One of the many side effects of being a resident of New York, is that our beautiful surroundings are constantly stealing our breath away from us. Often times the best and most surreal places we find are ones we’ve stumbled upon by accident, but sometimes we need a little push in the right direction. With summer just moments away and our beautiful state filling up with green again, now’s the time to add a few more places to your tranquil getaway list. Check out these 13 places in our state that you thought would only exist in your imagination:
1. Montauk Point, Long Island
While Long Island may be separated from the majority of our state, there's no denying that this slice of New York is covered in magical places and insanely gorgeous beaches. Overall a photo-taking paradise, the Montauk Point Lighthouse is especially a place that will win your heart over.
2. Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island
Back open again for the season, you can visit the ruins of this stunning castle now through the end of October.
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3. Eternal Flame Falls, Orchard Park
This 30-foot tall waterfall is absolutely the most unique waterfall you'll find within our state. If you've never heard of this enchanting place before, then let us fill you in. Towards the bottom of this waterfall as you can see pictured above, there is an area that emits natural gas and can be lit to hold a small flame! Extraordinary, huh?
4. King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga
One of America's oldest landscapes, this gorgeous garden in Fort Ticonderoga is something to be seen. While all of the gardens within our state are something that should be apart of your summer bucket list, this unique setting of this particular one is what makes it so unforgettable. Endless flowers set within an old historic fortress? This is what fairy tales are made of!
5. Ausable Chasm, Keeseville
New York is filled with many remarkable gorges that have been created over time, but Ausable Chasm looks like something out of an old time movie.
6. Chittenango Falls, Cazenovia
Located within Chittenango Falls State Park, this waterfall is 167-feet tall. Haven't visit this beautiful spot in person? Our suggestion is to pack up a delicious picnic and spend the day at this wonderful park ASAP!
7. Dover Stone Church, Dover Plains
An aboveground cave that's like nothing you've ever seen before, many of our residents have gone their entire lives living in New York without realizing this gem was hiding away here!
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8. Opus 40, Saugerties
An entire New York quarry turned into a one-of-a-kind sculpture park, this amazing treasure of the Catskills will blow your mind.
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9. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Buffalo
You've probably heard about our botanical garden in the Big Apple, but what about this amazing botanical garden out in Buffalo? Filled with a truly enchanting variety of different style gardens, this one garden in our state will transport you into another world!
10. Thunder Rocks at Allegany State Park
A large rock city within one of our most beautiful state parks? That's right! Be amazed as you walk around or even climb up these large towering rocks that make for a wonderful day of exploring.
11. Lucifer Falls at Robert H. Treman State Park
Located in Enfield, you'll find this park that's filled with some of the most beautiful waterfalls you'll ever lay your eyes on. This 115-foot waterfall is surrounded by an impressive staircase that will give you a unique view of this natural wonder.
12. Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn
Just outside of New York City, this jaw-dropping museum awaits you. While the entire museum will impress you, the garden is what you'll fall in love with the most. Designed in the 1920s, the garden features eye-catching sculptures and detailed landscaping that you'll truly appreciate.
13. Wells Falls, Ithaca
Also known as the Businessman's Lunch Falls, reaching 30-feet tall, this waterfall is amazing to see due to its somewhat eerie setting.
Do you have a favorite spot to visit in New York that you truly can’t even believe is real? Share with Only In New York how many of these spots you knew existed within our state!