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Winter Fun

Discover the wonders of New York State winter! With its seasonal festivities, bountiful snowfall and cities bursting with entertainment, New York State welcomes skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes, and friends and families gathering for fun.

With eleven diverse vacation regions, you’re never far from your favorite pastimes – from cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and snowshoeing, to lakes for ice fishing, ice skating and even ice sculpting, you’re sure to find an activity to suit you!

Whether you’re visiting some of the world’s finest museums, theaters and shopping experiences in New York City; heading up to America’s first winter resort, Lake Placid; or indulging in a glass of award-winning wine from the wineries of the North Fork of Long Island. The memories you’ll have from the winter season in New York State will be unforgettable. It’s the only place to be every winter!



Sports & Leisure

The Extreme winter sports in New York State are assured to give you an almighty adrenaline rush! Offering activities from rocketing down an authentic Olympic bobsled run, to jumping into a dogsled for a wild ride across a frozen lake. Whether you like to go to extremes or just want to try something different, New York has a world of adventures for you; also including kite-skiing, ice-climbing, or ice fishing.

For adventurers who simply cannot decide, why not try a mix of two? A cross between skiing and paragliding, kite skiing has taken off in a big way. The Thousand Islands-Seaway region, with lavish frozen waterways and consistent winds, is a hot spot for this thrilling winter sport. Tours, lessons and equipment rentals are available with T.I. Adventures.

Winter Fishing is one more sport to get hooked on. Upstate New York’s thousands of lakes and rivers offer some of the nation’s best and most enjoyable ice fishing. Before heading out to the lakes to get started.

The outdoor types will love a bit of extremely fun camping just south of Lake Placid. Don’t despair when the snow melts; that just means it’s time to rock and roll into spring, with mountain biking down the ski trails (lifts will take you and your bike up), rock-climbing, and wild whitewater adventures, there is a season for everything and everyone! 


Kick off the holiday season in New York City at the extravagant Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Or on the last Saturday in November, dance the night away to iconic ‘70s music in Buffalo, at the annual World’s Largest Disco. Otherwise why not try something different at Hudson Valley’s International Pickle Festivaldail, also held in late November.

For those who want a blast from the past, step back in time and enjoy some old-fashioned holiday celebrations in December. Historic Hudson Valley homes welcome guests with 1800s-style refreshments and candlelight tours.  Don’t miss the Winter Walk on Warren Street, the street fair that transforms Hudson’s main street into a wonderland of dancers, musicians and giant puppets.

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, and running every weekend through late December;  the storybook-pretty village of Skaneateles, located the Finger Lakes, hosts Dickens Christmas festival, a season of carolers, carriage rides and chestnuts roasting on open fires.  Visit nearby wineries and be delighted with seasonal food and wine pairings.

No one celebrates New Years Eve like New Yorkers. Around one million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to see the famous Ball descend, and over a billion watch worldwide.  First Day in Lake George is celebrated with the Polar Plunge; a New Year's Day swim, or the surprisingly comfortable Frostbite Cruise.

Finally, don’t forget to attend one of Upstate New York’s much celebrated winter carnivals. One of which is The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, running for 10 days each February, continuing a tradition started in 1897. It begins and ends with spectacular fireworks over the famous Ice Palace. 

Culinary Treasures

New York State offers a variety of culinary delights from all around the globe, guaranteed to tempt every taste bud; from classic New York pizza, to exotic fine dining, there is something for everyone.

New York State offers an assortment of different settings for you to enjoy. You might prefer hors d’oeuvres at a New York City landmark before a Broadway show; seafood with an ocean view on Long Island; a wine and dessert pairing in the Finger Lakes; or dinner by a crackling fire at an Adirondacks mountain resort.

Or why not let winter be the season where you learn how to cook… Like a professional! Talented chefs open their kitchens to you, giving first hand assistance with creating dishes including international holiday treats, a sumptuous winter brunch, or a special dish for your loved one on Valentine’s Day, in the state's top restaurants and culinary schools. 


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