New York January 12, 2018
9 Epic Things You Never Thought Of Doing In New York, But Should
One of the best things about being a New Yorker is that with a state as big as ours, it’s not too hard to stumble upon enticing attractions that you’ll want to check out for yourself. But usually when you finally find yourself with a significant amount of free time, it’s much easier said than done to actually decide on something to do. Giving you a list of options that may not have crossed your mind, here are some exciting things that you can do right here in our home state!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Relax in a salt cave.
A unique way to relax, you might be surprised to discover just how many salt caves are hiding in plain sight around the Empire State. From Western New York and all the way out on Long Island, more and more people are visiting these salt caves. Not only are the salt caves themselves relaxing, the experience is actually beneficial to your health when it comes to issues like allergies, infections, eczema, psoriasis, and more. To learn more and to find out which salt cave is closest to you,
2. Go hunting for diamonds.
You may remember that back in mid-October, Herkimer Diamond Mines lost their gift shop and museum to a large fire. But thanks to the resilience of those operating this unique attraction, the diamond mines were quickly back open for visitors. An extraordinary day trip you may not usually think to take, Herkimer Diamond Mines gives you the chance to go digging for gems and even features their own campground so you can spend the night! To find out more information,
3. Make your own glass art.
By now, it's almost certain that you're familiar with New York's epic attraction, the Corning Museum of Glass. Something lots of visitors and New Yorkers are unaware of though is that you can actually make your own glass are while you're here! Costing you an extra fee depending on what type of glass art you choose to make, the experience is one that's unlike any other and gives you something to take home with you that will forever remind you of this experience! To find out more about making your own glass in Corning,
4. Explore an unusual state park.
As it goes with every state, some of our state parks are more well-known and popular than others. But what many people are still discovering lately is that one of New York's lesser-known state parks was actually the main inspiration behind the Netflix series
. Visit Montauk and explore Camp Hero State Park to see the ruins of buildings that reportedly have quite the creepy history. To learn more about how this state park inspired a hit show,
5. Dine someplace different.
Instead of visiting the typical chain restaurant in your town, head out to charming places like The Soda Fountain in Remsen for a trip back in time. New York is full of unforgettable places to eat like cheese-themed restaurants and even restaurants that are hiding away inside small-town general stores! The next time you're feeling hungry, head out to someplace new and cross a restaurant off of your dining bucket list. To find out more about Remsen's adorable soda fountain restaurant,
6. Go for a scenic drive.
Aside from the whole spending money on gas thing, going for a scenic drive is oftentimes and underrated way to spend some time. Giving you a chance to learn more about your state, you can either set your sights on a particular scenic drive or simply hit the road and keep driving until you're ready to go home. Either way, you'll wish you had more time to do this even more frequently. To get some inspiration for scenic drives in our state,
7. Experience one of New York's toboggan chutes.
Hidden gems of Western New York and the Adirondacks, both sides of our state are home to their own historic toboggan chutes. Visit places like Chestnut Ridge Park just outside of Buffalo and you'll be able to slide down chutes that were originally built back in the 1930s and have long been a family tradition to visit each winter. Up north in the Adirondacks right on Mirror Lake, the Lake Placid toboggan chute sends you out onto the frozen water and gives you the thrill of a lifetime. To find out more about these epic toboggan chutes,
8. Explore our city of waterfalls.
There's lots of reasons why you may be familiar with the popular Finger Lakes destination, Ithaca. But one of the reasons why we love this incredible area so much is because you can literally find more than a hundred waterfalls within this city. Yes, that many! To see a highlight reel of what waterfalls are worth seeing in Ithaca,
9. Get a taste of New York.
All throughout the year in New York you can find food festivals happening across our state. Getting out to visit these amazing food festivals gives you a chance to literally taste New York and see what all our different regions have to offer and specialize in. Coming up soon for Upstate residents to enjoy, the 2018 Saratoga Chowderfest is being held on February 3rd. To find out more about this delicious festival,
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