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Holiday Ideas - New York Vacations Ideas

Start your New York vacations with a self-guided tour at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville. The rare formation of the Stone Bridge forms the largest natural marble cave entrance in the Northeast. Follow the well marked trails as you explore the various caves, Echo Cave, Garnet Cave, Cave of the Lost Pool, and Noisy Cave. Other activities include a picnic and play area, trout feeding, rock shop and fossil museum. Watch as your very own geode is cut open with a diamond saw.

Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve is a 3200 acre freshwater wetland located along the old Erie Canal in the town of Clifton Park. This wildlife conservation area is particularly suitable for New York vacations bird watching as it is an important breeding ground and habitat for birds. There are lots of trails for nature walks, hiking and bird watching.


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Niagra Falls is one of the few places in the world where you can see such an open display of Mother Nature's furious power. You can walk right up and touch the cascading water. The Cave of the Winds will take you right to the base of the falls. You get there from Goat Island Park on the U.S. side. The Maid of the Mist boat ride is by far the most popular attraction and plan to get wet.


The Seabreeze Amusement Park, just outside of Rochester, is the country's fourth oldest amusement park with over 70 great rides and attractions. It has wild roller coasters and water rides as well as family classic rides and kiddy rides. There are live shows, a carousel museum, the Midway of Fun, and the Seabreeze Arcade.

Finger Lakes National Forest is 16,000 acres of opportunity for outdoor recreation. Camping on the three maintained campgrounds is free. There are five acres of blueberries for picking as well as scattered spots for apples, raspberries, and other fruits. Hunting and fishing is excellent. There are over 30 miles of trails including the 12 mile long Interloken Trail.

Watkins Glen State Park is a spectacular one-and-a-half-mile-long glacier carved gorge. The footpaths wind over, under, and around the 19 waterfalls and 300 foot high cliffs. Walking and hiking are favorite activities in this beautiful setting. Camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities are available as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool.

The annual Canal Fest is held by the twin cities of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda. This huge eight-day long festival commemorates the historical Erie Canal with live music, parades, boat races, and beauty pageants. Take open-house tours of the historic homes. Ride a canal boat. Other entertainment includes mime shows, art displays, games, and a fireworks display to wrap it all up.

The Taste of Buffalo is a food festival that offers up tasty fare from over 50 local restaurants. This is the second-largest such festival in the United States and features live music from four different stages along with the over 150 different culinary delights. You can sample a wide variety of ethnic tastes and cooking styles with this New York vacations idea.

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, in Syracuse, is full of hands-on exhibits and activities. The museum offers New York's only Imax dome theater. Silverman's Planetarium will have you gazing into the heavens. Have fun while you learn about geology, our environment, the human body, and the wonders of science.

Lake George Village, on the southern end of Lake George, offers many interesting events and attractions. Go parasailing 300 feet high over the lake. Take a cruise ship out onto the lake. Explore the famous Fort William Henry Historic Museum. Lake George contains three Submerged Heritage Preserves for the enjoyment of scuba diving enthusiasts. For bicyclists the nine-mile Warren County Bikeway and the Feeder Canal Trail provide great riding.

For a totally new and unique New York vacations way to see New York City try a walking tour from SoundWalk. Armed with a portable CD player, headset and map you will go on a true urban adventure. Soundwalk’s 3D surround sound CD audio recordings guide you as you traverse places like Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the Lower Eastside, Chinatown, Times Square or the Bronx. Get a taste of the Big Apple that few other tourists ever experience.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the best New York vacation spots to take the family. It is famous for its dinosaur exhibits but there is so much more. There are wonderful dioramas with grizzly bears, elks with massive antlers and wolves. Or the herd of lumbering elephants and the giraffes at the water hole. There are numerous exhibits like the interactive Rose Center for Earth and Space with its 95-foot tall glass cube. Or take in a show at the IMAX theater or a space show. There are just a tremendous amount of incredible things to see here.

The Bronx Zoo is a fun New York City vacation idea. They have over 4,000 animals and the zoo covers 265 acres. It's actually more a wildlife park than a zoo. Every effort is taken to re-create the animals' natural habitat. The Gorilla Forest, Tiger Mountain and the Butterfly Zone are three of the most popular exhibits. Indoors everyone will enjoy the Monkey House and Jungle World. The Children's Zoo is great for the younger ones. Their are lots of interactive features that will really spark their interest.


If you would like to combine your passion for running with a New York vacation, then City Running Tours may be just what you are looking for. This is a guided running tour service for New York City. They will provide you with knowledgable guides that will run with you anytime, day or night. The guides are licensed fitness professionals who can help you experience the Big Apple in a totally unique way. They have running tours that will take you through Central Park, Greenwhich Village, along the Hudson River, Broadway and other exciting city highlights.

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