The Empire State is much, much more than New York City. North of the Big Apple lies a varied landscape of mountains, rolling hills, farmland, gorgeous lakes, and charming towns. Here are some fantastic vacation ideas in New York State.
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The venerable Sagamore Resort enjoys a spectacular location on Lake George in the foothills of the Adirondacks and offers a wide array of family-friendly amenities, from a seasonal outdoor pool and year-round, heated indoor pool to nature trails, a playground, tennis courts, and an enormous recreation center with indoor mini golf, basketball, pool, Ping Pong, video games, and more.
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As the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, Whiteface Lodge offers plenty of room for families to spread out. Suites range in size from studios to one-bedroom suites to palatial apartment-style digs with three bedrooms that are perfect for larger families and multi-generational gatherings. Family activities include kayaking, canoeing, swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools, fishing, watching movies in the on-site theater, and more.
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The Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes Region is a 9,000 square mile, four-season playground, set against a backdrop of Mother Nature’s best work—from waterfalls and gorges to thick, cool woods to rolling hills to miles of spectacular shoreline on 11 glacial lakes and one Great Lake.
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With the pedigree of a grand hotel, Mohonk Mountain House delivers family fun in spades. There are 85 miles of hiking trails and rock scrambles, guided nature hikes, boating and paddle boarding on the lake, a golf course, many tennis courts, scheduled kids' and teen's programming, and an array of yoga, meditation, and fitness classes. In the winter, the spectacular covered ice rink is a boon for the children's club and family time.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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A member of Historic Hotels of America, the Otesaga in the Leatherstocking region is a grand lakeside resort built in 1909 and within walking distance of historic Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Less developed and touristed than the Canadian side, Niagara Falls in New York offers gorgeous views of the falls without requiring a passport. Explore the falls and surroundings, take a cruise, visit a state park, or shop in the quaint town of Niagara Falls, NY.
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This Adirondack-themed family resort—the first hotel with an indoor waterpark in New York state—is part of the Great Escape theme park across the street. The Lodge is open year-round (while the theme park is seasonal.) Location 50 miles from Albany, 210 miles from NYC.
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Rocking Horse Ranch Resort: Highland
Set on 500 acres just 90 minutes norrth of New York City in the Catskills, Rocking Horse Ranch offers a mind-boggling array of activities, including trail rides, mini golf, climbing wall, archery, indoor and outdoor pools, and all-inclusive pricing.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Nestled in the picturesque Adirondack village of Lake Placid, the kid-friendly Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is a terrific, mid-budget choice for families.
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Site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid is a wonderful lake-and-mountain town that offers a variety of ways to have your own Olympic experiences. Besides skiing and skating, you can also try bobsled, skeleton, and even biathlon experiences. Families will also enjoy dog-sled and toboggan rides on frozen Mirror Lake.
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Frost Valley YMCA Family Camp
Family camps offer families an all-inclusive and affordable vacation, with lodging and meals provided as well as many outdoors activities. The Frost Valley YMCA Camp is located in the Catskills and dates back to 1901. A weeklong family camp is offered during one week in August.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher