Other new developments include themed accommodations with an Egyptian sarcophagus guarded by tropical fish in a saltwater aquarium
Albany, N.Y. - As temperatures rise and days get longer, thoughts turn towards getting out and exploring. This summer, vacationers looking for the next new thing to experience will find that New York State offers some splashy new activities, attractions, lodgings and restaurants as well as interesting renovations and events. What follows is a sampling of the latest developments across the state. For more ways to enjoy summer in New York State, visit http://iloveny.com/summer.aspx.
NEW THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO GO
A rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, mountain biking and both guided and self-guided hikes are being introduced at Gore Mountain this summer. Other new activities include inflatables for kids, workshops in yoga, jewelry making and cooking, plus live music every Friday, 4-6 p.m. http://www.goremountain.com/
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Owego, N.Y. - Another summer has begun in Tioga County, and Tioga Journeys has returned in full force. The bus, walking, and kayak tours will once again take tourists and local residents all over the county to visit a wide variety of attractions and sites. The tours take advantage of both natural beauty and man-made curiosities with adventures appropriate for the whole family!
Highlights of this year’s schedule include “Days of the Pioneers” on Saturday, July 20-where visitors will see how the pioneers lived, from black powder shooting to pre-1840 campsites-and “Plantation Sensation” on Saturday, August 10, which travels into Cornell University’s campus to give a guided tour of their 50 acre arboretum and botanical gardens. Read more »
Hike through pristine wilderness, cycle along a canal tow path, scale a rock face
New York State is brimming with exciting ways to enjoy the great outdoors this summer!
Albany, N.Y. - With millions of acres of protected wilderness and more than 2,000 miles of hiking and biking trails, New York State is a nature lover’s paradise. In fact, Adirondack Park, with more than 6.2 million acres, is the largest park outside of Alaska– bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks combined. The Catskills Forest Preserve adds even more protected wilderness. New York’s proud and longstanding history of preserving nature — making it accessible and easy for people to integrate it into their everyday lives — has positioned it as the birthplace of the modern environmental movement, inspiring visitors and residents alike. Read more »
Crown Point, N.Y. - Travelers can enjoy over 600 experiences, sites and attractions recommended by locals in Northern New York’s Lakes to Locks Passage this summer. From outdoor recreation to history-themed events, the Lakes to Locks Passage offers visitors a scenic landscape laden with history and beauty. The Lakes to Locks Passage, “New York’s Great Northeast Journey,” offers four story-filled regions that connect Lake Champlain and Lake George with the Champlain Canal and Hudson River to the south and the Chambly Canal to the Richelieu and St. Lawrence Rivers of Quebec to the north. Read more »
The Hudson Valley has places to visit with interesting tales to tell.
Hudson Valley, N.Y. - Like a well written mystery novel, the Hudson Valley unfolds its secrets, luring people to historic mansions, huge cellars, and river islands. Fascinating tales come out during tours of these places, information worthy of a trivia game and in some cases, luridly interesting. If these walls could talk… and sometimes they do.
The Broncks were so fond of their family home, they kept it for 276 years. Eight generations were raised on the farm in Coxsackie until it was donated to the county. The Bronck Museum celebrates its 350th anniversary this year with tours of the oldest home in the Hudson Valley and the eleven buildings remaining on the property. Another early Dutch family also had a claim to fame. The Van Rensselaers could never have expected that a guest in 1758 would write one of the most popular songs in American history. Read more »
Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine has named the Great Lakes Seaway Trail as one of its top four Great Road Trips for 2013, selecting destinations ‘to keep the whole family entertained and amazed.’
The 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway runs alongside the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania.
Themes for traveling the leisure driving and boating route include maritime heritage and lighthouses, nature study, volkswalking, geocaching, coastal agriculture, quilting, military history, and water fun. Read more »
The rubber meets the road in Orange County, New York
Orange County, N.Y. - Orange County Tourism’s wheels have been busy turning with summer vacations in mind. Loads of cool happenings have been posted to the calendar at http://www.orangetourism.org/ as well as a wide array of attractions, lodging and dining options. Pick your favorites and motor into the hub of the Hudson Valley for fun all season long. Located just one hour north of New York City, Orange County is an easy trip on the New York State Thruway or Interstate 84. Here’s a sample of June jaunts to jump start your summer. Read more »