Wednesday, May 2, 2018

5 Best Spots in New York for a Lakeside Vacation

Whether you love swimming and fishing or prefer relaxing and soaking up the sun, New York's lakes have just what you want for a family vacation. Can't decide on the perfect place to plan your getaway? Check out five of New York's best destinations for a lakeside vacation.
Cayuga Lake
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One of the most popular bodies of water in the state, Cayuga Lake is also the longest and second-deepest of the Finger Lakes. Cayuga Lake spans nearly 40 miles and offers an extensive range of activities, from swimming and sunbathing to boating and fishing. If you'd rather stay on dry land, try completing the 101-mile bike route around the lake or check out the local wineries. When you're ready to turn in for the night, set your sights on lively Ithaca, which is perched at the southern end of the lake.
Oneida Lake
Also located in Central New York, Oneida Lake is the state's largest body of water. Since it isn't nearly as deep as the Finger Lakes, Oneida Lake tends to get much warmer, making it perfect for taking a dip. In fact, this might be the perfect place to swim, go water skiing, or go boating. While you're here, go hiking or stop for a picnic at gorgeous Verona Beach State Park and enjoy a fun afternoon at Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, too. Stay a while and book a hotel in Syracuse, which is on the southwestern side of the lake.
Chautauqua Lake
Nestled in the western corner of New York, Chautauqua Lake is one of the most scenic spots you'll find anywhere in the state. It's home to several swimming beaches, plenty of lakeside walking trails, and Midway State Park, a family-friendly amusement park that dates back to 1898. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the Chautauqua Institution, a seasonal resort and historic district that hosts educational lectures, cultural performances, and programming for all ages. The institution is nearly 150 years old.
Saratoga Lake
In Upstate New York, Saratoga Lake has been attracting visitors for centuries, thanks to its clear waters, lovely beaches, and charming towns. Brown's Beach is the ideal place to go for a swim, and Waterfront Park is great for kayaking or picnicking. If you're planning to fish or paddle, head to the New York state boat launch on the northern end of the lake. Stay in nearby Saratoga Springs, and be sure to visit Saratoga Spa State Park, too.
Lake Champlain
Located on the Vermont border, Lake Champlain is one of the most northern bodies of water in New York. For the lake's best swimming, set your sights on Cumberland Bay State Park, and for boating or hiking, head to Point Au Roche State Park. Don't miss your chance to explore the stunning geological formations in Ausable Chasm. Make delightful Plattsburgh your home base near the northern end of the lake.
Whether you prefer water sports, outdoor adventures, or historic districts, New York's lakes have it all. Take your pick from these popular destinations, and start planning your ultimate lakeside getaway.