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Fun Winter Activities in Upstate NY


New York State, much like Canada, becomes a winter wonderland each year. Beautiful as they are, there isn’t much of a choice but to try to make the best of the long, snowy winters. But unlike many of my friends and family, I don’t live to ski and snowboard every year. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the downhill thrill every once in awhile, but there are a lot of other ways to revel in the season.

If you’re looking for more ways to “play in the snow,” then keep reading!

Ice Skating
One of my favorite winter date night ideas, I love to go ice skating. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial park in Rochester has a great outdoor rink that is open all winter! When you need a break from the cold, they have a heated enclosure equipped with a fireplace.

Hiking
That’s right -- hiking isn’t just reserved for the warm weather! You can enjoy a hike through beautiful snow covered trails and try to spot as many wildlife as you can at the Iroquois National Wildlife Rescue.

Snowmobiling
What better place to snowmobile than America’s snowbelt? In scenic Chautauqua County, NY, there are 450 miles of supreme snowmobiling trails! Experience the majestic and serene lands that make up New York State in the winter.

Cross Country Skiing
If you’re more of a cross country skiing or snow-shoeing fan, then you’ve got to make a trip this winter to Central New York, which has one of the largest groomed systems in the eastern U.S., with 30 miles of the BREIA Trails.

Ice Fishing
If you’re an avid ice fisher, you’ll find luck with many of the waterways in Central New York. The mix of serenity and thrill of catching fish is the perfect way to spend a day on your trip to Upstate NY.

Sledding
Who can forget about sledding? My favorite winter activity as a child, I still love to indulge in the fun. Thanks to the terrain of New York State, there are tons of perfect sledding hills all around!

Don’t let the winter blues get you down -- plan a trip to Upstate New York. Your winter adventure is waiting.

Photo provided by Liz Fraboni