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Ross Park Zoo
60 Morgan Road
Binghamton, New York 13903
Phone: (607) 724-5461
Along with many other animals the Ross Park Zoo is proud to take part in the worldwide Species Survival Plan (SSP), designed to help prevent today's endangered species from becoming extinct. Currently the Ross Park Zoo is home to five species of SSP animals: Snow Leopards, a Siberian Tiger, Golden Lion Tamarins, Red Wolves, and Spectacled Bears.

New York Aquarium
Boardwalk & W. 8th St
Brooklyn, New York 11224
Phone: (718) 265-3400
The New York Aquarium; The Wildlife Conservation Society's home for marine life and center for aquatic science and conservation research. Explore this section to discover what you can find at the Aquarium. From beluga whales to walruses, from sharks to seahorses, the incredible variety of wildlife at our seaside park in Brooklyn reflects the diversity of marine life itself.

Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11225
Phone: (718) 399-7333
Tunnel through a prairie dog town. Master the language of baboons. Create animal art, using meerkats as your models. At Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Wildlife Center, use all your senses to discover an incredible world of wildlife.  This living classroom for young naturalists and school groups features three major exhibit areas, and nearly 400 animals of more than 80 species.

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, New York 10460
Phone: (718) 220-5100
The largest metropolitan zoo in the nation, with more than 6,000 animals and many award-winning exhibits.  It is also the heart of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) works to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world.

Buffalo Zoological Gardens
300 Parkside Ave
Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: (716) 837-3900
The Buffalo Zoological Gardens is the third oldest zoo in the nation and is currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary. Located in 23.5 acres of beautiful Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoo exhibits a diverse collection of wild and exotic animals, and more than 320 different species of plants. Animals on exhibit include the lowland gorilla troop, rhinoceros, hyenas, polar bears, and many more. Open year-round, the Zoo is a constant source of both education and entertainment.

Queens Wildlife Center
5351 111th St
Flushing, New York 11368
Phone: (718) 271-1500
Queens Wildlife Center is a tribute to spectacular American wildlife, all roaming naturalistic habitats that represent wild lands of North and South America. More than 400 animals of nearly 70 species can be found in this magnificent zoo in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Central Park Wildlife Center
830 5th Ave
New York, New York 10021
Phone: (212) 439-6513
The Wildlife Center leads you through tropic, temperate, and polar habitats to encounter more than 1,400 animals of 130-plus species – from tremendous polar bears to tiny leafcutter ants. In the Tisch Children’s Zoo, little animal lovers can meet a host of gentle creatures up-close.

Seneca Park Zoo
2222 Saint Paul St
Rochester, New York 14621
Phone: (716) 266-6591

Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway
Staten Island, New York 10310
Phone: (718) 442-3101
Many types of animals and exhibits to see.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
One Conservation Place
Syracuse, New York 13204
Phone: (315) 435-8512
Encounter over 600 animals in diverse habitats ranging from the tropics to the woodlands. Open year round, the zoo features amazing indoor and outdoor exhibits with many opportunities for fun and discovery. Every season brings a different reason to visit. Wild and woolly animal behavior demonstrations and pony rides accent the summer; beautiful flowers and foliage highlight the autumn; tropical warmth indoors and animals decked out in their finest coats greet the winter visitor; and spring brings the thrill of baby animals and budding trees.

New York State Living Museum
1 Thompson Park
Watertown, New York 13601
Phone: (315) 782-6180
The NYS Living Museum is dedicated to excellence in environmental education, conservation and family recreation, Accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) in 2000, thier organization focuses exclusively on the unique biodiversity and natural history of New York State. The NYS Living Museum is helping to make the North Country New York State's wildest destination.

Utica Zoo
99 Steele Hill Rd
Utica, New York 13501
Phone: (315) 738-0472
The Utica Zoo is your learning place with over 200 animals on 30 acres of land! Where else can you feel the spines of a hedgehog-Ouch!-or the dry scales of a snake-Hisss-? They offer zoo classes for adults, children and families; as well as zoo camps, over-nights, story-telling, school tours and craft activities.
Visit the Docent Building to touch a tiger's whisker (don't worry, it's not attached to the tiger!) or try on a pair of eagle's wings. Children will love the hands-on activities and crafts the docents dish up every weekend.


National Parks

Gateway National Recreation Area
Brooklyn, New York
Gateway NRA is a 26,000 acre recreation area located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area. The park extends through three New York City boroughs and into northern New Jersey. Activities include swimming, sailing, surfing and fishing; --Learning about ecosystems and their relationship to city life; --Touring historic military sites; --Gardening, photography and poetry readings; --Opera, symphony, and contemporary music and cultural festivals; --Organized athletics --soccer, football, baseball, tennis and cricket; --Bird watching, beach clean-ups and nature talks; --Camping, cycling and ...sunset walks.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Hyde Park, New York
Phone: (845) 229-9115
The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York is perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. The fully-furnished, 54-room mansion is placed in a wondrous landscape with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains. If offers a glimpse into a past world known by only an elite few. Take a guided tour of Vanderbilt Mansion (access to Mansion is by guided tour only.) Browse the exhibits in our Visitor Center.  Explore the gardens and grounds of the site.

Castle Clinton National Monument
New York, NY
Phone: (212)344-7220
Ranger-led programs and tours are offered throughout the day. Costumed interpreters describe the harbor defenses of New York City during the War of 1812.  Join a ranger for a program describing the historic events at this site. View the museum exhibits.  Ranger-led programs and tours last 20 to 60 minutes. Self-guided tours require 20 minutes.

Statue Of Liberty National Monument (Ellis Island)
New York, New York
Phone: (212) 363-3200
Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy.  At the Statue of Liberty National Monument, visitors can climb 354 steps (22 stories) to the Statue’s crown. The ascent to the crown is not recommended for those with health problems. An elevator which goes as high as the top of the pedestal is also available. Visitors who take the elevator to the top of the pedestal cannot then climb to the crown.  The Statue of Liberty Museum is located inside the pedestal. Tours are given by National Park Service rangers, staffing levels permitting.

General Grant National Memorial
122nd Street and Riverside Drive
New York, New York
Phone: (212) 666-1640
This memorial to Ulysses S. Grant, victorious Union commander of the Civil War, includes the tomb of General Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant.  Ranger guided programs and tours are offered throughout the day. Costumed interpreters describe Grant's role during the Civil War and his Presidency.  Exhibits depict the life and accomplishments of General and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Hamilton Grange National Monument
New York, New York
Phone: (212) 283-5154
Hamilton Grange National Memorial, located at 287 Convent Avenue, preserves the home of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Ranger guided tours of the upstairs of this historic structure run hourly.

Fire Island National Seashore
Patchogue, New York
Phone: (631) 289-4810
Ocean washed beaches, dunes, maritime forests, the Fire Island Light Station and the nearby William Floyd Estate, make this park a blend of recreation, natural and cultural resources. Located only one hour east of New York City, the park is a world apart from the bustling communities surrounding it. The 32-mile-long seashore contains natural features such as the Otis Pike Fire Island Wilderness, the only federal wilderness in New York, and the Sunken Forest, a 300-year-old holly forest.  Activities include Sightseeing, hiking, wildlife-viewing on nature trails and along entire seashore and grounds of William Floyd Estate are available. Camping at Watch Hill Campground or backcountry camping in Wilderness Area. Canoeing, boating, and fishing in Great South Bay, along salt marshes, between Watch Hill and Smith Point. Interpretive programs offered at all sites, schedules vary by season.

Fort Stanwick National Monument
Rome, New York
Phone: (315) 336-2090
Built in 1758 to guard a strategic portage along a major transportation route, Fort Stanwix stands today as an inspiration to the people of the world.  Walking tours, hand on activities and history programs available.



New York State Museum
Albany, New York
The New York State Museum is the place where people go to discover why New York is called the Empire State. The research conducted by our scientists and historians undergirds all of our activities, including specialized services to government and industry. Our permanent exhibition halls, temporary exhibits, and public programs are created around materials collected by our own researchers and curators, as well as around collections from other institutions. We also offer a menu of traveling exhibits for rental from other institutions. Today, the State Museum's collections number more than five million artifacts and specimens.

USS Slater
Albany, New York
Take a tour of the USS Slater; The Slater is a Cannon Class Destroyer Escort. Of the 565 destroyer escorts produced in World War II, USS SLATER (DE-766) is the only one remaining afloat in the United States, and the only one with original battle armament and configuration.

Roberson Museum & Science Center
30 Front Street
Binghamton, New York 13905
Phone: (607) 772-0660
Exhibits, Planetarium and more.

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11213
Phone: (718) 735 4400
Providing a great variety of interactive exhibitions and programs which draw upon issues relevant to the interests of its visitors, the Brooklyn Children's Museum is a wonderful place for a day with the family.

Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14211
Phone: (716) 896-5200
Discover an exciting world of hands-on learning. See dinosaurs and backyard insects, or stroll through Whem Ankh: the Cycle of Life in Ancient Egypt and experience life in Egyptian culture as it was in 200 B.C.  More than a dozen fun-filled exhibit halls trace natural history and the human experience. Pledging to showcase the best to motivate learning, the Museum provides smart fun for visitors of all ages.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
Phone: (888) 425-5633
Exhibits, artifacts and activities all about the history of baseball.

The Toy Town Museum
636 Girard Ave.
East Aurora, New York 14052
Phone: (716) 687-5151
At the Toy Town Museum children and adults learn about and relive the past through collections, special exhibits, creative educational programs, and special events.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York 11368
Phone: (718) 699-0005

Long Island Children's Museum
550 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530
Phone: (516) 222-0207
A hands on museum for kids and their family.

National Warplane Museum
17 Aviation Drive
Horseheads, New York 14845
Phone: (607) 739-8200
The National Warplane Museum is an educational institution founded to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit military aviation memorabilia and to fly military aircraft. The Museum honors the men and women who made sacrifices in defense of their country and in the preservation of world freedom.

601 First Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Phone: (607) 272-0600
The museum houses over 100 exhibits and a museum store that make learning about science fun.

Long Island Museum of Science and Technology
Kings Park, New York
Hands on exhibits about science and technology.

House of Frankenstein Wax Museum
213 Canada Street
Lake George, New York 12845
Phone: (518) 668-3377
Be warned the House of Frankenstein is not just another Wax Museum. No indeed. When you walk the steps of the haunted stairs you are on your own. Don’t turn back, there is no turning back, you must finish this journey of terror.

Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and Science
Herricks Community Center
999 Herricks Road, Room 202
New Hyde Park, New York 11040
Phone: (516)747-0777
When you visit the Math Museum, you can: Build a math model, Explore games and puzzles, View exhibits demonstrating how math is used in the arts and sciences, Experience challenging but non-threatening specialized programs and workshops in math, Use our mathematics resource library, Buy unusual and colorful games, puzzles, books and more in our Museum Store.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building
212 West 83rd Street
New York, New York 10024
Phone: (212) 721-1234
Five floors bursting with unique exhibits & daily programs for family fun together.

National Cartoon Museum
305 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York, New York
Over 160,000 original drawings of art: animation, comic books, comic strips, gag cartoons, illustration, editorial cartoons, greeting cards, caricature, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and computer generated art.  The Museum's collection also includes over 10,000 books on cartoons and a thousand hours of film and video of animated cartoons, interviews, and cartoon documentaries.

Sports Museum of America
26 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 747-0900
The Sports Museum of America (SmA) is the nation's first attraction to celebrate all sports under one roof. They have 19 themed galleries and 2 dedicated theaters, featuring over 30 interactive exhibits, 20 original films, and the greatest collection of sports artifacts gathered in one place. The Museum was built in partnership with every single hall of fame, museum and national governing body including the USTA, USGA and USOC. The collection of artifacts ranges from the Heisman Trophy and Lou Gehrig's game-worn jersey, to Jesse Owens' personal diary from the 1936 Berlin Olympics and Jimmie Johnson's 2006 Nextel Cup-winning NASCAR. Visitors can touch the original, official Heisman Trophy and game-used equipment from stars such as A-Rod and Wayne Gretzky. In addition to being the new, permanent home of the Heisman Trophy, they are also the home of the Billie Jean King International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating the best female athletes of all time.

The Children's Museum of the Arts
182 Lafayette Street (between Broome and Grand St.)
New York, New York
Phone: (212) 941-9198
The Children's Museum of the Arts provides stimulating, interactive exhibitions and programs for children under ten years old, encouraging them to develop their full creative potential through the visual and performing arts. The Museum emphasizes inclusion, with programs geared to integrate special needs children, their families and school into the life of the museum.

The Museum of Television and Radio
25 West 52 Street
New York City, NY
Phone: (212) 621-6800 / (212) 621-6600
The Museum of Television & Radio is a nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley in 1975 to collect and preserve television and radio programs and to make these programs available to the public.  Since opening its doors in 1976, the Museum has expanded the collection to include more than 100,000 programs chosen for their artistic, cultural, and historical significance. The collection covers news, drama, public affairs programs, documentaries, the performing arts, children's programming, sports, comedy, and advertising.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
56th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues
New York, New York
Phone: (212) 833-8100
Audio, imaging, robotics, design and network exhibits.  Advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Schenectady Museum & Planetarium
Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, New York 12308
Phone: (518) 382-7890
Several types of hands on exhibits.

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology
Syracuse, New York
Phone: (315) 425-0747
Located in downtown Syracuse's historic Armory Square, the MOST features the Bristol Omnitheater, New York State's only IMAX Dome theater, the Silverman Planetarium, as well as 27,000 square feet of hands-on activities and exhibits for visitors of all ages. Honestly, we've got the most hip-hop'n hands-on science exhibits in town. That means you can touch, turn, press, push, imagine and discover what science is all about with your own two hands.


Theme Parks, Amusement Parks & Water Parks

Roseland Waterpark
250 Eastern Boulevard
Canandaigua, New York 14424
Phone: (716) 396-2000
Tube rides, body slides, wave pools and more.

AstroLand Amusement Park
1000 Surf Avenue (at West 10th Street)
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York 11224
Phone: (718) 265-2100
Thrill rides, kiddies rides, arcade games and much more for the whole family.

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
12th St.
Coney Island, New York
NYC's Famous Landmark, "Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park" is located right on the Boardwalk at W. 12th St. in Coney Island & includes the greatest kiddie park in NYC. Located right near the NYAquarium on the restored Coney Island beach with 25 thrilling rides, two arcades, live entertainment, music, group discounts, birthday parties, & an old-fashioned Sweet Shoppe.

Six Flags Darien Lake
9993 Allegheny Road
Darien Center, New York 14040
Phone: (716) 599-4641
With over 100 rides, shows and attractions, including five world-class coasters, a giant waterpark, the new "Laserblast" laserlight/fireworks show, and a Performing Arts Center, showcasing top music acts, there's too much fun for one day!  Just for the little ones kids and parents can ride and play together on 10 different rides and attractions, including mini-monster trucks, a flying submarine and pint-sized train. Plus, kids can meet Bugs Bunny and all his Looney Tunes pals!

2245 Route 110
Farmingdale, New York 11735
Phone: (631) 694-6868
Since 1962 Adventureland has always been bringing new family fun each and every year to families throughout the Long Island and the Metro Area.  Rides, games, shops, kiddies rides, fun for the whole family no matter what age.

Martin's Fantasy Island
2400 Grand Island Blvd.
Grand Island, NY 14072
Phone: (518) 773-7591
If you are looking for quality, safe and fun entertainment in a wholesome family environment, then Martin's Fantasy Island is the perfect choice. Experience over 100 rides, shows and attractions in a clean, park like setting. You'll enjoy rides for all ages from kiddy rides to thrill rides including the spectacular ride Chaos, Up, Up & Away Balloon, Sea Ray, Patriot, Giant Gondola Wheel, Super Sizzler, Wildcat Coaster and our newest attraction "The Silver Comet"...the newest classic wooden coaster in Western New York! New live shows throughout the park features the Wild West Shoot-Out, an old-fashioned Western musical extravaganza, a children's puppet show and an all new 50's / 60's musical tribute show.

The Great Escape & SplashWater Kingdom (Six Flags)
Route 9
Lake George, New York 12845
Phone: (518) 792-3500
The area's best thrill rides and roller coasters plus delicious food, games and all the fun and excitement you can handle!  Rides of all types along with a whole section of the park just for the little ones filled with rides of all types.

Water Slide World
US Route 9 and 9L, off exit 21 of the Adirondack Northway (Interstate I-87)
Lake George, New York
Phone: (518) 668-4407
Water Slide World is the #1 water park on the East Coast, with over 35 water slides, attractions and services, including Hurricane Harbor Wave Pool. There is also Water Volleyball in Treasure Island Activity Pool, Inner Tube Slides, Speed Slides, Sled Slides, Cannonball Slides, and many, many more.  They also have 2 toddler pools including Pirate Ship Cove and Aruba Scuba Duba Bay - Where the FUN and the water slides are just the right size for the little ones and also a perfect spot where the toddlers learn to love the water.

Midway Park
Route 430
Maple Springs, New York 14756
Phone: (716) 386-3165
Midway Park features a variety of kiddy and family rides. A featured attraction at the park is a 1946 Allan Herschell carousel, built by the former Allan Herschell Co. of North Tonawanda, N.Y.  Miniature Golf; Bumper Boats, bumper cars, Water Wars, Go-Karts, "Cliffhanger" Rock Climb, skating rink and much more!

Water Safari
Route 28
Old Forge, New York
Phone: (315) 369-6145
Water rides fun for the whole family.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
On the Shore Of Beautiful Oneida Lake, New York
Phone: (315) 762-5212
Kiddies rides, thrill rides, bumper cars, bumper boats, arcade games and much more.

PlayLand Amusement Park
Playland Parkway
Rye, New York 10580
Phone: (914) 813-7010
Playland Park features arcade games and 50 major rides for children and adults, including roller coasters, vertical thrills, log flume, and plenty of twists, turns and shouts. The Park also offers the following attractions: beach and boardwalk, swimming pool, lake boating and kayaking, picnic area, entertainment, miniature golf and ice-skating.

Seabreeze Amusement Park
4600 Culver Rd
Rochester, New York
Phone: (800) 395-2500
Enjoy the excitement of a wide variety of attractions, including four roller coasters, a wooden carousel, the Screamin' Eagle, attractions for the little ones like the Barnstormers, T-Birds, live shows and more. There's Raging Rivers Waterpark, with the Soak Zone - interactive family water fun with geysers, mist-makers, water blasters and other ways to get drenched.

Splish Splash Water Park
2549 Splish Splash Drive
Riverhead, New York 11901
Located 60 miles east of New York City
Phone: (631) 727-3600
Water rides of all types divided into two sections for children age 5 and up and children under the age of five.


Family Activities

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Summer - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Beaches, Lakes, etc.)

Empire State Building
305 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York, New York
Phone: (212) 947-1360
New York's famous Empire State Building, a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan. Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the City's bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from both within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade.

Fire Island Beaches - Fire Island is a barrier beach (literally a sand bar) located 45 minutes outside of New York City, just a 30 minute ferry ride across the Great South Bay. It is a premier getaway spot for families and friends. Sand dune beaches rollout into the Atlantic Ocean on the south side of the island, while the north side has dining and dancing, overlooking the bay.

FireIsland.com - offers comprehensive coverage of resorts, hotels, real estate, shops, restaurants, beaches, quaint towns, and more!

Greenport - Long Island, New York - Explore historic Eastern Long Island Lighthouses. Visit the Maritime Museum, supported in part by the East End Seaport and Marine Foundation.  Catch the brass ring riding Greenport's beautiful 1920's carousel.  Kids can check out the new skate park! Visit the Railroad Museum of Long Island.

The Hamptons - Located on Eastern Long Island in New York State, the towns, villages and hamlets which make up The Hamptons include Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Hampton Bays, Montauk, Napeague, North Haven, The Quogues, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Shelter Island, Southampton, Springs, Wainscott, Water Mill, Westhampton, and Westhampton Beach.  Within these towns and villages are beaches, boating, fishing, museums, nature and wildlife, recreational sports, shopping, vineyards and more!

Long Island - Beaches, boating, fishing, museums, nature and wildlife, recreational sports, shopping, vineyards and more!

Northfork - Museums, farm stands, vineyards, beaches, parks, golfing and more!

Cayuga Lake - Fishing, boating, swimming and camping.  In the heart of Central New York this lake features two state parks with camping; Cayuga Lake State Park on the western shoreline near the north side of this 34 mile long lake, and Long Point State Park on the eastern shoreline about 1/2 between the northern most and southern most point. A waterfall lies in Taughannock State Park on the southwestern shoreline. There are several other recreational areas including Alan Treman State Marine Park (west of the Cayuga Inlet on the southern tip) This lake is located south of Seneca Falls along New York State Route 89 and runs to Ithaca, New York.

Lake Champlain - Fishing, boating, and camping.  This area of water runs from Quebec south along the New York & Vermont Line. Several state parks are along the New York Side including, Lake Champlain State Park, Ausable Point and Crown Point Reservation.

Lake Erie - Fishing, boating and camping.  Two State Parks along this great lake includes Lake Erie State Park near Dunkirk, New York and Evangola State Park near Angola, New York.

Seneca Lake - Fishing, boating and camping.  Seneca Lake State Park lies along the northern shoreline and Sampson State Park lies along the eastern shoreline 10 miles south of Geneva at the lakes northern most point. Marina Park is located in the Barge Canal on the southern end. Seneca is part of the New York State Canal system linking to the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. This 36 mile long lake runs from Geneva off U.S. 20 to Watkins Glen at New York State Route 14.

Oneida Lake - Fishing, boating and camping.  Verona Beach State Park is located on the Located on the eastern side of this 20 mile wide lake. off I 81 Exit 30/31.

Great Sacandaga Lake - Camping, picnicking, fishing and boating.  This 29 mile long lake is located 36 miles northwest of Albany at Northville on New York State Route 30.

Lake Ontario - Fishing, boating, beaches, scenic areas and camping.  Several State Parks include: Old Fort Niagara, Golden Hill, Lakeside Beach, Sandy Harbor Beach, Fair Haven Beach, Selkirk Shores, Southwick Beach, Westcott and Long Point.

Hudson River - Fishing, picnicking, parks, boating and more.  The River runs from Adirondack Park in Upstate New York to New York City passing through Albany, Kingston, Newburgh and New York City.

NOTE: Some of the Winter Family Vacation Spots below also have summer activities, such as golfing, mountain biking, hiking and more.


Winter - Family Vacation Hot Spots (Ski Resorts, etc.)

Hickory Ski Center
Burnt Hills, New York 12027
Hickory Ski Center is located on 225 of the most scenic Adirondack acres in northeastern New York. It overlooks the junction of the Hudson and Schroon Rivers. Hickory has been entertaining guests of all abilities since the 1940's. Amenities include a snack bar, open fireplace, picnic tables, a sundeck with benches. Woods, meadows, and the sounds of a fresh water brook make for a relaxing and enjoyable break while resting on the sundeck watching the skiers.

Bristol Mountain Winter Resort
5662 Route 64
Canandaigua, New York 14424
Phone: (716) 374-6000
Skiing and snowboarding terrain and schools for all ages of the family.

Buffalo Ski Club
9565 Lower East Hill Road
Colden, New York
Phone: (716) 941-7669
Winter fun and recreation awaits you at the Buffalo Ski Club ski area. Conveniently located in Colden, New York, the Buffalo Ski Club (BSC), offers a delightful variety of terrain - from beginner runs to challenging trails - enhanced with abundant snowmaking and careful grooming. A focus on family fun and a wide range of social activities compliment the skiing program to create a comfortable and welcome environment.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort
2000 NYS Rte. 392
Cortland, NY 13045
Skiing, snowboarding and tubing with a variety of terrain.

Holiday Valley
Route 219
Ellicotville, New York
Phone: (716) 699-2345
52 slopes spread over 1100 acres on a 750 foot vertical drop give you plenty of variety no matter what kind of skiing or riding you like. 13 lifts carry over 20,000 skiers per hour and 95% snowmaking coverage keeps the slopes white, even when there's no snow in your own back yard. During the summer, there is golfing, hiking, festivals and more.

Holimont Resort
Route 242 Fish Hill Road
Ellicottville, New York 14731
Phone: (716) 699-2320
The largest private ski resort in North America.  There is something for everyone here.

Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center
Toggenburg Road
PO Box 162
Fabius, New York 13063
Phone: (800) 720-TOGG(8644)

Four Seasons Golf and Ski Area
8012 East Genesee Street
Fayetteville, New York 13066
Phone: (315) 637-9023
Golf & Ski center has everything you and your family need to have great family fun this winter... the slopes, the lifts, the equipment and the know-how.  We even supply the snow, because we make our own.

Kissing Bridge
RT 240
Glenwood, New York 14069
Phone: (716) 592-4963
Experience 36 snow-covered slopes that measure a full 1-1/4 miles wide, encompassing 700 acres of terrain and served by nine lifts. This terrain is broadly divided into the North, Central and South Areas, serviced by two base lodges, a ski and snowboard shop and two full rental facilities.

Willard Mountain
Greenwich, New York 12834
Phone: (518) 692-7337
Willard Mountain can provide you with a wide variety of skiing, snowboarding, and terrain for different skill levels.

Belleayre Mt Rd
Highmount, New York 12441
Phone: (914) 254-5600
Skiing, snowboarding and tubing on a great variety of terrains.  During the summer you can fish, swim, hike, bike and play golf.

Route 23
East of Hillsdale, New York
Catamount's Berkshire Region location, with a variety of terrain covering 1000 vertical feet, dependable snowmaking and close proximity to New York's Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Massachusetts, makes our mountain the place to ski and ride throughout the winter!

Hunter Mountain
Route 23A Southside
Hunter, New York 12442
Phone: (518) 263-4223
Ski or ride over 230 acres on 53 trails with more variety than you can handle in a day.  Hunter mountain is conveniently divided into three sections for beginners to experts.

Hunt Hollow Ski Area
Naples, New York
Phone: (716) 374-5428
With 18 trails comprising over 80 acres, 100% snowmaking, and night skiing, all maintained by state-of-the-art groomers, we are certain to exceed your expectations. Hunt Hollow offers excellent skiing with a variety of trails, beginner to expert, for skiers of all levels as well as 2.5 miles of scenic cross-country trails.  Our friendly, relaxed atmosphere makes Hunt Hollow the perfect place for family fun! Whatever your age or ability, you'll find the perfect trails at Hunt Hollow!. Beginners can learn to ski on a gentle slope with an 800-foot T-Bar, snowboarders are challenged by our terrain park and those with a competitive nature can join our Race Program and Jr. Race Program. Beginners to experts can all take lessons.

McCauley Mountain
Old Forge, New York
McCauley Mountain located on the westerly entrance to the Adirondack Park above the quaint village of Old Forge.  The long mogul runs and steep vertical drops make McCauley Mountain a challenge for all.  The average 200 plus inches of snow combined with their all new snow making equipment assure you of great conditions everyday.  There are plenty of gentle slopes for the beginner and novice. Plenty of help from the Ski School too.

Thunder Ridge
Route 22
Patterson, New York 12563
Phone: (845) 878-4100
A mountain of fun for the whole family with a great variety of terrains and skill levels.

Sawkill Family Ski Center
167 Hill,
Rd Kingston, New York 12401
Phone: (845) 336-6977
A great family park with skiing and snowboarding in the winter and waterslide, go cart rides and miniature golf in the summer.

Ski Plattekill
Roxbury, New York
Phone: (800) NEED-2-SKI
Skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter with a variety of terrain.  In the summer, bike, hike, camp and take chair lift rides.

Labrador Mountain
Route 91
Truxton, New York 13158
Phone: (800) 446-9559
250 acres, 22 trails, night skiing and a great variety of terrain.

Snow Ridge Ski Area
Route 26
Turin, New York 13473
Phone: (315) 348-8456 / (800) 962-8419

Big Tupper Ski Area
Country Club Rd
Tupper Lake, New York 12986
Phone: (518) 359-7902
Big Tupper Ski Area is a mid-sized ski area located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, which offers skiing for all abilities and a new snowboard park for the snowboarders. The mountain's northern exposure provides for the best natural snow coverage.

Gore Mountain
Peaceful Valley Rd
Warren County, New York 12853
Phone: (518) 251-2411
Gore Mountain is located in New York's Adirondack Mountains, a 6 million acre park, which is the largest state park in the country that offers great skiing for every level of skill.  During the summer you can take scenic gondola rides, bike, hike and more.

Maple Ridge Ski
If you've ever wondered where you could ski, while still capturing the family atmosphere of bygone days, then Maple Ski Ridge is the hill you've been looking for!  Maple Ski Ridge is the perfect place to take the entire family! Parents and kids can ski together or separately. If they prefer, parents can relax in the (warm!) lodge, while watching the kids through the large picture windows facing the trails. Either way, it's a great family outing at terrific rates!  With it's history of service and cooperation, Maple Ski Ridge offers lessons through the Schenectady Ski School and accommodates the hungry (and cold!) skier in the ski lodge. Also on the premises are the ski shop and Ski Patrol Lodge.

West Mountain Ski Area
Phone: (518) 793-6606
Located between the four season destinations of Saratoga Springs and Lake George, New York. This is an area rich in history dating as far back as the Revolutionary War. With a large variety of accommodations surrounding West Mountain, you can enjoy our area while you ski until your heart is content.


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