Empire State Plaza Rink

Empire State Plaza Skating Rink

Albany (Albany County) Why we love it Each winter, Empire State Plaza turns into Empire Skate Plaza, Albany’s answer to the rink at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. Practicing your figure eights upstate will cost you less — in fact, admission is...
Cornish Estate Ruins

Cornish Estate Ruins

Cold Spring (Putnam County) Why we love it Flanking Mount Taurus, these ruins combine impressiveness and accessibility. A short, slightly uphill walk on the estate’s former driveway leads right to the crumbling confection, built ca. 1910 and owned for 20...
Olana

Olana

Running the carriage roads at Olana is a great way to explore Frederic Church’s designed landscape.
Locust Grove

Locust Grove

Explore the carriage roads at the home of artist-inventor Samuel Morse.
Croton Gorge Park

Croton Gorge Park

Marvel at the Croton Dam, the world's third-largest hand-hewn stone structure.
Dibbles Quarry

Dibbles Quarry

A short, kid-friendly hike leads to fantastic rock creations.
Sculpture at Art Omi

Art Omi

Where else can you ski and enjoy world-class art at the same time?
Bannerman Island

Bannerman Island

Accessible from Beacon (Dutchess County) or Newburgh (Orange County) Why we love it For hikers or travelers on Metro-North, the castle ruins on Bannerman Island add to the Romantic allure of the Hudson Highlands. Taking a guided tour of this...