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Entertainment & Amusement Parks

  • Broadway Theater District — This area in Midtown Manhattan is home to most Broadway theaters, extending from West 40th Street up to West 54th Street and  from west of Sixth Avenue to east of Eighth Avenue, and includes Times Square. It also contains ABC Television Studios, the Brill Building and Madame Tussauds.

  • Prospect Park Bandshell — The Bandshell, located in Brooklyn’s famed Prospect Park, hosts Celebrate Brooklyn!, a mostly-free concert series that has showcased Sonic Youth, David Byrne and more.

  • Apollo Theater — This landmark Harlem theater stages its famed Amateur Night, and over the years, has hosted performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley and comedian Tracy Morgan.
    • Location: 253 W. 125th St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-531-5300
    • Costs: Call for information about ticket purchases.
    • Hours: Box office hours are weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Call for information about upcoming performances.
  • Carolines on Broadway — A comedy institution, Carolines has been operating since 1981 with acts that range from the soon-to-be-famous to current favorites.
    • Location: 1626 Broadway, Times Square, Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-974-7615
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Carolines hosts shows seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Luna Park at Coney Island — Located on Coney Island’s boardwalk, Luna Park features rides, carnival-style games and an arcade. Thrill rides will challenge even hardcore roller coaster fans. No visit to Coney Island is complete without a ride on the legendary Cyclone Roller Coaster.
    • Location: 1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn
    • Phone: 718-373-5862
    • Costs: Admission costs vary. Call for information about individual and group rates.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding hours of operation.
  • Radio City Music Hall — Radio City Music Hall was designed to be “a palace for the people.” Home to the world-famous Rockettes, who kick up their heels annually at the Christmas Spectacular, Radio City is also a concert venue that has hosted performances from Frank Sinatra, Elton John and Anita Baker.
    • Location: 1260 Sixth Ave., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-247-4777
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket purchases.
    • Hours: The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call for information regarding upcoming performances.
  • Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum — This 18,000-seat arena is a major concert venue, as well as home to the NY Islanders hockey team.
    • Location: 255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale,
    • Phone: 516-794-9303
    • Hours: The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Call for information on ticket sales and upcoming events.
  • Nikon Theater at Jones Beach — Located within Jones Beach State Park, the amphitheater plays host to top artists and celebrity attractions. In 1998, the theater was expanded to its current configuration and now seats 15,000 people comfortably.
    • Location: 1000 Ocean Beach Parkway, Wantagh
    • Phone: 516-221-1000
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events and ticket prices.
  • Splish Splash Water Park — Noted as one of the top 15 water parks in the United States by Budget Travel, the park has 96 acres of rides and attractions.
    • Location: 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton
    • Phone: 631-727-3600
    • Costs: Admission rates vary according to age. Group rates are available. Call for more information.
    • Hours: The park opens in May and closes on Labor Day. Hours of operation vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Adventureland —The park features more than 30 rides and attractions, food vendors and a gift shop.
    • Location: 2245 Rt. 110, Farmingdale
    • Phone: 631-694-6868
    • Costs: Visitors can buy an admission bracelet for $26.50 or purchase individual ride tickets (3-5 tickets per ride) for $1 each. Season passes are available. Call for more information
    • Hours: The park is open April thru October, and the indoor amusement center operates from November through March. Hours of operation vary by month. Call for more information.
  • Nunley's Carousel — Created in 1912, the carousel is located adjacent to the Cradle of Aviation on Museum Row.
    • Location: 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
    • Phone: 516-572-4111
    • Costs: $2 per ride
    • Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Rye Playland — America’s first planned amusement park features roller coasters, vertical thrills, water rides and a Kiddyland as well as a beach, a boardwalk and a pier on Long Island Sound. The park also includes a swimming pool, lake boating, a picnic area, fireworks, mini golf and indoor ice skating.
    • Location: Playland Parkway, Rye
    • Phone: 914-813-7010
    • Costs: Call for information about admission rates and season passes.
    • Hours: Hours of operation for the amusement park will vary depending on the month. Call for more information.
  • Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway — The casino features more than 5,300 slot machines and table games as well as restaurants and live entertainment. The racetrack, meanwhile, is one of harness racing’s few year-round venues and the proud home of three major events: the Yonkers Trot, the Art Rooney Pace and the Messenger Stakes.
    • Location: 810 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-968-4200
    • Costs: Call for information about admission rates to the race track.
    • Hours: Harness races are held five nights a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday. The first post is at 7:10 p.m. Call for a race schedule. The casino is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester— The only Lego Discovery Center on the entire East Coast offers rides, interactive stations and a massive play structure.
    • Location: 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
    • Phone: 866-243-0770
    • Costs: Admission prices vary by the visitor’s age and the day of the week. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last ticket sold at 5 p.m.); Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last ticket sold at 7 p.m.).
  • Catamount Aerial Adventure Park — Navigate 12 tree-top aerial courses with 170 elements and 50 zip lines.
    • Location: 3200 State Hwy. 23, Hillsdale
    • Phone: 518-325-3200
    • Costs: $51 for ages 12 and older; $44 for ages 10 and 11; $37 for ages 7 to 9. Tickets are valid for three hours. Group rates and discounts are available, so call for more information.
    • Hours: The park is closed from November through May. Hours of operation vary by time of year, so call for more information.
    • Other: The minimum height is 48 inches and the weight limit is 265 pounds.
  • Big Bear Zip Lines ­— Soar through the air at speeds up to 30 mph and heights up to 80 feet over woods and hay fields located in historic Hyde Park. Professionally-trained “zip line pilots” lead you through eight courses. Great views can be had from custom-built flight decks.
    • Location: 817 Violet Ave., Hyde Park
    • Phone: 888-947-2294
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Office hours and tour times vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Headless Horseman Hayride & Haunted Houses — Named one of the nation’s best haunted houses by Fangoria Magazine and MTV,  the 45-acre site uses the talents of more than 300 actors and trained professionals from late September through early November.
    • Location: 778 Broadway, Rt. 9, Ulster Park
    • Phone: 845-339-2666
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Saratoga Casino and Raceway — Located in historic Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Casino and Raceway has more than 1,700 slots and new electronic table games as well as live harness racing, delicious dining and live entertainment.
    • Location: 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs
    • Phone: 518-584-2110
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Howe High Adventure — Located on the Howe Caverns Estate, this adventure park offers zip line, ropes course, rock walls and much more.
    • Location: 255 Discovery Dr., Howes Cave
    • Phone: 518-296-8900
    • Costs: $65 for an unlimited “Day Pass.” Call for more information about prices for individual attractions.
    • Hours: Open from Memorial Day through October. Hours of operation vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Times Union Center — Renamed in 2007, the Times Union Center seats up to 17,500 people and has played host to performances by Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Bruno Mars.
    • Location: 51 S Pearl St., Albany
    • Phone: 518-487-2000
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Box office hours vary depending on the time of year. The box office is always open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • WonderWorks — This is an amusement park for the mind. Check out exciting exhibits like an anti-gravity chamber, a bubble lab, a bed of nails and an illusion gallery.
    • Location: 9090 Destiny USA Dr., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-466-7700
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission prices.
    • Hours: Open daily, year-round but the hours of operation vary by season. Call for more information.
  • Vernon Downs Race Track & Casino — Enjoy live and simulcast harness racing and the thrills of video gaming as well as fine food and spirits.
  • Turning Stone Resort Casino — The Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino was named “Casino of the Year” in 2009 by the Academy of Country Music.
    • Location: 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona
    • Phone: 315-361-7711
    • Hours: Call for information.
    • The amphitheater hosts concerts, festivals and a monthly Block Party.
  • Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack — Besides beingthe only thoroughbred racetrack in western New York, this Finger Lakes venue features 1,200 slot machines.
    • Location: 5857 Rt. 96, Farmington
    • Phone: 585-924-3232
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: The casino is open daily, 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. The racetrack gates open at 11:30. Call for information about race schedules.
  • NYS Fairgrounds/Empire Expo Center — Home of the Great New York State Fair, as well as numerous other events and conventions every year.
    • Location: 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-487-7711
  • Darien Lake — Located 45 minutes from Niagara Falls, the theme park features more than 100 rides, including roller coasters, waterslides and a new tower ride as well as a 20,000-capacity concert venue.
    • Location: 9993 Allegheny Rd., Darien Center
    • Phone: 585-599-2211
    • Costs: Season passes are available. Call for more information or to inquire about day rates.
    • Hours: Open from May to October, hours of operation vary by season. Call for more information.
  • Hamburg Gaming — A 55,000-square foot gaming floor houses more than 950 slot machines. The facility also includes three great restaurants.
    • Location: 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg
    • Phone: 716-646-6109
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Seneca Niagara Casino — Located just a few blocks from Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino offers table games and the latest coin-operated slots plus a buffet restaurant, a pub and a raised lounge in the center of the gaming floor.
    • Location: 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls
    • Phone: 716-299-1100
    • Hours: Open 7 days a week. Call for more information.
  • The Canalside Waterfront District —  Buffalo’s $295 million waterfront redevelopment pays homage to the city’s heritage, while offering some 750 events, ranging from outdoor yoga to crafts for kids to free concerts by national rock music acts.
  • Adirondack Extreme Adventure — The largest tree-top adventure park in the United States where zip-lines, rope swings, scrambling walls and wobbly bridges await.
    • Location: 35 Westwood Forest Ln., Bolton Landing
    • Phone: 518-494-7200
    • Costs: Prices vary by the visitor’s age and chosen course. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom — This is one of 11 theme parks operated in the United States by Six Flags and features more than 135 rides and attractions including Sasquatch, Screamin’ Eagles, a full outdoor water park and a petting zoo.
    • Location: 1172 Rt. 9, Queensbury
    • Phone: 518-792-3500
    • Costs: Admission rates vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari — This water theme park in the Adirondacks offers more than 50 rides and attractions, including water rides, classic amusement rides, food, games, storybook theme characters and a family circus show.
    • Location: 3183 State Rt. 28, Old Forge
    • Costs: $28.95 for age 12 and older; $25.95 for children age 3 to 11; Free for children age 2 and younger.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Hill and Hollow Music — In Saranac, Hill and Hollow Music has achieved national recognition for presenting performances by renowned artists and ensembles in beautiful rural settings. They sponsor a retreat program where chamber music ensembles work together intensely on a special project in a comfortable environment without distraction, close to the beauty of nature. At the conclusion, the ensemble offers a community event to share their project.
    • Location: Weatherwatch Farm, 550 Number 37 Rd., Saranac
    • Phone: 518-293-7613
    • Costs: Call for more information about ticket prices for upcoming events.
    • Hours: Call for information about upcoming events and performances.

Arts & Cultural

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art — Located on the border of Central Park on Museum Mile, “The Met” is among the most comprehensive art museums in the world. With nearly two million works of art spanning more than 5,000 years, the collection ranges from the splendors of ancient Egypt to the spectacular New American Wing to the Met's beloved Impressionist paintings.
    • Location: Fifth Ave. at 82nd St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-535-7710
    • Costs: $25 for adults; $17 for seniors; $12 for students; Free admission for members and children under age 12 .
    • Hours: Open seven days a week. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum — Housed in one of the most iconic buildings in New York, the Guggenheim's collection includes works from Picasso, Kandinsky and Miró. Visitors experience the artwork along a huge ramp that spirals up around the entire interior of the cylindrical building.
    • Location: 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-423-3500
    • Costs:$22 for adults; $18 for students and seniors; Free for members and children under age 12.
    • Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Whitney Museum of American Art — Just a short walk away from Museum Mile, the Whitney showcases one of the nation's premier collections of works by 20th century and contemporary masters.
    • Location: 945 Madison Ave., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-570-3600
    • Costs: General admission, $20; Free admission for members and children under age 18.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • American Museum of Natural History — Located across Central Park from the Whitney, this museum is packed with exhibits representing people and animals throughout the ages. The museum also has a planetarium and an IMAX theater, a dinosaur wing and a life-size model of a blue whale.
    • Location: Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-769-5100
    • Costs: $22 for adults; $12.50 for children age 2 to 12; $17 for seniors and students.
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Museum of Modern Art — Also known as MoMA, this cultural icon is home to some of the world's most important contemporary artworks.
    • Location: 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-708-9400
    • Costs: $25 for seniors; $18 for students; $14 for kids age 16 and under.
    • Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Cloisters — This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an impressive collection of medieval art and tapestries juxtaposed with gorgeous architecture. It also offers charming gardens and great views of the Hudson River.
    • Location: 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-535-7710
    • Costs: $25 for adults; $17 for seniors; $12 for students; Free admission for members and children under age 12.
    • Hours: Open seven days a week. March through October, 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; November through February, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and Jan. 1.
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts — Presenting thousands of performances each year, this 16.3-acre Upper West Side complex serves as home to 11 organizations, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. 
    • Location: 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-875-5000
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding upcoming events and performances.
  • Carnegie Hall — The famed concert hall includes three performance spaces: the inestimable Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Zankel Hall and the Weill Recital Hall. Tours are available daily.
    • Location: 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-247-7800
    • Costs: Call for information regarding upcoming shows and ticket prices
    • Hours: Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Brooklyn Museum — One of the largest and oldest art museums in the country boasts a wide-ranging collection in its Beaux Arts home at the northern end of Prospect Park. It’s situated next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and visitors can purchase discounted passes that allow them to tour both in the same day.
    • Location: 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn
    • Phone: 212-247-7800
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $6 for seniors and students.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • New York Public Library — The stoic lions that sit outside the building are one of NYC’s oldest attractions.  
    • Location: Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street., Manhattan
    • Phone: 917-275-6975
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nassau County Museum of Art — Ranked among the nation’s most important suburban art museums, Nassau County Museum of Art is located on the former Frick Estate in the heart of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast. Amenities include formal gardens, four major art exhibitions per year and an outdoor sculpture garden.
    • Location: One Museum Dr., Roslyn HarborPhone: 516-484-9338
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for students and children age 4-10; Free for museum members.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Heckscher Museum of Art —Founded in 1920 by industrialist and philanthropist August Heckscher, the museum contains more than 2,200 works, including those by Georgia O'Keefe and George Grosz.
    • Location:  2 Prime Ave., Huntington
    • Phone: 631-351-3250
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $4 for students and seniors; Free for children under age 10 and museum members.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Parrish Art Museum — Since the mid-1950s, the museum has grown from a small village art gallery into an important collection of more than 2,600 works by contemporary painters and sculptors such as John Chamberlain as well as such masters as Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner and Willem de Kooning.
    • Location: 25 Job's Lane, Southampton
    • Phone: 631-283-2118
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; Free for children under age 18, students and members.
    • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
  • Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center — The National Historic Landmark site is the home and studio of the late abstract expressionist painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.
    • Location: 830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton
    • Phone: 631-324-4929
    • Costs: Admission prices vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open May through October on Thursday through Saturday; Closed Sunday through Wednesday. Hours of operation vary depending on the month. Call for more information.
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum — The museum pays tribute to 100 years of Long Island's aerospace heritage.
    • Location: 51 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City
    • Phone: 516-572-4111
    • Costs: $14 for adults; $12 for children and seniors.  Admission to the planetarium and IMAX theater require additional fees. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum — Located in a picturesque village of galleries, boutiques and historic houses, this museum heralds Long Island’s seafaring past. It features a fully equipped 19th century whaleboat and a renowned scrimshaw collection.
    • Location: 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
    • Phone: 631-367-3418
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and children age 4-18; Free for children under age 4 and museum members; $20 for families (up to 6 individuals). On Sunday, admission is by voluntary donation.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium — Also called Eagles Nest, the Vanderbilt Museum is the former home of William Kissam Vanderbilt II, great grandson of Commodore Cornelius. The 43-acre estate overlooks the Long Island Sound. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mansion, wander through the museum's many exhibits, see a show at the 238-seat planetarium or view the evening sky through a 16-inch Cassegrainian reflecting telescope.
    • Location: 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport
    • Phone: 631-854-5568
    • Costs: $7 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $3 for children under age 12. For a mansion tour, add $5 to each ticket. Group rates are available.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Hudson River Museum — The galleries in this vintage Hudson River home showcase American art, history and science. The Hudson Riverama simulates the river with scenic designs, interactive experiences, multimedia technology, aquariums and a scale model. Explore outer space inside Andrus Planetarium.
    • Location:
    • 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-963-4550`
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $3 for children and seniors; Free for members
    • Hours: Open year-round, Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • The Katonah Museum of Art — The museum presents changing exhibitions, an acclaimed children’s learning center and a sculpture garden.  
    • Location: 134 Jay St., Katonah
    • Phone: 914-232-9555
    • Costs: Call for admission prices
    • Hours: Guided tours daily at 2:30 p.m.
  • Neuberger Museum of Art — The museum features 16 changing exhibits of modern and contemporary art annually. Its permanent collection includes works by Milton Avery, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Romare Bearden.
    • Location: 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase
    • Phone: 914-251-6100
    • Costs: $5 for the general public; $3 for seniors and students; Free for children under age 12 and museum members.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • The White Plains Performing Arts Center — Located in downtown White Plains, this venue presents classical and contemporary plays, music and dance.
    • Location: 11 City Pl., White Plains
    • Phone: 914-328-1600 X12
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Box office hours, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Westchester Philharmonic — Housed at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.
    • Locations: Administrative Offices, 123 Main St., White Plains; Main stage performances, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase
    • Phone: 914-682-3707
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances. Administrative office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays during June, July and August).
  • Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts — Located on the estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, the center is home to one of the nation’s top outdoor music festivals. During the fall and spring, the entertainment moves indoors to the Music Room. The Rosen House, a Mediterranean-style mansion surrounded by a beautiful garden, has a collection of Renaissance art.
    • Location: 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah
    • Phone: 914-232-1252
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices for performances and festivals. Admission to the gardens or Rosen House is $10 per person.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming performances. Administrative office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays during June, July, and August). Tours of the Rosen House are available Monday through Friday by appointment only.
  • Sugar Loaf Arts & Crafts Village - This Hudson Valley village is home to a community of craftspeople and artists who live and work in original barns and buildings dating to the 1700s.
  • Opus 40 - This six-acre sculpture in Saugerties was built by a single man from millions of pieces of indigenous bluestone from an abandoned quarry, each laid by hand.
    • Location: 50 Fite Rd., Saugerties
    • Phone: 845-246-3400
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $7 for students and seniors; $3 for children age 6 to 12; Free for children under age 6.
    • Hours: Access to the park is weather dependent, and by appointment only during part of the year. Call for more information.
    • Other: Picnicking on the grounds is welcome, but no dogs are allowed.
  • Storm King Art Center — The 500-acre sculpture park includes more than 100 works by acclaimed artists and a number of specially commissioned pieces.
    • Location: Old Pleasant Hill Rd., Mountainville
    • Phone: 845-534-3115
    • Costs: $12 for adults with discounts for students, children, and senior citizens (age 65 and older).
    • Hours: Seasonal hours April through the last weekend in November. Call for more information.
  • Boscobel Restoration ­— This early 19th century Federal-style mansion houses a collection of furniture and decorative arts. The world-renowned gardens have views of the Hudson River.
    • Location: 1601 Rt. 9, Garrison
    • Phone: 845-265-3638
    • Costs: $17 for adults; $14 for seniors; $8 for children age 6 to 14; Free admission for members and children under age 6.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Basilica Hudson — Artist-owned and operated, this 19th century factory has been converted into a gallery and performance space located on the waterfront of the historic town of Hudson. The venue hosts art exhibitions, food and film festivals as well as music and theater performances.
    • Location: 110 South Front St., Hudson
    • Phone: 518-822-1050
    • Costs: Call for information about admission.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming events. 
  • The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck ­— Open since 1998, this performing arts venue plays host to a variety of live theater productions. The building’s exterior design resembles a barn to pay tribute to the origins of summer stock theatre.
    • Location: 661 Rt., Rhinebeck
    • Phone: 845-876-3080
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Call for information on upcoming shows and events.
  • The Egg (Swyer Theater) — Nicknamed “The Egg,” the Empire State Plaza’s Center for Performing Arts provides Albany with arts offerings and a showcase for New York state artists.
    • Location: Empire State Plaza, Albany
    • Phone: 518-473-1061; 518-473-1845 (Box Office)
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call for information on upcoming performances.
  • Capital Repertory Theatre — Located in downtown Albany, this award-winning professional theater offers a wide array of performances from contemporary and classic drama to off -Broadway musicals, cutting edge comedy to major premieres.
    • Location: 111 N. Pearl St., Albany
    • Phone: 518-462-4531
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for more information on upcoming performances.
  • Empire State Plaza Art Collection — Begun by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1961, this collection features the work of artists who practiced in New York during the 1960s and 70s.
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra  — A full size professional orchestra performs in three locations: The Palace Theatre in Albany, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY.
    • Location: 19 Clinton Ave., Albany
    • Phone: 518-465-4755 (Administrative offices); 518-694-3300 (box office)
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The symphony’s box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Albany Center Gallery — The gallery exhibits contemporary art produced by artists living primarily within a 100-mile radius of Albany.
    • Location: 39 Columbia St., Albany
    • Phone: 518-462-4775
    • Costs: All of Albany Center Gallery's exhibitions, receptions and artist interviews are free and open to the public.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • New York State Museum — The museum explores the cultural and natural history of New York state with approximately 10 new exhibits each year. Favorites include a life-size Iroquois longhouse, a working carousel and The Cohoes Mastadon.
    • Location: Empire State Plaza, 3023 Cultural Education Ctr., Albany
    • Phone: 518-474-5877
    • Costs: Admission is free, though donations are accepted at the door.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
  • Ten Broeck Mansion — Built in 1797, this Federal-style house with sloping lawns and formal gardens commands a sweeping view of the Hudson River.
    • Location: 9 Ten Broeck Pl., Albany
    • Phone: 518-436-9826
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $4 for students and seniors; $3 for children age 12 and under; Free for members.
    • Hours: Open for walk-in tours May through October, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours conducted on the hour. Tours can also be scheduled by appointment year-round.
  • Everson Museum of Art — An architectural masterpiece by I. M. Pei, the museum holds two centuries of American paintings, an internationally renowned ceramics collection, sculptures and videos.
    • Location: 401 Harrison St., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-474-6064
    • Costs: General admission is $5 per person. Tickets are required for special exhibitions.
    • Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Syracuse Opera— As the only year-round professional opera company serving upstate New York, the Syracuse Opera produces three main stage productions each season.
    • Location Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-476-7372 (box office)
    • Costs: call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Call for information on upcoming productions.
  • Darwin Martin House — Buffalo is a city of considerable architectural treasures. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a number of homes here back when the city was a booming industrial center. The best known is the home designed for wealthy businessman Darwin Martin, now a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of Wright’s finest achievements.
    • Location: 125 Jewett Pkwy., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-856-3858
    • Costs: Visitors can choose from a basic or in-depth tour of the house.  Admission prices for adults range from $15 to $30. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Tour schedules vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery — The gallery is home to one of the world's top international surveys of 20th century painting and sculpture.
    • Location: 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-882-8700
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students age 13 and older; $5 for children age 6 to 12; Free for members and children under age 5.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Shea’s Performing Arts Center — This 3,000-seat theater designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany sits on Buffalo’s Main Street, providing a venue for touring Broadway productions and special events.
    • Location: 646 Main St., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-847-1410
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices. Theater tours cost $8 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors.
    • Hours: The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for information on upcoming performances.  Tours of the theater are given on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra — This Grammy-winning orchestra is housed in the Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark which is considered one of the finest concert halls in the United States.
    • Location: 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-885-0331 (administrative offices); 716-885-5000 (Kleinhans Music Hall box office)
    • Costs: Call for information about ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office at Kleinhan’s Music Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call for information about upcoming performances.
  • The NCCCA Arts Center — The arts center offers a rotating exhibition schedule, concerts, theater workshops and classes as well as and theater productions.
    • Location: 23 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh
    • Phone: 518-563-1604
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tahawus Lodge Center — The center offers lively programs including dance and theater performances as well as children's workshops.
    • Location: 14234 Rt. 9 N., Au Sable Forks
    • Phone: 518-293-7608
    • Costs: Call for more information
    • Hours: Call for information on events and classes.
  • Adirondack Folk School — The Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is the only school of its kind in the country dedicated to teaching the arts, crafts, and culture of this unique Adirondack region.
    • Location: 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne
    • Phone: 518-696-2400
    • Costs: Call for information
    • Hours: Call for information on classes and upcoming events.
  • Adirondack Museum — This is one of the world’s top outdoor museums with exhibits that explore outdoor recreation, transportation, fine arts, industry and tourism.
    • Location: Rt. 28 N. & 30, Blue Mountain Lake
    • Phone: 518-352-7311
    • Costs: $18 for adults; $16 for seniors; $12 for students and teens age 13 to 17; $6 for children age 6 to 12; Free for children under age 5, members and military personnel.
    • Hours: Open May to October, seven days a week including holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Hyde Collection — The art collection compiled by Charlotte Pruyn Hyde and her husband, Louis Fiske Hyde, includes European masters such as Rembrandt and Picasso as well as Adirondack treasures. The museum, located in the Lake George region, opens each season with new exhibition.
    • Location: 161 Warren St., Glens Falls
    • Phone: 518-792-1761
    • Costs: $8 for general admission; $6 for seniors; Free for children under age 12; members and military personnel.
    • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Closed Monday & most national holidays.

Restaurants & Shopping

  • Restaurant Row — Running along Manhattan's West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, this string of 16 diverse eateries are famed as a place for theatergoers to grab a bite to eat before the curtain rises. Many eateries offer prix-fixe deals.
  • Sardi’s — Located in the heart of New York City's Theater District, Sardi's has been the toast of Broadway for 90 years and is famed for the hundreds of caricatures of show-business celebrities that adorn its walls.
    • Location: 234 W. 44th St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-221-8440
    • Hours: The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Late supper is served from Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Arthur Avenue — Denizens of the Bronx's famed Arthur Avenue call their home "the real Little Italy," due to its classic Italian charm and fresh, authentic fare.
  • Famous Joe's Pizza — Widely regarded as one of the best slices in town, Famous Joe's Pizza is known for its plain slice. Ultrathin and crisp, yet chewy, it's flexible enough to fold without cracking and making a mess.
  • Carnegie Deli — Founded in 1937, the world famous delicatessen is famed for its cheesecake.
    • Location: 854 7th Ave. at 55th St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-757-2245
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Katz's Delicatessen — This famed Lower East Side delicatessen is where Meg Ryan yelled in delight while eating there in the hit film “When Harry Met Sally.”  The menu includes the Reuben, be it pastrami or corned beef, along with knishes, matzo ball soup and other savory treats
    • Location: 205 E. Houston St. (Houston/Ludlow), Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-254-2246
    • Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2:45 a.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to open all night; Saturday, open all day; Sunday, open until 10:45 p.m.
  • Nathan's Famous — This Coney Island institution is the original location for the now nationwide chain of hot dog stands and hosts an annual hot dog eating contest.
    • Location: 1310 Surf Ave. at Stillwell Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn
    • Phone: 718-946-2202
  • Le Cirque — For almost 40 years Le Cirque has been synonymous with high-glamour dining in New York City. Famed for its gold-flecked décor and rich and classic French presentations like foie gras ravioli, the restaurant now offers cooking classes
    • Location: 151 E. 58th St., Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-644-0202
    • Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sunday.
    • Other: Gentlemen, jackets are required for the restaurant and kindly suggested for the cafe. Shorts and open shoes are not permitted. For  ladies, attire is dressy and elegant.
  • Fifth Avenue —The section of Fifth Avenue that crosses Midtown Manhattan — especially between 49th Street and 60th Street — is lined with prestigious stores and is consistently ranked among the most expensive shopping streets in the world.The flagship location for the Saks Fifth Avenue department store chain (located at 611 Fifth Ave.) is famed for its window displays.

  • Greenwich Village — Greenwich Village extends from Broadway to the Hudson and from 14th Street down to Houston Street. Though primarily a residential neighborhood, this area gave birth to the Beat Generation and houses Washington Square Park, designated by its famous arch. Legendary streets such as Astor Place and Bleecker Street are lined with super-hip boutiques, delis, cafes and restaurants. At night, the Village comes alive with sounds from late-night coffeehouses, cafés, experimental theaters and music clubs.

  • China Town — Manhattan's Chinatown is a thriving immigrant neighborhood that gives visitors access to far-flung wares and culinary delights. A great starting point is Chatham Square, which is the intersection of seven major streets (including the Bowery and Mott Street). History buffs can admire Chatham Square's statue of Lin Zexu, a Qing Dynasty official who led the fight against Britain's illegal importation of opium. But most of us will want to start eating and shopping our way through the busy streets.

  • Brooklyn Flea — Founded in 2008, Brooklyn Flea operates flea markets every weekend of the year with hundreds of top vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art and crafts plus delicious fresh food.
    • Location: 176 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
    • Phone: 718-928-6603
    • Hours: From April through Thanksgiving, the markets take place outdoors: on Saturdays in Fort Greene, on Sundays in Williamsburg, and Saturdays and Sundays in Park Slope. Additionally, every summer you can find some of the food vendors at the Central Park SummerStage outdoor concert series, where the Flea operates the food and beverage concession.
  • The Hamptons — This region along Long Island’s South Fork has long been the summer playground of the rich and famous. It consists of a string of chic seaside communities, including the towns of Southampton, East Hampton and Bridgehampton, peppered with celebrity summer homes,  shopping, galleries and trendy restaurants.
  • Tanger Outlets — Located inRiverhead, it is Long Island’s largest factory outlet center featuring more than 165 stores. Situated at the gateway to Long Island's east end, the complex is open 363 days a year.
    • Location: 200 Tanger Mall Dr., Riverhead
    • Phone: 631 369-2732
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Americana Manhasset — Referred to as “the Miracle Mile,” this prominent shopping district in Manhasset stretches along Northern Boulevard with more than 60 high-end stores and luxury restaurants.
    • Location: 2060 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
    • Phone: 800-818-6767
    • Hours: Monday through Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • North Fork Trail Scenic Byway — The trail takes visitors between Southold to Orient Point, through a series of charming hamlets, past renowned wineries, expansive farms and wild wetlands. Along the way enjoy farm stands, antique shops and great restaurants.

  • X2O Xaviars on the Hudson — The latest addition to Peter X. Kelly’s Xaviars Restaurant Group sits on the only turn-of-the century Victorian pier still in use on the Hudson River.
    • Location: 71 Water Grant St., Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-965-1111
    • Hours: Call to inquire about hours of operation and the menu.
  • Mount Kisco — This village boasts boutiques galore, including the newly opened, high-end Churchills of Mount Kisco, which showcases the latest in men's and women's fashions, and Elephant's Trunk, which offers eye-catching evening gowns.

  • 42 — In White Plains, this restaurant name echoes its location, poised 42 stories atop The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.
    • Location: One Renaissance Sq., White Plains
    • Phone: 914-761-4242
    • Hours: Call to inquire about hours of operation.
  • The Galleria at White Plains— This in-door shopping mall houses 130 retailers retailers among its four levels. Anchored by Macy's and Sear's, the Galleria includes H&M, Forever 21, Aldo, American Eagle and Victoria's Secret.
    • Location: 100 Main St., White Plains
    • Phone: 914-682-0111
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Westchester — Located just a mile away from the Galleria, The Westchester houses the  likes of Gucci, Niemen Marcus and Brooks Brothers.
    • Location: 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains
    • Phone: 914-421-1333
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Cross County Shopping Center — Occupying a 1.3 million square-foot space in Yonkers, the outdoor  shopping center includes landscaped gardens and favorite retailers such as A|X, Armani Exchange and XXI Forever.
    • Location: 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-968-9570
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Larchmont Shopping District — Located on the shore of the Long Island Sound, not far from New Rochelle, this Westchester County village's up-and-coming shopping district features chic boutiques that range from pre-teen clothing to home decor and furnishing.

  • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets — Bargain hunters rejoice.  This outdoor mall contains 220 outlet stores, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Saks Fifth Avenue’s Off 5th as well as designer names such as Chole, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci.
    • Location: 498 Red Apple Ct., Central Valley
    • Phone: 845-928-4000
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  
  • Hudson River Downtowns ­— A string of towns along the banks of the Hudson River are rich with intriguing shops, galleries, antiques and restaurants. Nyack, Hudson and Rhinebeck feature charming main streets. Sleepy Hollow, made famous by writer Washington Irving, offers more than a ghostly past, while Kingston is home to a revitalized waterfront village.

  • Center Square — Located in Albany’s downtown, the neighborhood features year-round arts, dining, nightlife and shopping. The neighborhood hosts the annual Santa Speedo Sprint. Visit the restaurants, theatres and pubs along Pearl Street or Broadway.

  • Lark Street — Looking for hip and friendly? Lark Street is often referred to as the “Greenwich Village of Albany” with countless restaurants, cafes, art galleries and special events.

  • Empire State Plaza’s Farmers' Market — Located at the north end of Albany’s Empire State Plaza, opposite the Capitol building, shoppers can find an assortment of produce, local specialties, crafts and organic food. Other markets are located at Goold Orchards in Castleton and Maiden Lane Park in Albany.
    • Phone: 518-476-5986
    • Hours: May to October on Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Armory Square — Located in downtown Syracuse, this historic district is peppered with sidewalk boutiques, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, all in walking distance of one another.
  • Central New York Regional Farmers' Market — Located in Syracuse's Inner Harbor District, this is one of the oldest running farmers' markets in the state.
    • Location: 2100 Park St., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-422-8647
    • Hours: The market is open year-round on Saturday and Sunday, although the Market Common Shops are open daily.
  • Downtown Farmers' Market — Farmers come from throughout central New York to sell fresh produce, fish, meats, wine, dairy products, baked goods, plants and flowers.
    • Location: Clinton Square, Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-422-8284
    • Hours: June through October, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Destiny USA — At  2.4 million square feet and with more than 260 tenants, this is the nation’s sixth largest shopping center, mixing luxury retailers and premium outlets with diverse restaurants and unique entertainment.
    • Location:  9090 Destiny USA Dr., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-466-6000
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tipperary Hill — This unique neighborhood on the west side of Syracuse is a bastion of traditional Irish cuisine and import shopping.
    • Location: W. Lowell & Tompkins St., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-470-1910
  • Fashion Outlets at Niagara Falls — Located five minutes from the famous falls, the retail center contains 150 designer outlets that offer up to 75 percent off brand name merchandise. Stores include Coach, Burberry's, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nike.
    • Location: 1900 Military Rd., Niagara Falls
    • Phone: 716.297.2022
    • Hours: Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
  • Broadway Market — Open since 1888, the Broadway Market is Buffalo's only public market, and has gained fame for its family-owned businesses that include meats, poultry, fish, produce, bake goods, delis, candy stands and restaurants.
    • Location: 999 Broadway, Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-893-0705
    • Hours: Open year-round.
  • Charlie the Butcher — Buffalo wings aren’t Buffalo's only culinary tradition. There’s also the "beef on weck" sandwich. Charlie the Butcher has gained fame for perfecting the recipe.
    • Location: 295 Main St., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-855-8646
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Anchor Bar — As the story goes, this is the very bar where Teressa Bellissimo, the owner’s mother, cooked up the original recipe for Buffalo wings back in 1964.
    • Location: 1047 Main St., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-884-4083
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
  • Factory Outlets of Lake George — Along Route 9 in Lake George is a string of shopping centers with more than 70 factory outlets, including the Adirondack Outlet Mall, the French Mountain Commons Outlet Center, the Lake George Plaza Outlet Center and the Log Jam Outlet Center.
    • Location: Rt. 9, Lake George,
    • Phone: 518-793-2161
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation.
  • Antiques Market Place — This indoor market place near Lake George includes more than 25 vendors spread out over 4000 square feet.
    • Location: 1066 Rt. 9, Queensbury
    • Phone: 518-798-0010
    • Hours: Open year round. Call for more information.
  • Bolton Landing Shopping  — Bolton Landing has many unique shops where you can find clothing, jewelry, swimwear, foot ware, toys, gifts, a keepsake and more. Purchase plants or fresh-cut flowers, books about the Adirondacks, antiques or Adirondack furniture. Stroll along Lake Shore Drive and enjoy what the town has to offer.
  • Glens Falls Shopping — The city’s downtown offers a diverse array of stores.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

  • Yankee Stadium — The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, and the team capped the venue's inaugural season with its 27th World Series title. Visitors can take a guided tour, which includes stops at the dugout and Monument Park, as well as the New York Yankees Museum.
    • Location: 1 E. 161st St., Bronx
    • Phone: 646-977-8400
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games and events.
  • Madison Square Garden —The Garden is a premiere sports and entertainment complex, home to the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks, as well as the stage for performers like Tina Turner, AC/DC and Oasis. The more intimate Theater at Madison Square Garden also hosts concerts.
    • Location: 2 Penn Plaza, Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-465-6000
    • Costs: Call the box office for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games and events.
  • Flushing Meadows–Corona Park — Although best known as the location of the U.S. Open tennis championship, it is the largest park in Queens and the fourth largest park in all of New York City.
    • Location: 111th St to Van Wyck Expy., Queens
    • Phone: 718-760-6565
  • Citi Field — The Mets moved into this state-of-the-art, 42,000-seat ballpark in 2009. Citi Field echoes the design of Ebbets Field while also paying tribute to the team's Polo Grounds and Shea Stadium heritage.
    • Location: 126th St. and Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
    • Phone: 718-507-3663
    • Costs: Call for information in ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information in upcoming games and events.
  • Bethpage State Park — Bethpage State Park is best known for its five world-class golf courses, and its polo fields where matches are played every Sunday from mid-May through October.
    • Location: 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale
    • Phone: 516-249-0701
    • Costs: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for a list of entry fees and other park use fees.
    • Hours: Park hours and facility operations are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours.
  • Shinnecock Hills Golf Club — This private golf club is purported to be the oldest golf club in America, founded in 1891. It has hosted the prestigious U.S. Open four times, and is scheduled to host the tournament again in 2018.
    • Location: 200 Tuckahoe Rd., Southampton
    • Phone: 631 283-1310
    • Other: The course is a members-only establishment, though members are allowed to invite guests. Appropriate golfing attire is required for all members and their guests.
  • New York Islanders — Long Island was granted a NHL franchise in 1971. The team’s home arena is the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.
    • Location: 255 Hempstead Tpk., Uniondale
    • Phone: 516-794-9303
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and during events until intermission. Call for information on ticket sales and upcoming events.
  • Belmont Park Race Track — This scenic Long Island race track is home to the third leg of the famed Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.
    • Location: 2150 Hempstead Tpk., Elmont
    • Phone: 516-488-6000
    • Costs: Call for ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for more information regarding upcoming races.
  • Long Island Ducks — A member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, this  minor league team  plays out of Bethpage Ballpark, a $20 million dollar, 6,000--seat state-of-the-art minor league ballpark that features 20 luxury suites, an indoor batting tunnel and a 126-seat restaurant.
    • Location: Court House Dr., Central Islip
    • Phone: 631-940-DUCK
    • Costs: Call for information regarding ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for a schedule of upcoming games.
  • Mohansic Golf Course — Westchester County owns and operates six beautiful 18-hole courses located in the north, central and southern areas of the county. Mohansic is the most challenging of the lot with tight holes, as well as uphill, downhill and side hill shots.
    • Located: 1500 Baldwin Rd., Yorktown Heights
    • Phone: 914-862-5283
    • Costs: Call for tee times. A county park pass is not required for admission.
    • Hours: Open year-round seven days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk.
  • Sprain Lake Golf Course — Designed by Tom Winton, Sprain Lake is characterized by small greens, rolling terrain and a number of highly challenging holes.
    • Location: 290 East Grassy Sprain Rd., Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-231-3481
    • Costs: Call for tee times. A county park pass is not required for admission.
    • Hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round.
  • Dunwoodie Golf Course — Located on top of "Dunwoodie Heights" in the center of Yonkers, this golf course is characterized by dramatic topography and steep slopes.
    • Location: 1 Wasylenko Lane, Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-231-3490
    • Costs: Call for tee times. A county park pass is not required for admission.
    • Hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round.
  • West Point Golf Course ­ — This public golf course is located on the grounds of the U.S. military academy at West Point.
    • Location: Rt. 218 & Rt. 9, West Point
    • Phone: 845-938-2435
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding tee times. The course is open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to dusk, and Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
    • Other: The West Point Golf Course is a "spikeless" facility.
  • Casperkill Golf Course — Built by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1944, the course was formerly the private IBM Country Club. The course went public in 1996.
    • Location: 2320 S Rd., Poughkeepsie
    • Phone: 845-463-0900
    • Costs: Call for more information about membership fees and daily rates.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
    • Other: Dress Code requires collared shirts and prohibits denim. Soft spikes are required.
  • Saratoga Race Track — Located a 40-minute drive outside Albany, the track is a premiere venue during thoroughbred racing season, which runs July through September.
    • Location: 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs
    • Phone: 518-584-6200
    • Costs: $3 for general admission; $5 for clubhouse admission.
    • Hours: The track is open July through September and runs races six days a week (it is closed on Tuesdays). Gates open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends. Call for information on upcoming races.
    • Other: No jeans, shorts or abbreviated wear is permitted. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets.
  • Times Union Center — Renamed in 2007, the 17,500-seat arena is home ice to the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.
    • Location: 51 S Pearl St., Albany
    • Phone: 518-487-2000
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Box office hours vary depending on the time of year. The box office is always open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Leatherstocking Golf Course — Located in Cooperstown, the course is considered one of the East Coast’s most scenic and challenging resort golf courses.
    • Location: The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown
    • Phone: For tee time reservations, call 607-544-2546.
    • Costs: Daily greens fees for Otesaga guests, $93 a day and $60 after 3 p.m.; public guests, $103 a day and $70 after 3 p.m. Call for information about golf cart and other rentals.
    • Hours: Call for information.
    • Other: Advanced tee time reservations are recommended.
  • Bristol Harbour Golf Club — ­This championship course sits in the heart of Finger Lakes‘ wine country. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Bristol Harbour has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top public facilities in the state. An interesting tidbit: The course record belongs to Jack Nicklaus.
    • Location: 5410 Seneca Point Rd., Canandaigua
    • Phone: 585-396-2200
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and cart rentals.
    • Hours: Call regarding tee times.
  • The Carrier Dome — This indoor sports arena is the home of Syracuse University Division I football, basketball, lacrosse, track and field teams. Tours are available.
    • Location: 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
    • Costs: call for information about ticket prices.
    • Hours: call for information about upcoming games and events.
  • Syracuse Crunch Hockey — The Syracuse Crunch is the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, with home ice on Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.
    • Location: 800 S. State St., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-473-4444
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information upcoming games.
  • Syracuse Chiefs — This minor league baseball plays their home games at the NBT Bank Stadium.
    • Location: 1 Tex Simone Dr., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-474-7833
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: Call for information upcoming games.
  • Ralph Wilson Stadium — Located outside Buffalo, the 80,000-seat stadium is home field to Buffalo’s NFL franchise, the Buffalo Bills.
    • Location: One Bills Dr., Orchard Park
    • Phone: 716-649-0015
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices and parking lot rates.
    • Hours: Call for information on upcoming games and events.
  • Buffalo Raceway — Located 15 minutes from Buffalo on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, the half-mile track hosts live harness racing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Location: 5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg
    • Phone: 716-649-6109
    • Costs: Parking and admission are free.
    • Hours: Call for information on race schedules.
  • First Niagara Center — Primarily known as the home arena for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center is also western New York’s premiere event venue.
    • Location: One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-855-4100
    • Costs: Call for information on ticket prices.
    • Hours: The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Golf in Buffalo’s Public Parks — The city’s public parks system manages three public golf courses, located at Delaware Park, Cazenovia Park and South Park.
    • Phone: 716-838-1249 x19
    • Costs: Visitors to Buffalo can buy golf passes, though the price varies by age.
    • Hours: Call for hours of operation and tee times.
  • Niagara Falls Country Club — Home of the Porter Cup, this championship course was designed A.W. Tillinghast in 1919 and features 90 treacherous sand traps.
    • Location: 505 Mountain View Dr., Lewiston
    • Phone: 716-282-1204
    • Costs: Call for information on greens fees and other costs.
    • Hours: Though it is private country club, there are guest hours. Call for more information.
  • Lake Placid Club — The club has two courses, the better known being the Mountain Course. Laid out in 1910 by Alexander H. Findlay, the course takes full advantage of the scenic vistas. The Links course, represents the Scottish style of golf with bunker- laden fairways, native fescue and large undulating greens.
    • Location: 101 Olympic Dr., Lake Placid
    • Phone: 518-523-2556 ; Call 877-570-5891 for reservations.
    • Costs: Call for information regarding golf memberships.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding tee times.
  • Craig Wood Golf Course — Designed by and named for the U.S. Open and Masters champion, the course is one of the finest courses in the Lake Placid golf community.
    • Location: 141 Country Club Lane, Lake Placid
    • Phone: 518-523-9811
    • Costs: Membership fees vary by type. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information about tee times.
  • Malone Golf Club — PGA America Secretary Derek Sprague calls this club home. It has two scenic courses, and the club was recently awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest.
    • Location: 79 Golf Course Rd., Malone
    • Phone: 877-483-3633 ; 518-483-2926
    • Costs: Greens fees vary by day of the week and time, ranging from $52 to $20 (for guests). Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information regarding tee times.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

  • Empire State Building — Take an elevator ride up 1,050 feet to the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City's second-tallest structure for a completely unobstructed, 360-degree view of the city below.
    • Location: 350 Fifth Ave. (at 34th Street), Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-736-3100
    • Costs: Tickets start at $27 for a visit to the main observation deck. Call for a full list of prices.
    • Hours: Open 365 days a year rain or shine, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. The last elevator up leaves at 1:15 a.m.
  • Rockefeller Center — No visit to New York City would be complete without a trip to Rockefeller Plaza. Here skaters glide across the outdoor ice rink and thousands of lights gleam from the always-enormous Christmas tree in the winter. The area also includes outdoor dining options, shopping and the three observation decks at Top of the Rock.
    • Location: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-332-6522
  • Times Square — Times Square remains one of New York City's most beloved attractions. The neighborhood, which stretches from 42nd to 47th streets, from Broadway to Seventh Avenue, and spills out into the surrounding area, hosts more than 39 million visitors per year. It's easy to understand why: the "Crossroads of the World" is home to Broadway theaters, the annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and, of course, those famous billboards.
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — The Statue of Liberty is New York City's most recognizable landmark. To visit the monument, buy tickets online in advance of your trip. (Though you can see Lady Liberty from land, the short ferry ride to Liberty Island will bring you up close and personal). The nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum allows visitors to explore the building that served as the first port of entry for 12 million immigrants.

  • Brooklyn Bridge — One of the most recognizable structures in New York City, John Roebling's engineering masterpiece was the world's longest suspension bridge upon its completion in 1883. Though the bridge is visible from the shores of both boroughs, it is best experienced through a leisurely stroll across its elevated pedestrian walkway.

  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum — The memorial portion of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center was dedicated on September 11, 2011 — the 10th anniversary of the attacks — with a ceremony for the families of victims, and opened to the public the following day. The Memorial Plaza provides a sanctuary for quiet contemplation. Waterfalls flow into two large reflecting pools, and the names of the men, women and children who lost their lives are inscribed in bronze parapets that surround the pools.
    • Location: World Trade Center (enter at Albany Street/Greenwich Street), Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-312-8800
    • Costs: Admission requires a reservation, which is free if made in person. Reservations made over the phone or online carry a nonrefundable $2 service fee (9/11 victims' family members are exempt).
    • Hours: The Visitor Center is open 365 days a year, although the hours of operations vary depending on the time for year. Call for more information.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral — Located on Fifth Avenue, across from Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s is the largest Gothic Catholic cathedral in the United States. This international landmark, with its 330-foot spires, it is one of the New York City's most spectacular architectural sights.
    • Location: Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st streets, Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-753-2261
    • Hours: Services are held daily and all are welcome, visitors and worshipers alike. Call for a schedule of services and tours.
  • Grand Central Station ­— Since its revitalization 10 years ago, Grand Central offers fine cuisine in the Dining Concourse and free arts events in Vanderbilt Hall.
    • Location: 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Hall 2A, Manhattan
    • Phone: 212-340-2347
    • Hours: Grand Central Terminal is open to the public daily from 5:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site — The home of Walt Whitman served as an inspiration for Whitman, America's greatest poet. The house includes 19th century furnishing and unusual architecture, as well as more than 130 portraits of Walt Whitman, original letters, manuscripts and artifacts.
    • Location: 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station
    • Phone: 631-427-5240
    • Costs: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and veteran; $4 for students.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary by the time of year. Call for more information.
  • The Gold Coast Mansions — Situated on the north shore of Long Island, the “Gold Coast” region was where New York’s elite built their mansions. During the island's heyday in the 1920s, there were more than 500 mansions. Today, only about 200 remain, and among the best known are the Frick Estate, Oheka Castle and the homes at Sands Point Preserve.

  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site — Although part of the famed “Gold Coast,” this house bears special mention as President Theodore Roosevelt “summer Whitehouse.”
    • Location: 20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay
    • Phone: 516-922-4788
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission fees and reservations for large groups.
    • Hours: Open year-round. Call for information about guided tours. The Visitor Center and bookstore are also open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fire Island Lighthouse — Located on Fire Island National Seashore, the Fire Island Lighthouse is one of 25 lighthouses in New York state and includes a scenic boardwalk and a museum with the original 1858 Fresnel lens on display;
    • Location: Robert Moses State Park Field # 5, Fire Island
    • Phone: 631-661-4876
    • Costs: $7 for adults; $4 for seniors, children age 12 and younger and active military personnel; $2 for members.
    • Hours: The lighthouse hours can vary depending on volunteer availability. Call for more information.
  • Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum — This is the oldest lighthouse in New York state, completed in 1796 on a spot where the Royal Navy had maintained signal bonfires for its ships during the American Revolution.
    • Location: 2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
    • Phone: 631-668-2544
    • Costs: $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for children.
    • Hours: Hours vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • The Big Duck — Built in 1931 by Riverhead duck farmer Martin Maurer as a store to sell his Peking Ducks to passing motorists, the Big Duck is one of Long Island's most famous examples of roadside architecture. 
    • Location: 1012 Flanders Rd., Hampton Bays
    • Phone: 631-852-3377
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saint Paul’s Church — This 18th-century church is one of New York's oldest parishes. Now a national park, visitors can go on a guided tour, enjoy an organ concert, attend an outdoor music festival, participate in a living history program, go on a cemetery tour or take a quiet walk around the grounds.
    • Location: 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon
    • Phone: 914-667-4116
    • Costs: Free admission.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; second Saturday of each month, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Philipse Manor Hall — Once the home of Loyalist Frederick Philipse during the Revolutionary War, this state historic site and museum spans centuries of regional and international history.
    • Location: 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-965-4027
    • Costs: $5 for adults; $3 per person for groups of 10 or more; Free for children under age 12.
    • Hours: The museum is accessible by guided tour only, available on an hourly basis. Call for a schedule. Historic house tours are also available by appointment. Call for reservations.
  • The Jon Jay Heritage Center — The Jay Property in Rye is the boyhood home of New York state’s only native founding father, John Jay. Located next to a marshlands preserve with public trails, this 23-acre park overlooks Long Island Sound.
    • Location: 210 Boston Post Rd., Rye
    • Phone: 914-698-9275
    • Hours: The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., year-round. Call for information regarding tours.
  • Jacob Purdy House — This farmhouse, built in 1728, was Gen. George Washington’s base during the Battle of White Plains.
    • Location:  60 Park Ave., White Plains
    • Phone: 914-682-8426
    • Hours: Open by appointment only.
  • Muscoot Farm — Originally a "Gentleman's Farm" founded by Ferdinand T. Hopkins in 1880, this 777-acre property operated as a dairy farm until Westchester County acquired the property in the late 1960s. Today, it is a county park that strives to preserve and interpret its agrarian past. Visitors may stroll through the original barns, visit with the animals, participate in educational programs or hike the many miles of trails.
    • Location: Rt. 100, Somers
    • Phone: 864-7282.
    • Costs: Free admission
    • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bannerman Castle — Located on Bannerman Island, this Scottish-style castle built by businessman Frank Bannerman was damaged by a fire in 1969 but remains an attraction to this day as part of a state park.
    • Location: Hudson Highlands State Park, Fishkill
    • Phone: 845-831-6346
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Tours of the island and boat excursions are available. Call for more information.
  • Lyndhurst — Also known as the Jay Gould estate, this Gothic Revival country house sits in its own 67-acre park beside the Hudson River in Tarrytown.
    • Location: 635 S Broadway, Tarrytown
    • Phone: 914-631-4481
    • Costs: Call for more information
    • Hours: Lyndhurst grounds are open to the public every day from dawn until 5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the site by using the many walking trails. Call for information regarding group tours of the house.
  • Crailo State Historic Site — Built in the early 18th century, the museum tells the story of the early Dutch inhabitants of the valley through exhibits highlighting archaeological finds from the Albany Fort Orange excavations.
    • Location: 9 1/2 Riverside Ave., Rensselaer
    • Phone: 518-463-8738
    • Costs: Admission to the park is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors and students. Admission to the Schuyler Mansion is extra. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Sunnyside — Washington Irving’s estate is where characters like Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horseman were born. Tour the home that Irving designed himself.
    • Location: 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown
    • Phone: 914-591-8763
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $6 for children age 3 to 17; Free admission for members and children underage 3.
    • Hours: Admission is by timed tours only. Tours take place daily at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Saturday, an extra tour is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
  • Old Dutch Church — Made famous in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the church was already ancient when Irving wrote his tale. Tour the cemetery and the stone church where, yup, George Washington slept on weekends throughout the summer.
    • Location: 430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
    • Phone: 914-631-4497
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Kykuit Estate — The hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. This landmark also houses an extensive art collection.
    • Location: 381 N. Broadway, Tarrytown
    • Phone: 914-631-9491
    • Costs: Admission fees vary depending on which tour you choose and whether it’s a weekday or weekend. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Admission to the house is by timed tours only. Call for more information.
  • Olana — The former home of the painter Frederic Church includes much of the original furniture and paintings from his personal collection. Visitors will learn the story of Church's life, and how he build his mansion overlooking the Hudson River.
    • Location: Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Rt. 9G, Hudson
    • Phone: 518-828-0135
    • Costs: Call for information regarding fees and tour tickets.
    • Hours: Tours are available year-round. Call for more information.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site — Inherited by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt upon his mother’s death in 1941, the house and much of the estate were transferred to the federal government in 1945 and is the site of FDR’s presidential library. The Rose Garden contains the graves of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
    • Location: 4097 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park
    • Phone: 845-229-9115
    • Costs: Call for information regarding admission prices for the home, the FDR Presidential Library and the museum. Admission to the grounds is free.
    • Hours: The grounds are open sunrise to sunset every day. FDR’s home is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour times vary throughout the year.
  • The U.S. Military Academy at West Point — Visit the oldest military academy in the country. Guided tours leave daily from the West Point Visitor Center, and the museum shows cadet life as it has been lived over the past 200 years.
    • Location: 415 Main St., Highland Falls
    • Phone: Visitor Center, 845-938-2638; Tour Office, 845-446-4724
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: It is strongly recommended that visitors call the week they are traveling to West Point to check on the status of the tours.
    • Other: Visitors may enter the academy grounds by guided tours, however, there are no guided tours during Graduation Week, on Football home game days or on any days the Visitors Center is closed or closes early.
  • Washington Headquarters State Historic Site — The first publicly-owned and operated historic site in the United States, this 445-acre site was used by Gen. George Washington as a headquarters and residence from April 1782 to August 1783.
    • Location: 84 Liberty St., Newburgh
    • Phone: 845-562-1195
    • Costs: Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Hours of operations vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Saratoga National Historical Park  — The Battle of Saratoga is considered one of the most pivotal battles in world history. The park pays tribute to that event and includes several attractions; among them are Schuyler House, the Saratoga Battle Monument and the Field of Grounded Arms, where the British surrendered ceremoniously.
    • Location: 648 Rt. 32, Stillwater
    • Phone: 518-664-9821 x224
    • Costs: Park entrance fees, $5 for cars; $3 for bicycles and hikers. Call for information regarding annual passes.
    • Hours: The battlefield and Victory Woods are open to pedestrian use daily, sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is open daily, 9 .m. to 5 p.m. Call for information about Schuyler House and the battle monument.
  • Empire State Plaza — Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza is one of the most spectacular capital centers in the country. Occupying 98 acres of land, the plaza has become a cultural center for Albany as well as the site of the New York State Capitol. The plaza includes the New York State Museum, an outdoor art collection and The Egg.
  • New York State Capitol — Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the capitol building is a marvel of late 19th century architectural grandeur.
    • Location: Washington Avenue  & State Street, Albany
    • Phone: (518) 474-2418
    • Hours: Tours are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Call for more information.
  • Executive Mansion — This historic house has been home to New York's governors and their families since 1875.
    • Location: 138 Eagle St., Albany
    • Phone: 518-473-7521
    • Hours:  Tours are available for individuals and groups by appointment only on Thursday, 10 am to 2 p.m. Two-week advanced reservation is required. The mansion is closed to the public In July and August.
  • Cathedral of All Saints — The first Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in the United States, it is the fifth largest in the nation.
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception — Opened in 1892, the cathedral is the center of the 14-county Roman Catholic diocese of Albany. It is open every day of the year.
  • Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site — Schuyler Mansion is the historic home of Revolutionary War Gen. Philip Schuyler and his family. The Georgian style mansion features 18th century interiors complete with furniture, decorative arts, paintings and personal artifacts of family members. A visitor center provides an overview of Philip Schuyler and his 80-acre estate in the 18th century.
    • Location: 32 Catherine St., Albany
    • Phone: 518-434-0834
    • Costs:  Historic sites charge a vehicle use and admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Hours of operations vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Erie Canal Museum — Learn about life on the Erie Canal though educational exhibits.
    • Location: 318 Erie Blvd., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-471-0593
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • American Red Cross, Clara Barton House — This historic house is both a museum and a working base of operations for the Clara Barton Red Cross Chapter #1.
    • Location: 57 Elizabeth St., Dansville,
    • Phone: 585-335-3500
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for more information.
  • Women's Rights National Historical Park — Now a national park, the site tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in July 1848.
    • Location: 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls
    • Phone: 315-568-0024
    • Costs: Free to the public.
    • Hours: The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Harriet Tubman Home — The site celebrates the life of the former slave who is known for her Underground Railroad activities.
    • Location: 180 South St., Auburn
    • Phone: 315-252-2081
    • Costs: Call for information on admission prices.
    • Hours: Open Tuesdays through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday by appointment. Extended hours are available in February during Black History Month.
  • Old Fort Niagara — Begun by the French, expanded by the British and used by the United States, the restored fort features exhibits, events and living history. Today, costumed interpreters provide demonstrations at this 285-year-old fort and historic re-enactors hold encampments there during summer months.
    • Location: Youngstown, NY
    • Phone: 716-745-7611
    • Costs: $12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for children age 6 to 12; Free for children age 5 and younger. Discounts are available for AAA members. Call for more information.
    • Hours: September through June, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July and August, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site — Following the assignation of President McKinley (who actually died in Buffalo), Teddy Roosevelt took the oath of office in the home of Ansley Wilcox. The house is now a museum with historically restored rooms and interactive exhibits that recreate the events of that fateful September in 1901.
    • Location: 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-884-0095
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and students; $5 for children age 6 to 18; Free for children age 5 and younger.
    • Hours: The site is open year-round, and visits are by guided tour only. Tours are scheduled hourly, beginning at 9:30 a.m. weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on weekends. The last tour starts at 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo History Museum — Named a National Historic Landmark, the museum’s permanent and changing exhibits explore western New York state’s industrial and cultural history.
    • Location: 25 Nottingham Ct., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-873-9644
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. top 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • The War of 1812 Museum — The Adirondack Coast holds a distinct and important place in American military history as the site of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a pivotal battle that many historians believed turned the tide of the War of 1812 in America's favor. The museum celebrates that victory with exhibits and artifacts.
    • Location: 31 Washington Rd., Plattsburgh
    • Phone: 518-566-1814
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cooper’s Cave Overlook — Located on the Hudson River near Glens Falls, this is one of the “dark and silent caves“ that inspired James Fenimore Cooper to write his classic “The Last of the Mohicans.”
    • Locations: Cooper's Cave Bridge, Rt. 9, Glens Falls
    • Phone: 518-761-3864
    • Costs: Admission is free.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Roger’s Memorial Park — The Adirondacks played a critical military role in early America, Every June, French and Indian War re-enactors make camp in Bolton Landing at the park. Visitors can interact with soldiers and Native Americans as they demonstrate 18th century camp life.
    • Phone: For more information, contact the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce at 518-644-3831.
  • Fort William Henry ­— Within the walls of the fort, uniformed 18th century soldiers demonstrate musket and cannon fire, drills and fort life as they guide you back more than 200 years.
    • Location: 48 Canada St., Lake George
    • Phone: 518-964-6607
    • Costs: $16.50 for adults; $13.95 for seniors; $7.95 for children age 5 to 12; Free for children under age 5.
    • Hours: The museum opens at 9 a.m.
  • Fort Ticonderoga — The fort still guards the historic portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George, and you can relive its history with costumed re-enactors.
    • Location: 30 Fort Ticonderoga Rd., Ticonderoga
    • Phone: 518-585-2821
    • Costs: $17.50 for adults; $15 for seniors; $8 for children age 5 to 12; Free for children under age 4.
    • Hours: Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

  • Central Park — Spanning 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is one of the world's greatest urban oases, encompassing rolling fields, walking trails and tranquil bodies of water. Designed in the mid-19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, it is the centerpiece of the New York City's public parks system and includes a number of attractions, such as the Central Park Zoo and Belvedere Castle. The Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn are sprawling expanses where visitors can relax. In the winter, there's ice-skating at Trump Rink. In the summer, the Delacorte Theater hosts Shakespeare in the Park and Rumsey Playfield serves as the primary home for SummerStage and hosts Metropolitan Opera recitals.

  • Battery Park — New York City hosts 29,000 acres of parkland, including Battery Park. Located at the lowest tip of Manhattan, this 25-acre open space includes gardens and the Castle Clinton National Monument, a fort built in preparation for the War of 1812.

  • Prospect Park — This 585-acre park located in the heart of Brooklyn is highlighted by the immense Long Meadow, a popular site for sports and picnics. Prospect Park as a whole is home to endless recreational possibilities, including not only the usual suspects like jogging and biking but also such rare treats as dog swimming at Dog Beach. Prospect Park Lake is a great place to catch largemouth bass. Prospect Park also contains Brooklyn's only remaining natural forest, which spans 250 acres.
    • Location: 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
    • Phone: 718-965-8951
    • Costs: Most of the attractions are free. Call for more information about upcoming events.
  • The Staten Island Greenbelt — A network of lush parks, wetlands, open meadows and hiking trails located in what is often referred to as NYC's "greenest borough."
    • Location: 200 Nevada Ave., Staten Island
    • Phone: 718-667-2165
    • Hours: Call for more information on attractions and upcoming events.
  • Coopers Beach — Coopers Beach in Southampton is consistently named on the listing of America’s Top Ten Beaches.
    • Location: 268 Meadow Lane, Southampton
    • Phone: 631-283-0247
    • Costs: The beach has $40 a day parking fee.
  • Main Beach in East Hampton — Main Beach is ranked among the top ten beaches in the country. There are lifeguards on duty and an ocean awareness program offered several times during the summer, along with a scheduled fireworks show.
    • Location:104 Ocean Ave., East Hampton
    • Phone: 631-324-0074
    • Cost: The beach has a $20 a day parking fee.
  • Jones Beach State Park — Jones Beach State offers fine surf bathing along 6.5 miles of ocean beach, one-half mile of bay beach for still-water bathing, and two swimming pools. The west end of the park offers surf fishing, a boat basin and a two-mile boardwalk.
    • Location: Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh
    • Phone: 516 785-1600
    • Cost: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Park hours and facility operations are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours before traveling.
  • Fire Island National Seashore — Take the ferry from Patchogue or Sayville to visit this 'island with no roads." It includes 26 miles of high dunes, centuries-old maritime forests, wildlife, desolate beaches and one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States.
    • Location: Burma Rd., Fire Island
    • Phone: 631-687-4750
    • Costs: While there are no entrance fees for Fire Island National Seashore, you must plan to pay parking and/or transportation fees in order to get to most parts of Fire Island.
    • Hours: Open year-round, although hours vary. Call for more information.
  • Montauk Point State Park — The park boasts beautiful beaches and some of the world's best surf fishing. Climb to the top of Montauk’s historic lighthouse for a spectacular view or saddle-up for a ride on the beach at Deep Hollow Ranch.
    • Location: 2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
    • Phone: (631) 668-3781
    • Cost: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Park hours and facility operations are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours before traveling.
  • Scuba Diving on Long Island — For those seeking adventure beyond the beach, Long Island offers top notch scuba diving among numerous boat wrecks just off its shoreline, dubbed 'Shipwreck Alley." 

  • Eisenhower Park — Considered Nassau County's own "Central Park" this 930-acre park first earned its reputation as a golfer’s refuge during the 1920s and today remains a haven for sports and leisure.
    • Location:Merrick Ave. and Park Blvd., East Meadow
    • Phone: 516-572-0348
    • Costs: Call for information
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary for the various park amenities. Call for more information.
  • Westchester County Parks — From the shores of Long Island Sound to Yorktown, Westchester County operates 50 parks and recreation areas. Some have miles of hiking trails; others have spectacular views, great swimming and wildlife sanctuaries. Fishing is permitted in county-owned streams and lakes, unless “No Fishing” signs are posted. A New York state fishing license is required
    • Phone: 914-231-4500
    • Other: For information on specific parks, their amenities and admission fees, call the Westchester County Parks Department.
  • Greenburgh Nature Center — This 33-acre woodland preserve offers trails, a pond, gardens, a playground and outdoor animal exhibits, including a birds of prey aviary. Among the indoor exhibits are a live-animal museum with more than 100 specimens, exhibit areas focusing on nature and the environment, a greenhouse with botanical exhibits and a gift shop.
    • Location: 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale
    • Phone: 914-723-3470
    • Costs: $7 for adults; $6 for students and seniors; $5 for children age 2 to 12; Free for members and children under age 2.
    • Hours: The grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk throughout the year. Indoor exhibits are open weekdays except Fridays and a few holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Rye Nature Center ­ — The city-owned, 47-acre wildlife preserve has ponds, streams and hiking trails.
    • Location: 873 Boston Post Rd., Rye
    • Phone: 914-967-5150
    • Hours: The grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk; The Visitor Center is open year-round Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Untermeyer Park and Gardens — This city park includes Grecian gardens landscaped in the Beaux Arts style with views of the Hudson River and a temple overlooks a mosaic pool, sculptures and a Greek amphitheatre.
    • Location: 945 North Broadway, Yonkers
    • Phone: 914-377-6450
    • Hours: The park is open daily, from dawn to dusk. The walled garden is open year-round Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to sunset.
  • Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park — Opened in 2009, the park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,768 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, and connects Poughkeepsie on one side with Highland on the other.
    • Location: 87 Haviland Rd., Highland; 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie
    • Phone: 845-834-2867; 845-454-9649
    • Hours: The park is open year-round conditions permitting from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  • Mohonk Preserve — The preserve protects 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge, making it the largest private nature preserve in the state. The preserve is open sunrise to sunset every day for hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, horseback riding and nature study.
    • Location: New Paltz
    • Phone: 845-225-0919.
    • Costs: A current membership or day pass is required to access the lands. Admission to the Visitor Center is always free. Call for more information.
  • Mianus River Gorge Preserve — This 750-acre private nature preserve was created to protect an old-growth hemlock forest. Visitors can enjoy more than five miles of old-growth forest hiking trails.
    • Location: 167 Mianus River Rd., Bedford
    • Phone: 914-234-3455
    • Costs: There is no entrance fee but visitors are encouraged to make a financial contribution.
    • Hours: The preserve is open to the public from April 1 through Nov. 30from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park — The park has swimming, fishing, boating, picnic and sports areas as well as hiking trails. The park's mammoth pool can hold 3,500 bathers at one time.
    • Location: 2957 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights
    • Phone: 914-245-4434
    • Costs: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for more information.
    • Hours: The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. Call for hours of operation for the pool and paddle boat rentals.
  • Bear Mountain State Park — The park sits among rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River, and features a shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing, a swimming pool and trailside museums as well as hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park.
    • Location: 3006 Seven Lakes Dr., Bear Mountain
    • Phone: 845-786-2701
    • Costs: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for more information.
    • Hours: The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. Call for hours of operation for the pool and the carousel.
  • Diamond Sports Rock Climbing School ­ — Located in the Shawangunk Mountains, one of the best areas in the country for climbing. Classes are available for all students, from beginners to advanced climbers.
    • Location: New Paltz, NY
    • Phone: 800-776-2577
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for class schedule.
  • Tawasentha Park — The 200-acre park features rolling woods and open areas, and is renowned for its beautiful gardens.
    • Location: 188 Rt. 146, Altamont
    • Phone: 518-456-3150
    • Costs: Resident parking is free with a park sticker. Non-resident parking is $10 per vehicle during the week and $20 per vehicle on weekends.
    • Hours: The park is open year-round from morning until dusk. Call for information regarding the hours of operation for various amenities.
  • Howe Caverns —New York state's second most-visited natural attraction after Niagara Falls, Howe Caverns is regarded as “the great cave” of the Northeast.  Visitors can explore the prehistoric cave through a variety of tours. A 90-minute guided tour includes a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus.
    • Location: 255 Discovery Dr., Howes Cave
    • Phone: 518-296-8900
    • Costs: Prices vary depending on the specific tour package. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Tours are available year-round. Call for more information.
    • Other: Year-round the cavern temperature is 52 degrees. Light jackets and comfortable shoes are recommended. Special interest tours are available with advance reservations, but traditional tours do not need reservations.
  • Six Mile Waterworks — Located in the glacial sand plains of Albany's Pine Bush, this recreational oasis features Rensselaer Lake, a 43-acre manmade water body. The park offers fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking.
    • Location: Fuller Rd., Albany
    • Phone: 518-459-9810
    • Costs: There is no charge for admission to the park or for use of the picnic facilities. Reservations and a fee may be required to reserve the pavilion. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • Colonie Riverfront Bike/Hike Trail — A 5.5-mile hiking and bike trail that runs along the Mohawk River. It is part of the 41 mile Hudson-Mohawk Bikeway, which connects the area of Albany, Schenectady and Troy.
  • Location: It runs along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers through the cities of Albany and Schenectady.
  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve — This 3,200-acre preserve is one of only 20 inland pine barrens left in the entire world and is home to the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.
    • Location: 195 New Karner Rd., Albany
    • Phone: 518-456-0655
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours: The Discovery Center is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call for more information.
  • The Inner Harbor — Located along Syracuse’s waterfront, this area is known as a place to shop and eat. But visitors can stroll, or take a run along the brick walkways, drop a kayak or a canoe in for a relaxing paddle or enjoy some fishing.
    • Location: 360 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-473-4330
  • Finger Lakes National Forest ­— Encompassing 16,212 acres nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the Finger Lakes region, the Finger Lakes National Forest has more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands as well as 19 waterfalls.
  • Watkins Glenn State Park — Anchoring the southern end of Seneca Lake is Watkins Glenn State Park. The park’s three hiking trails include one that passes over and under waterfalls as it winds through the gorge at the heart of the park. Visitors can canoe, picnic, hike, swim and fish in Seneca Lake or Catharine Creek.
    • Location: Rt. 14, Watkins Glen
    • Phone: 607-535-4511
    • Costs: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Park hours and facility operations are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours before travel.
  • Chimney Bluffs State Park — The massive earthen spires rising above the shore of Lake Ontario offer some of the region’s most dramatic landscape. Day-trippers can make use of picnic areas, and nature trails. The park is also open to fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, hiking and cross country skiing.
    • Location: 7700 Garner Rd., Wolcott
    • Costs: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open year-round, dusk to dawn. Park hours, however, are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours before travel.
  • Labrador Mountain — The ski resort offers lessons as well as skis and snowboard rentals. It is the site of many events and races.
    • Location: 6935 Rt. 91, Truxton
    • Phone: 607-842-6204
    • Costs: Call for information regarding lift tickets and season passes.
    • Hours: In season open Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Niagara Falls State Park — Feel Niagara’s might from the decks, boats, vista points and trails of America’s oldest state park. Sail right up to the falls on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, or hike over wooden walkways to the famous "Hurricane Deck" on the wild Cave of the Winds Tour.
    • Location: 24 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls
    • Phone: 716-278-1796
    • Costs: A Niagara Discovery Pass provides access to the Niagara Adventure Theater, Aquarium of Niagara, the Cave of the Winds tour, the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Passes cost $36 for adults; $29 for children age 6 to 12. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Call for information.
  • The Great Lakes — Buffalo is situated between two Great Lakes—Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The rivers, canals, streams and ponds that weave their way through the area’s many state and local parks are a haven for boating and trophy fishing. Swimmers should checkout Bennett Beach and Wendt Beach on the shores of Lake Erie.

  • Letchworth State Park — Hiking and bike trails weave between 600-foot cliffs and around sparkling waterfalls along the 17-mile-long gorge called “the Grand Canyon of the East.” The 14,350-acre state park also offers whitewater rafting, kayaking and camping.
    • Location: 1 Letchworth State Pk., Mount Morris
    • Phone: 585-493-3600
    • Costs: Most New York state parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. Call for more information.
    • Hours: The park is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Whiteface Mountain – Located a short drive from Lake Placid, the Whiteface Mountain was the site of the ski events in the 1980 Olympics. Today, the ski area boasts the greatest vertical drop in the East as well as diverse terrains for the beginners and experts. The mountain has more than 283 acres of ski-able terrain, 86 trails and 11 lifts.
    • Phone: 518-946-2223
    • Costs: Call for information about ticket prices and rentals.
    • Hours: Ticket booths operate 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays). Ski lifts operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Adirondack’s Tug Hill Region — In winter, Lake Ontario's close proximity to the region translates to greater lake-effect snowfall than anywhere else in the Northeast — averaging 200 inches each year. Snowmobiling is a huge draw to this "snowbelt" of New York. In warmer weather, ATV riders can take advantage of a vast network of more than 450 miles of trails.

  • AuSable Chasm — Open to the public since 1870, this two-mile gorge features self-guided hiking, raft tours, cave and waterfall hikes, mountain biking, tubing and so much more.
    • Location: 2144 Rt. 9, Ausable Chasm
    • Phone: 518-834-7454
    • Costs: Admission to hiking trails, $16.95 for adults; $9.95 for children age 5 to 12; $8 for local residents; Free for children under age 5. Prices for other tours vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Adirondack Coast — This refers to the area along the shores of Lake Champlain. The lake is home to 80 species of fish, making it a premier destination for trophy fishing. The Underwater Historic Preserve allows scuba divers to explore sunken shipwrecks. It is also home to top bird watching destinations such as the Lake Champlain Birding Trail.

  • Point Au Roche State Park — Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain, the park has a mixture of open and forested areas as well as beaches. Available activities include boating and fishing, hiking and biking and cross country skiing.
    • Location: 19 Camp Red Cloud Rd., Plattsburgh
    • Phone: 518-563-0369
  • Mount Marcy —At 5,344 feet, Mount Marcy is the tallest mountain in New York state. And while not challenging, it does provide plenty of varied terrain, with four trails to the summit and boasts some of the best views in the Northeast with its massive bare-rock dome.

  • Olympic Bobsled Experience —Bobsled rides, with a professional driver and brakeman, begin at the half-mile point on the same track used by Olympic racers in the 1980 games hosted at Lake Placid.
    • Location: Olympic Sports Complex
    • Phone: 518-523-4436
    • Costs: $85 for adults; $80 for teens; $75 for children age 7 to 12. Prices for other tours vary. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Other: Must be 48" or taller to ride.

Zoos & Aquariums

  • Bronx Zoo — Spanning 265 acres, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban wildlife preserve in the United States., housing more than 5,000 animals including zebras, giraffes and lions.
    • Location: 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
    • Phone: 718-220-5100
    • Costs: Admission prices vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information. The zoo offers a pay-what-you-wish admission every Wednesday.
    • Hours: The Bronx Zoo is open seven days a week. The hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Queens Zoo — The Queens Zoo houses pumas, Andean bears and the world’s smallest deer. You won’t want to miss the sea lion feedings (at 11:15 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every day).
    • Location: 53-51 111th St., Queens
    • Phone: 718-271-1500
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $5 for children age 3 to 12.
    • Hours: The zoo is open 365 days a year. The hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • The Prospect Park Zoo — Among the animals at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, sea lions and kangaroos are always popular.
    • Location: 450 Flatbush Ave. (Crown Heights–Flatbush Avenue/Empire Boulevard), Brooklyn.
    • Phone: 718-399-7339
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $5 for children age 3 to 12.
    • Hours: Vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Staten Island Zoo — Nicknamed the "biggest little zoo,” the Staten Island Zoo is acclaimed for its extensive collection of rattlesnakes. The zoo also cares for many warm-blooded creatures with more than 800 species in all.
    • Location: 614 Broadway (Broadway/Colonial Court), Staten Island
    • Phone: 718-442-3101
    • Costs: $8 for adults, age 15 and older; $6 for seniors, age 60 and older; $5 for children. age 3-14; Free for children under 3 years of age and for all members. The zoo offers free admission on Wednesday after 2 p.m.
    • Hours: Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • New York Aquarium — Located on Coney Island's celebrated Boardwalk, the aquarium plays host to seals, sea lions and walruses. It also features a shark tank and a giant Pacific octopus named Squirt.
    • Location: 602 Surf Ave., Brooklyn
    • Phone: 718-265-FISH
    • Costs: $14.95 for adults; $10.95 for children age 3–12; $11.95 for seniors; Free admission for members and children under age 3.
    • Hours: The aquarium is open on a partial basis while renovations continue through 2016. Call for more information.
  • Long Island Aquarium — The aquarium features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere as well as a 120,000-gallon shark tank and year-round sea lion shows.
    • Location: 431 East Main St., Riverhead
    • Phone: 631-208-9200
    • Costs: Admission rates vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
    • Hours: The aquarium is open year-round daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park — From Siberian tigers to baby elephants, the zoo has more than 900 animals in diverse habitats ranging from exotic tropical rainforests to the familiar Northeast woodlands.
    • Location: One Conservation Place, Syracuse
    • Phone: 315-435-8511
    • Costs: $8 for adults; $4 for children age 3 to 18; $5 for seniors; Free for military veteran and children under age 3.
    • Hours: Open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Seneca Park Zoo — The zoo is home to more than 250 animals, including the only African elephant and Bornean orangutan in New York state. Visitors can experience seals and polar bears at the Rocky Coasts exhibit, and see birds "in the wild" in the Free Flight Aviary.
    • Location: 2222 St Paul St., Rochester,
    • Phone: 585-336-7200
    • Costs: Admission prices vary by time of year and the age of the visitor. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open 364 days a year. Hours of operation vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Buffalo Zoo — The 23-acre site is home to animals from around the world.
    • Location: 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-837-3900
    • Costs: $10.50 for adults; $8.50 for seniors and full-time students up to age 22; $7.50 for children age 2 to 14; Free for children under age 2. Parking fees are $4 for cars and $7 for buses.
    • Hours: The zoo is open daily July 1 to Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and  Sept. 1 to June 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Aquarium at Niagara — Located within walking distance of the falls, the aquarium houses more than 1,500 aquatic animals, including sharks, piranhas, California sea lions, moray eels and a colony of endangered Peruvian penguins.
    • Phone: 716-285-3575
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; $6.50 for children age 3 to 12; Free for children under age 2. Parking is free
    • Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other Points of Interest

  • Staten Island Ferry — Besides providing a mode of transportation to Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry is attraction unto itself. For no charge, visitors can enjoy the 25-minute voyage by water from lower Manhattan to Staten Island and take in the Statue of Liberty and amazing views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline.
    • Location: St. George Terminal, 1 Bay St., Staten Island
    • Phone: 718-727-2508
    • Costs: Free of charge
    • Hours: The ferry runs 24 hours a day. Call for more information on schedule times.
  • Queens Botanical Garden — The Queens Botanical Garden is actually many small gardens that feature plants of particular significance to a certain world culture. The park also includes a Fragrance Walk and a Bee Garden.
    • Location: 43-50 Main St., Flushing
    • Phone: 718-886-3800
    • Costs: Admission rates vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Days and hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden — The 52-acre site sports more than 10,000 kinds of plants from all over the world. The garden is open year-round and has plants for every season, including indoor tropical gardens and bonsai trees as well as a scent garden for the blind and a serene Japanese tea garden.
    • Location: 1000 Washington Ave. (Prospect Heights-Washington Avenue/Eastern Parkway), Brooklyn
    • Phone: 718-623-7200
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; Free of charge for children under age 12 and members
    • Hours: Hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. Call for more information.
  • Television Tapings — New York City is home to many popular television shows that tape before live studio audiences, including "Saturday Night Live" and "Live! with Kelly & Michael." Tickets to attend tapings are free, but the wait for tickets can be long. So, it is best to write in for them far in advance. Still, many shows have standby options if you're willing to wait in line.

  • The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — This “living” museum of antique aviation has one of the largest collections of early airplanes in the world, many of which regularly take to the air for demonstrations during weekend air shows.
    • Location: 9 Norton Rd., Red Hook
    • Phone: 845-752-3200
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May through October. On Saturdays and Sundays, biplane rides begin at 10 a.m. and air shows commence at 2 p.m.
  • Chuang Yen Monastery —This huge Buddhist monastery is home to the largest indoor statue of Buddha in Europe and the Americas. Stroll the grounds or attend one of the programs on Sundays to find your inner peace.
    • Location: 2020 Rt. 301, Carmel
    • Phone: 845-225-1445
    • Costs: Call for more information.
    • Hours: The monastery operates on a limited schedule during the winter. Call for more information about visiting hours.
  • Pine Bush: The UFO Capital of the U.S. —  Unexplained night illuminations have been seen as far back as the 1950s with residents of this small town  still reporting bright lights streaking through the sky at warp speed.
    • Location: Located in the town of Crawford in Orange County.
    • Phone: 845-744-8230
    • Other: Call for information regarding this year’s UFO Festival.
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to the game of professional baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting artifacts as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime
    • Location: 25 Main St., Cooperstown
    • Phone: 607-547-7200
    • Costs: $19.50 for adults; $12 for seniors; $7 for children; Free for member s, active and retired military and children under age 6; Discounts are available for AAA members.
    • Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; For the remainder of the year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fenimore Art Museum — The Fenimore Art Museum is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and include major works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere.
    • Location: 5798 State Hwy. 80 (Lake Road), Cooperstown
    • Phone: 607-547-1400
    • Costs: $11 for adults; $9.50 for seniors; $5 for children age 7 to 12; Free for children under age 6 and members.
    • Hours: The museum is open from April 1 through Dec. 31. Call for museum hours.
  • USS Slater DE766 — Of 563 built during World War II, the Slater is the only destroyer escort left afloat in the United States. It was restored to its 1945 configuration
    • Location: Located on the Hudson River, Broadway and Quay Sts., Albany
    • Phone: 518-431-1943
    • Costs: Call for information.
    • Hours:  Guided tours available April through November, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mineral Springs of Saratoga — Whether you drink them or soak in a champagne-colored bath, the bubbling mineral waters of Saratoga Springs have been soothing visitors for centuries. There are 17 public mineral springs, many purported to have health benefits.  Find them in city parks and at Saratoga Spa State Park, where you can sample the waters (bring some bottles to fill) or reserve a mineral bath and massage at the Roosevelt Baths & Spa.

  • Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park — This Buffalo waterfront attraction is the largest inland park of its kind in the nation. Visitors can tour the decks and hulls of a guided missile cruiser, destroyer and WWII submarine and inspect uniforms and memorabilia in the museum and exhibits aboard the ships. See planes, a tank and more.
    • Location: One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo
    • Phone: 716-847-1773
    • Costs: $10 for adults; $6 for seniors and children age 6 to 16. Group rates are available. Call for more information.
    • Hours: Park hours vary by time of year. Call for more information.
  • Original Kazoo Company — The only metal kazoo manufacturer in the world operating as a working factory and museum, with belt-driven machines dating back to 1907. The museum highlights history, amusing trivia and a unique view of how kazoos are made. Visitors also get to make their own kazoo.
    • Location: 8703 S. Main St., Eden
    • Phone: 716-992-3960
    • Costs: Self-guided tours are free of charge. Call for more information
    • Hours: Open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    • Other: For groups of six or more, reservations are needed.
  • Balloons over Letchworth — Balloons over Letchworth has the exclusive contract with the state of New York to launch from inside the gorge. Riders will immediately be over the Middle and Upper waterfalls as well as the historic train trestle.
    • Location: 6773 Halvorsen Rd., Portageville
    • Phone: 585-493-3340
    • Costs: $249 per person
    • Hours: Call for information
    • Other: Flights last 45 to 60 minutes. The most reliable flying weather is in the months of June, July and August. To book a flight, a $100 deposit is required. Call for more information.

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