Watkins Glen State Park
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Watkins Glen State Park
Eleven finger-shaped lakes cross the heart of New York in this region of refreshing waterfalls, gorgeous gorges, sun-kissed vineyards, and lush forests. Fantastic state parks like Buttermilk Falls, Watkins Glen, and Letchworth are perfect for activities like swimming, hiking, biking and camping. From pretty Owasco Lake to mighty Great Lake Ontario, boating and fishing are world-class! Complementing all the natural beauty, vibrant cities and towns present cultural treasures.
The arts thrive in Rochester, with the acclaimed Geva Theatre. The Museum & Science Center’s vast collections and planetarium reveal wonders of the world. Tour the landmark mansion at the George Eastman Museum, with an unparalleled collection of photography and film. Discover the world’s largest toy collection at The Strong National Museum of Play and cool off at Seabreeze Amusement Park.
Seneca Falls captivates with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the Ludovico Sculpture Trail beside the tranquil Seneca-Cayuga Canal. Experience the history, culture, and living traditions of the Seneca with a visit to the Seneca Art & Culture Center and Seneca Bark Longhouse at Ganondagan State Historic Site. Wine trails showcase premier vineyards with events like the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail features local farm specialties. NASCAR’s biggest stars race at Watkins Glen International!
Corning’s world-famous Museum of Glass dazzles with 3,500 years of glass art and hot glassblowing shows. Learn to make a culinary masterpiece at the New York Wine and Culinary Center and spend the night like royalty at Belhurst Castle. Power shoppers love Waterloo’s Premium Outlets and Destiny USA, Syracuse’s supersized luxury outlet and entertainment center and also slow down and stroll through locavore favorites: Windmill Farm & Craft Market in Penn Yan and Iron Kettle Farm in Candor.
For thrills, head to Greek Peak Resort’s mountain coaster and Cascades indoor waterpark. See the world’s largest sailplane collection at Elmira's National Soaring Museum and experience the joy of motorless flight at Harris Hill Soaring Center.
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