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Adrenaline Pumping Fun
Sometimes you just have to go wild. New York makes it easy for you to trade the excitement of city life for unforgettable outdoor experiences. You won't find much asphalt in the state's parks and natural preserves, so take off the dress shoes and lace up your hiking boots. Thousands of miles of hiking trails are yours to explore.
If you want to stay longer in nature, you can. Go camping or park your RV, and spend nights lit only by a campfire and the parade of stars above you. New York is home to over 8,000 campsites where you can breathe fresh air, surround yourself with nature and really, really get away from the office.
Take your pick of things you can do. Go rockclimbing and hang off cliffs like those at the famous Shawungunk Mountains. Put some air in your tires and go mountain biking on challenging trails or leisurely take in the views with a biking tour of the countryside. Rev up your engines for an exciting ride through endless ATV trails.
Golfers will find many reasons to love New York Enjoy beautiful views of nature while golfing at scenic courses throughout the state. There are over 800 to choose from. You can tee it up at all kinds of courses, from challenging ones that have hosted U.S. Opens and PGA Tour Championships to holes where you won't have to take so many mulligans.
Water, water, everywhere. New York has over 6,713 natural bodies of water, more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 9,767 miles of shoreline. In one state, you can choose from the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes, major rivers like the Niagara and St. Lawrence, as well as peaceful, calming bodies of water like Lake George, and smaller streams and creeks.
Water-loving personalities won't be at a loss for beaches and swimming here. Get sandy feet at world-class beaches on Long Island or on the shores of several freshwater lakes all over the state. Choose from picture-perfect beach towns to seaside playgrounds where parties don't stop until dawn.
Those who prefer paddles have many options to perfect their skills. You'll find so many places to go canoeing and kayaking, from historic waterways to little-explored branches of mighty rivers. You can also go whitewater rafting and brave rapids of any category or skill level, If you like motor boating, New York's lakes, rivers and oceans are yours to explore.
And because there are so many bodies of waters in the state, anglers won't have to go far to cast their line. Fishing's popular in New York. Go fly fishing for trout in a clear mountain stream, or get on a charter boat and catch some really big trophy fish in Long Island Sound.
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SENECA LAKE STATE PARK