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- Favorite Things to Do in Upstate New York
- Catskills, NY
- The Finger Lakes, NY
- The Adirondacks Region
- The Hudson Valley
- The Capital Area
- Central New York Region
- Western + Niagara Frontier NY Area
Did you know that the entire country of Iceland could fit in New York State? Our state is so big that we had to divide this list by region. So if you’re looking for a specific NY area, keep scrolling! Did we miss anything interesting? Do you have a small local business you’d like us to check out? Drop us a comment below!
Book a Horseback Riding Tour
Combine a leg workout with exploring the Catskill’s beautiful nature on horseback! After all, New York State is horse country! So take advantage of the unique horseback riding culture just a few hours north of NYC. Here are some excellent places to go horseback riding in NYC: 1. Tiffani’s Ranch: You can easily book this guided tourand either go on a private tour or join a larger group. Pictured above. 2. Mountain Brook Farm 3. Rough Rider’s Ranch
Hiking & Farm Experience with Llamas/Alpacas
If you love a hands-on experience with animals, this is the perfect activity! Llamas and alpacas are soft and cuddly creatures with an exciting history. From homestead owner and educator Andrea, you can learn all about camelids (the biological family containing alpaca and llama members) while getting up close and personal. Walk through magnificent pastures and fields, strolling alongside llamas and alpacas with a large or private group. Don’t forget to take a llama selfie with the countryside...
Farm Animal Cuddles
There are a ton of farm animal sanctuaries and small farmsin Upstate New York. I would recommend avoiding sanctuaries that house wild and exotic animals without researching beforehand; look into how they procured the animals, the history of the establishment, whether they breed these animals, etc. On the other hand, farm animal sanctuaries are generally small farms that have saved or purchased animals to keep them away from slaughterhouses or similar fates. These farms may breed and raise ani...
If you couldn’t tell by now, we LOVE the Finger Lakes region. This region has so many cute places to stay and even more things to keep you busy.
We ADORE the Adirondack Park. Between all the cute towns in theAdirondacks to visit year-round and the host of hiddengems in Upstate New York, you’ll quickly fall in love with this region too.
Grab a Drink at the Cider House
In the fall, the Hudson Valley turns into apple country. And every apple has the capability to turn into a tart, crisp, delicious cider. While not everyone has tried apple cider, this was certainly a popular drink back in the day. Hudson Valley cider mills are bringing back the hype around cider, and there are dozens of places you can go to sample the goods. Kettleborough Cider House is one of our favorites and has a spectacular view of Shawangunk Ridge. Twin Star Orchardsis another premier s...
Take a Private Helicopter Tour in the Hudson Valley
The fall foliage in the Hudson Valley is breathtaking, especially from a bird’s eye view. You can book a Private Fall Foliage Helicopter Tourof the Hudson Valley that will take you high above the tree tops to soak in all the natural fall colors. This trip leaves right from Manhattan and takes about 30 minutes total, perfect for a quick trip out of New York City.
Persue Art at Dia Beacon Museum
Love contemporary art? Dia Beaconis a hub for contemporary artists set on the shore of the Hudson River. The museum itself is in an old Nabisco box-printing favorite, with ethereal nature lighting you must see to believe. Art displays range from the 1960s to the present day and feature a number of rotating exhibits. If you want to ditch your car (or don’t have one), you can take the Metro-North Hudson Line train from Grand Central Station all the way to Beacon. The museum is within walking di...
Soul Fire Farm
Like most other institutional systems in our country, the food system is often a deeply racist mechanism. Committed to uprooting racism and seeding over sovereignty, Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous-centered community that goes deeper than simply planting food. Soul Fire Farmprovides amazing training programs for Black and Brown farmers and growers. They also offer workshops for urban youth and more. You can get involved with their mission in so many ways, even if you’re just visiting. Ta...
Visit Troy, NY
Troy, NY is just north of Albany and is home to the famous Uncle Sam! Once a manufacturing city, Troy has transformed into a cultural and economic hub with an exciting waterfront full of attractions and restaurants. It’s also known as Collar City for supporting twenty-six shirt manufacturing facilities back in 1901! Check out the Burden Iron Works Museum, which formerly housed the Burden Water Wheel–the most powerful vertical water wheel in history. If you’re hungry, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a n...
Relax in Saratoga Springs at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa
It’s safe to say that the last couple of years has been stressful for us all. There is no better time than now to hit the spa to relax your tired muscles. One of the coolest places to visit in Upstate New York to do this is Saratoga Springs Spa Resort. This gem has run for 85 years and uses the natural underground spring waters for a number of treatments. Get a facial, mineral bath, or massage at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa almost every day except on major holidays. A visit here is an affordabl...
Hiking in Chittenango Falls State Park
Central New York has just as many opportunities to splash in the water as the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes regions. Just southeast of Syracuse, visitors can stop at Chittenango Falls State Park, where they can have a picnic lunch, take a stroll, or hike to a dazzling waterfall. We love this small park because it’s easy to walk around and access the waterfalls. It doesn’t take a lot of time or preparation to visit Chittenango Falls State Park, and they’re even a little footbridge for a casual...
Shop Around at Syracuse Antiques Exchange
If you love antiques, you have to spend some time at Syracuse Antiques Exchange, featuring four floors full of treasures. This is the largest and longest-running antique store in the state, outside of New York City. You’ll find a huge collection of Victorian and Midcentury furniture, unique lighting fixtures, and tons more to explore. Antique shopping may be a fun hobby, but it can quickly become costly if you’re not careful. Syracuse Antiques Exchange offers is a great place to buy your firs...
Spend the Day at Green Lakes State Park
Green Lakes State Parkis one of our favorite places for cabin rentals in Upstate New York. There are two lakes in the park, campgrounds with cabins for rent, and a fantastic golf course. The property is covered in towering woods and has miles of hiking trails for summer hikes or snowshoeing adventures in the winter. If you’re in the Syracuse area, Green Lakes State Park is super close. Visiting here for the day is a perfect break from the hustle of busy city life and a way to reconnect with y...
Touring Chautauqua Wineries
More than 30,000 vineyards are spread across the Lake Erie Grape Belt set along a 50-mile wine trail known as Lake Erie Wine Country in Chautauqua County. These vineyards produce about 65% of the state’s entire grape harvest, shipping off to 35 countries! Wine tasting in this area is a treat; they host year-round events and tours to explore it all! Read more: Best Chautauqua Wineries!
Camp and Hike at Allegheny State Park
Allegheny State Park is an exceptional place for camping, hiking, boating, and all things outdoors just north of the Allegheny National Forest. The Quaker area in the park has two lakes, campgrounds, and a sandy beach for swimming and fishing. You can also launch canoes and kayaks from Friend’s Boat Launch. Read our guide to: Visiting Allegheny State Park!
See the Epic Niagara Falls
Niagara Fallsis more than just a big waterfall–it’s a State Park, its own city, and an internationally-known attraction for visitors worldwide! Visiting Niagara Falls is one of the coolest things to do in Upstate New York, with more than enough in the surrounding area to keep you busy. Daring visitors can take a boat tour under the falls. (Be prepared to get wet!) You can also walk on the rails around the shore, hit the casino, visit an amusement park, and so much more. Bring your passport j...
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