets; malls & outlets; specialty shopping; and village shops.

Winter Activities

Types: Bobsledding; dogsledding; ice climbing; skating, DH skiing & boarding; XC ski; sleigh rides; snow tubing; snowmobiling; snowshoeing; and tobogganing.

Sports & Gaming

Defined as relating to: a) spectator sport; b) wagering or gambling; (see Outdoor Adventures for Fishing/Hunting)

Types: Arenas; auto racetracks; gaming; casinos; racinos; horse racetracks; rodeos; sports museums; and sports teams.

Tours & Excursions

Types: Air tours; art & culture; bicycle; boat; business/factory; carriage rides; motorcoach; train; trolley rides; walking.


Types: Birding/wildlife; caverns & mines; gardens; National Park; nature centers; scenic drives & views; State parks; waterfalls & gorges; and wildlife refuges.

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Accommodation Submission Criteria

Do you qualify for inclusion in the database?

Review the criteria below and see if your ACCOMMODATION meets our needs!

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  • Must be legally operated according to NYS tax, health and local city codes, laws and regulations.

  • Vacation Rentals must be available for a minimum of one week. Longer term rentals cannot be mandatory - longer term is defined as greater than a one week period. 

  • Property should mainly serve as a venue for overnight traveling guests, not functioning as a shelter, hourly rental property, timeshare, halfway house or assisted living facility.

  • Property should be kept well maintained, offering clean accommodations, and if connected with a restaurant, it must also meet all legal concerns for the state of New York.

Stay Categories:


Specials/discounts that are provided to entice visitors to select an overnight stay with discounted rates or other incentives.

Dude Ranches

A property that provides as their main amenity a horse riding experience, generally combined with an all-inclusive rate for meals/lodging.

B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

A property that leases appropriately designated single or multiple rooms within a private home, country inn or on a working farm. May offer private baths; breakfast or other meals may be available over duration of stay.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Standard accommodation providing travelers with overnight lodging with or without amenities such as spa services, concierge, etc.

Cabin/Cottage & Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals - generally an apartment or single home dwelling that is available for public use on a 2-7 night lease, providing basic necessities unless stated otherwise such as towels; dish soap; etc. Generally booked through a reservation service.

Cabin/Cottage - a stand-alone, single or multi room structure that meets all basic traveling needs similar to camping and various amenities with or without a private bath.


A listing for public and privately owned campgrounds that accept reservations from the general public.  May offer RV rentals; cabins; cottages; tent and RV sites with various amenities.   

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