Here in New York, there’s nothing we love more than boasting about our charming small towns, some of which you’ve probably never even heard of. Hiding in plain sight, you can find all of these delightful places that are uniquely filled with their own history and attractions. With so many towns to choose from it’s difficult not to make this list never-ending, here are 11 perfectly picturesque small towns in our state you’ll want to visit:
Mostly known throughout our state as being the home to the wonderful Cazenovia College, this small town also has many other gems hiding within it! One of our favorite things to do in Cazenovia is to visit the perfectly picturesque Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Pictured above you can see the popular installation "Stacks" by David Harper which you can find at the incredible art park.
2. Sackets Harbor
Right along the waters of Lake Ontario in Jefferson County you'll find this incredibly stunning town, filled with historic sites and delicious breweries. From battlefield sites to museums and endless water based activities, you'll love discovering all that Sackets Harbor has to offer!
Found in Ontario County, the village of Naples has just over 2,500 residents. Home to the annual Naples Grape Festival, this area of New York is loved for its thirst quenching wine and flavorful grape pies! Looking to experience the more adventurous side of Naples? Take a day to explore the amazing Grimes Glen Park where you'll encounter gorgeous waterfalls and serene views.
Found inside Dutchess County and easily reachable to those living in the nearby areas of the Upstate region, New York City, Massachusetts and also Connecticut. The home to many of your favorite celebrities, this area offers serene views of the Catskill Mountains with the upside of being close to the big city life.
Up in Jefferson County along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, you'll find this wondrous town that will instantaneously relax you. Settled in the early 1800s, Clayton is also a short distance from New York's other popular areas of the Thousand Islands, Alexandria Bay and Cape Vincent!
Generally known for its popular landmark Windham Mountain, a fantastic place to visit for skiing or even weddings, this town can be found in Greene County. With a population of just over 1,700 residents, this quaint town is filled with picturesque long roads, winding through the Catskill mountains. Often referred to as the "Gem of the Catskills," Windham has twice been the host of the World Cup Mountain Bike Race!
Located inside Steuben County with a population of not even one thousand residents, you can find this beautiful town at the southern end of Keuka Lake. Known for being the "coolest small town in America", Hammondsport has become a popular place to visit over the years due to its award winning wines and history with developing sea planes. Pictured above you can also see the Annual Antique Boat Show which is held right in Hammondsport!
One of our many amazing towns located along the Erie Canal, Fairport can be found just outside of Rochester in Monroe County. Donned the "Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal," this town is truly one of our most remarkable places to visit.
This small town can be found in Cattaraugus County and has a population of just over 1,500 residents. Over the years this town has become a favorite spot for ski enthusiasts to visit but its charming touch has remained intact by keeping strict zoning laws...AKA you won't be finding any of your favorite franchise restaurants in this town!
One of the larger towns on our list, Lewiston holds a population of over 16,000 residents. Right outside Niagara Falls, you'll find this town which was formed in 1818 and was home to the last stop on the Underground Railroad. Home to several attractions such as the Artpark and the Hydroelectric Power Station, there's plenty of history to be learned from Lewiston!
This small town with a population of just over 5,000 residents can be found nestled between two of our favorite Finger Lakes, Cayuga and Seneca. You may have heard of this tiny town for it's known as being the birthplace of Memorial Day but it also offers tons of adventurous activities for you to take on along the Seneca River!
Have you ever taken a trip to any of these towns? With views like these, it’s hard to pick just one as our favorite!