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Parks of New York State

New York is known for its bustling metro areas, but what lies between these cities is just as important. The state is home famous outdoor attractions like Niagara Falls in western New York, Central Park in New York City, and the massive Adirondack Park in upstate New York.

Possibilities seem endless when traveling through New York’s largest nature preserve and park. Explore the six million acre Adirondack Park – home to the largest trail system in the country. Discover more than 3,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 2,000 miles of hiking trail – plus 32 golf courses and picnic spots galore.

The second largest nature preserve, Catskill Park, is set in central New York – just northwest of New York City. Enjoy hiking trails taking you past scenic waterfalls, plus hunting, fishing, and plenty of rock climbing. Winter activities in Catskill Park include skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, sledding, and even ice climbing.

New York plays host to some great state parks, too. Try the famed golf courses at Bethpage State Park, or enjoy the roar of the falls over at Buckhorn Island State Park – less than 10 minutes from Niagara Falls.

Although Central Park is set in the country’s largest city, plenty of outdoor adventure can be found. Head to this famed Manhattan playground for boating, rock climbing, and trails for jogging, walking, skating, and more. Tennis and volleyball courts are available at Central Park, plus baseball fields, children’s playgrounds, and even a bird watching area known as The Ramble.

If you happen to thrive on outdoor recreation, New York’s parks are sure to impress.

Ausable Chasm

The Grand Canyon of the East, the Ausable Chasm is set in upstate New York – about 20 minutes south of Plattsburgh along Interstate 87.

Open throughout the year, Ausable Chasm is a sandstone gorge housing the Ausable River just west of Lake Champlain.

Visitors may explore by foot or raft, and check out features like Mystic Gorge, Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, and Hyde's Cave.

Ausable Chasm guests can also see the North Star Underground Railroad Museum & Heritage Center, or check out the disc-golf Course and mountain bike trails.

Letchworth State Park

Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Letchworth State Park houses enough scenery and outdoor adventure to surely get any outdoors person fired up. The park, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, can be found just south of Rochester and east of Buffalo.

Visitors can partake in the wealth water recreation presented by the Ganesee River, leading to a number of tributaries and waterfalls as well. Other activities include hiking, biking, and unmatched sightseeing.

Saratoga Spa State Park

After touring the Capital City of Albany, make your way north to Saratoga Springs. The Spa City is home to numerous active mineral spring geysers, the only location east of the Mississippi River, and the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park.

In 1909, the springs were made a Reservation for the state of New York, to preserve them. You'll find a premier golf course at the Staratoga Spa State Park Golf Course, too. By 1962, this wonderful area was named a state park. Visit this beautiful park for relaxation and fun in the Victoria Pool and Peerless Pool.

Bring the kids to Peerless Pool for fun on the water slides, and swimming in the Olympic-sized swimming pool. After fun in the water, enjoy listening to jazz music in the Amphitheater of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center or tour the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame.

Washington Park

While touring the Capital City of Albany in the Hudson River Valley, stop and smell the tulips at one of the city's premier parks – Washington Park.

This historical 136-acre park was established in 1870, and features an 1875 footbridge crossing Washington Park Lake.

The lawn in front of the 1929 brick Spanish Revival style Washington Park Lake House has hosted performing arts for more than 20 years. Several monuments adorn the park.

Be sure to view the park's first memorial, a bust of Dr. James H. Armsby, the co-founder of Albany Medical College and the King Memorial Fountain.

The annual Tulip Festival has been held at the park since 1949, showcasing the park's 200,000 tulips.