If an out-of-towner has ever presented you with the question of why it is you love to live in the state of New York, this list that we’ve created will help you give the perfect answer. Giving you handfuls of bragging rights that will remind you of why it is you love calling the Empire State home so much, let’s read more below!
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1. Green Lake is one of only twelve meromictic lakes on the entire planet.
One of the most fascinating bragging rights that New Yorkers get to have, Green Lake in Green Lakes State Park is possibly the most unique body of water that you can find within our state's territory. Known as a meromictic lake, the lake maintains abnormally clear water due to the fact that it doesn't experience any turnover.
2. We even have our very own North Pole!
Some states may be able to replicate their own North Pole, but here in New York we have an actually town named the North Pole! That's right, you can head up along Whiteface Mountain to find Santa's Workshop and an official post office where you can mail out packages that are stamped with the official North Pole stamping!
3. One of America's last 5&10 stores is right in our backyard.
Luckily in New York, so many of our favorite general stores are still around and operating today. But one kind of store that some states no longer have have the pleasure visiting anymore are America's 5&10 stores. One of the many reasons why you'll love visiting the town of East Aurora, Vidler's has been open since 1930 and now spans across 16,000 square feet!
4. We have America's largest park right within arm's reach.
If you have a hard time grasping just how large New York's Adirondack Park is, take into account that it's larger than America's Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined! Pretty crazy, right?
5. And it's here that you can find all 46 of our High Peaks!
What other state can brag about having 46 breathtakingly tall mountains?
6. You can find the World's Smallest Church here!
Hiding in plain sight out in Madison County, the World's Smallest Church can be found right in the city of Oneida. The miniature chapel can fit a total of three people inside the nearly 29-square foot structure, just enough room for for a couple to get married inside!
7. We have some of the most magical castles that you'll ever see.
You can almost always fine some sort of castle within any of our states in the country, but here in New York we have several castles that you can either spend the night in or even dine in!
8. We have a house that's so terrifying, it was declared legally haunted.
Known as the Ghostbusters Ruling, a house down along the Hudson River in the town of Nyack has had such a disturbing history that it was declared legally haunted in court. The house dates back to the early 1900s, but it wasn't until the 1960s when the Ackley family moved into the home that things began to get a bit eerie.
9. We have some of the most unique waterfalls you'll ever discover.
New York is known for having a bountiful amount of waterfalls all over the state, but some of them are simply extra spectacular. From places like Secret Caverns where you can find waterfalls underground, Dover Stone Church where you can find a waterfall flowing in an aboveground cave and Eternal Flame Falls that keeps an actually flame burning constantly, our natural wonders are absolutely extraordinary.
10. Speaking of TV shows, you may have seen some of our small towns on your favorite networks.
With a state as beautiful as New York, you'll find that some of your favorite TV shows use our backyards as their filming locations!
11. We also home to the World's Largest Kaleidoscope.
Known to most as the Kaatskill Kaleidoscope, Mount Tremper's Emerson Resort and Spa is where you can find one of New York's most unique attractions. The resort features it's own country store, where inside what was once a silo is now the World's Largest Kaleidoscope that you can experience for yourself!
12. We have the Largest Marble Cave Entrance in the Eastern United States.
Tucked away up in the Adirondacks, some people may not realize that Natural Stone Bridge & Caves is where you can find the largest marble cave entrance in the eastern United States. Up in the town of Pottersville, this is one of many natural attractions that's amazing to enjoy for yourself in New York.
13. Our hotels have been known to be pretty funky.
All around New York State there are plenty of amazing places where you can lay your head for a night, but you won't be able to find quirky places like the Roxbury Motel in just any state! At this particular New York hotel you'll find that every room has it's own unique theme, some coming from your favorite movies and TV shows!
14. We have pizza ice cream sandwiches!
Obviously New Yorkers get bragging rights when it comes to talking about pizza, but did you know that we can now also brag about the fact that our state has some of the most amazing pizza ice cream sandwiches? Well now you know! Head down to the town of Dobbs Ferry and visit The Parlor for this amazing treat.
15. We have America's Oldest Natural Attraction and you probably didn't even know it!
Opening up to the public back in 1870, Ausable Chasm is America's oldest natural attraction that we couldn't be more proud to have in our state.
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