There is flora and fauna preservation and sustainability in local communities across the state partnering together to conserve the state's unrivaled natural wonders. New York State is committed to increasing awareness of and supporting ecotourism initiatives - strengthening our commitment to protecting our vast natural resources, while seeking compelling ways of enjoying our great outdoors in a socially and environmentally responsible practice.
Discover wild adventures and civilized pleasures in a wonderland of sky-high mountains and lush forests of The Adirondack Park, covering an area that is larger than five National Parks combined. After a day of hiking, reap the reward of a gastronomic dinner, where restaurants reinvent cuisine with a rustic flair, elevating the dining experience beyond the ordinary into something memorable. In the Hudson Valley, take an early morning dip, where you might be joined by some wild deer from the neighboring Catskill mountains. For a light lunch, tasting menus showcase the treasures of the region, where you will discover a new way of traveling and experiencing local cuisine. While Long Island is known for its white-sand beaches, it is also a haven for bird watching, as much as people watching. Travel Chautauqua-Allegheny's Amish Trail, a sustainable partnership working within communities. And, New York City's public parks, more than 90 miles of greenways and public transportation networks, lead to eco-friendly activities and accommodations. There's an abundance of lesser known and authentic "eco" approaches across New York State just waiting to be revealed as well.
Small town communities across the State boast their love for fresh produce and culinary traditions which culminates in innovative delights. Stroll through a farmers' market filled with organic meats and greens, hand-crafted cheeses and artisan breads, meeting local chefs. Visit an organic winery or dairy, where farm to fork tour travellers experience hands-on farming and represent sustainability in action. Or, after a day of focusing on New York State culture, history or ecology, dine at a certified green restaurant before laying down at an eco-friendly B&B, country inn, campground, farm or hotel.
It's easy to refresh and reconnect in our waters. For responsible travelers with water on the mind, drop a line, take a swim, plunge into white waters, or boat 365 miles between the cities of Albany and Buffalo on the Erie Canalway Trail. It's a fishing frenzy! Community-run initiatives connect people with water, while state-run fish hatcheries and sustainable laws keep our lakes, rivers and streams stocked with angler favorites. Come discover your green heart - in New York State. New York State's Ecotourism Landscape RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL It's easy being green! Find the ultimate in "eco" across New York State, with high peaks, tall trees, secluded beaches, babbling brooks, pristine lakes, gorgeous gardens, expansive greenspaces, organic wineries and dairies, certified green restaurants and eco-friendly lodgings. Reveal the New York State you never imagined - refresh, reconnect and enjoy the greenery that touches your heart!
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