10 Outdoor Adventures to Love New York

Two tier waterfall, Kaaterskill Falls, Catskill Mountains, New York

It’s no secret that our family has a special place in our hearts for New York, but what’s not to love? Here’s our list of some great adventures that get you out, get you moving, and speak to your soul! We’ve included something from each region of the state to keep your adventuring going strong. If you thought New York was just the hustle and bustle of city life, then you’re in for a surprise.

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Cradle of Aviation Museum

Did you know that Long Island played a huge part in aviation history? So big in fact that, it is known as “The Cradle of Aviation.” Our family had a terrific visit to the museum—something for every age group.

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Garvie’s Point Museum & Preserve

Garvie’s Point is one of the many hidden gems linked to our history. Growing up on Long Island, you are exposed to a variety of Native American Lore, revolutionary independence, and geologic marvels. One of the few places to see the evidence of Native Americans and the Age of Dinosaurs is at Garvie’sPoint.

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The Sunken Forest, FI

boardwalk through the primeval forest Sailor's Haven, Fire Island

The Sunken Forest located in Sailor’s Haven on Fire Island is a rarity even by global standards. “According to the New York Natural Heritage Program, the Sunken Forest was ranked as ‘globally rare,’ meaning there are few remaining occurrences of this assemblage of plants throughout the world.”

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Canoeing the Peconic

boy smiling as he paddles, canoe, Peconic River, Long Island, New York

Fall is a great time of year to enjoy a leisurely paddle down one of Long Island’s unknown rivers. Yes, you heard me, Long Island has rivers! The Peconic is the longest river on Long Island and it is almost entirely within the Central Long Island Pine Barrens (LI’s largest natural area and its last remaining wilderness).

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Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

Caumsett State Park is a local favorite hidden on the North Shore of Long Island in Lloyd Neck. This 1,520 acre park is the former estate of Marshall Field III developed in the 1920’s. As one of the largest estates of the Gold Coast mansions it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the estate is managed as a nature preserve with terrific family trails, amazing views, and historic architecture.

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Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trail

We ventured out to Rocky Point for some old fashioned mountain biking and we discovered a great trail for families and enthusiasts. This is no adventure for the weak-legged, instant gratification posers or whining quitters. This trail is hardcore!

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Robert Moses, Fire Island

Robert Moses State Park is home to an oceanfront beach of white quartz sand that extends for nearly five miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Living on Long Island includes numerous trips to this haven improving the quality of life during hot summer months.

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Lavender By the Bay

Long Island’s North Fork is full of terrific nooks to explore and Lavender By the Bay is one of them that not only keeps your adventure outside, but is original, relaxing, and aesthetically pleasing.

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