It’s the middle of summer, so it’s the perfect time to start planning your weekend getaway. Whether you’re ready to leave now or have plans to travel in the next few weeks, visiting New York State in the summer is a great option.
So take a weekend trip to New York State. Use your vacation to satisfy your desire for the outdoors. Here are eight top-notch spots for outdoor adventure enthusiasts.
Saranac Lake (Adirondacks)
There’s nothing better than a weekend away from work, school, and other responsibilities and being in nature. Visitors to Saranac Lake are sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
For example, spend some time at the famous Wild Walk, a treetop playground for adults. A walk on the ‘Wild Walk’ is sure to relax and de-stress.
If you’re looking for some activity close to town, there are plenty of exciting cafes such as Blue Moon Cafe and Origin Coffee Company. Plus, if you’re looking for a little adventure or jet skiing, there are places where you can rent water gear.
Alexandria Bay (Thousand Islands – Seaway)
If you’re into boating but don’t want to steer the boat yourself, Uncle Sam Boat Tours at Alexandria Bay offer boat tours. This tour takes you through ‘Millionaire Row’, home to incredibly expensive homes like Bolt Castle.
Alexandria Bay offers incredible sea views and historic boating sites such as the Antique Boat Museum.
Saratoga Springs (Capital Saratoga)
Again, this spot is great if you love horses as it’s close to the Saratoga Racecourse. There are many picnic areas where you can watch horse races and eat delicious food.
There are plenty of B&Bs in the area, so why not stay in Saratoga for a weekend or a while.
Buffalo (Greater Niagara)
Visiting Buffalo is a great option as you can see Niagara Falls during your stay. Plus, visiting Buffalo means being close to great museums such as the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Buffalo also have many different animals. Visit the Buffalo Zoo to see wildlife up close.
Outdoor enthusiasts will rave about their experience at Hunter. Swimming, ziplining, fly-fishing, hiking, the options are endless.
If you love adventure, why not take a Skyrider Tour with New York Zipline Adventures? Soar 3,200 feet above New York City and get a glimpse of the Catskill Mountains.
In addition to all the fun outdoor activities at Hunter, you can also stay at the cozy, charming, scenic Hunter Inn, perfect for individuals, families, couples, and more.
Shelter Island (Long Island)
Swim, boat and adventure at Shelter Island. Most tourists are drawn to this area, which is incredibly quiet, but still has a lot to do.
There are historic buildings like Sylvester Manor, and great restaurants like Maria’s Kitchen at Shelter Island.
Rocking Horse Ranch (Hudson Valley)
Horseback riding is fun for those who have never done it before. Rocking Horse Ranch offers an all-inclusive resort experience and one with nature.
There is also a large water park, but of course the main attraction is the horseback riding option. Children can also ride ponies, and adults can participate in classes adapted to their level.
Skanetress (Finger Lakes)
You can relax on a New York State beach after visiting Skany Tells. Once there, you can swim, snorkel, or participate in other water activities.
Plus, Skaneateles Bakery is nearby and incredibly delicious, so you’ll have delicious treats at your fingertips.