It’s no secret that New York has plenty of easily accessible outdoor attractions that are worth visiting. Even smaller state parks in New York are to die for, yet with famous destinations like Niagara Falls and Watkins Glen around to eclipse the smaller spots, it’s not hard for those state parks to remain under the radar. So if you’re looking to take an adventure to someplace that’s lesser-known, you might want to try starting with one of these under-appreciated state parks in New York!

What are your favorite little-known state parks in New York? Tell us about them in the comments! To find out more destinations that you’ll love to explore, take a look at these 8 Trails In New York That Will Lead You To Extraordinary Ruins!

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State Parks to Visit In New York

What are the best state/National parks in New York?  

New York is a gorgeous state with tons of state and National Parks to enjoy; there are an amazing 180 state parks all over this small state, and 22 National Parks as well. Of course, with so many to choose from, it’s impossible to state which is the objective “best”, though some do tend to draw more crowds than others. For example, Saratoga National Historic Park is home to four parts and is outrageously popular among locals and visitors alike. The largest portion of it is the Saratoga Battlefield, and the park is also home to the Saratoga Monument. History buffs can’t miss that one! Then, there’s the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park, another historically significant National Park with plenty more history to enjoy (after you’re done at Saratoga, of course). Nature lovers need to head straight to Niagara Falls State Park, which is 400 acres of pure paradise designed by the same architect who designed the world-famous Central Park in New York City. 

What are some fun things to do outside in New York?  

New York is an outdoorsy person's dream. It’s ridiculously scenic just about everywhere you go, and with an extensive system of state and National Parks, it’s easy to explore (though maybe not all in the same week, or even month). Some of our favorite places outside in New York that you need to check out ASAP include the world-famous Niagara Falls, where not only can you see one of the world’s most amazing waterfalls, but you can also learn all about it on a super-informative tour. If you prefer to stick around the Big Apple, check out the carriage rides at Central Park; they’re perfect for family-friendly adventures or a lovely date night. Of course, there are all the outdoors classics you can do out here as well, like hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating... whatever your heart desires, you can probably do it here! Visit the Bronx Zoo for a fun, informative experience with the kids, or maybe embark on a rock climbing or kayaking adventure in our beautiful state. Check this article out to learn more about why New York might just be the best state to live in for an outdoorsy person.  


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