Top 10 Places to Visit in New York State that Aren’t the Big Apple

Top 10 Places to Visit in New York State that Aren’t the Big Apple

Because New York State has plenty more to offer than just New York City!


By: Divina R.

Everyone always defaults to thinking "New York City" when they talk about visiting New York but so much to do outside of the five boroughs with the family.

1. Long Island Children’s Museum
LICM offers a wide range of educationally and culturally diverse public programs. There is plenty of hands-on family fun, like a bubble room, climbing gym, building room and much more. Plus, check the museum schedule for special events, musicals and kid-friendly crafts that are included with cost of admission.

2. Wickham’s Fruit Farm
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is one of the oldest farms in the Long Island area, dating from 1661. The farm is a historic, bicentennial farm with over 200 acres of fruit orchards that are part of the Suffolk County's Farmland Preservation program. Your family will love to pick your own strawberries, cherries, peaches and more as they explore this beloved historical farm on the Peconic Bay.

3. New York Wine & Culinary Center
The New York Wine & Culinary Center’s mission is to educate, engage and excite people in a celebration of New York’s incredible beverage, agriculture, and culinary industries. Not far from Rochester, you’ll find farm-to-table activities for families, couples and kids, plus classes to showcase the agricultural bounty of the area. Cooking classes showcase sophisticated recipes using local ingredients and industry trends.

4. Walkway over the Hudson
Standing over 212 feet above the Hudson River and spanning 1.28 miles, the world’s largest elevated pedestrian bridge offers amazing views of the Hudson River Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Walkway is perfect for a family stroll on foot, stroller, wheelchair or bike as you take in the picturesque views.

5. Home of FDR National Historic Site
Tour the birthplace and final resting place of America’s 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, NY. The entire site is a national park where you can hike the trails, stroll through the gardens, become a Junior Ranger and learn about FDR’s history. Take advantage of the special events like Hands-in-the-Dirt workshops where you can learn about vine pruning, perennials and more. If your family is fascinated by history, stop by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum to complete your day.

6. National Baseball Hall of Fame
Ready to honor and celebrate America’s favorite pastime? Any fan will love the history and interactive exhibits in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which is open year round in Cooperstown, NY. The 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 28-31, 2017, where you can get a chance to see the 2017 greats inducted.

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7. Utica Zoo
See lions, red pandas, seals and more! The Utica Zoo showcases exotic wildlife and a children’s zoo that promotes education, conservation and close encounters with wildlife. The zoo is open 362 days a year and offers plenty of exhibits and free parking.

8. The Strong National Museum of Play
Visit the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, one of the largest children’s museums in the county. Your kids will love the Hands-On Harley-Davidson exhibit where they will learn about acceleration, speed, safety and get an up-close encounter with a favorite motorcycle. There are many interactive exhibits that encourage learning, curiosity and above all, play.

9. Vanderbilt Museum, Mansion and Planetarium
Located near Long Island on the former Gold Coast estate of William K. Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Museum, Mansion and Planetarium has something for everyone in the family. For adults, there are extensive galleries that provide a look into a privileged life during the turn of the century. Kids will be in awe of the giant whale shark, marine collection and natural history artifacts. Visit later in the day so you can take advantage of the full-size planetarium and telescope on a beautiful starry night.

10. Carousels of Binghamton
Those young and forever young-at-heart can tour the six fully restored carousels of Binghamton, as known as the “ Carousel Capital of the World.” Step into another time for a simple afternoon with the family.

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Divina writes for Hilton Mom Voyage. She was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to the United States when she was 5 years old. Since then she has become a wife, a mommy of two children under the age of nine and holds a Masters in Communications from Fairfield University.

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@Trophylady -- Great additions, thanks for sharing!

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Niagara Falls, Corning Museum of Glass, Letchworth State Park

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