New York December 01, 2017
Do Not Do These 9 Touristy Things In New York. Here’s What To Do Instead.
More so than other states, New York is full of major tourist attractions that are visited by people from all over the world. It might feel easy to find yourself attracted to some of these destinations, but we assure you that there are lesser-known alternatives that will give you an equally unforgettable experience. Ready to find out what places you should avoid? Then keep reading below!
1. Instead of visiting the Big Apple...
Try heading to one of our smaller cities like Ithaca.
New York City tends to maintain most of the spotlight when it comes to our state's cities, but there are other destinations worth visiting too! From Buffalo and Rochester to Syracuse and Albany, there are lots of other cities much smaller than New York that will give you unforgettable experiences too.
2. Instead of getting out on the water to go see Boldt Castle...
Dine in at Beardslee Castle for a magical experience.
Lucky for us who are living in New York, there are still plenty of stunning castles that have been well preserved over time and can be visited today. While Boldt Castle is an absolute treasure, it's far from a hidden gem. So if you're interested in spending time in one of our castles, dining at Beardslee Castle is a great alternative!
3. Instead of making your way to the top of Whiteface Mountain...
Hike up Indian Head for an equally iconic view.
New York's 5th tallest mountain, there's no doubt that Whiteface Mountain should be on your bucket list. But due to the fact that you can not only hike, but
drive up this mountain makes it one popular destination to visit during the summer and fall. To find another outstanding summit in the Adirondacks, try a hike like Indian Head. While there's no denying that this is also a popular trail, you won't deal with as big of crowds as you would on Whiteface.
4. Instead of trekking out to Niagara Falls State Park...
Make your way to Taughannock Falls State Park instead.
While New York's side of Niagara Falls may seem like the most epic waterfall that you'd find in our state, it's actually not even close to being one of our tallest waterfalls! Avoid the crowds of international tourists at Niagara Falls and head to a more magical, quiet destination like Taughannock Falls. More than a hundred feet taller than the American Falls, Taughannock Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi River at 215-feet tall.
5. Instead of exploring all there is to see around Lake George...
Head to a smaller Adirondack body of water like Schroon Lake.
As much as we all love Lake George, we know that during the summer season this place is filled with plenty of tourists. If you're looking to visit a lake and small town that's a bit more quiet and secluded, try destinations like Schroon Lake where you'll still be surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains and small-town charm!
6. Instead of spending the day outside at Storm King Art Center...
Explore all the art outdoors at Griffis Sculpture Park.
Over the last handful of years, places like Storm King Art Center have gained more and more attention. Featured in some of our favorite TV shows and shared all over social media, the art center has become quite the popular place to visit. Instead of going down to the Hudson Valley, head out to Western New York to explore the art outdoors at Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto.
7. Instead of heading underground at Howe Caverns...
Head next door and visit Secret Caverns.
Just a hop and a skip away from Howe Caverns, Secret Caverns is a smaller alternative to those who are looking to avoid the big crowds of Howe Caverns. Howe Caverns is great to explore at least once, but this place is quite popular and is also a frequent field trip destination so you're almost guaranteed to run into crowds. But head on over to Secret Caverns and you'll most likely have the entire place to yourself!
8. Instead of walking along the High Line...
Go for a stroll across the Walkway Over the Hudson.
New York sure knows how to work its magic when it comes to creating popular rail trails, huh? While it's debated by many whether or not New York City's High Line is overrated and a tourist trap, places like the Walkway Over the Hudson make for great alternatives.
9. Instead of going to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden...
Visit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
Lots of people aren't even aware of the amazing gem that is the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Throughout the year Buffalo's botanical garden hosts incredible events and features a variety of gardens and plants that will wow you.
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