New York State – Things to do

New York State Attractions

If you thought that New York City had plenty to see and do, explore 'upstate's' endless options. From incredible arts, culture and history in the regions cities to the unforgettable outdoor experiences, farm-to-fork cuisine and wineries to be explored in the countryside.


While New York state is mostly about experiencing its great outdoors, its fantastic cities are not to be missed. Head to Rochester in the Fingerlakes region, this eclectic city is full of surprises from beautiful parks, unique cuisine and cool festivals or visit lively college town Syracuse surrounded by rolling vineyards and crystal lakes. If you're looking for art galleries, historical neighbourhoods and farm-to-table restaurants, then look no further than Buffalo, don't forget to also include a visit to nearby Niagara Falls to view the breath taking rushing waters.


New York state is perfect for a mountain getaway, whether you want to be just hours from the city or if you want to truly escape into the upstate wilderness. Just a two hour drive through dramatic vistas and quaint villages leads you to the the Catskill Mountains. Full of outdoor activity, take an open-air ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, swim in the sparkling lakes and hike to new heights on the mountain peaks. Or head further north to Lake George's crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches in the Adirondack Mountains. Experience luxury lakeside resorts, cliff-top trails and explore charming villages like Saranac Lake.


New York's diverse landscape mirrors the diversity of its award-winning wines--from fruity, aromatic varieties to classic European and French-American wines that blend the best of both worlds. Take a tour along the Long Island Wine Council Trail with more than 40 acclaimed wineries on the coastal trail to be explored. Visit the Finger Lakes Wine Festival every July, head to the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail for breathtaking scenery along with fine ciders and beers or spend some times in the Hudson Valley, home to over 30 wineries including the nation’s oldest vineyard, Benmarl Winery.


New York's bounty of farms, orchards and vineyards all create the very best ingredients for unforgettable dining experience. The regions cities feature diverse restaurants and some of the world's best chefs, where the countryside has plenty of fresh farm produce is available from you-pick farms for berries and apples to pumpkins and markets selling some of the best baked goods and home made preserves. Try some local delicacies from grape pie, made popular in the Finger Lakes, Buffalo's famous chicken wings to haute cuisine and everything in-between.

Outdoor Activities

New York state is the perfect destination for outdoor adventure. Learn to fish in the scenic lakes surrounding the Hudson Valley or bike along the miles of trails across the landscape, if you prefer bigger thrills, try the New York Zipline Adventure Tour in the Catskill Mountains, it's the longest and highest in North America. In the Adirondacks, ride the summer bobsled at Lake Placid's Olympic Complex, board the historic Adirondack Scenic Railroad or take Lake Placid's Cloudsplitter, the most scenic gondola in North America.