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New York State Attractions

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Wilderstein Preservation, Dutchess County
   - Rhinebeck, NY              
Wilderstein is an independent not-for-profit historic site located in Rhinebeck, New York. Our mission is to enrich people’s lives by providing a relevant, engaging cultural destination; to protect, preserve and restore the estate’s architecture, landscape and collections; and to interpret the site’s history in compelling and innovative ways.
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Prospect Park Zoo, New York City
  450 Flatbush Avenue - Brooklyn, NY              
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Let your wild side reign free as you explore the many faces of some very unique creatures at this Brooklyn museum of life. Venture deep into the jungle as you see the animals up close. Dare to spend the day with the valor of a lion roaming with his pride. A family spending time together, appreciating nature in all its ferocious glory is what this NYC museum is all about. Take the children to the discovery center where they can try their hand at some basic veterinary skills while conducting check-ups on real live animals. Then, head over to the young naturalist camping area, cook food on a "campfire", and explore using field guides for animals that one might see on a camping trip. Feeling the urge to feed some of the animals’ springtime is the perfect time to head over and feed the sea lions - they just love the attention too. Weekends are an ideal time to visit as you can chat live with the zookeepers and learn how they care for the animals. Maybe even find out what your favorite animal does when you're not there. Overall, this taste of the wild offers a wide variety of things to do, see and learn. Spring/Summer 2012 is a great time to come see this gem.
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New York Botanical Garden, New York City
  200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard - Bronx, NY              
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The New York Botanical Gardens is a premier educational institution. Located just a brisk 25 minute bicycle ride from Sound View Park via Dr. Theodore Kazimiroff Blvd, this NYC attraction is surprisingly bicycle accessible and encourages travel as such. The Gardens offers many educational programs including the opportunity to graduate with certificates in botany, floral design and horticulture, just to name a few. Ongoing hands-on gardening activities for the whole family are also available, so check their schedule online, or just give them a call. The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is a year-round world of its own, boasting mazes, larger than life flowers, and many real time activities for your curious explorer. A prize bloom in the collection of Bronx attractions, it also actively participates in community outreach programs that expand nutritional education. Make sure you check out the Green Market, which carries a variety of produce available for purchase. Health-related screenings offered the 2nd Wednesday of every month by staff from both Montefiore Medical Center and St. Barnabas Hospital are another of the services that demonstrates their involvement in the surrounding communities. Their dedication to the conservation of the plants and fungi of the world through various scientific research associations places them on the world map.
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Verrazzano Bridge, New York City
  Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge - Staten Island, NY              
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The city’s youngest bridge, and the hemisphere’s longest, spans New York Harbor from Bay Ridge to Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island’s eastern shore. The public works genius Robert Moses was 75, and the master bridge designer Othmar Ammann 85, when the Verrazano-Narrows opened in 1964.
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Yaddo Mansion, Schenectady County
  Union Ave. - Saratoga Springs, NY              
Founded in 1900 by the financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, herself a poet, Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.
Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.
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Old McDonald's Farm Village, Jefferson County
  14471 County Rte 145 - North Harbor Rd - Sackets Harbor, NY              
Ron and Nancy Robbins are the current owners of a diversified farm business just outside the historic village of Sackets Harbor. Founded in 1977 with 100 acres of rented land, Ron and Nancy have transformed the business to include 4000 acres of owned and rented land raising a variety of field crops and vegetables, a 400 cow dairy, a grain processing enterprise, and a very popular and well respected farm tour and agricultural education enterprise.
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RockSport, Warren County
  138 Quaker Road - Queensbury, NY              
RockSport proudly offers 4,200 square feet of indoor rock climbing. This includes many features such as overhanging walls, bouldering caves, and beginner walls. Since opening in 1990, we have safely introduced over 13,000 people to climbing for all ages, abilities, fitness, and interest levels. We are the only indoor climbing gym located in the Queensbury area. It is just minutes from the popular Adirondack destination of Lake George and 15-20 minutes from Saratoga, NY.
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Allegany State Park, Chautauqua County
  2373 ASP Rte 1, Ste 3 - Salamanca, NY              
Allegany State Park’s 65,000 acres is known for its primitive forested valleys, un-glaciated landscape, fall leaves and wildlife. The two developed areas, Red House and Quaker, make this the largest state park in the system. Both areas offer sand beaches, picnic areas, museums, hiking trails and naturalist walks.
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Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, Warren County
  535 Stone Bridge Road - Pottersville, NY              
The massive stone bridge arch - the largest marble cave entrance in the east - dominates this spectacular display of ancient Adirondack geology from rock over one billion years old. Take a walking stick, map, and camera and set out on a self-guided, above-ground, natural stone step nature trail and experience up-close the many unique rock features, such as potholes, grottos, a gorge and mill site waterfalls. Descend into lighted surface caves with raging waterfalls or tranquil dark pools. To learn more, see the Adirondack memories display or view a free PBS video describing the history and geology of the caves.
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Adirondack Extreme Adventure, Warren County
  25 Westwood forest Lane - Bolton Landing, NY              
Tree-top adventure for the entire family, 5 courses, 79 obstacles, zip lines, rope bridges, swings, slides, nets & ladders. Winter, spring, fall by reservation.
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Belmont Park, Long Island
  2150 Hempstead Turnpike - Elmont, NY              
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Belmont Park is a 430-acre racetrack in Elmont, N.Y. There are two race meetings at Belmont Park in 2012: the 56-day Spring/Summer meeting will be from April 27 to July 15; and the 37-day Fall Championship meeting will be from Sept. 8 to Oct. 28. Belmont Park is the home of the 144th Running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 9, 2012.
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Bailiwick Ranch, Greene County
  118 Castle Road - Catskill, NY              
A walk through park with A playground, Picnic area, Train rides, Exotic and Farm animals to pet and feed.
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Buffalo/Erie County Botanical Gardens, Niagara County
  2655 S Park - Buffalo, NY              
This botanical gardens is the product of three extraordinary visionaries: landscaping architect Fredrick Law Olmsted, architects Lord & Burnham and botanist / plant-explorer John F. Cowell.
In 1985, the front entrance portico was renovated to reproduce the original design and the exhibits in the front houses were replaced. In 1990-96 the Shrub Garden was restored by Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, County staff at the Gardens and the Society.
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United States Military Academy, Orange County
  Bldg 600 Taylor Hall - West Point, NY              
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The Academy provides a superb four-year education, which focuses on the leader development of cadets in the academic, military, and physical domains, all underwritten by adherence to a code of honor. The United States Military Academy's mission is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.
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Sweetbriar Nature Center, Long Island
  62 Eckernkamp Drive - Smithtown, NY              
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A private not-for-profit corporation which exists to provide natural science education services for Long Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services. Through education and examples, ECSS encourages responsible decision making, appreciation, and respect for the unique wildlife and ecosystems found on Long Island.
Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.
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Adventureland Amusement Park, Long Island
  2245 Route 110 - Farmingdale, NY              
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Adventureland is Long Island's home of Family Fun since 1962 - this Family Fun Palace is where Little Kids' Fantasies become reality and Big Kids relive their Little Kid Dreams.

All of these Fantasies and Dreams will come to life while experiencing any of Adventureland's 30 rides and attractions. So come, explore and see why Adventureland is considered Long Island's Leader in Family Fun!
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Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, Chautauqua County
  1600 Riverside Rd - Jamestown, NY              
The 600-acre wetland preserve maintained by the Jamestown Audubon Society supports a great variety of wildlife. Hikers who are patient and quiet are treated to many spectacular finds - no matter what the season.
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Roberson Museum and Science Center, Broome County
  30 Front St - Binghamton, NY              
Roberson Museum and Science Center is a complex institution encompassing the Binghamton campus of museum and science center, including historic buildings.
Roberson Memorial, Inc. was established by the will of Alonzo Roberson in 1934 to create an “educational center …for the use and benefit of all people.” The Roberson Memorial Center (as first called) opened to the public in 1954 in the Roberson Mansion.
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Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Broome County
  Union Station - Utica, NY              
Discover the Adirondacks, riding in our clean and comfortable, climate controlled coaches, or take in the fresh air in our open car, through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Witness nature's beauty as you pass the preserved Utica Marsh, and keep a lookout for the many deer that graze in the countryside along the route.
Relive the golden age of railroading, a time when The Adirondack played host to the rich and famous on their way to their Great Camps. Our adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's beautifully restored Union Station. This is our longest adventure, offering a full day trip, passing many flagstops including Holland Patent, Remsen, Forestport, Woodgate and Otter Lake. The journey is over 2 hours each way with a 4-1/2 hour layover in Thendara in the summer.
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AAA Paintball Park, Jefferson County
  303 County Rte 23 - Constantia, NY              
AAA Paintball has been open for 15 years and has 100 plus rentals to offer. We are a quality insured and safety certified organization. We encourage players to bring their own equipment but are a "field paint only" facility because paint quality is controllable. Players and groups are also welcome to schedule private groups.
AAA PAINTBALL welcomes you to the exciting sport of paintball at Central New York's most complete facilities!Come explore the sport that is enjoyed by men and women of all ages. If you want to get your blood pumping... Visit us for a few hours!
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Hoffman's Playland, Schenectady County
  608 Loudon Rd (Rte 9) - Latham, NY              
Never an Admission to pay to enter the park - Plenty of Good Fun and Good Food for all Ages - Memories Last a Lifetime - 14 Kiddie Rides (1 ticket per person) - 5 Major Rides (2 Tickets per person) - Gift Certificates Available year round - Birthday Parties - M/C, Visa, Discover, Cash - ATM on Premises
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Eagle Institute, Greene County
  Rte 97 - Barryville, NY              
"The Eagle Institute public programs are held during the winter months, when 150-200 bald eagles migrate to this region. To minimize disturbance during the breeding season, our only public program from March through July is in cooperation with the Basha Kill Area Association’s thebashakill.org Nature Watch program. We also collect data about the region’s nesting pairs and encourage participation through our Kitchen Counters Program."
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Hunter Montain, Greene County
   - Hunter Mountain,               
Hunter Mountain is New York's premier eastern ski resort with 100% snowmaking coverage offering great skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, & snowshoeing as well as summer ethnic festivals such as the German Alps Festival, Celtic Festival, Oktoberfest, and others in the beautiful northern Catskill mountains.
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Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara County
  701 Whirlpool St - Niagara Falls, NY              
Since its birth almost forty years ago as the "First Inland Oceanarium", the Aquarium of Niagara has seen over 8 million visitors, tourists, teachers, and students pass through its doors. It was the first aquarium to use synthetic seawater to exclusively maintain marinelife. More than forty exhibits showcase 1,500 aquatic animals from around the globe.
The Aquarium of Niagara is one of only 17 institutions in North America to house a colony of the endangered Peruvian penguin. Two daily penguin feedings provide visitors an opportunity to "Meet the Keeper" and learn about these fascinating aquatic birds!
The schedule includes exciting shark feedings (on alternate days), and scheduled sessions with the California sea lions in the 100,000 gallon central pool. Moray eels, piranhas, clownfish and the brilliantly colored fish of the coral reefs compliment the regional freshwater exhibits of sturgeon, gar and rock bass.
Enjoy the breathtaking view of the mist from the Falls and the majestic Niagara River gorge from the Aquarium’s Observation Deck. Our ‘Fin’esse Gift Shop offers a sea of treasures. The Aquarium of Niagara is handicap accessible, and parking is always free for our visitors!
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Six Flags Darien Lake, Niagara County
   - Buffalo, NY              
NEW in 2006! The Big Kahuna The most visible enhancement to the park this year can be seen climbing 75 feet into the air: the Big Kahuna is an extreme tubing experience, which begins as guests board a four-person raft headed for a spiraling ride more than 700 feet long. Guests speed through triple dips and twisting turns on the alternately open and enclosed track before bursting into the sunshine and the cool splash pool below.
Soar like the Man of Steel on Superman!
Get ready for the ride of your lives! One of the tallest coasters in the northeast, Superman Ride of Steel climbs approximately 208 feet and reaches speeds over 70 mph.
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Panama Rocks Scenic Park, Chautauqua County
  11 Rock Hill Rd - Panama, NY              
The Panama Rocks are reputed to be the world's most extensive outcropping of glacier-sculpted, ocean-quartz-conglomerate rock. Geologists believe the rocks originated as sand and gravel sea islands, over 300 million years ago. The islands were part of a huge river delta. Over aeons, the islands were covered by thousands of feet of sediments, and were 'pressure compacted' into rock. About 165 million years ago, the rock was fractured and uplifted to its present altitude [1650']. During the last Ice Age, a glacier cut-into and unearthed the rock. Since that time a lush, mixed forest has grown over the site.
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Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Dutchess County
  6550 Spring Brook Avenue - Rhinebeck, NY              
The Dutchess County Agricultural Society, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c5 corporation. The 80 member society is made up of interested men and women who elect the 16 member Board of Directors. This group oversees all aspects of the operation of the fair and all off season events. The General Manager works with and communicates directly to the Board. A permanent staff of eleven produces the various events and maintains the 162-acre facility throughout the year. The number of paid staff and volunteers during the fair grows to several hundred.
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Castel Grisch Winery, Onondaga County
  3380 Cty Rte 28 - Watkins Glen, NY              
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One of the most unique properties in central New York. Incorporated on a scenic hillside overlooking Seneca Lake, the family estate is a celebration of wine, food, and friends. The restaurant, winery, tasting room/gift boutique and vineyards all blend together to help you enjoy New York's wine country at its finest.
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Basin Park Marina, Onondaga County
  46 West Lake Rd - Branchport, NY              
A peaceful, friendly environment.
Clean restrooms and showers.
Shore power for our slip customers
Picnic area with tables and grill.
Ice and soda machine.
Ample Parking and a GREAT view of Keuka Lake's only naturally protected harbor!
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Berkshire Bird Paradise, Schenectady County
  43 Red Pond Rd - Petersburg, NY              
Peter Dubacher started the Berkshire Bird Paradise, a certified not for profit company back in 1972 as a "labor of love." It has grown into one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the country. The sanctuary has evolved into an outdoors educational institution, where students on field trips with their parents or on college internship programs can learn about birds. The sanctuary is also a small botanical garden with hundreds of plants and exotic flowers .We are constantly improving our grounds, with the help of great volunteers.