Upstate New York has so many hidden gems that even a lot of New York residents don’t know about. Whether you have been a resident your whole life or are visiting the area from out of state, there are so many fun activities to do in Upstate New York. From summer activities to winter activities there are so many great things to do no matter what the weather has in store.

Activities in Western New York

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls buffalo Ny

Niagara Falls is a beautiful place to visit in the summer or winter. In the frigid winter months it is a beautiful site to see the icicles and ice that surrounds the falls. In the summer its a beautiful place to spend the day and have a picnic. While you are there, some activities you can do are the Maid of the Mist which is a boat that takes you to the falls. Cave of the winds which is a walking tour along the lower part of the falls. There are also a handful of other informative tours about the intriguing history of the falls, the city of Niagara Falls and how that area has impacted other areas of the country. If you are heading or thinking about heading to Niagara Falls you will not be disappointed with with whichever activity you choose.

Buffalo NY area

Is food an activity? If you are a foodie you will not be disappointed in the different food options that you have. Buffalo is so unique when it comes to the types and quality of cuisine that are offered. Don’t be surprised if you see a soup convention because yes that is an event. It is a huge event held at the convention center with restaurants from all over the area to serve you their soup and soup only. Other activities that you can do in buffalo are visiting canal side. There you can find venders, standup paddle boarding, water bikes, kayaks and a handful of lawn games. Another great indoor activity is to go Climbing at the Niagara Climbing Center. This is a great indoor activity for both kids and adults on a cold or rainy day. On a beautiful sunny day in buffalo a great activity to do it to shop on Elmwood Ave. Elmwood ave is filled with great shopping boutiques, great lunch and dinner spots.

Orchard Park

If you like to hike, a great hike is to visit the Eternal Flame Falls. This is a waterfall with a small area that emits natural gas that is lit. This small flame is a cool site to see because it burns all day and night. While you are in the area, another fun activity to do is to go visit the Buffalo Bills field house. Located in Orchard Park the Bills field house is where the Buffalo Bills practice and play.

Letchworth State Park

Letchworth Park In Upstate NY

Letchworth state park is a beautiful place to visit during any time of the year. It is a great place to walk, hike, camp or have a picnic. An awesome activity that you can do in Letchworth State park is to go on a hot air balloon ride. reservations are required but it is an amazing location to do this activity. You can see the whole park from above, waterfalls, streams and all.


Ellicottville is a beautiful little town south of Buffalo. In the winter it is a great place to go skiing or snowboarding. The mountain in Ellicottville is called Holiday Valley and it is nice resort to ski. In the summer it is a cute little town to visit. There are boutique shopping and quite a few breweries to visit.

Activities in Central New York

Finger lakes area

The finger Lakes region is filled with fun activities. Although the best time for most of these activities are during the summer months, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy during the winter months as well. The finger lakes region is best known for its fresh water lakes and wine trails. Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake are three of the best lakes for wine trails. A fun activity to do on a weekend is rent a limo bus, invite family and friends and have it drive you around the lake to all of the wineries. At the wineries you can taste test and or purchase a bottle to enjoy on the beautiful vineyard properties. Any of the finger lakes are beautiful to spend the day near or on. Some fun activities that you can do include renting a boat to go boating, waterski, wakeboard, tubing. Some lakes even have boat tours where you can have dinner.

Wakeboarding cable park

Roseland Wakeboard Park is the only cable park in the northeast. Whether you are an experienced rider or just want to learn. Roseland wakeboard park is an awesome place to pack a lunch and visit for the day or weekend. Beginners can learn, or experienced riders can practice their tricks on the numerous jumps in the water. It is for all levels. A lot of people don’t know about this place but is it so fun. Even if you are not interested in participating, it is entertaining to relax and watch or even rent a paddle board for the day instead.

Syracuse NY

Basketball activities in SU

Central New York bleeds orange for the SU basketball team. If you are in the area is it encourages that you attend one of the games to see the amazing SU spirit. If you are in the shopping mood you can also visit Destiny USA which is a HUGE mall with so may activities. You can of course shop but they also have an RPM raceway where you can race go carts. They also have an obstacle ropes course, an escape room, an indoor amusement park and other fun activities for both children and adults. It is a great place to go on a cold snowy or rainy day.


activities in the Adirondacks

In the Adirondacks there is a camping option for everyone. Whether it is glamping or ruffing it in the woods with no electricity or running water, there is a camping option for you. In the Adirondacks there are so many fun outdoor activities to do. You can kayak, paddle board, or paddle boat on the lakes. In the summer you can go hiking (all different skill levels), biking, fishing, swimming ATVing . In the winter you can so snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or ice fishing. if you like the outdoors there are so many fun activities to do in the Adirondacks for kids and adults.

Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is an awesome place to visit. At this museum they show you different pieces of blown glass. You can watch how it is done and you can also take a demo class and they show you how to do it yourself. This is a unique experience to watch as there are not many around. This is a fun weekend activity for the whole family.

Ommegang Brewery

Located in Cooperstown NY, Ommegang is an amazing brewery to visit. You may recognize that Ommegang as the brewery that brews the Game of Thrones beer. Brewed by a Belgian family, the same family that brews Duval. The family relocated to coopers town and they decided to brew their own beer. Ommegang is an exciting place to visit. You can take a tour on how the beer is brewed and hang out on property to enjoy a true Belgian brew. They often have live entertainment on property as well to enjoy. You wont be disappointed in your day spent at the brewery.

Chimney Bluffs

Chimney Bluffs are located on the shore of Lake Ontario. This location offers beautiful views, great hiking trails and picnic areas. You can also fish in the area and snowmobile, snowshoe and cross country ski in the winter months. This is a beautiful location to take a day trip to or visit for the weekend.

Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands in the Alexandria bay area is an amazing location to experience. This unique location is an area with little islands scattered throughout the water. They are filled with summer cottages that you can rent for the week or weekend. This is a beautiful location that you must visit. The Thousand Islands are a great area for fishing, boating and camping. You will be in awe when you see the landscape and scenery of the area it is beautiful.