For most of us New Yorkers, whenever we have a considerable amount of free time, we like to spend it traveling to somewhere new within our state, an area we’ve yet to explore. There’s just no better feeling than having an entire day that you can dedicate to taking an unforgettable trip! So, where should you head off to next? Try one of these 10 unique day trips in New York that are worth checking out.
1. Spend the day outside at one of our nature preserves, like the Huyck Preserve!
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you can see a beautiful shot of the waterfalls you'll find at Huyck Preserve. Located out in Rensselaerville, the preserve is open all year long from dawn until dusk. 12 miles of hiking trails wait for you here as well as Lake Myosotis that's open to the public all year! There's plenty to see and keep you busy, it doesn't get much better than this.
How to get here:
5052 Delaware Turnpike Rensselaerville, NY 12147
2. Go somewhere you've yet to explore like the Mackenzie-Childs store in Aurora.
Overlooking Cayuga Lake, this store feels mostly like a picture perfect farm pulled out of your dreams. The property is the perfect way to spend a warm day outside, you'll find gardens and also a farmhouse that's the most charming thing you'll ever lay your eyes on.
How to get here: 3260 State Route 90, Aurora, NY 13026
3. Love animals? Take an entire day to hang out with all kinds of them at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center!
Featuring one of the largest all-living coral displays in the Western Hemisphere inside of their 20,000 gallon tank, there's more than enough reasons why you should make a point to visit this particular aquarium. The aquarium is well known for all of their interactive experiences that you can have during your visits here and of course, their adorable and fascinating creatures.
How to get here: 431 East Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901
4. Never visited our High Peaks? Then take a drive up to Whiteface Mountain.
There's nothing more beautiful than being able to climb up to the top of any of our 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks. But without stating the obvious, these hikes can be tremendously strenuous and not an adventure all of us can tackle. So how you can get to the top of one our tallest mountains without turning your legs into mashed potatoes? You can
up Whiteface Mountain. The five-mile stretch of the highway that features many designated overlook areas along the way, elevates you more than 2,000 feet. Once you reach the end of the road all you'll have to do is figure out if you want to walk up the rocky staircase to the top or simply take the elevator! From there, the hardest part is over and you'll be able to enjoy the top of the mountain, giving you unforgettable views worth a lifetime.
How to get here: Click here,
to find out the best way for you to get to the Whiteface Mountain Highway!
5. Looking to explore a new attraction out in Western New York? Ditch the daylight and explore a new world with the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride!
The biggest attraction you'll find out in this area of New York is obviously Niagara Falls, but considering most of us have already visited there it's time to try something new! Most people think of Howe Caverns when it comes to exploring the underground areas of New York, but the Lockport Cave is something that shouldn't go unnoticed. Here you'll be able to enjoy a roughly hour-long tour that takes you through caves and on an exciting underground boat ride.
How to get here: 5 Gooding Street Lockport, NY 14094
6. Before the cold weather arrives make a trip to the city of Saratoga Springs!
A city so charming and compact, people often mistake it for being one of or small towns, there's so much to enjoy in Saratoga. From our historic race track that draws in seasonal crowds to our incredible Saratoga Spa State Park that alone, could keep you busy for an entire weekend, there's something for everyone to enjoy. On Broadway Street you'll find an assortment of shops and restaurants that will grab your attention and you'll also be able to stroll through Congress Park.
7. Enjoy the perfect mixture of art and fresh air at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia.
In New York, we're spoiled when it comes to art and sculpture parks. With so many to choose from, our more well-known parks can often overshadow some of our hidden treasures. The small village sits right on the shores of Cazenovia Lake and is home to an art park that will make you feel like you've been dropped right into a fairy tale! A spiraling wooden bookcase rests in the 104-acre park, something you'll discover while exploring the 4 miles of trails that are here.
How to get here: 3883 Stone Quarry Road Cazenovia, NY 13035
8. Visit one of our more vibrant museums and take a trip back in time at The Museum at Bethel Woods.
Relive old memories or learn about an interesting part of New York's history at Bethel Wood's museum dedicated to celebrating the 1969 Woodstock music festival. The museum features pieces of the past like electric school buses and old Volkswagen Beetles.
How to get here: 200 Hurd Road Bethel, NY 12720
9. Enjoy the day and take it easy on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.
Am I the only one who's already begun to daydream about the Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Polar Express? Too soon? I apologize. In the mean time, you can hop aboard this scenic railroad at one of their several stops! During New York's annual foliage, taking a ride from the Utica Station is always a local favorite but you could also enjoy this train from Saranac Lake or Lake Placid.
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10. Enjoy one of the few areas of New York City where you can find wide open spaces at Central Park!
If you've ever taken a trip down to the Big Apple, you'll know just how difficult it is to actually see
all of Central Park. Practically an entire city itself, this park is over 800 acres in size. Featuring historic bridges, gardens and even a lake, dedicating an entire day to exploring this area of New York is something all of our residents should do at least once.