Shop and eat on Albany's Lark Street, often called "The Village in the City," with funky stores, restaurants, galleries and nightlife - LGBT and mixed. If making a daytime visit, just blocks away is Washington Park, with lots of walking trails, historic architecture along its perimeter, a Tulip Festival in May and free summer outdoor theater at the Park Playhouse.
Celebrate the 150th running of Thoroughbreds during summer 2013 at the stately Saratoga Race Course where the well heeled dine in the track's various restaurants and the more laid back picnic ‘along the rail.' The whole town celebrates the race course's birthday with a variety of special events all summer long.
Saratoga Spa State Park is a 2,200 acre National Historic Landmark with an outdoor performing arts center and the historic Roosevelt Baths and Spa - a Readers' Choice Award Winner for Mineral or Thermal Springs by Spa Finder in 2012 - where for over a century, sophisticated travelers have bathed in its naturally effervescent mineral waters.
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Survey Adirondack State Park, at 6 million acres the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. Kayak on a lake or take a white water rafting trip. Traverse Whiteface Mountain by driving the eight-mile climb on the Veterans Memorial Highway, braving the Cloudsplitter gondola to the top of Little Whiteface or taking a ride in a real bobsled run.
Experience history of the Adirondacks at: Great Camp Sagamore, the Vanderbilt's historic wilderness escape; the Adirondack Museum, called "the best of its kind in the world" by the New York Times, with 22 modern galleries and historic buildings that explore how people have lived, worked, traveled and played in the region; or the W!ld Center, a major new museum that mixes the indoors and outdoors with walking trails, naturalist guides, movies, a play area and live animal exhibits.
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Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg houses the largest and most diverse collection of the works and personal items of this New York born artist, known across the world for his art depicting the cowboys, soldiers and Native Americans of the Old West.
Stroll amid a priceless collection of boats, including a 110-foot Gilded-age houseboat, at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.
Spend some time exploring maritime heritage and catching some breathtaking views at a lighthouse. Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent is where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River. Rock Island Lighthouse offers tours of the Lighthouse keeper's home, which now houses a small museum and giftshop. A climb to the top of the light provides a towering view of the St. Lawrence Seaway.