We’re in the midst of the summertime, so it’s a great time to start planning a weekend getaway. Whether you’re ready to leave now, or you’re planning to go on a trip a few weeks down the line, visiting New York State in the summer is a great option.
So, take a weekend trip to New York State—you’ll use your vacation days and satisfy your craving for the outdoors. Here are eight top-notch spots you’ll surely enjoy if you love outdoor activities:
Saranac Lake (Adirondacks)
There’s nothing better than unplugging from work, school, and other responsibilities by spending a weekend with nature. When you visit Saranac Lake, you can enjoy scenic views and wildlife.
For example, spend some time participating in the famous “Wild Walk,” which is an adult-friendly treetop playground. You deserve to unwind and de-stress, and when you walk through the “Wild Walk,” you will.
If you’re looking for activities that are closer to town, there are plenty of exciting cafés, like the Blue Moon Café and Origin Coffee Co. Plus, there are places to rent water equipment if you’re looking to get a little adventurous and jet ski.
Alexandria Bay (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
If you’re interested in boating, but you don’t want to be at the helm of the ship yourself, you can get a boat tour at Uncle Sam Boat Tours in Alexandria Bay. This tour shows you “Millionaires Row,” which is a lineup of incredible, expensive homes—like Boldt Castle.
The view of the water is unbelievable at Alexandria Bay, and you can visit boat-related historical spots, like the Antique Boat Museum.
Saratoga Springs (Capital-Saratoga)
Again, this spot is perfect for those who love horses, because you’ll be close to the Saratoga Race Course. There, you can see horse racing, and there are a lot of picnic areas where you can eat great food.
There are lots of Bed and Breakfasts in the area, so stay in Saratoga for a weekend—or a while.
Buffalo (Greater Niagara)
Visiting Buffalo is a great option because you can see Niagara Falls while you’re there. Beyond this, visiting Buffalo means being in proximity to great museums, like the Buffalo Museum of Science.
There are tons of different animals to see in Buffalo, as well. Check out the Buffalo Zoo to get up close with wildlife.
Outdoor enthusiasts will rave about the experience at Hunter. The options are endless: you can swim, zipline, fly fish, hike, and more.
For those who really love adventure, you can participate in the Skyrider Tour, which is hosted by New York Zipline Adventure. You’ll soar 3,200 feet above New York and get a glimpse of the Catskill Mountains.
Along with all the fun outdoor activities in Hunter, you can stay at the scenic Hunter Inn, which is cozy, inviting, and perfect for individuals, families, and couples, alike.
Shelter Island (Long Island)
You can swim, boat, and adventure at Shelter Island. Most tourists are attracted to this area because it’s incredibly quiet, but still, there’s a lot to do.
There are historic landmarks, like Sylvester Manor, and there are also great restaurants, like Maria’s Kitchen at Shelter Island.
Rocking Horse Ranch (Hudson Valley)
Horseback riding is fun, whether you’ve done it before or not. At Rocking Horse Ranch, you’ll get the experience of an all-inclusive resort and the experience of being with nature.
There’s a large waterpark, too, but of course, the main attraction is the site’s horseback riding options. Kids can ride ponies and adults can participate in classes that match their skill level.
Skaneateles (Finger Lakes)
You can relax on the beach in New York State when you visit Skaneateles. Once you’re there, you can swim, snorkel, or participate in another water-based activity.
Plus, you’ll be close to tasty treats, because the Skaneateles Bakery is nearby and incredibly delicious.