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Awesome Things to Do In Upstate New York

Looking for a great family day (or weekend getaway!) you’ll never forget? These New York attractions are worth the drive.


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If you have family in the area, or if you're just looking to take an amazing weekend trip—upstate New York is chock-full of amazing attractions super-fun things to do for kids and parents alike. Don't believe us? Take a peek at this list!

Adirondack State Park

Lake Placid, NY

Price: Varies by activity.

This park contains 2.6 million acres of public land, which is plenty of space for your family to explore! Park activities include hiking trails (with varying levels of difficulty), kayaking, scenic drives, fishing, and bicycling.

Boldt Castle

Alexandria Bay, NY

315-482-9724

Price: $9.50/adult, $6.50/12 and under.

George C. Boldt began building this beautiful castle in 1900 for his wife, but when she passed unexpectedly the project was abandoned for over 70 years. Now, it has been restored and is a popular tourist attraction. Explore the castle and yacht club, easily accessible by ferry, private boat, or tour boat.

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning, NY

607-937-5371

Price: $19/adult, free/ages 17 and under

Kids are encouraged to gave a hands-on experience learning about the innovation and technology behind glass. There are also live glassmaking demonstrations, make your own glass classes, and gallery activity sheets. The museum has a collection of over 50,000 pieces--you’ll want to spend the day!

High Line of the Forest

Tupper Lake, NY

518-359-7800

Price: $22/adult, $15/ages 5-17, free/ages 4 and under

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake just opened its Wild Walk. Take a stroll through the treetops on this above-ground trail. If you family loves the High Line in NYC, this unique destination is the perfect way to see a whole new view. The Wild Center is also home to a museum, as well as other indoor and outdoor attractions.

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Pottersville, NY

518-494-2283

Price: $14.95/adult, $8.50/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 and under

These hiking trails featuring waterfalls and caves claim to be the finest cave attraction in the Adirondacks! Guided tours are available, and other activities are perfect for families: gemstone mining, multiple bouldering walls, a playground and picnic area.

Ausable Chasm

Ausable Chasm, NY

518-834-7454

Price: Varies by activity

Dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, this spot is a must-see. Hike or float (via raft or tube) to explore the Ausable River. In addition, the area offers rock climbing and rappelling for adventure-seekers.

Fort Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga, NY

518-585-2821

$24/adult, $22/seniors, $10/ages 5–12, free under 4

This old French fort, formerly named Carillon, is perfect for little history buffs.  The fort was used during two wars and five battles, and the restoration in the 19th Century provided inspiration for artists and travelers. Daily programs include tours of the garden and museum as well as cannon and musket demonstrations. Kids can participate in hands-on activities in the fort, exhibitions and garden.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Cooperstown, NY

607-547-7200

$23/adult, $12/children 7–12, free/ages 6 and under

Historic Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. All visits are self-guided, so spend as much time as you’d like exploring the three-story museum. The museum recommends you start on the second floor, which offers a history of the sport. The third floor examines ballparks past and present. The learning center on the first floor is the perfect place to end your visit–don’t forget the Hall of Fame, featuring over 300 plaques of baseball’s best players.

The Strong: National Museum of Play

Rochester, NY

585-263-2700

Price: $15/person

The Strong is home to the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. The museum’s mission is to examine and education on why playing is important to human development. Collections are related to video and electronic games, toys and dolls and more. Exhibits include kid-favorite characters such as the Berenstain Bears and Sesame Street.

Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt Homes

Hyde Park, NY

845-229-9115

$10/person

Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s former home, is the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Tours of the cottage are available, and the grounds are stunning. Also in Hyde Park, visit Springwood—Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home. The grounds include the home, a museum and a Presidential library.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Kerhonkson, NY

845-255-0752

Price: $10/vehicle

Located on the Shawangunk Mountain ridge, this park features dense forests, rocky terrain, and multiple waterfalls. Available activities include hiking, biking, scuba diving, rock climbing and boating. We recommend stopping by Lake Awosting for a cool dip in the glacial lake! Minnewaska State Park is temporarily closed due to storm damage.

Seabreeze Amusement Park

Rochester, NY

585-323-1900

Price: $34.99/over 48" at gate, $27.99/48" and under at gate

Home to over 70 attractions, this amusement and waterpark promises the “ultimate family fun experience!” Enjoys views of Lake Ontario as you explore the rides and classic fair food. There are rides and attractions for everyone—kids and adults alike!

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