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The Adventure NY initiative, announced in Governor Cuomo's 2017 State of the State message, is a multi-year outdoor recreation campaign to connect more New York families and visitors to the great outdoors. Learn more about the Adventure NY initiative and programs for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.

New York State has many wonderful opportunities to get outside and enjoy activities year-round, including birdwatching and wildlife viewing; warm-weather adventures such as swimming, biking, and horseback riding; cold-weather pursuits such as skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling; and even more challenging adventures like geocaching or rock and ice climbing.

Plan YOUR adventure (PDF) now for New York's breathtaking outdoor experiences.

Year-round Activities

Watching Wildlife

Check out New York's watchable wildlife -- search by location or species you'd like to see.


Visit the I Bird NY web page to get started viewing NY's more than 450 different species.


Learn about Geocaching, the real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS, that is popular on New York State lands. This great family friendly adventure is for all abilities and you can find geocaches throughout New York State (and beyond!).

girls playing in the water at the beach
New York State's waters are great for swimming
and water recreation.

Warm-Weather Activities


Visit our Destinations page for thousands of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, miles of coastline where you can take a cool, refreshing dip.


Learn more about bicycling on DEC lands. From mountain biking and off-road biking to easy rides on paved paths, New York State has something for every cyclist.

Horseback Riding

Horseback enthusiasts can enjoy a wide variety of riding terrain and views throughout New York State. Learn about locations, safety, rules, and more.

Cold-Weather Activities

cross-country skiers on a trail
Cross-country skiing affords the opportunity
to get out and experience the outdoors in a
unique way.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cross-country skiing and showshoeing are great ways to stay in shape and to see some of the most beautiful scenery found in New York State.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Visit I Ski NY for information on downhill ski and snowboard resorts in New York as well as ski reports.


New York State hosts more than 10,000 miles of trails for snowmobilers to enjoy when the ground is covered in snow. Learn more about safety, rules, and regulations.

snowmobiles going along a trail
There are more than 10,300 miles of trails
within the New York State Trail System.

Climbing Activities

Rock and Ice Climbing allow you to test your strength, endurance, agility, and balance. Enjoy the adventure of rock and ice climbing in the Catskills, Adirondacks, or other locations around New York State.

More about More Outdoor Activities:

  • Swimming - Find recommended places to swim, safe swimming information and resources to help the public avoid potential water hazards.
  • Geocaching - Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting activity using GPS-enabled devices.
  • Horseback Riding - Find recommended places to horseback ride, safe horseback riding information, and rules for horseback riding on state land.
  • Rock and Ice Climbing - Find recommended places to rock and ice climb, rules for rock and ice climbing on state land, and climbing safety information
  • Bicycling - Find recommended places to ride bicycles and trail etiquette information
  • Snowmobiling - Find recommended places to snowmobile in New York following DEC policies
  • Skiing and Snowshoeing - Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in New York State.