There are certain seasonal activities that New Yorkers make a point to experience each summer, one of them being a visit to a water park. With such a limited summer season in NY, the best water parks in the state know how to make the most of the the warm weather and squeeze in as much adrenaline and splash-filled magic as they can! Of course, the worst part of your trip will be deciding the first and last rides that you’ll go on. Make your summer simply unforgettable, soak up those sun rays, and get your thrills all in the same place the these mesmerizing water parks in New York:

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These are just a few of the best water parks in New York, but they all hold a special place in our heart! Which water park do you anticipate opening each and every year?

For more ways to keep yourself busy this summer, plan a weekend away to this charming small town in New York. Or, check out even more seasonal activities in our official NY summer guide!

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Are there any waterfront restaurants in New York?

Speaking of getting out on the water, oceanfront views, lakeside dining, and even spectacular waterfall restaurants all shine in the Empire State - the state has a plethora to choose from, each with a unique personality and even better cuisine! From fine-dining by the water to casual eateries boasting al fresco vibes, some of our favorite waterfront restaurants in New York include:

  • Big Moose Inn, Eagle Bay
  • Blue Pointe Grill, Watkins Glen
  • Blue Water Grill, Skaneateles
  • The Boathouse, Ossining
  • Boatyard Grill, Ithaca
  • Channelside Restaurant, Clayton
  • Half Moon, Dobbs Ferry
  • Harvest on Hudson, Hastings on Hudson
  • Hedges Nine Mile Point, Webster
  • Lakeside Restaurant and Tavern, Hammondsport
  • Naked Turtle, Plattsburgh
  • The Oar Steak and Seafood Grille, Patchogue
  • Pelican's Nest Restaurant, Rochester
  • Red Hat on the River, Irvington
  • Seneca Harbor Station, Watkins Glen
  • Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie
  • The Silo Restaurant, Lewiston
  • The Suds Factory River Grill, Baldwinsville
  • The Waters Edge Lighthouse, Schenectady
  • X20/Xaviars on the Hudson, Yonkers

 

For some spectacular restaurants in New York that offer epic dining views both on and off the water, check out some of our favorites. You'll also find that New York has plenty of unique dining options to enjoy as well - like this floating bar!

Where are the best ice cream shops in New York?

Nothing screams summer like a refreshing scoop (or two) of hand-churned ice cream or a refreshing, nostalgic dipped cone. From classic soft serve to frozen yogurt, gelato, sundaes, and swirls piled high with toppings, some of the best ice cream shops in New York are:

  • Bellvale Farms, Warwick
  • Cherries Ice Cream, Stone Ridge
  • Cheshire Farms Creamery, Canandaigua
  • Cayuga Lake Creamery, Interlaken
  • Donnelly's Ice Cream, Saranac Lake
  • Fortunes Ice Cream, Tivoli
  • Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream, Rochester
  • Kurver Kreme, Albany
  • Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream, Lockport
  • Martha’s Dandee Creme, Queensbury
  • Marvel Frozen Dairy, Lido Beach
  • Pattys Bunches & Berries, Mattutuck
  • Purity Ice Cream Co., Ithaca
  • Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe, Riverhead

 

Can't decide where to start? Take New York's official ice cream trail.