From the Big Apple Circus and other special events to the latest and greatest hotels to stay in, things to do and places to eat, New York State is booming this summer with openings, new attractions and entertainment, major renovations, restorations and improvements. Continue reading for a sampling of the new things to do and places to go around New York State.
Central New York
This is the first season for Southern Tier Kayak Tours, offering kayaking trips on the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers and the Palisades valley, all equipment provided.
In Onondaga County, Destiny USA in Syracuse, the largest LEED® Gold certified retail commercial building in the country, it will be one of the largest shopping centers in the country when completed, offering over 260 luxury outlets and retail stores, restaurants and entertainment. A grand opening celebration is planned for August 2.
Nestled on 100 acres in Tioga County, the Aspen Family Campground in Candor offers privacy, 30 wooded sites, a solar heated pool, hiking trails, and a lake for fishing, boating and swimming.
The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Cayuga County showcases musicals from on, off, and beyond Broadway at three venues in the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions.
Motorcyclepedia is a new museum in Newburgh featuring over 400 motorcycles built since 1897, including police, military, sidecars, and more than 100 Indians.
Three amusements in Tarrytown, Westchester County: Charles Dickens’ famous Christmas Carol comes alive in the Old Dutch Churchat the hands of master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment. Kruk also performs Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by candlelight, complete with spooky organ music. And, Horseman’s Hollow takes the tale of the “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to its darkest extremes with a haunted trail in a terrifying landscape ruled by vampires, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls and ghosts.
Through poignant exhibits and tours, the North Star Underground Railroad Museum in Ausable Chasm, North County, reveals the hidden histories of slaves fleeing to Canada on the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad. Free admission.
The Champlain Wine Company showcases the Saranac River, Lake Champlain, historic downtown Plattsburgh and wine tastings at area vineyards.
The Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum in Clinton County highlights the history of the mining industry around Lyon Mountain and Standish as well as the Chateaugay branch of the D&H railroad with games and crafts for kids.
View, the new arts center in Old Forge featuring the 31st Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, is dedicated to making the visual and performing arts an integral and accessible part of the lives of residents and visitors of the Adirondacks, inspired by and reflecting the beauty of the natural environment.
The Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls offers a play-reading of Filming of O’Keeffe by award-winning playwright Eric Lane about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, July 21-22.
Big Apple Circus comes to Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George Village July 14-15, and 17-22.
Ridin-Hy Ranch Resort in Warrensburg now offers special day-trip pricing for lunch and horseback riding.
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Queensbury introduces its new six-story Alpine Freefalls attraction, a two-level water slide complex this summer. Plus, the Great Escape Lodge and indoor waterpark now offers locally made wines produced by Adirondack Winery.
Three of Buffalo’s most venerable museums – the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the History Museum of Buffalo, New York, and the Buffalo Museum of Science, – are marking their sesquicentennials, or 150th anniversaries, this year with special exhibits and programming.
Now through 2014, Buffalo is joining Canada in celebrating 200 years of peace while commemorating battles fought on both sides of the border during the War of 1812.
The third annual National Garden Festival takes place through July 29 in Buffalo, with weekend garden walks, including America’s largest – Garden Walk Buffalo, which features workshops, speakers, bus tours and a neighborhood-transforming Front Yard Contest.
Touring Buffalo: Discover architecture and neighborhoods with Open Air Autobus of Buffalo or Buffalo Tours; explore hidden pubs and taverns on a Forgotten Buffalo Tour; rent a bike at the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center; or set sail on the Queen City Water Ferry or the Spirit of Buffalo.
Holiday Valley, in Ellicottville 50 miles south of Buffalo, is investing $13.9 million to improve this four-season resort, including the new $12 million Holiday Valley Lodge. There are also improvements at Sky High Adventure Park, the Double Black Diamond golf course and on-mountain projects.
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