These 12 Charming Waterfront Towns In New York Are Perfect For A Day Trip
It’s finally that time of year again where we begin to desire nothing other than to be relaxing by the water. With borders that are surrounded by natural wonders like two of America’s Great Lakes and the North Atlantic Ocean, it’s not too difficult to stumble upon relaxing waterfront destinations in the Empire state. Giving you unbelievable sights while you enjoy local adventures and places to dine, these towns in New York make for the perfect day trip.
1. Hammondsport - Steuben County
Known for being one of the
coolest small towns
in America, Hammondsport sits right on the southern shores of Keuka Lake. One of our favorite towns to visit when we're out in the Finger Lakes, here you'll find charming places to say, famous wineries and mouthwatering restaurants that are right on the water. A great town to bring your kayak and boats to, you'll like want to spend more than just one day here.
2. Cooperstown - Otsego County
A more fascinating town than you might original imagine, there's so much more to Cooperstown than its well-known National Baseball Hall of Fame. Aside from
, the town also has
and even America's
oldest covered bridge
! If you're looking to visit soon during our warmer months and are seeking adventure, you can explore places like the beautiful Gimmerglass State Park. The options feel endless in this tiny town of just under 2,000 residents.
3. Alexandria Bay - Jefferson County
One of New York's most breathtaking towns, Alexandria Bay is hiding away along the St. Lawrence River. Up north where relaxation and slower-paced lives are lived, the town's main attraction is
. Resembling something out of a romantic movie, the picturesque and historic wonder is one that belongs on every New Yorkers bucket list.
4. Skaneateles - Onondaga County
Sitting on the northern shore of Skaneateles Lake, this small town is known for having views of some of the
in New York. In the heart of town you'll find a pier that you can walk out on to soak in better views of the water. With most everything being within walking distance of each other, visitors of the area will be able to shop around and enjoy dining at
5. Long Lake - Hamilton County
One of New York's
best kept secrets
, this Adirondack town takes you away from it all. Providing enough activities for you to have an adventurous day, the town is home to Buttermilk Falls, a small beach and seaplane rides that will give you a unique view of the Empire State's tallest mountains.
6. Olcott - Niagara County
One of our favorite places out on Lake Ontario to take a day trip, Olcott is the perfect family-friendly adventure. The town has all the charming features of a storybook destination, home to a colorful shopping village by the water, quaint beach, Mom & Pop restaurants and even a nostalgic carousel park.
7. Garrison - Putnam County
Downstate along the shores of the Hudson River, this waterfront town makes you feel like you're in a new world. To find out just how truly breathtaking Garrison is, spending the day exploring places like the Boscobel House and Gardens and the Constitution Marsh are a must. Giving you dreamy views of the Hudson Highlands, hiking at the Constitution Marsh is one of the most
beautiful and easy adventures
you can experience in New York.
8. Sodus Point - Wayne County
Another gorgeous destination to visit out along Lake Ontario, Sodus Point is less than an hour east of Rochester. If you're looking to visit a town where things are nice and laid back, relaxing adventures like taking a trip to the Sodus Point Lighthouse are here for you to enjoy.
9. Watkins Glen - Schuyler County
Out on the southern shore of Seneca Lake, the town is known for major attractions like its local state park and race track. During the summer the town comes to life with visitors from all over looking to enjoy all that Watkins Glen has to offer. From thrilling days at the track and exploring the Gorge Trail of Watkins Glen State Park to waterfront restaurants, the perfect mix of adventure and recreation live here.
10. Greenport - Suffolk County
For obvious reasons you can find handfuls of waterfront towns out on Long Island, but one of our favorite places to visit is Greenport. A
quiet fishing town
that's full of history, not too much has changed since this area was settled and we like it that way! A great getaway if you're interested in enjoying local seafood and stunning boat rides, the historic destination is perfect to visit during the summer.
11. Sackets Harbor - Jefferson County
Another waterfront town in Jefferson County that's worth visiting, Sackets Harbor is where you can find one of the
most beautiful restaurants
in all of New York. A fantastic place to dine, Tin Pan Galley is back open for the season and will be open every day of the week after Memorial Day!
12. Lake George - Warren County
A destination we'll soon find filled with lots of out-of-town visitors, the village of Lake George has jaw-dropping views of the Adirondacks. With so much to be experienced in such a small area, the town is home to wonderful beaches, waterfront restaurants and might as well be the
the next pizza capital of the world
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