There's Something Magical About These 10 New York Lakes In The Summer
Looking to explore some of the best lakes in New York, including lakes in the Catskills and elsewhere? Well, you’re not only looking in the right place (the state has over 7,600), but you’ve also come to the right place to learn about them. Dust off your bathing suit, beach towels, fishing gear, or hiking shoes and head to one (or more!) of these magical lakes in New York.
What are your favorite NY lakes? Share with us in the comments! If you’re looking for more on the water adventure in the Empire State, be sure to check out some of the other gorgeous lakes in New York.
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What are the best waterparks in New York?
If you are looking for some waterslides, lazy rivers, and wave pools, you have some great choices in New York. If lakes in the Catskills aren’t your thing, head to Monticello’s Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark. At 80,000 square feet, it’s the largest in the state and has 11 different attractions. There is also Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark in Queensbury, Splish Splash Water Park on Long Island, Enchanted Forest Water Safari in the Adirondacks, SplashDown Beach in Fishkill, Zoom Flume Water Park in the Catskills, Roseland Wake Park in the Finger Lakes region, and several more.
How many state parks are in New York?
New York is a great place for outdoor recreation, and you can do it in one of its 180 state parks located across the state. In fact, at six million acres, Adirondack Park is the largest park of all in America, not counting Hawaii and Alaska. It’s actually just as big as the entire state of Vermont and contains some of the very best lakes in New York.
Can I hike to historical sites in New York?
There are a ton of historic sites in New York that have hiking available, such the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site or Martin Van Buren’s former home at Lindenwald. But if you want to hike from one historic site to another (plus over a Hudson River bridge!), check out Olana State Historic Site, former home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. You can tour the home and grounds as well as do the Hudson River Skywalk, a six-mile out and back walk to the Thomas Cole National State Historic Site, the former home of Hudson River School founder, Thomas Cole. Learn more about this awesome walk.