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Making Winter Travel Worthwhile in Upstate New York


Road trips and weekend getaways are not only meant for summer! Upstate New York is known for its lake culture and outdoor festivals, but there is more to this great region than one season can offer. Travel through the scenic beauty of snow-covered towns and valleys on your way to a destination designed to fight those seasonal blues.

Make your trip a montage of great stops one after another! No matter what you’re looking for, no matter who you are with, an indoor activity road trip through Upstate New York is calling you.

Adventures For Kids

Altitude Trampoline Park: Get out of the confined backseat of the car and jump around! Spring off walls and obstacles until you break a sweat. When you’re looking for a change in pace try out the 20 foot tall rockwall or take on the challenge of the Battle Beam.

The Warrior Factory: Fitness and fun all-in-one stop. Kids will be tested both physically and mentally as they are faced with obstacle course challenges. Kids open gym hours feature equipment that is tailored for children’s size and ability.

Martz Observatory: Spend a day under the stars. Learn about observational astronomy, the history of the observatory, and the discoveries and images captured at the site.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycle: Travel back in time and share your favorite toys with a new generation. Gather around the table as a family to play with classic board games and iconic characters. You can easily spend a day getting lost in the memories.

Activities for Adults

NY Kitchen: Head to Canandaigua for a learning experience that focuses on the delicious side of things. Attending one of the classes offered throughout the year gives you the opportunity to get hands-on and learn about cuisine and techniques from the local region and around the world.

Isabella Spa & Salon: There is nothing like a relaxing getaway. Stay at the beautiful Belhurst Castle and treat yourself to a complete pampering package including facials, hair services, massages, and mani-pedis. Perfect for a romantic getaway or friends weekend adventure.

Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood Taproom: Get a behind the scenes look at how the local craft beer is made. The state-of-the-art production brewery at the Empty Pint Taproom was the perfect place for weekend brewery tours. Stick around after your tour for pubfare that is top notch and pairs perfectly with your beverage of choice.

The Old Goat: Unique finds with a charming presentation line the walls at this one-of-a-kind shop. See antique pieces that tell the tales of the region’s history. With a constantly growing inventory, every visit you’re sure to find something new.

Fun for Everyone

Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center: Once you’re in, you won’t want to leave this destination for fun. Let your competitive side out and enjoy a day packed with excitement from bowling and laser tag to bumper cars and an arcade.

Ortlip Art Gallery Houghton College: See up-and-coming artists work and gain new perspective on areas of culture, philosophy and more. Stroll through art lined halls and see firsthand how the county and Upstate New York region as a whole has contributed to the work.

Wadsworth Homestead: Step into a place of living history. The historic home remains decorated with artifacts and memorabilia from each generation of the past and creates a complete image of the role the home played over time. You will be escorted through the house by sixth-generation William Wadsworth himself.

Tri-County Arts Council: Get your hands dirty and create a “truly you” piece of art! Classes are held throughout the year with different themes for each class. One session may be clay and pottery and the next will be ornaments or painting. New classes are added regularly so be sure to check back for new topics and types of art.

With all this to offer your winter road trip will have a packed schedule in no time. Don’t forget to explore nearby places and organizations along the way to find even more things to do and ways to have the best indoor activity getaway.

Photos by VisitFingerLakes.com