New York January 27, 2020
12 Unforgettable New York Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
If there’s anything that’s proven to be a consistent part of life, it’s the fact that time is always flying. In an effort to make sure that you get the most out of your 2020 before the year’s over and flies right before your eyes, we here at Only In New York put together a list of amazing day trips that are worth taking. Take a look!
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:
inside of New York, the city of Albany should already be on your radar but in case it somehow isn't, let us explain why it should be! As our state's capital, you can enjoy free tours of the Capitol or go and dine in historic spots like the
Olde English Pub
Albany Pump Station
that will leave you feeling full and fascinated.
A great day trip to take by
, Beacon is one of our favorite places to visit in the Hudson Valley. When it comes to finding a place to eat, you'll find an array of mouthwatering options. For starters, you can head to
- a Doctor Who-themed restaurant in town, or you can head on over to the
to enjoy dining with the view of scenic waterfalls! With plenty to keep you busy on Main Street and DIA:Beacon ready to keep you busy with art all day long, there's plenty of ways to spend the day enjoying the charming city of Beacon.
Any one of the towns or villages within New York's Adirondack Park makes for an unforgettable day trip, but we certainly have quite the sweet spot for
! Situated at the base of Whiteface Mountain, those who visit the village of Wilmington will find amazing attractions like our very own
and amazing natural wonders inside of private parks like
High Falls Gorge
. If you're looking for a scenic day trip to take, this is for you!
Most people will make their way out to Cooperstown at one point or another to discover the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but if you're wondering what else there is to keep you busy with in this town - let us tell you! In town, you'll find mouthwatering eats like the
that has some of the best and biggest burgers around Central New York. Those who are looking to exploring hidden gems of the Empire State can seek out Cooperstown's very own
Glimmerglass Queen Boat Tours
to enjoy sights of a little-known castle or even visit Glimmerglass State Park to go for a stroll across the oldest covered bridge in New York State!
Feeling ready to explore more of Western New York? Then start your explorations off in the city of Rochester! Families and anyone looking to have some fun can head on over to the Strong Museum that has more games and activities than you'll know what to do with. Plus, the museum even has its own
. For those who are ready to spend some time outdoors while in Rochester, you can go for a walk out on the water with
Turning Point Park's
6. Cape Vincent
Up along New York's Thousand Islands, you can find some of the most charming lighthouses that you'll ever lay your eyes on. Set up along the St. Lawrence River, during the month of July each year you can find the local French Festival taking place in
that brings out an exciting side of New York. If you happen to be visiting during another time of year, you can also experience things like the award-winning Cape Winery, the historic Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, and plenty of other waterfront attractions that will sweep you off of your feet.
7. Watkins Glen
Out in New York's Finger Lakes region, you can find all sorts of lakefront towns that will have you longing to take a day trip! One of our most beautiful towns, the village of Watkins Glen has more to offer than just its famous
. In the breathtaking town along Seneca Lake is home to noteworthy attractions like one of our state's only
Watkins Glen International
racetrack, and even a fantastic
that's great to check out.
One of the most beautiful towns that you can check out along New York's
, Montauk is quite the destination for a day trip. Taking you all the way out onto Long Island, you can keep yourself busy for the day by visiting amazing places like
that has its own set of heated igloos or even the country's oldest working ranch at
Deep Hollow Ranch
Considered to be one of the coolest small towns in the country,
is one of our favorite places to visit when we're craving some time in the Catskill Mountains. For a true mountain adventure, explorers can extend their day trip into an entire overnight outing by booking a stay at
Kate's Lazy Meadow
, while others may a plan a trip here during the summer to enjoy
Town Tinker Tube Rental's
whitewater tubing adventure. How neat?
An underrated area of New York State, our Southern Tier is full of all sorts of exciting places to visit like the city of Binghamton. On State Street, you can look for secret doors that lead to amazing speakeasies like
, while if you make your way over to East Front Street you can enjoy one of New York State's most iconic sandwiches at
Spiedie & Rib Pit
for a seriously unforgettable day out in the Empire State.
12. New York
Last but not least, it's time to spend a day exploring all that's inside of New York's Big Apple. If you were searching for a reason to make your way down to this area of our state, how about the fact that Manhattan is now home to the
Museum of Ice Cream permanently
? After taking a stroll through Central Park, visitors can make their way over to the museum to dive into pools full of sprinkles and to of course, purchase some tasty ice cream.
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