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New York Vacations Where to Go, What to See

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2007 | Travel

When most people think of New York, the hustle and bustle of big city life come to mind. However, the state of New York has many relaxing vacation spots for the couple or family who wants to get away from it all for a little while.

Why not delight your children with a trip to the Catskills, where according to legend Rip van Winkle fell asleep and slept for 20 years? The Catskill Game Farm will offer family fun, featuring about 2000 wild and tame animals to watch. Or, take a hiking tour of Ice Caves Mountain.

A visit to the Adirondack Mountains might be just what youre looking for. In addition to the view, visitors enjoy water sports on area lakes and shopping in various villages. Kids of all ages visiting the Adirondack region will enjoy the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom amusement park in Lake George.

The family would also enjoy a trip to Six Flags Darien Lake and theme park. Youll find one of the worlds largest Ferris wheels at the park along with two world-class roller coasters. At Lake Darien, you can enjoy the petting zoo, a large performing arts center, and lovely beaches. Camp or stay at one of the area resorts -- you pick your own level of comfort.

Playland Park in Rye, New York, is an amusement park reminiscent of yesteryear. There are more than 45 rides, arcades, mini golf, a pool, beach and lake all located on about 279 acres.

If you are interested in culture, New York offers many cultural vacations, too. There are a huge selection of art and heritage museums and festivals in the state.

If romance is the reason for your upcoming excursion, New York has a number of spots youd be interested in. Niagra Falls has long been the vacation choice of honeymooners. The beaches of Long Island also provide a romantic getaway. A hot air balloon ride over the Hamptons would make the perfect ending to a romantic day at Long Island. Or why not take your romance directly to the city, New York City. A horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park, window-shopping in Greenwich Village, and a ride on the Staten Island Ferry would all be nice ways to start your romantic vacation in New York.

Once you experience a New York vacation for yourself, you'll quickly discover just how expansive the Big Apple really is.