For many of us, a major part of why we love exploring our state is to be able to look back on those scenic memories and to share them with others. Whether it’s just taking a few fun shots with your phone or getting serious and bringing your actual camera along for the adventure, everyone loves capturing the scenery of New York. So, are you looking for a new place to photograph? Then here’s your solution. These 14 amazing places are a complete photo-taking paradise:
1. A nature photographers dream world, the 19 waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park are nothing short of marvelous to photograph.
Hundreds of stairs, historic natural wonders, and unbelievable waterfalls? What more could we ask for?!
2. Capture our Capital and its unique, eye-catching architecture at the Empire State Plaza.
Not only is there so much to experience and keep yourself busy within the heart of Albany, there's also plenty to photograph. From The Egg to the New York State Museum, you'll find yourself feeling small.
3. Take a tour of the old Buffalo Central Terminal to capture some eerie shots!
Shutting down for good in October 1979, the station was up and running for 50 years. The historical building has beautiful characteristics and can often come across a bit eerie. Some believe the abandoned building has become the home to many ghosts, offering haunted tours throughout October. But no worries! There's plenty of other tours offered and ways you can volunteer during the daytime hours where you'll find yourself less creeped out, and more in awe of what once was.
4. Experience what dreams are made of at the magic Storm King Art Center.
When taking a trip to the art center it's not unusual to see almost every visitor with a camera hanging from their neck. 500 acres of land are available to explore, featuring works of art that will keep your eye glued to your camera.
5. And there's no denying the mass amount of beautiful photo opportunities that lie within Central Park.
With an area of over 800 acres featuring endless scenic spots within the urban park, it's hard not to stop and take, well...a million pictures. Castles, bridges, gardens and more, make sure your cameras are charged up!
6. Take a day to unwind at one of New York's most serene locations and see what you can capture at Sonnenberg Gardens.
A historic park featuring grounds and gardens that would be fit for your favorite Disney character, this gem of Canandaigua is a must-see.
7. Adventure up to the Adirondacks and let the unforgettable views from any of our 46 high peaks steal your breath away...and don't forget to take some pictures!
Everyone has their favorite high peak to revisit and look back on, with some of New York's highest elevations, there's truly nothing like the scenery at our summits.
8. Enjoy New York's side of Lake Champlain for some magnificent photos of the water.
Whether you're out on the lake or just enjoying it from the shores, there's no denying what beauty can be captured here. Beautiful waters and undeniably romantic sunsets will drain your phones and cameras of any battery life they once had!
9. Explore and photograph America's very first sculpture park that opened in 1966, Griffis Sculpture Park!
If its historical value wasn't enough to peak your interest, how about the fact that it's just so incredibly picturesque? Something much more than your ordinary green grass and blue skies photo, what you'll capture at Griffi Park will steal your heart.
10. Stretch your legs and pack your camera; exploring Taughannock Falls State Park is something you'll want to photograph.
With so many waterfalls in New York, all having their own special features, its hard for us to not want to spend all of our free time photographing them.
11. Relax and soak in the charm of the delicate and stunning Stonecrop Gardens.
Located in Cold Springs, this garden is dripping with magic. Not only will you be able to capture the lush greenery of our state, you'll have the opportunity to photograph some of our wildlife too.
12. The Catskill Mountains will keep your youth alive and put your memory card to work.
We love our outdoor playgrounds! Whether you're taking a quick hike during the day or camping out to capture the night sky, you won't go wrong with exploring the Catskills.
13. And to be more specific, Overlook Mountain is an incredibly unique hike to capture.
The hike up Overlook Mountain not only allows you to photograph nature, but ruins as well! The remains of an abandoned hotel will greet you on your hike up to the mountain top, creating a unique place to stop and rest.
14. Enjoy Western New York and photograph the stunning long pier in Geneva.
Park your car and walk straight ahead until you're at the pier on Seneca Lake where you can get beautiful shots of the water and surrounding wildlife!