Escape the NYC Tourist Scene: 6 Awesome Things to Do in Upstate New York

There’s truly no place like the Big Apple. But, every so often a reprise from the city is much needed. After all, there’s only so many world-class stores, parks, and restaurants one can take in. Thankfully, upstate New York is just as much of a gem as it’s metro counterpart. Full of wineries, museums, and beaches, this historic region has enough to suit anyone’s palette. A little time away from the hustle and bustle is good for the soul. Let’s talk about 7 of the best upstate New York attractions that will have you wanting to stay for good.

 

Things to do In Upstate NY

 

  1. Howe Caverns

Bringing in more than 100,000 guests per year, Howe Caverns is the largest public cave in the Northeast. This cave formed several million years ago and is 156 ft. below ground.

 

Howe Caverns Inc. offers a variety of tours, but the most popular is a 90-minute walking tour followed by a boat ride. You can even stay overnight at the Howe Caverns Motel in a beautiful room overlooking the Helderberg Plateau.

 

  1. Seabreeze Amusement Park

This list wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Seabreeze Amusement Park. With over 70 attractions, you’ll find plenty of fun for both kids and adults. Nestled in Rochester, this historic park offers stellar views of Lake Ontario. It is one of only 13 trolley parks still operating in the U.S.

 

  1. Adirondack State Park

For a true city escape, head to Adirondack State Park in the tiny mountain village of Lake Placid. Boasting over 2.6 million acres of land, Adirondack has plenty of hiking, biking, and skiing trails. Grab your kayaks and wade through the lake. Check out some of these vacation rentals for a beautiful night under the stars.

 

  1. Rolling Hills Asylum

Established as “Genesee County Poor Farm” in 1826, this asylum is for the thrillseekers. Tour the haunted 60,000 square foot facility that was once home to orphans, widowed women and their children, the disabled, the mentally ill, and minor criminals. The more adventurous can even bring their gear in for a ghost hunt.

 

  1. Lakewood Vineyards

Near the Southern tip of the ever-popular Seneca Lake is Finger Lakes. This region is home to the number one rated winery in all of upstate New York: Lakewood Vineyards. Take in the vineyard’s delicious elegant yet accessible wine on a 45-acre peach and apple orchard.

 

  1. Yaddo Gardens

Yogis- rejoice! The picturesque Yaddo Gardens is the perfect place to get your zen on. This 400-acre estate is full of garden beds, sculptures, and fountains filling two terrace spaces. The Yaddo Gardens were a gift from an upstate investor to his wife in 1899.

 

Where Are You Going in Upstate New York?

 

Are you ready to hop on the next train out of NYC? Upstate New York may only be a few hours away but it feels like a completely different country than the city.

 

Going on an adventure? The Fairytale Traveler is full of travel tips and tricks to make your next excursion a total dream! Check some of our other articles here!

 


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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