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Family-Friendly New York State

by Holly Riddle

Jun 10, 2018

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Destinations / North America

New York is so much more than the Big Apple. From exploring the wonder of Niagara Falls to hiking beautiful upstate New York to touring the Finger Lakes’ wine country, there are endless activities to attract your family.

Luxury Accommodations

Beautiful luxury resorts are found in every part of the state, no matter your interest or travel style. Mohonk Mountain House is an award-winning property and Historic Hotel of America, with a luxury spa and farm-to-table dining, all surrounded by 40,000 acres of forestry. The Sagamore Resort provides upscale in upstate, with a club-style atmosphere perfect for active families looking to enjoy water sports, golf and tennis. For more rustic experiences, Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid is everything you love about a log cabin, with all the amenities you crave. The property offers an on-site movie theater, spa, sauna and more.

Festive Seasons

Each season offers something different and exciting in New York state. During maple sugar season, watch demonstrations, sample syrup varieties and shop ’til you drop at the variety of local vendors serving up maple-inspired treats in every direction. Every May, the Rochester Lilac Festival offers 10 days of beautiful flowers, a parade, live music and performances, artwork and more. In July, Taste of Buffalo attracts nearly half a million visitors to taste-test more than 50 restaurants, to the tunes of local bands and DJs. Later in the month, Oswego attracts with classic summer family fun, including a midway, craft vendors and fireworks shows.

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Outdoor Adventures

Try your hand at fishing in the Catskills during trout season. If you’re not sure you’re up to the task, maybe start with a visit to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. If you’d rather stay atop the water than stand in it, head to Zoar Valley for adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting. For beautiful hiking scenery, the Adirondacks provide plenty of trails for activity levels of all types.

Adults-Only Fun

For mom and dad, New York state is a sure bet. Luxury accommodations provide spas and activities, but New York’s wine country is a can’t-miss if you’ve yet to experience its wares. The Finger Lakes offers self-guided tours of the picturesque wineries and cideries in the region, but did you know another vineyard-spotted region lies even conveniently closer to New York City? North Fork on Long Island is a great spot for sipping while you explore. Make sure to make a quick stop at Lavender by the Bay while you’re in the area; one of the largest lavender producers in the country, it’s a great spot for a summer picnic.

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