You Can't Afford To Miss These 10 Free Outdoor Activities In New York
When you find that your pockets are feeling a little bit empty, it’s always nice to remember the saying that the best things in life are free. Taking you outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and unique scenery of New York, this list will get you excited to go out and explore more of our state without spending a fortune.
1. Visit one of New York's many waterfalls.
Inside most of New York's state parks you'll have the opportunity to discover at least one waterfall, but most times throughout the year you'll be charged a vehicle entrance fee to gain access. If you're looking for an outdoor adventure that's absolutely free, then simply try finding one of our waterfalls that's more of a hidden gem like Carpenter Falls in Skaneateles.
2. Enjoy an exciting and free outdoor space like Canalside in Buffalo.
If you've never experienced Canalside for yourself, it's time to plan a weekend getaway to the city of Buffalo. This fun outdoor space in the city almost always has something going on, from festivals to seasonal activities and even concerts.
3. Get outdoors and explore an abandoned place like Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale.
A unique and historic outdoor space that's incredible to explore,
Widow Jane Mine
has long been abandoned. Once part of the town's major cement manufacturing, the mine is now open to explorers who are willing to step outside their comfort zone. The mine is deeper and darker than you may imagine, so you won't want to forget to bring a flashlight with you!
4. Take a hike that will lead you to an out-of-state waterfall at Taconic State Park in Copake Falls.
Head down to the remote area of Copake Falls and you'll find a family-favorite outdoor destination to visit, Taconic State Park. Take a
3/4 mile long hike
that follows crystal clear water the entire way, and before you know it you'll actually cross state lines before you reach the mesmerizing Bash Bish Falls.
5. Go looking for fairies at Tinker Nature Park in Pittsford.
Back in 2014 those exploring Pittsford's Tinker Nature Park began to notice something magical happening,
began to pop up all along the Nature Trail. Today those who visit the park will find roughly twenty different fairy houses and doors hiding in plain sight while they're here.
6. Cross one of our 46 High Peaks off of your bucket list, or better yet, aim big and take on Mount Marcy!
You'll find quite a variety of difficulty in the trails that make their way up all of our High Peaks. Taking on Mount Marcy, New York's tallest mountain, may seem like an impossible task but it's not! The hike may be one that's long in length, but difficulty wise it may surprise you. If you're not up for something that long, try shorter hikes like Cascade Mountain.
7. Go for a walk through a haunted park at Durand Eastman Park in Rochester.
Some people may be surprised to find out just how many beautiful parks can be found around the Rochester area, Durand Eastman Park being just one of them. The over 900-acre park has long had stories surrounding a
Lady in White
who supposedly still lingers around this particular area. So if you're looking to go outside to a place that's a bit more unusual? You might want to try checking this place out.
8. Enjoy the views from the scenic overlook that's waiting for you at the very top of Kaaterskill Falls.
If you've lived in New York long, there's a good chance you've heard about some of the sad and dangerous stories that tend to surround Kaaterskill Falls. Every year hikers have accidents here, some of which are often deadly, so if the thought of hiking your way to the top of the falls makes you nervous this is a great alternative. Drive down Laurel House Road until you reach the parking lot, and a very quick hike will lead you to this overlook at the top of the falls.
9. Take a relaxing stroll through one of our gorgeous gardens, like Yaddo in Saratoga Springs.
A similar situation to that of our state parks, some of New York's gardens you'll need to pay a fee to gain access to. But if you're looking for a free garden adventure to enjoy, secluded places like Yaddo in Saratoga Springs will do just the trick! If you are willing to spend money though, you can also pay $10 dollars to take one of Yaddo's
10. Go explore the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail down in Ulster County.
Formerly the Walkill Valley Railroad, now you can find the perfect place to go for a nice walk or scenic bike ride. Taking you to great towns like Kingston and New Paltz, the historic area makes for one
that you'll never forget.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy the Empire State without spending a dime? To keep exploring more of our state, check out these
13 Secret Parks In New York That You’ve Never Heard Of But Absolutely Need To Visit!
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