It’d be more than fair to say that New York is one of the states on the East Coast that has a wide selection of very well-known landmarks and attractions. While the majority of our visitors often flock to the Big Apple to enjoy sites like the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, we enjoy showing off some of our lesser-known spots to any of our out-of-state family and friends. Ready to explore? Let’s check out these 13 underrated places in New York you should take any out-of-towner!
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. Storm King Art Center, New Windsor
One of the absolute most amazing sculpture parks you'll ever lay your eyes on, the Storm King Art Center is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful day outside. Roughly an hour north of New York City, this downstate gem is made up of 500 acres where you can find unique art sculptures all over the property!
2. Fire Island
Found nestled just south of Long Island, Fire Island is only accessible by boat or ferry! With most everyone's choice of travel being either biking or walking, the island gives you a delightful nostalgic feel that will make you want to stay longer than you originally planned.
3. Stonecrop Gardens, Cold Spring
This 15-acre stretch of land comprised of beautiful flowers, ponds and rocks is a wonderful day trip to take. As soon as you arrive at Stonecrop Gardens, you'll feel as though you're in a real life fairytale. Don't forget your camera!
4. Darwin D. Martin House Complex, Buffalo
Built in the early 1900s and designed by the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright, this complex is now a national landmark. Made up of 6 interconnected buildings all with their own special details, the complex has in later years been renovated and now offers tours! While Wright may have designed a considerable amount of structures, the Darwin D. Martin House is known as one of his best accomplishments.
5. Chimney Bluffs State Park
Lying on the southern shores of Lake Ontario, the bluffs at this New York state park are out of this world. One of the things that makes this landmark so unique is that Mother Nature is constantly changing its appearance through erosion.
6. Peekamoose Blue Hole, Catskills
The perfect adventure for any scorching hot summer day, the mountain water found at Peekamoose Blue Hole will get you shivering! With plenty of spots to set up shop for the day and enjoy an afternoon with friends, it's the perfect place to take an out-of-towner. The water at this New York swimming hole is as clear as bath water and will completely throw off your depth perception!
7. Ross Park Zoo, Binghamton
Looking for something a bit less chaotic than a city zoo? America's 5th oldest zoo, Ross Park is reasonably priced and a great place to bring the family!
8. Kaatskill Kaleidoscope, Mount Tremper
Ready for 10 minutes of underrated kaleidoscope views? Just east of Woodstock, this adventure on a budget will greatly surprise you! Believe it or not, the world's largest kaleidoscope lies right here in New York inside a converted silo. After you're done enjoying the kaleidoscope, you can check out the gift shop where you'll find uncommon antiques and kaleidoscopes like you've never seen!
9. The Wild Walk, Tupper Lake
One of the many amazing features of the Adirondack's Wild Center is the Wild Walk! If you're looking to show an out-of-towner a gorgeous tree top view without the workout of doing an actual hike, you can explore this 81-acre campus instead!
10. Letchworth State Park
Found along the Genesee River, this state park has three major and breathtaking waterfalls. Inside the park you'll find camping sites, swimming and fishing areas, hiking trails and more! If your out of town guest is one who is looking to spend their adventure outside in nature, this park may be the best place for them!
11. Fort Tryon Park, New York City
Between Central Park and New York City's High Line, it's sometimes a problem for visitors to find a spot in New York with great views and no gigantic swarm of people. Well, Fort Tryon Park is here to solve that problem for you! Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Hudson River and enjoy quality time with the fresh air!
12. Secret Caverns
You're out-of-state companion may have heard of New York's underground hideouts or maybe even Howe Caverns, but have you shown them Secret Caverns? Just a hop and a skip away from Howe Caverns, this lesser-known spot features a 100-foot underground waterfall and an experience you'll be sure to never forget!
13. Sonnenberg Garden, Canandaigua
Ready to step into a new world? The 50-acre estate is one of New York's most stunning public gardens. Another spot you'll want to make sure you bring your camera along for, the beautiful Sonnenberg Garden is simply extraordinary.