guide for lovers of different types of recreation
There are more than 7,600 lakes in New York State, so choosing which ones to visit this weekend can be a daunting task. But we will help you. Here are five of the best lakes in the region for different types of recreation. Their list was compiled by Time Out.
1. For landscape lovers: Lake Placid
This is New York’s most picturesque lake, set against a backdrop of charming villages and the dramatic Adirondack Mountains. To fully experience the beauty of Lake Placid, take one or more of the 74 hiking trails and unwind at the Mirror Lake Inn’s spa. Be sure to visit the Olympic Museum and grab a bite to eat at Smoke Signals.
2. For wine lovers: Seneca Lake
Seneca Lake (one of 11 in the Finger Lakes system) is a top choice for wine and food lovers. The depth of the lake creates a unique climate around it, which is perfect for growing grapes. Best wineries near Seneca Lake: Zugibe Vineyards, Weis Vineyards, Nathan K., Keuka Vineyards, Fox Run Vineyards and Forge Cellars. In addition to wine, the southern end of Seneca Lake is home to Watkins Glen Park, home to waterfalls and stunning scenery.
- Distance from New York City: 253 miles (407 km).
- How to get there: fly to SYR or ROC airport and rent a car; take the Amtrak train to Syracuse and rent a car; or travel by car from New York City (about 5 hours away).
- Where to stay: Find the perfect location to suit your needs with Finger Lakes Premier Properties.
3. Family Friendly: Lake George
Traveling with small children? Then Lake George is the place for you. There are amusement parks near the lake: Six Flags Great Escape and Magic Forest, as well as mini golf at Pirate’s Cove. Be sure to get out on the water on the Lake George Steamboat Company. For a unique Lake George experience, attend the upcoming Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival (September 21-24).
- Distance from New York City: 215 miles (346 km).
- How to get there: take the Greyhound bus from New York City to Lake George or the Amtrak train to Fort Edward.
- Where to stay: The Heritage of Lake George or The Sagamore Resort for a luxurious getaway.
4. For boaters: Lake Oneida
If you want to get out on the water and join a community of people who love to do the same, then Oneida Lakes is the best choice for you. Oneida Lake is the largest lake in New York State, but parts of the lake can be shallow, so boaters are advised to proceed slowly.
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Looking to rent a boat, pontoon, fishing boat or kayak? – Go to Sylvan Beach Supply Co. If you’re looking for a uniquely enjoyable experience, join the Chicken Wing Run (September 15-17). Hundreds of sailors gather for a chicken wing eating festival.
- Distance from New York City: 262 miles (422 km).
- How to get there: take Amtrak to Syracuse, Rome, or Utica and rent a car, fly into SYR and rent a car, or just drive from New York City (four to five hours).
- Where to stay: This VRBO has lake access.
5. For lovers of peace and quiet: Green Lakes Park
Green Lakes Park is home to two meromictic (when the layers of water don’t mix) glacial lakes. This creates a mesmerizing blue hue to the water. The lakes are surrounded by sugar maple, tulip poplar, white cedar, hickory and beech trees. This creates a serene feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is a beach where you can swim, you can rent glass-bottom kayaks, and also explore several hiking trails.
- Distance from New York City: approximately 240 miles (386 km).
- How to get there: Fly to SYR Airport or take Amtrak to Syracuse and rent a car.
- Where to stay: Book a campsite right in the park or stay in this hobbit house.
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