Visiting The Buffalo Zoo

Visiting the Buffalo Zoo is a fun time wrapped in an educational experience. Bring the whole family to enjoy the many animal exhibits and interactive displays. The Buffalo Zoo also offers specific field trip, educational opportunities and tours.



Visiting the Buffalo Zoo is a fun time wrapped in an educational experience. Bring the whole family to enjoy the many animal exhibits and interactive displays. The Buffalo Zoo also offers specific field trip, educational opportunities, and tours.

Visiting The Buffalo Zoo

Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. Open year-round; the Buffalo Zoo welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors each calendar year. Located on 23.5 acres in Buffalo’s Delaware Park, the Zoo’s emphasis today is on increasing awareness of the importance of conservation to the benefit of both animals and humans.



Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


When I originally wrote this post in 2014, the Buffalo Zoo was in a state of flux. The Arctic exhibit was not open (see the polar bear above), there weren’t any robotic dinasours, the baby rhino had not yet been born (the baby rhino is now out and about)… but there were (and are) big plans, and you could see the changes happening!

The Buffalo Zoo is located within Delaware Park – which is part of the Olmstead Park system. The Zoo is 23.5 acres within the 375 acre park, and, the zoo is never going to get any bigger. So, the Zoo must make do with the space they have, picking and choosing which animals they can comfortably house.

The Elephants are now gone. There is an elephant retirement community at the New Orleans Zoo, so that is where they now roam. It is more room and the elephants will be well taken care of in their old age.

Last year, Hubby and I decided to expand our charitable contributions to give to the Buffalo Zoo. So, I made a donation that is in the Leadership Tier, and thought nothing of it. A few weeks later, I recieved an email from the Director of Development thank me for our contribution, and offering us a private tour if we would like.

This spring, I emailed her to take advantage of the offer, and a few weeks ago, my two nieces, and their children (my grandniece and grandnephew) and I went to visit the Buffalo Zoo on a perfectly glorious summer morning.

Because the little ones are only two years old, the tour was short and sweet, and geared to a 2-year-old’s attention span.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


We first stopped at the otters. They were swimming and playing, but one of the zoo staff was kind enough to come over and feed them so the kids could enjoy the “show”.

The only fly in that ointment was when my grandniece wanted the fish to toss in. LOL Fortunately, she is short and a quick move to hide the fish tray behind the zoo employee’s back solved that request.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Our next stop was a real hit!! We wandered over to the giraffe house to feed them leaves.

The building they are in is also the vet hospital at the zoo, where the animals are housed when they arrive (for 30 days), and where their feed is kept. It smelled like a barn!

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


While there were three giraffes in the area waiting for us, only A.J. and her “baby” Sampson were interested in being hand-fed.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


The zoo keeper at the giraffe house had a five gallon bucket full of leaves for us to hand feed the giraffes. I wasn’t interested, and neither was my grandnephew, but my grandniece? Wow, they could hire her as an employee! She loved it.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Once that was done, we went over to the building where they house the walking exhibit animals, and zoomobile animals. These are the animals that are very calm, and used to little ones.

The kids loved seeing the sloth, turtles, owls, and more behind the scenes.

And then we were done.

Since those animals were living in the other side of the gorilla house, we decided to see what was up with the gorillas. But, toddlers being toddlers, the kids were more interested in the big fish tank in front of the exhibit. At that point, we decided it was prpbably time to leave.

You can book a tour at the zoo even if you are not a members. Simply click the experiences page to decide what best suits your needs, and contact the Buffalo Zoo.

Below is the original post I wrote back in 2014 about the Buffalo Zoo. It is interesting to see the changes!

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Our first stop in the Buffalo Zoo (after the bug house… ewww) was at the Western Lowland Gorilla Habitat.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


This little cutie was having a great day! Nyah was born on September 4, 2013 to parents Lily and Koga. When we first arrived, she was along for the ride …

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


… but quickly got off to go exploring on her own.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


She certainly is inquisitive ….

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


… and Mom was keeping a close eye so she didn’t get hurt! You could practically hear the, “Come HERE! I said NOW!!”

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


Dad seemed content to let Mom be the bad-guy.

Buffalo Zoo Gorillas


One of the other gorillas was having a fine time playing on the tires and bars.

We left the gorilla habitat and wandered around a bit after that.

The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


The Buffalo Zoo’s Arctic Edge is being built for the Polar Bears, so they are sharing outdoor space with the Tigers – but not at the same time!!

The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


As luck would have it, when we exited the Gorilla Habitat there was a water war of sorts going on in the pool. Not sure which bear won.

The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


The Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear


There was some canon-ball activity after the pool fight!

Buffalo Zoo African Lions


Buffalo Zoo African Lions


In the next enclosure, are the African Lions.

Buffalo Zoo African Lions


He is surveying his kingdom!

Buffalo Zoo African Lions


She looks asleep in this photograph but just a few minutes before I took the picture she was awake and swatting at something that buzzed bye!

Buffalo Zoo Chameleon


This lady had a chameleon on a stick. That chameleon really did blend in! She was telling us that the reptile house at the Buffalo Zoo was designed by Marlin Perkins while he was the curator of the Buffalo Zoo. I must admit, I never knew he was the Zoo’s curator for a time – the jokes I make about Marlin Perkins being right at home in the Buffalo area were due to Wild Kingdom fame. How ironic that he really was at home here!

Buffalo Zoo Zebra


There were a buncha Zebras wandering around their enclosure.

Buffalo Zoo Bison


I only saw two Bison. One was eating, the other was shedding.

Buffalo Zoo Giraffe


I am surprised those trees have any leaves left on them the way that Giraffe (in the background) was attacking them! The other one looked like s/he was looking for bugs in the grass.

One of the animals we didn’t get to see was the rhino. She had a good excuse though, She had just had a baby!

My camera was giving me trouble starting with the Giraffes. I missed the otters, the elephants, and none of my photographs of the other animals that I took from behind the glass or fencing came out well enough to share.

Hubby and I spent about 90 minutes in the zoo. I think you would need about 3 hours to see it all if you were not a frequent visitor. We skipped quite a bit.

The Buffalo Zoo is much reduced in animals from when I was a kid, heck from when Sonny-boy was a kid! This is in conjunction with their learning and breeding programs.

I hadn’t been to the Buffalo Zoo in close to 15 years, and was surprised that they took away, what used to be, a very good flow from one exhibit to the next by blocking off areas, and closing some of the houses. Also there is a lot of renovation going on, chiefly with the bears. Not only is the Arctic Edge being constructed, but the old bear caves are blocked off. This means you can’t flow from the Giraffe house to the exit cleanly. Just something to be aware of if you have not been there in a while.

Admission is $13.95 for adults, $10.95 for for children 2-12, and you can apply your admission to costs for up to 30 days to the cost of a yearly pass. The Buffalo Zoo also has a reciprocal list to various other Zoos and Aquariums in the United States and Canada.

You might also like my 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY post!


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10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State. Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.


Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State

Before beginning on a long bike ride, I urge you to consult The League of American Bicyclists. They have ratings, tips, and communities. In New York State the best ratings are given to: New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Ithaca. There are many listed areas, including the SUNY schools.

Best Bicyle Outing in the Adirondacks, New York

The mantra of the Adirondacks is “If you can ski it, hike it, drive it, then you can probably bike it.” Bicyclists can explore the region on their own or as part of organized tours. Trails can take you along the roadways or off the beaten path by exploring hiking and skiing trails. Where your bike is pretty much up to you. Warren County offers a 12-mile tour that takes you through Glen Falls to Lake George village. Enjoy a nine-mile route along the canal system on the Feeder Canal Park Heritage Trail.

Adirondack trails include Lake Champlain, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid. The weeklong Cycle the Adirondacks also features daily rides from 25-65 miles. Tours also take place on weekends.

The Adirondacks offer hundreds of miles of bicycling trails available, so your fun is only restricted by your imagination.

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State. Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.


Best Bicyle Outing in Brewster, New York

Known for its spot on the Putnam Trail, Brewster is located along a great cycling trail that includes the North County and South County Trails. While the Old Putnam Trail is just a little longer than a mile, it’s part of the longer trails and bicyclists can ride almost 12 miles to Brewster Place. The trails actually run along a former railroad line and connect Brewster to New York City, which is about a six-hour bike south.
Brewster is a beautiful area to start a bike tour. With historical attractions such as the Walter Brewster house, a visit gives a glimpse into the life of the village’s founder. Another piece of history to visit is the Brewster train station.

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State. Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.


Best Bicyle Outing in the Catskills, New York

The Catskills are perfect for bicyclists of all experience levels. You can explore the area on bike as a beginner or take on some of the more challenging routes as an experienced bicyclist. The Catskills provide a beautiful setting for riding your bike. With the woods and mountains, as well as smaller communities, riding the Catskills is basically a ride in paradise, or close to it. As you cycle around the area, you can appreciate the views of covered bridges and take in some of the beautiful waterfalls in the region.
The area is home to the annual “Tour of the Catskills.” Drawing more than 250 professional and amateur bicyclists, Tannersville is the site of the 12th annual race August 3. Additionally, the Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix I one of the few women-only races around the country and takes place the weekend of May 3-5.

Best Bicyle Outing – the Cayuga Waterfront Trail

A 5.5-mile paved multi-use trail provides an easy trail for everyone to bicycle, from single riders to families. A joint project between the city of Ithaca, Tompkins County and Cornell University, the trail provides access to Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region, as well allowing people to enjoy a taste of nature.

The path is considered an easy route for bicyclists, so it’s designed for more recreational use than challenging bike rides. Regardless, a trip around the lake allows bicyclists time to relax and enjoy the area around them while working out on their bikes.

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State. Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.


Best Bicyle Outing in Dutchess County

Dutchess County offers bicyclists the best of all terrains as you ride area’s trails. From converted railroad routes to scenic farmland views to taking a challenging mountain bike route, the Poughkeepsie area offers impressive routes and views along the Hudson River valley. With eight self-guided bike tours running from 12 miles to more than 40 miles, Dutchess County invites biking enthusiasts to visit the area and spend a day or a weekend along its scenic byways. You can enjoy your ride along the back roads along farm fields, pass through historic towns like Fishkill or take a tour through the communities of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, where you can see hundreds of historic houses, as well as the nation’s oldest operating inn.

Best Bicyle Outing – East Coast Greenway

The East Coast Greenway covers about 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. A little more than 34 of those miles run through the New York metro area. It’s said that traveling the greenway through New York may not provide a better view of the city than riding your bicycle through the trails in Manhattan. The Manhattan trail provides clean and safe paths to travel over as you pedal through the largest city in the United States. New York’s portion of the East Coast Greenway takes you along a variety of paths in the area, including the Bronx River Forest, giving you a taste of nature minutes from the hubbub of city life.

The New York route actually begins on the north end in Westchester County, traveling on to Pelham Parkway and the Bronx Forest, eventually crossing on to Broadway. Once cyclists cross the Broadway Bridge, they head on to the Hudson River Greenway via Dyckman Street. While people may enjoy the rural portions of the bike trail, New York offers cyclists a different view of the Big Apple.

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State. Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.


Best Bicyle Outing in the Finger Lakes, New York

Home to five lakes and dozens of towns and small cities, the Finger Lakes region is ripe for bicycling. Known for its wine country, Finger Lakes also offers some beautiful backdrops for bicycling. From moderate routes to challenging trails, cycling Finger Lakes provides a great workout and fun tours.

Old River Trail in Waverly offers a 2.3-mile route for bicyclists. Taking riders past farms and fields, it’s a great way to take in the agriculture views of the region. Cyclists can take in amazing views of Owasco Lake as part of a 32.5-mile trail in Auburn. Along the way, you can bike an eventual upgrade from Moravia to Rockefeller Road. The trail also includes a natural streamfed poll at Fillmore Glen State Park where people are known to take a dip in the water.

While you are in the Finger Lakes, if you would like to do some winery exploration, I’ve been to more than a few:
* Estate Wineries on Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On Canandaigua Lake
* Wine Tasting On the West Side Of Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On the east Side of Seneca Lake
* Wine Tasting On Cayuga Lake

Best Bicycle Outing on the Mohawk-Hudson Trail, New York

Running about 35 miles, the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Hike Trail from Albany to Rotterdam. Following an old railroad route along the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, the trail also includes the Erie Canal. A small portion of the trail (.75 miles) includes street riding. As you enjoy your ride, you’ll take in interesting scenery in the Albany and Cohoes area, including the New York Women’s Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial to Cohoes Falls, to Schenectady’s Historic Stockade District, a neighborhood dating back to the 1600s.

The Mohawk-Hudson Trail is part of the New York State Canalway Trail, which includes more than 250 miles of trails in upstate New York linking the Hudson River with other waterways, such as the Finger Lakes, Niagara River, and Lake Ontario. The larger trail provides some of the most beautiful landscapes offered in the state.

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State. Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.


Best Bicyle Outing in Niagara Falls, New York

Imagine hearing the rush of Niagara Falls around you as you start your tour of the falls area at Niagara Falls State Park. With safe bicycling routes as well as dedicated bike paths, cycling the Niagara area offers beautiful scenery during your tour. Take a path that leads you to Niagara Gorge and on to the Robert Moses Niagara Plant. Your options are truly unlimited on where you want to cycle. Head out to Old Fort Niagara for a look at the nation’s oldest military fort that has served four countries over 300 years.

You can also rent bikes in Niagara Falls from an hour to all day. Renting a bike all day allows you time to take in a few of the tourist attractions, such as falls cruises or a hike to the Cave of the Winds.

You can bike from Buffalo to Niagara Falls (or vice versa) via the Riverwalk.

Note: up in Niagara County from May – October you can see the “semi-professional” bicyclists all the time. It is cooler weather compared to the rest of the county (90°+ is crazy-hot for the area and does not happen often) and so much enjoyed by bicyclists.

10 Best Bicycle Outings in New York State. Whether it is a bicycle built for two or a mountain bike ready for some off-road action, New York State offers bicyclists thousands of miles of paths and trails for people to explore. Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.


Best Bicyle Outing in Syracuse, New York

The Syracuse area has more than a dozen bike trails from a few miles long to almost 30 miles long. You’re not lacking for fun and adventure on Syracuse’s trails. From city parks to the Erie Canal Trailway, Syracuse offers all levels of bicycling. The Oswego County Trail is a 28-mile ride over crushed stone and dirt paths, while the Oneida Rail Trail is about a mile and half long. Syracuse is a stop along the 291-mile long Erie Canal trail.
https://www.traillink.com/city/syracuse-ny-trails/

The New York Department of Transportation maintains a database that includes long-distance bicycling routes in the state. One such route is Route 5, which runs 325 miles from Niagara Falls to the Massachusetts border (what the I-90 was before there was an I-90). Regardless of your biking interests, from recreational to hardcore exercise or competitive, New York has the trail for you. As you venture off this summer on your trails, please ensure you dress safely and wear the proper gear. Safe cycling.

If you are looking for more things to do in New York State, check out these posts:

365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY – Something to do every day of the year in Buffalo and Niagara Falls!! This is a long list of events, places, and things to do in Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, New York. This includes things to do in all of the 8 counties of Western New York. From touristy things to do to things only locals know about, this great list of 365 Things to do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY has something for everyone on it! If you are looking for what to do in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, this list is what you need!

Best Picnic Spots in New York State – Winnie the Pooh’s idea of the perfect picnic is finding a beehive full of honey. For a romantic, it’s a basket with a charcuterie plate, with its meat and cheese and tasty grapes, as well as a bottle of the best wine, to be shared on a checkered picnic blanket. Whether it’s a family outing or a couple’s date, New York has so many beautiful spots to enjoy a picnic.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State – Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week (or two) with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scary and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great quality time with your loved ones on a terrific family getaway.


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Best Picnic Spots in New York State

Best Picnic Spots in New York State. With plenty of options to have a picnic, you are not lacking for amazing spots around New York State to have a fun experience. You can combine history, water sports or exploration with your picnic. However, you want to enjoy your outing, make sure you bring enough food and drink for everyone. And do not forget the sunscreen. Have fun and bon appétit.


Winnie the Pooh’s idea of the perfect picnic is finding a beehive full of honey. For a romantic, it’s a basket with a charcuterie plate, with its meat and cheese and tasty grapes, as well as a bottle of the best wine, to be shared on a checkered picnic blanket. Whether it’s a family outing or a couple’s date, New York has so many beautiful spots to enjoy a picnic.

Best Picnic Spots in New York State

With plenty of options to have a picnic, you are not lacking for amazing spots around New York State to have a fun experience. You can combine history, water sports or exploration with your picnic. However, you want to enjoy your outing, make sure you bring enough food and drink for everyone. And do not forget the sunscreen. Have fun and bon appétit.

Best Picnic Spots in the Adirondacks,New York

With an area the size of the Adirondacks, it is easy to identify multiple locations where you can either have a picnic with picnic tables or lay your blanket on the ground. With majestic views of woods, mountains and waterways, the Adirondacks are an impressive area to enjoy family or couple time. Grab your picnic necessities and head off to a spot like Lake Placid’s John Brown Farm State Historic Site. A short drive from town, the park encourages picnics, setting aside an area with picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and plenty of space for games or just relaxing. During your visit, you can roam the state park’s grounds and learn the history of the famous abolitionist.

Singing Waters Park offers camping, as well as picnic areas. Set in a charming spot, with woods and a fresh stream, you can set up your picnic next to the calming waters or use one of the picnic areas. Explore the area with walks in the woods or along the stream. Nature is your friend at Singing Waters.

Best Picnic Spots in Albany, New York

How about laying your picnic blanket down on the green grass and pulling out a chicken dinner or maybe a meat and cheese tray with the New York state capitol behind you? The state’s capitol is an architectural marvel, having been designed by two architects with definite thoughts that countered each other. Part Romanesque and part-Renaissance, the design changed because the governor replaced one designer with another. One of the world’s most interesting designs, the building is the perfect backdrop for a nice picnic in Albany.
With an impressive view of the Hudson River, Henry Hudson Park is a great spot for picnics. The park is home to a boat launch, as well as ball fields for baseball and softball. A pavilion area offers a spot for fun, including a playground.
https://www.albany.com/things-to-do/

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Best Picnic Spots in Buffalo, New York

Delaware Park is a beautiful space located in the heart of the city of Buffalo. Designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, it is part of Buffalo’s Olmstead Park system. The 376-acre park was named simply The Park by Olmsted; it was later renamed Delaware Park because of its proximity to Delaware Avenue which housed Buffalo’s mansion row. It is divided into several areas. Abutting Elmwood Avenue is the Buffalo Historical Museum and the Japanese Gardens behind it. A little further down Elmwood is the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Behind that is Hoyt Lake, gardens, a golf course, basketball courts, tennis courts, jogging trails, the “circle” (where in my younger days I could be found speed walking nearly every day of the week), leading to Parkside and the Buffalo Zoo.
There are many places to picnic in Delaware Park; from throwing down a blanket near the rose garden, to using the picnic tables on Amherst Street near the zoo, this is one amazing park in the heart of a city.
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Best Picnic Spots in the Catskills, New York

With trails highlighting skiing, hiking and biking trails, the Catskills are home to beautiful views and great areas to enjoy a picnic. Near the area where the Catskills Creek flows into the Hudson Rover, Dutchmen’s Landing Park offers picnic tables as well as ample green space to lay a blanket and have an old-fashioned picnic. With boat ramps at the park, you can bring a boat and enjoy time on the Hudson River. Or, just sit back and enjoy the view as boats of all sizes and types move along the riverway. The park has plenty of space to play games like cornhole, volleyball or maybe even a baseball or softball game.
https://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/outdoors/dutchmans-landing-park

Best Picnic Spots in New York State. With plenty of options to have a picnic, you are not lacking for amazing spots around New York State to have a fun experience. You can combine history, water sports or exploration with your picnic. However, you want to enjoy your outing, make sure you bring enough food and drink for everyone. And do not forget the sunscreen. Have fun and bon appétit.


Best Picnic Spots in the Finger Lakes, New York

Whether it’s a view of the hills, the glistening lakes or the dense woods, the Finger Lakes region presents picnickers with a majestic setting for a great time.

Gannett Hill gives you a view of the region’s Bristol Hills from atop the trees as you visit the Ontario County Park. Bring a blanket and set your basket down in one of the amazing views in nature. You can take a walk in the area and visit the overlook of the hills.

If you are near Ithaca, Ithaca Falls is located in the city and has had a lot of work done to it the last few years. It is simply beautiful, has a chikdren’s area, lots of area for picnicing, and biking. Taughannock Falls is beautiful with camping, beaches, picnic areas and trails.

If you prefer a waterside picnic, head to Seneca Lake State Park, home to the region’s deepest lake. With water activities like boating, swimming, skiing and water surfing available, a visit to Seneca Lake is a great choice for a picnic. Find a table or set up your own picnic with a blanket and basket, you’re sure to have a fun visit to the lake. Add in the amazing scenery surrounding the lake and Seneca Lake makes the perfect choice for a waterside picnic.
And, you know, you can always take the picnic to the water. If you are bringing a boat, take the picnic to the middle of the lake. Stop the boat and float along the water as you a picnic on the water.

Note: after spending a good portion of the last four years in the Finger Lakes, I will tell you that there are a lot of little side of the road parking spots that will have a view of a lake, and a few picnic tables. They may not have facilities (the parks do), but they are fund to stop at and have a lesuirly picnic.

Best Picnic Spots in New York State. With plenty of options to have a picnic, you are not lacking for amazing spots around New York State to have a fun experience. You can combine history, water sports or exploration with your picnic. However, you want to enjoy your outing, make sure you bring enough food and drink for everyone. And do not forget the sunscreen. Have fun and bon appétit.


Best Picnic Spots in Lake Placid, New York

While Lake Placid is a major link among the communities of the Adirondacks, it’s also a great spot to spend all your time at. So, a picnic in the Lake Placid area will be among the highlights of your visit. The Cascade Lakes are perfect for a picnic as you can enjoy your time near the water, as well as explore nature, including a hike to the Cascade Waterfall.
Lake Placid’s public beach makes for a fun day visit. People can play in the lake or relax on the beach. Bring a canoe or kayak and enjoy spending time on the water. You can set up your picnic in the greenspace not far from the beach. Situated among the shade of tall trees, a picnic at the Lake Placid Public Beach will be a highlight of your visit to Lake Placid.

Best Picnic Spots in New York State. With plenty of options to have a picnic, you are not lacking for amazing spots around New York State to have a fun experience. You can combine history, water sports or exploration with your picnic. However, you want to enjoy your outing, make sure you bring enough food and drink for everyone. And do not forget the sunscreen. Have fun and bon appétit.


Best Picnic Spots in New York City, New York

Central Park is an obvious choice for a picnic when in New York City! Located between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side, Central Park is another Fredrick Law Olmstead beauty.

But here is a lesser known gem: Fort Tryon Park. Considered one of New York City’s most beautiful parks, Fort Tryon is the brainchild of John D. Rockefeller. He began acquiring land for the park more than 100 years ago. Today, people gather for picnics in the pen-air park in Manhattan, which offers views of the Hudson River and scenic views of wooded areas. The park also has a beautiful view of the Cloisters, which is a medieval monastery replica and home to several art pieces. It’s difficult to believe you’re in New York City as you enjoy your picnic in the 67-acre park.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Best Picnic Spots in Niagara Falls, New York

Of course, the main attraction is the Falls, but Niagara Falls State Park is a picturesque setting for a picnic. Goat Island and Three Sisters Island have spots dedicated for picnics. Located near parking lot #2, the area is near the Tesla memorial, as well as a short walk from the falls themselves. Stroll over to Luna Island and you are inches from the top of the falls and can watch the water race by as it edges closer to the drop point.

A little bit down the road is the Devil’s Hole. The park has a picnic area in addition to the scenic overviews and the hiking trail. (My story for the Devil’s Hole… we used to go hiking there quite often with my father and grandfather. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I knew there were stairs!! Those two used to drag us down the paths, and I’ll never forget going hand over hand across the stone slides to get to the other side. Oh, by the way – those stone slides? Let’s just say there is a reason the nearest bridge to Canada is called the Whirlpool Bridge! If my mother knew half of what we did… )

Best Picnic Spots in Saratoga Springs, New York

Picnic ghosts from the past at the Saratoga National Historic Park. Site of a major battle during war for independence, the national park is home to several war memorials, including a 155-feet tall obelisk commemorating the American victory, the Schuyler House and a battlefield in Stillwater. The park has picnic areas set aside, so you can combine a fun dining option with the beauty of the natural surroundings and a bit of history.

Congress Park is another beautiful area to combine a picnic with majestic views and a touch of history. Visit the Saratoga Springs History Museum and the former Canfield Casino during your visit. Bring a blanket to enjoy your picnic on the well-maintained grounds. Following your picnic, stroll the grounds and take in the impressive views the park has to offer.

Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State. Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scariest and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great family time.


Best Picnic Spots inSyracuse, New York

Eat with the fishes at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery. The park, which is home to a hatchery where you can take self-guided tours, has 20 picnic tables available on a first come-first served basis. However, nothing wrong with laying a blanket on the ground and enjoying an old-fashioned picnic. The hatchery is also home to a playground for children and a large green space where you can play games.

Onondaga State Park has two picnic areas available – Willow Bay and Cold Springs. So, you have an option of where you want to enjoy your meal. Onondaga State Park isn’t your typical park, with attractions such as the salt museum, Butterfly Garden of Hope and the Ska Nonh Center (Great Law of Peace Center, which tells the history of local Native Americans). The park is also home to water activities including fishing, kayaking and canoeing, as well as boating. Bike and hiking trails are also located in the park.

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Best Summer Family Getaways in New York State Summer means vacation time! New York State is home to many inviting spots to spend a long weekend or a full week (or two) with the family. From retracing the steps of great Olympians to camping and fishing outdoors to checking out some of the scary and fun attractions at amusement parks, New York State invites you to enjoy some great quality time with your loved ones on a terrific family getaway.

10 Fabulous New York State Springtime Getaways – While we may take it for granted sometimes, those of us who live in New York State know that it is a wonderful place to live and play during the springtime. Whether you are a New York State resident, or you are just vacationing in this beautiful region, you can find some pretty amazing places to visit here in the Empire State.


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