Things To Do (off the golf course)

A golf trip is not complete without taking advantage of New York’s many attractions and activities. Each of New York’s scenic regions offers fun away from the course… ranging from winery tours to racetracks to microbreweries to shopping. We’ve listed just a few of our favorites below. (we’ll also be glad to share with you some things that don’t always find in a travel guide. ..just ask!).

Saratoga Sets the Pace

Saratoga activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail The pace of summer was set centuries ago in Saratoga Springs, located just 25 miles north of Albany. Time in Saratoga passes at your leisure. The famed racetrack, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the spas and mineral baths, and the gourmet dining and shopping on Broadway are just a few of Saratoga’s famed attractions. You’ll see why ESPN named Saratoga Race Course as one of the 25 greatest sports venues in America. The horses run from late July through Labor Day.

Broadway has a life of its own in spring, summer and fall. Live music, great restaurants, dozens of shops…all connected by sidewalks filled with visitors taking in one of America’s “Greatest Towns.”

Here are a few websites to check out our recommended attractions...

More information for Saratoga Visitors www.saratoga.org
Saratoga activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail
Saratoga Race Course www.nyra.com/saratoga
Saratoga Spa State Park www.saratogaspastatepark.org
Saratoga National Historic Park www.nps.gov/sara

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Lake Placid
A Gold Medal Destination

Lake Placid activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail Centered in the heart of the High Peaks region, Lake Placid has always had spectacular scenery. But after hosting the 1980 Olympics, it captured the heart of America as well. A stroll down charming Main Street with its shops and restaurants is a must, but there’s much more.

Spring, summer and fall activities abound. You don’t need snow to ride the Cloudsplitter on Whiteface Mountain, the most scenic gondola in North America. Visit the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, where the U.S freestyle aerial team trains in front of summer crowds. Careen down an outdoor Olympic bobsled run. Skate on 1980's “Miracle on Ice.” Just a few ideas for you!

Websites you should check out...

More information for Lake Placid Visitors www.lakeplacid.com

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and Gondola www.whitefaceregion.com
Olympic Ski Jump Complex www.orda.org
Verizon Sports Complex www.verizonsportscomplex.com

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A Hall of Fame Town

Cooperstown activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum is a must-see. It's home to thousands of the game's most important and unique artifacts. The 2009 induction weekend is July 24-26. Doubleday Field is only a few blocks away. Main Street is filled with baseball shops and great restaurants. It also borders picturesque Otsego Lake. Once here, you will not want to miss all of the other attractions and recreational opportunities that make this region so special.

The Cooperstown Beverage Trail has quickly become a must-do for visitors, where tours and samplings at Bear Pond Wines, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company, and the Fly Creek Cider Mill provide a true “taste” of the area. The history buff must not miss a trip to The Farmers’ Museum, where they will take a step back in time to 1845. For art enthusiasts, the Fenimore Art Museum and Cooperstown Art Association, as well as the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery, offer inspiring exhibits.
Cooperstown activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail
Websites to check out:

More information for Cooperstown Visitors www.thisiscoooperstown.com

Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum www.baseballhalloffame.org
Doubleday Field www.friendsofdoubleday.org
Cooperstown Beverage Trail www.cooperstownbeveragetrail.com

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Central New York
A Boating and Fishing Paradise

Central New York activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail Central New York is an outdoor paradise, with some barbecue thrown in for good measure. This region has it all – the annual State Fair, Carousel Center (upstate’s landmark mall and the region’s biggest tourist destination), and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, the honky tonk rib joint featured on The Travel Channel.

Throw in the world- class fishing, boating and spas and you’ve got the makings of a golf trip and then some. The Mirbeau Inn and Spa features an array of massage therapies and spa treatments for him and her. Down the road from Mirbeau is the picturesque resort village of Skaneateles, which sits on Skaneateles Lake, one of the famed Finger Lakes. Take a lake tour or enjoy the public park on the lake’s north shore. Oneida Lake is due north, with chartered fishing tours that will give you the thrill of sport fishing on the Great Lakes.

Central New York activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail Websites to check out:

More information for Central New York Visitors www.visitsyracuse.org

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que www.dinobbq.org
Carousel Center www.carouselcenter.com
Mirbeau www.mirbeau.com
Mid-Lakes Navigation www.midlakesnav.com
Catch 22 Fishing Charters www.catch22fishingcharters.com
NY State Fair www.nysfair.org

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Finger Lakes Region
Wineries, Spas & Shopping

Finger Lakes activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail Western New York is home to the Finger Lakes and Rochester, both of which offer golfers a host of off-course activities. Let's start with the renowned Finger Lakes and the dozens of wineries surrounding these glacial beauties. Rolling hills, farmlands and clear waters have made the Finger Lakes a natural destination for more than one million visitors annually. Charming towns dot the landscape, providing lots of opportunities to shop (Eastview Mall and the Waterloo Premium Outlets), dine and even have a spa treatment.

Nearby Rochester is a golfer's paradise...home to the Wegmans LPGA Championship in June and Oak Hill Golf Club, which has hosted the Ryder Cup, U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Check out the New York Wine and Culinary Center on Canandaigua Lake, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and the Finger Lakes Race Track, with daily thoroughbred racing. All are an easy drive from your hotel!

Finger Lakes activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail Websites to check out:

More information for Finger Lakes Visitors www.fingerlakes.org

The New York Wine and Culinary Center www.nywcc.com/
Finger Lakes Race Track www.fingerlakesracetrack.com
Keuka Lake Wine Trail www.keukawinetrail.com

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Hudson Valley
Home of West Point and Magnificent Estates

Hudson Valley activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail The Hudson Valley claims some of the state’s most popular sights, including West Point Military Academy, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt home, the Rockefeller estate and the Culinary Institute of America.

The Institute features five award-winning restaurants, public tours and a beautiful campus on the shores of the Hudson. It’s the world’s premier culinary college.

Don’t miss West Point on the shores of the Hudson. The massive campus with its Gothic Revival buildings perched on the west side above the Hudson River is extremely impressive. The West Point Museum is the oldest and largest collection of war memorabilia and war trophies in the U.S. See an atomic bomb, the cannon that fired the first American shot in World War I, and uniforms and artifacts that trace the history of warfare. See Trophy Point, where cannons captured from five wars are gathered in remembrance.
Hudson Valley activities other than golf, from the NY Golf Trail
Two of the Hudson Valley's most picturesque and enjoyable villages, Cold Spring and Nyack, cling to either side of the river. Visitors with an interest in presidential history will enjoy Roosevelt’s Hyde Park. Those who want to see how the wealthy once lived shouldn’t miss the Rockefeller Estate.

Websites to check out:

More information for Hudson Valley Visitors www.travelhudsonvalley.org

West Point (U.S. Military Academy) www.usma.edu
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum www.nps.gov/hofr
Culinary Institute of America www.ciachef.edu
Kykuit (the Rockefeller Estate) www.hudsonvalley.org

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