Spring is almost here and soon New York will exchange its snowy coat for one of nature in full bloom. It’s a beautiful time to visit and enjoy the state’s many outdoor activities that make the most of the spectacular scenery, including fishing, golfing, hiking and mountain biking.
Or take your spring celebration further by partaking in the numerous flower shows, festivals and sporting events on offer. A new season – and new opportunities for adventures – has sprung!
The melting of the snow may call the end to some of New York State’s sporting activities, but all that water creates the opportunity for another thrilling adventure with the official start of white water raftingseason. Come spring, the state’s rivers begin to churn with class three, four and five whitewater, creating many opportunities for unforgettable journeys. For those interested in a more tame experience, the rapids calm down a bit after a month or two to class one, two or three levels. Travellers can experience the rush of rafting down the Hudson River Gorge, Black River or Moose River in the Adirondack region, the Salmon River in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, or the Genesee River in the Finger Lakes area to name just a few of the many opportunities to wrestle the rapids. Guided tours are available in all regions and experienced guides will work with travellers to meet their specific needs and comfort levels.
Camping offers another, but sedate opportunity to explore the beauty of New York in spring. The state has more than 500 campgrounds on offer, ranging from resort-type experiences on Lake George or at Old Forge, to more rustic options. All offer outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the millions of scenic acres before falling asleep under the stars.
Spring also heralds the return of golf to the state, where the PGA was founded in 1916. There are numerous courses throughout the state for golfers of all levels. Saratoga National Golf Club in the Capital-Saratoga region of the state, is ranked as one of “America’s Greatest 100 Public Courses.” To find other top courses throughout the state, including courses designed by Jack Niklaus and Robert Trent Jones, travellers need look no further than the New York Golf Trail. The trail highlights top courses in seven of the state’s regions including Cooperstown, Hudson Valley, Niagara and Central New York, as well as nearby accommodations.