The winter season is upon us and it’s time to begin planning your next trip to New York State! Do you plan to go outdoors for snow-related pursuits like the most thrilling mountain east side of the Rockies or ziplining through the pines covered in snow? For more moderate things to do, visit world-renowned museums or soak up the spirit of Christmas by watching a spectacular lighting show. Whatever you decide to do be sure to make the most of winter’s wonderlands and take a look at these winter-related activities that you must do in New York State!
Masks are generally recommended, but not required in all settings, as in accordance with New York State guidelines. Some attractions or companies may require masks. Check ahead with the company and visit their websites and social media channels to confirm that the attractions and amenities are available and open. There are the best 15 Things to do in NewYork during Winter.
15 Things to do in NewYork during Winter
1. Enjoy a Ski Getaway in New York State
With the highest number of ski areas of any state in the United States world-class skiing can be found close to New York. The beautiful Adirondacks region is the home of Gore Mountain, with more skiable acres than any other state. Also, there is Whiteface Mountain, which was a 1988 Winter Olympics site with the highest vertical drop to the eastern Rocky Mountains.
2. Explore Enchanting Ice Castles
Enter a dreamlike world of frozen fairytales within Lake George as the enchanting Ice Castles return to Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space with a breathtaking display of sculptures, cavern slides made of ice, and much much more. Wander through a quaint collection of snow igloos, walk along a dazzling glowing path to the mystic light walk, saunter up to the Ice Bar, and walk through the ice-carved tunnels. Although Lake George is a well-known summertime getaway, Lake George fully embraces winter, with the annually held Winter Carnival, which is held every Saturday and Sunday in February. There is also Winterfest which is held between mid-December and March.
3. Experience world-class winter sports at Lake Placid
Do you enjoy watching world-class athletes race? You’re lucky because the winter season in New York has a competitive aspect. The Adirondacks is the home of Lake Placid, a two-time host of the Winter Olympic Games, and is yet again set to be the center of winter sports in the 2023 FISU World University Games. Athletes from more than 50 nations will be descending on the village of the alpine to participate in 12 winter sports activities, from skiing and ice hockey to figure skating and snowboarding, reviving the long-standing tradition of the Olympic locations where the events will be held.
Catch the action from January 12-22 and experience the entirety of the wonderful things you can visit and do at Lake Placid and nearby towns in this thrilling winter sports event.
4. Explore winter wonderlands by snowmobiling
Explore stunning winter landscapes on the back of a snowmobile as you travel the more than 8000 kilometers of snowmobile corridor trails that traverse New York State. Explore The Adirondacks’ Tug Hill area (pictured) to discover many miles of densely forested trails and also for trailside eateries and hotels catering to winter snowmobilers.
Letchworth State Park includes an extensive trail network of more than 25 miles that offers riders breathtaking panoramas of the canyon, as well as waterfalls in this wonderland, referred to by the name “Grand Canyon of East.” Explore the kilometers of snowmobiling during wintertime throughout New York State.
5. Go Snow Tubing
Are you looking for a different method to experience the thrill of speeding down the hill in winter? Simply dress warmly and get ready for an unforgettable snow tubing trip throughout New York State. Peek N Peak resort located in the region of Chautauqua and Allegheny offers a seven-lane tube hill as well as a “Magic Carpet” conveyor lift that transports the tubing tube and you back to the top for another thrilling descent.
6. Experience Central Park in Winter
The iconic New York City Central Park is stunning in all seasons and winter is not an exception. Explore the vast meadows in winter as you see landmarks like the Bethesda Foundation up to Belvedere Castle shine with a snowy haze and feed the penguins at the zoo, take a trip to skate on the ice at the Wollman Rink and take in the falling flakes that fall from Bethesda Terrace Arcade while standing in the only location in the world with the Minton tiles ceiling.
The park is awe-inspiring from above eating in the Met Dining Room and the restaurant located at Bergdorf Goodman, and Asiate The Asiate Restaurant each of them overlooking the park, offering breathtaking views of the snowy landscape.
7. Visit a Botanical Garden
Escape the frigid winter weather and enjoy a relaxing tropical oasis at one of the state’s gorgeous botanical gardens. They are the Buffalo in the Erie County Botanical Gardens (pictured) and Erie County Botanical Gardens (pictured) is brimming with exotic horticulture treasures from all over the globe. The splendor of the Christmas season is brought to life during the Poinsettia and Railway Exhibit (through Jan. 1) that gets even more spectacular when it is Gardens after the dark which is when the flowering display is illuminated by an ethereal, vibrant glowing.
It is The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Aquatic House has a unique atmosphere that is typically pleasant and sunny which makes it a relaxing oasis on a cold winter’s day. With vibrant blooming orchids and tropical plants that cascade from hanging pots, and float in the swimming pools, it will feel like you’ve stepped into another dimension. New York Botanical Gardens includes Cacti, palms, and other plants that thrive in warm weather from across the world in the Enid. Haupt Conservatory.
8. Go on a Wintry Wine Tasting Tour
Do you think a trip the Long Island’s vineyard region is only a summertime activity? Don’t be so sure. The calm of the night is settling on the North Fork as the winter chill sets in, with not an ounce of autumn harvesters of apples and pumpkins. Enjoy the tranquility in Long Island’s vineyard region in the snow-shrouded vineyards, without the crowds. One Woman Wines and Vineyards, Suhru Wines, Coffee Pot Cellars, Sparkling Pointe along with Kontokosta (pictured) is located on the bluffs of sweeping views with a view of The Long Island Sound.
9. Experience a Winter Carnival
They aren’t one-time events, but rather customs that are intended to be enjoyed each year. One of the most awe-inspiring events during the winter season will be a 10-day celebration in the Adirondacks which is the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival (pictured). The dates are February 3-12. this annual celebration is activities for all the family. Explore the huge Ice Palace, test who is able to throw a cast iron fry pan the furthest in the Fry Pan Toss for Women, and then enjoy a night of entertainment in a variety of venues around the town.
Syracuse Winterfest is an event to which all ages are welcome. Take advantage of a myriad of events both indoors and outdoors such as cook-offs, tastings and cook-offs and also spectacular fireworks. All 11 days of festivities begin on the 16th of February. Participate in the entire month-long Lake George Winter Carnival every weekend during February. Explore the myriad of celebrations and events that make winter enjoyable! Discover an urban winter wonderland in which you can learn to ski, sledding, and much more in the bustling city. Central Park Winter Jam will return to the city on February 4.
10. Make it seem like summer at the indoor pool
Is the cold and snow becoming old? What does an 84-degree day seem like? Enjoy the summer vibe this winter in NY State’s indoor water parks. The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark (pictured) is an idyllic escape to the middle of winter at the foothills of the Catskill mountains. Fun for all ages. the largest indoor waterpark in New York has five thrilling water slides for both adults and kids as well as a lazy river with a theme of Jungle and a myriad of activities for kids.
Kartrite Resort is a must for all ages. Kartrite Resort has also been the home of other indoor attractions including the Playopolis Arcade and Van Winkle’s bowling alley The Scrapeskyer climbing wall and 3D gaming, and much more! Explore more than 500 feet of water slides as well as an open-air wave pool in the Cascades in Greek Peak Mountain Resort in the Finger Lakes and take a relaxing float on the lazy lake at Lake George’s Six Flags Great Escape Lodge.
11. Go ice skating
It’s time to get your skates and take to the ice! From December through March the reflecting pools in front of the magnificent New York State Capitol building in Empire State Plaza (pictured) become a skating rink that welcomes thousands of people each year for the free skate, full-service snacks bar, as well as a range of events, including events like the New York State Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony.
New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous and well-known skating rinks in the world, including Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and Wollman Rink. Enjoy winter in the snowiest city of America with the Clinton Square Ice Rink, situated in the center of downtown Syracuse among many of Syracuse’s most historic and gorgeous buildings.
12. It is a mushy ride across the ice and snow of a dogsled
Dogsledding is among the most exciting winter sports that can be enjoyed throughout New York State. It’s like gliding across the globe as an expertly-trained team of dogs pulls you across an ice-cold lake or along snow-covered forest trails. Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours in the Adirondacks provide rides on the frozen shores of Mirror Lake in downtown Lake Placid. Mike Arnold Dog Sled Rides also run races on Mirror Lake in the cold cool, fresh atmosphere that is Lake Placid. It is also the Lake George Winter Carnival which is held on the weekends in February, is also a great time to enjoy dog sled rides.
13. Go Through the Looking Glass in Corning
The Corning Museum of Glass is worth a visit this winter. It offers live demonstrations of glass blowing and glass-making experiences that you can make yourself This hands-on museum will bring the history of the glass to life through exhibitions like Reused restored Rethought Glass after The 1973 Chemung River Flood, Dish It! Corelle’s Durable Legacy, and many more. Explore the 3500-year-old story of glass right within Corelle’s Durable Legacy and the Finger Lakes. After visiting the exhibits, you can create your own glassware that you can take to home!
14. Apres-ski is always a good idea, even if you’re not skiing these lovely spots
There’s no need to take part in the apres-ski celebrations. It’s not necessary to sit in line for lifts or push yourself down a slope steeply in order to soak in the relaxed atmosphere that is prevalent when the sun sets over ski resorts all over New York State. This winter, visit Becks Tavern (pictured) next to Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks for a German-inspired meal. Holiday Valley Resort in Chautauqua-Allegheny, has a lively apres scene.
Take a ride on a mountain coaster, soak in the Spa, or chill by enjoying a craft beer from the local area at the close by Ellicottville Brewing Company. Hunter Mountain in the Catskills is known for being a popular place to enjoy winter sports and there is the Jagerberg beer hall, as well as the Alpine Tavern located at the foot of the ski area, which is a top apres-ski spot for visitors and locals alike.
15. Fly above the landscape with the snow kite
The sport of snowkiting is one of the most thrilling adventure sports that you might not have heard of until now. Utilize the power of the wind to fly through snow-covered fields. NY Kite Center located on Long Island offers intro classes for $299.99 which cover how to read the wind and fly, as well as how to set up your kit and remain secure. All equipment is included in the course.