New York August 12, 2016
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In New York Who Loves The Outdoors
Taking the time to choose just one adventure to take in New York can often feel like a challenging task. Constantly surrounded by peaceful forests, adventurous trails and stunning waterfalls, we wish we could spend every waking moment exploring all there is to see within our state! If you’re looking to be pointed in the direction of some of our most beautiful natural attractions, then you’ll love this ultimate New York outdoor bucket list.
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. Explore a short trail that will give you an unforgettable destination, like Dover Stone Church.
This round-trip trail comes in under one-mile long, an adventure that won't leave your legs feeling like jello! You're most likely familiar with some of our famous underground caves like Howe Caverns, but did you know about this aboveground hidden gem?
To read more about this magical place and to see some breathtaking footage,
2. Turn yourself into a human lemon as you hike to the picturesque Sky Top Tower.
They don't call it the Lemon Squeeze for nothing! This relatively short but quite strenuous hike will take you someplace literally unbelievable. The trail brings you over and under through sets of rocks, with a main feature of the trail being the area where you have to squeeze yourself up a crack in the mountain. Yes, you just read all of that right.
To read about this truly insane but even more rewarding hike,
3. Visit our city of mineral springs and bask in the beauty of the Saratoga Geyser.
Are you familiar with the healing powers that come from drinking New York's famous Saratoga Springs mineral water? Right in the heart of this beautiful city you'll find the Geyser, a natural wonder that doesn't even seem real while it's right before your eyes!
To find out more, read about this
natural spring that you have to see in person.
4. Spoil yourself and go glamping in Ithaca with Firelight Camps!
A large majority of us New Yorkers grow up with the annual tradition of going camping during the summer, the perfect family getaway for everyone. As much as we may enjoy unplugging ourselves for a weekend (or more), there's nothing like spoiling yourself with a once-in-a-lifetime glamping trip.
To find the perfect place for you, read about these
9 Glampgrounds That Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience!
5. See how far you can push yourself by completing one or more hiking challenge.
6. Visit one of America's tallest free-falling waterfalls in Taughannock Falls State Park!
You may have heard of this waterfall before, but did you realize just how tall this force of nature is? Taughannock Falls is taller than our famous Niagara Falls, and is a sight that every New Yorker should have on their bucket list! What's your favorite waterfall in New York?
To read more about this jaw-dropping natural wonder,
7. Walk amongst the trees with the Wild Center's Wild Walk.
Have you ever wanted to achieve the views of our famous Adirondack Mountains without having to do all of the hard work? Perfect for all ages, the Wild Walk in Tupper Lake brings you up to the tree line, surrounding you with nature.
8. Get out on the water and enjoy a bout tour with the Canandaigua Lady!
The perfect way to get out on the water, you'll thank yourself later for taking a trip aboard this Finger Lakes treasure.
9. Explore the highest point in the Shawangunk Ridge at Sam's Point Preserve.
If you've ever explored anywhere inside of our Minnewaska State Park Preserve, then you know how amazing the views are here. This particular area of the state park features a beautiful waterfall which you can see pictured above, amongst many other scenic sights.
Earlier this year this area of the park suffered damages after a fire broke out and now certain trails have been closed until further notice. To view which areas of Sam's Point Preserve are restricted,
10. Grab your kayaks and head towards Keuka Lake, a favorite place to get out on the water in the Finger Lakes.
The warm and inviting towns you'll find around Keuka Lake are nothing short of perfection. Whether you have your own gear or need to rent kayaks, you'll find plenty of friendly faces to help you out around this area of New York.
11. So the Adirondack canopy walk wasn't enough for you, huh? Perhaps its time to take on New York Ziplines at Hunter Mountain!
Ready to suspend yourself hundreds of feet over the ground, all while you're moving faster than you're normally driving your car? Us too. At Hunter Mountain you'll be able to do all of these things while you explore the several canopy tours that they offer visitors.
How many of these adventures have you already taken? To explore more, check out these
12 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles In New York That Everyone Should Take!