New York Quick Facts
Uniquely New York: New York City, of course
Must-See: Ausable Chasm
Most Unusual: the Secret Caverns of Cobleskill
Highest Point: Mount Marcy, 5,344 feet
Food to Try: a bagel and lox or fresh-squeezed apple cider
What to Do
1 Take the wine tour around the Finger Lakes
2 Look for Champ, the famed monster of Lake Champlain
3 Hike in the Catskills
Sit in a genuine Adirondack chair
4 Visit the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown
5 See the horses race at Saratoga
6 Take a ride at Coney Island
Off The Beaten Path | New York
New York, New York, it's a beautiful state! This diverse state brings you the excitement of New York City, the beauty of the Catskills, and the power of Niagara. The following are a few of New York's attractions that you won't want to miss when you visit the state.
Saratoga National Historical Park
This park is the site of an important Revolutionary War battle and American victory. In 1777, British and American forces met at the site, and the Americans forced the surrender of an important part of the British army. Today Saratoga National Historical Park has three sites for visitors to learn about the history of the area. The Battlefield is the location of the visitor center as well as the historical site of the battle. Schuyler House is the restored home of General Philip Schulyer, and it is open to visitors and tours. Finally, visitors can also see the 155 foot obelisk commemorating the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The Met, is one of the most amazing art museums in the country and is a must-see destination for any visitor to the city. The Museum has a wide variety of exhibits and an extensive permanent collection. Another gem that the Met has to offer is The Cloisters. The Cloisters are the branch of the museum dedicated to medieval art and architecture. Located in Fort Tyron Park, The Cloisters are assembled from elements of architecture dating from the twelfth to the fifteenth century. The collection at The Cloisters has works dating from the ninth though the fifteenth centuries.
Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz
In New Paltz, visitors will find the Historic Huguenot Street, an amazing example of American history. The Huguenot community was founded in the late 1600s early 1700s. They purchased the land from the Esopus Indians and built the community that remains today. Seven of the original stone houses built in the 1700s remain today. Some houses that are part of the Historic Huguenot Street had been renovated at various points, preserved in their renovated state to highlight the 300 years of history in the town.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Located in Cooperstown, the Baseball Hall of Fame is a place to celebrate and explore the history and development of baseball. The Museum has an enormous collection of baseball items and memorabilia. There are three floors in the museum where visitors can learn all about our national pastime of baseball. In addition to the museum, visitors will find the Baseball Hall of Fame, where visitors can see the plaques honoring baseball's greatest players.
Finger Lakes Wine Tours
The Finger Lakes region of New York has an amazing configuration of lakes, which look like the fingers on a hand. The Finger Lakes region is also known as New York's wine country. The same unique geography that produced the amazing lakes also protects the area from some of the harsher weather, which sheilds the vineyards and creates the best growing conditions. This makes for great wines and earns the region the title of the east coast's own Napa Valley. In fact, the are has over 100 vineyards and wineries. Many of these wineries are open to visitors, so you too can enjoy the fabulous wines in the region.
Mantauk Point Lighthouse
Located in Long Island, this lighthouse is the oldest one in New York. It was authorized in 1792 by the Second Congress under President George Washington, and construction was completed late in 1792. Today the lighthouse still serves as an active navigational aid. Visitors can visit the lighthouse daily throughout the summer and also during special events throughout the year. Some events include Lighting the Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Weekends. The Mantauk Point Lighthouse also has a museum located in the 1860 Keepers' House, which has a very nice collection of photographs and documents.
Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America (or CIA) is the top culinary college in the world. With campuses in New York and California, the Culinary Institute of America is a great spot to enjoy some amazing food and fun. The campuses have public tours, restaurants and stores. At the New York campus in Hyde Park visitors will find five public restaurants that are staffed by students. The bookstore is also filled with plenty of items to take home as souvenirs.
New York | Fun and Funky Things to Do
New York is a state full of fun and funky attractions. There are great places within New York City and throughout the state. You can find places to stop along the road, amazing sights in small communities and much more. Here are just a few of the more quirky attractions that the state of New York has to offer its residents and visitors.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York
This is the world's largest Gothic Cathedral. Construction was started over 100 years ago and to this day it is still not complete. The cornerstone was laid in 1892, and there is no completion date yet. If you visit the Cathedral you can take a tour of the Cathedral which involves climbing 124 feet up the spiral staircase to the top of the Cathedral to look out over the city.
Kazoo Factory and Museum, Eden
The Kazoo Factory and Museum is now the only metal Kazoo Factory in North America. The Original American Kazoo Company was established in 1916, and it continues producing Kazoo's much as it did in the beginning. The Museum has history, interesting trivia, and of course, a step-by-step of the making of a Kazoo.
Ausable Chasm, also known as the "The Grand Canyon of the East," is a great natural fun destination. The gorge has been open to the public since 1870. Twisting trails lead visitors into the gorge, past many interesting rock and water formations. These formations have some very interesting names, such as "The Devil's Oven," "Elephant's Head" and many more.
Sing Sing Museum, Ossining
Located within the community where Sing Sing Prison is located. This museum has a wide array of history and artifacts from the prison. Visitors can see photos, a replica of an electric chair, prison weapons and more. There are even prison cells on display.
World's Largest Kaleidoscope, Mount Tremper
When you go to visit the world's largest Kaleidoscope you are first greeted by the pair of eyes painted on the former grain silo , where the Kaleidoscope is located. The Kaatskill Kaleidoscope opened in 1996, but it was designed in the 1960s by Isaac Abrams. When you go into the Kaleidoscope you have to lean back on sloped padded boards with neck supports. The show is about 10 minutes long and is definitely a funky New York adventure.
North Pole, NY
The family will love a visit to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop. Santa's Workshop opens at the end of June and remains open until a few days before Christmas, and it makes a great summer destination. Visitors can feed the reindeer, ride the carousel, talk to an elf, and speak with Tannenbaum the talking Christmas tree and of course, meet Santa. The village also has theaters, a blacksmiths shop, a candy shop, a glassblowers shop and of course a toy-makers shop.