New York Bucket List ~ Adirondacks Region

Final region of New York! Headed into the Adirondacks before we explore Vermont over the next few days!


  • High Falls Park: Park features a 4-tiered waterfall.


  • International Maple Museum Centre: Explore the history and evolution of the maple syrup industry.

Crown Point

  • Champlain Memorial Lighthouse: This lighthouse memorial sits on the shores of Lake Champlain.
  • Crown Point State Historic Site: Old military stronghold on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Glens Falls

  • Cooper’s Cave Overlook: This cave was make famous in The Last of the Mohicans.

Lake George

  • Fort William Henry Museum: Details the history of the fort that played a role in the French and Indian War.
  • Lake George Battlefield Park: Battles in both the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War were fought on this site.

Lake Placid

  • John Brown Farm State Historic Site: Home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown.
  • Mount Marcy: View (or summit if you are an avid hiker!) the highest point in New York.
  • Olympic Center and Museum: Commemorates both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games.


  • Whetstone Gulf State Park: Hike along this gorge area.

Lyons Falls

  • Agers Falls: Small set of falls at a little park.


  • Almanzo Wilder Farm: Boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder.


  • Battle of Plattsburgh War of 1812 Museum: Museum explores the causes and effects of the War of 1812.
  • Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island: Unique lighthouse on an island in Lake Champlain.


  • Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park: Great place to hike and explore caves and waterfalls.


  • Fort Ticonderoga: Fort built by the French along Lake Champlain.


  • High Falls Gorge: Explore several hiking trails and waterfalls at this nature park.

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New York Bucket List~1000 Islands Seaway Region

Moving further north in New York state today. We now get to explore the region of 1000 Islands.

Alexandria Bay

  • Boldt Castle: Huge castle mansion built in the 1900s that can be toured today.


  • Fort Brewerton/Blockhouse Museum: This French and Indian War fort was originally built in the shape of an eight point star.

Cape Vincent

  • Tibbetts Point Lighthouse: Located where the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario meet.


  • Cedar Point State Park: One of New York’s oldest state parks, this is a great place to enjoy the water along the St. Lawrence River.


  • Wellesley Island State Park: Rustic camping area along the St. Lawrence River.

Fishers Landing

  • Rock Island Lighthouse State Park: Take a tour of this island and its picturesque lighthouse.


  • Southwick Beach State Park: Great place to swim on the shore of Lake Ontario.


  • Robert Moses State Park: Explore trails through woods and marsh at this park located near the international border.


  • Spy Island, Mexico Point Park: Learn how this park area played a pivotal role in the American Revolution.


  • Salmon River Falls Unique Area: Area of steep gorge cliffs that features a waterfall.


  • Fort Ontario State Historic Site: This old fort played a role in both the French and Indian War as well as the War of 1812.


  • 1838 Selkirk Lighthouse: Located at the mouth of the Salmon River where it meets Lake Ontario.
  • Sandy Island Beach State Park: Enjoy this stretch of Beach along Lake Ontario.
  • Selkirk Shores State Park: Enjoy this bluff area along the shores of Lake Ontario.


  • Kring Point State Park: This park is on a narrow peninsula and a visitor can see water standing at any given point in the park.

Sackets Harbor

  • Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site: Preserves the site of two major battles in the War of 1812.

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New York Bucket List ~ Finger Lakes Region

Back at the blog for one more full week of Bucket List entries before we head out on an adventure next week! That means the following week I will finally have some “real life” adventures to share once more! But for this week we will round out New York and get a start on Vermont. Three days of New York left!


  • Pinnacle State Park: Take in some stunning views from this high up park.


  • Harriet Tubman National Historical Park: Visit the house of this famed Underground Railroad conductor.


  • Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansions State Historic Park: Visit the grounds of this sprawling Victorian estate.


  • Waverly Glen Park: Small city park that features a waterfall.


  • American Red Cross, Clara Barton House Chapter #1: This house details the history of the Red Cross and the life of Clara Barton.


  • Mark Twain Study and Exhibit: Visit the small cottage where they idea of Huck Finn was born.
  • Newtown Battlefield State Park: Site of American Revolution battle.

Fair Haven

  • Fair Haven Beach State Park: Park that sits on the shores of Lake Ontario.


  • Buttermilk Falls State Park: Park names for the waterfall located in the park.
  • Cascadilla Creek Gorge: Enjoy several waterfalls along this creek.
  • Ithaca Falls on Fall Creek: One of several falls along the creek, this one is near the downtown area.
  • Robert H. Treman State Park: Features a gorge with several waterfalls.


  • Clark Reservation State Park: Park features a lake formed from a glacial waterfall.

Montour Falls

  • Havana Glen Park and Gorge: Small park that has a short trail leading to a waterfall.


  • Fillmore Glen State Park: Wooded park that features a gorge and waterfall.


  • Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill: Take in the views from one of the highest spots in the county.


  • Pratts Falls County Park: Scenic trails lead to a 137 ft waterfall.


  • Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society and Museum: Lighthouse that sits above Lake Ontario.
  • High Falls: One of three sets of waterfalls along the Genesee River.
  • National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House: Home of Susan B. Anthony for 40 years while she was fighting for women’s rights.

Seneca Falls

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton House: Home of Suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame: Dedicated to the women who have changed the world.
  • Women’s Rights National Historical Park: Preserves the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention.

Sodus Point

  • Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum: Picturesque lighthouse located on the shores of Lake Ontario.


  • Erie Canal Museum: Dives into the history of the Erie Canal.
  • Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology: Hands on science museum for all ages.


  • Taughannock Falls State Park: Park features a stunning 215 ft waterfall.


  • National Memorial Day Museum: Visit the house where the idea of Memorial Day was born.

Watkins Glen

  • Watkins Glen State Park: Beautiful hiking area to explore the rock formations and waterfall.


  • Chimney Bluffs State Park: These dramatic bluffs can be explored high above Lake Ontario.

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New York Bucket List ~ Greater Niagara Region

Moving on to a region I can’t wait to visit someday! Niagara Falls has been on my Bucket List since I was young.


  • Akron Falls Park: Beautiful park that features a 40 ft waterfall.


  • Golden Hill State Park: Sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and features a lighthouse.
  • Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse: Lighthouse within Golden Hill State Park.


  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: Expansive gardens to enjoy in the Buffalo area.
  • Buffalo and Erie Country Naval and Military Park: Expansive museum where guests can tour 3 naval ships.
  • Buffalo Harbor State Park: Take in stunning views of Lake Erie.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site: This is where Teddy Roosevelt took the oath of office following McKinley’s assassination.


  • Letchworth State Park: Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” this gorge features several waterfalls.


  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff: Lakeside summer estate designed by the great architect.

East Aurora

  • Millard Fillmore House: Home of the 13th President of the United States.


  • Original Kazoo Company, Factory, Museum and Gift Shop: Take a tour of the factory that designed the first ever metal kazoos.

Grand Island

  • Buckhorn Island State Park: Park preserves meadows, woods, and marsh land.


  • Oak Orchard Lighthouse: Learn the history of this lighthouse located on the point extending into Lake Ontario.

Le Roy

  • Jell-o Gallery Museum: Museum dedicated to the history of that jiggly dessert.


  • Erie Canal Discovery Center: Three levels of exhibits about the history and life along the Erie Canal.
  • Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride: Take this boat tour through the Erie canal and its caves and tunnels.
  • Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises: Take a ride along the Erie Canal.

Niagara Falls

  • Devil’s Hole State Park: Overlooks the Devil’s Hole Rapids.
  • Niagara Falls Observation Tower: Allows you to view both Niagara Falls and Horseshoe Falls from the same spot.
  • Niagara Falls State Park: Take in views of Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls at the oldest state park in the nation.
  • Whirlpool State Park: Overlooks the Niagara Whirlpool located in Niagara Gorge.


  • Wilson Tuscarora State Park: Park has trails to explore and is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario.


  • Fort Niagara State Park: Park is oldest continuously operated military site on the continent. Old Fort Niagara is open for tours within the park.

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New York Bucket List ~ Chautauqua-Allegheny Region

Shorter list as we enter another mountain range area today.

Bemus Point

  • Long Point State Park: This short peninsula juts into the lake and offers a nice beach area.


  • Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse: This old lighthouse is located on Lake Erie.

East Otto

  • Griffis Sculpture Park: First sculpture park to exist in the United States.


  • Evangola State Park: Park along the shores of Lake Erie.


  • Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum: Explore the life and times of this famous comedic couple.
  • National Comedy Center: Museum dedicated to the actors and writers who helped the rise of comedy in America.


  • Cutco Visitors Center: We love Cutco knives in our house, so visiting their visitor center would be fun!
  • Rock City Park: Enjoy massive rock formations along the trails.


  • Panama Rocks Scenic Park: Hike along huge rock formations and tunnels.


  • Allegheny State Park: Take a hike through these forested valleys.

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New York Bucket List ~ Central New York Region

Today we begin to explore the central part of New York state.


  • Wintergreen Park and Gorge: Small village park that features a gorge and waterfall.


  • Oxbow Falls Country Park: Area of rugged terrain that features a 100 ft waterfall.


  • Chittenango Falls State Park: Parks features is a gorgeous cascading waterfall.

Chenango Forks

  • Chenango Valley State Park: Park that features two kettle lakes in the valley.


  • National Baseball Hall of Fame: THE place to go and visit for all things baseball.

Fort Hunter

  • Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site: Contains ruins of the old Erie Canal where it ran over Schoharie Creek.

Fort Johnson

  • Old Fort Johnson: This fort dates back to the French and Indian War.

Howes Cave

  • Howe Caverns: Tour this fun cavern.


  • Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site: Marks the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the American Revolution.


  • Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark: Home of Gerrit Smith: social reformer, abolitionist, and presidential candidate.
  • National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum: Museum that honors all abolitionists and their struggle as they fought to end slavery.


  • Steuben Memorial State Historic Site: Site honors Baron von Steuben, the “Drillmaster of the American Revolution.”


  • Fort Stanwix National Monument: Reconstructed fort known as “The Fort that Never Surrendered.”


  • Old Stone Fort Museum: Originally built as a church, this building was barricaded in with the impending American Revolutionary War.

Verona Beach

  • Verona Beach Lighthouse: Located on the shores of Oneida Lake, the largest body of water located entirely in New York state.

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New York Bucket List ~ Catskills Region

Exploring the great outdoors of the Catskills today!


  • Tompkins Falls: 20 foot waterfall that features three drops.


  • Hudson-Athens Lighthouse: Lighthouse on the Hudson visible from either town in its name.


  • Minisink Battleground Park: Location of a Revolutionary War battle.


  • Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park: Enjoy this old stone arch bridge, the main feature of the park.


  • Thomas Cole National Historic Site: Home and studio of famed painter Thomas Cole.


  • Sam’s Point Preserve: Enjoy this high mountain point and its stunning views.

Elka Park

  • Dibbles Quarry: Enjoy hiking trails at this old quarry.

Haines Falls

  • Katerskill Falls: Highest cascading waterfall in the state.

Mount Tremper

  • World’s Largest Kaleidoscope: This kaleidoscope is built into a silo!


  • Fort Delaware: Learn about colonial times at this historic fort.

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New York Bucket List ~ Capital-Saratoga Region

Moving further up into the state, we now approach the capital city region.


  • Empire State Plaza Observation Deck: Take in views of the city from this skyscaper.
  • New York State Capitol: Explore the main government building of the state.
  • New York State Museum: Learn about the history of the state.
  • Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site: Home of Phillip Schuyler.
  • USS Slater: Tour this WWII destroyer.


  • Cohoes Falls: Wide waterfall on the Mohawk River.

Fort Ann

  • Sleeping Beauty Mountain: Hike this 7 mile trail for views of Lake George.


  • Johnson Hall State Historic Site: Home of William Johnson, a British superintendent, who works with Indian relations.


  • Cherry Plain State Park: Hike the woods of the Taconic Valley.

Saratoga Springs

  • Saratoga Spa State Park: Visit the renowned baths, mineral springs, and spa.


  • Museum of Innovation and Science: Check out this hands on science center.


  • Fort Hardy Park: Site of an important fort in the French and Indian War.
  • General Phillip Schuyler House: Home to Alexander Hamilton’s father in law.


  • Saratoga National Historical Park: Preserves the battlefields of the Battle of Saratoga.


  • John Boyd Thacher State Park: Provides scenic mountain and valley views.


  • Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site: Preserves a battle site of the American Revolution.


  • Peebles Island State Park: Hike trails on this island at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers.


  • Grant Cottage State Historic Site: Final home of President Grant before he died of throat cancer.

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New York Bucket List ~ Hudson Valley Region

Today we begin to explore Upstate New York and travel into the region around the Hudson River Valley.


  • Mount Gulian Historic Site: Visit this reconstructed Dutch manor house that takes you back to colonial times.

Bear Mountain

  • Bear Mountain State Park: This park offers hiking opportunities with sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley.


  • Buttermilk Falls Country Park: Hike this one mile loop to view the falls.

Cold Spring

  • Hudson Highlands State Park: Hike the mountains along the river for some gorgeous views!

Copake Falls

  • Taconic State Park: This mountainous park also features some fun waterfalls!

Cornwall on Hudson

  • Storm King Park: Hike these trails for nice views of the Hudson and Catskills.


  • Croton Gorge Park: This park features the dam and spillway and makes a great picnic spot.


  • Bannerman Castle: Tour this castle located on an Island in the Hudson.

Fort Montgomery

  • Fort Montgomery State Historic Site: Fort built along the Hudson for use during the American Revolution.


  • Art Omi: Large avant-garde sculpture park.


  • High Tor State Park: Offers gorgeous views of the Hudson.


  • Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park: Cross the Hudson on the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

Hyde Park

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site: Designed to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum: Museum dedicated to the presidency of FDR.
  • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site: This house was the birthplace, lifelong home, and burial site to FDR.
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site: Built by one of the first families of wealth in America.


  • John Jay Homestead State Historic Site: Preserves the home of John Jay, author of some of the Federalist papers and first Chief Justice of the United States.


  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Gorgeous hiking spot that includes a waterfall.


  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site: Visit the home of the 8th president of the United States.


  • Roudout Lighthouse: One of the still functioning lighthouses marking the Roudout Creek.
  • Senate House State Historic Site: Site of New York’s First Constitutional Convention met during the Revolutionary War.


  • Schunnemunk Mountain State Park: Picturesque mountain hiking area.


  • Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site: Visit the place where Washington headquartered along the Hudson.

New Windsor

  • Storm King Art Center: Visit this open air art museum.

Port Jervis

  • Tri-State Overlook: This point allows views of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Stony Point

  • Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site: American Revolution Battle Site.

Tuxedo Park

  • Sterling Forest State Park: Beautiful area to escape the bustle of the city.

Vails Gate

  • Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site: Headquarters for General Knox during the American Revolution.

West Point

  • United States Military Academy at West Point: Tour the famed military academy.

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New York Bucket List ~ NYC Region

Today we head to the Big Apple! Time to explore everything NYC, so it’s a long list today! I’ve visited twice as a kid, but have never been back as an adult. This list includes New York City, with Manhattan under that same umbrella, and then Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island get individual listings as well!


  • Fort Totten: This fortress dates back to the Civil War.


  • Bronx Zoo: Largest metropolitan zoo by area!
  • New York Botanical Garden: Enjoy a series of walking paths through these gardens.
  • Roberto Clemente State Park: Large urban park along the Harlem River.


  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Stunning garden in the heart of Brooklyn.
  • New York Aquarium: Visit the oldest continually operating aquarium in the nation.
  • New York Transit Museum: Explore the history of the buses, subways, and rails that keep the city in motion.

New York City

  • 9/11 Memorial and Tribute Museum: Museum and Memorial that commemorate the attacks of Sept 11, 2001.
  • African Burial Ground National Monument: Largest excavated burial ground of free and enslaved Black Americans that helps show how slavery shaped the history of the city.
  • American Folk Art Museum: Filled with some fun, quirky art.
  • American Museum of Natural History: Explore this huge science museum that has been featured in a few movies as well!
  • Central Park: Explore so many things in this huge city park!
  • Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration: Learn about the journeys of immigrants as they found new homes in America.
  • Empire State Building: Take in city views from the top of this iconic landmark in NYC.
  • Federal Hall National Memorial: Historic Building on Wall Street that initially housed our nation’s government.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: Park dedicated to the four freedoms mentioned in FDR’s 1941 inaugural address.
  • General Grant National Memorial: Grant’s tomb is the final resting place of the 18th president of the United States.
  • Grand Central Terminal: Large terminal to catch trains and subways.
  • Hamilton Grange National Memorial: Former home of Alexander Hamilton.
  • Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum: American military and maritime museum.
  • Met Cloisters: Museum that focuses on medieval art.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: One of the world’s largest art museums.
  • Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden: One of a few 18th century buildings left in the city, it shows a historic travel location where people could get away from the city.
  • Museum of American Finance: Only museum dedicated to American finance and its history.
  • Museum of the City of New York: Explore the rich history of the city.
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage: Living museum to those that perished in the Holocaust.
  • One World Observatory: Take in the sites from the top of the tallest skyscraper in the United States.
  • Riverbank State Park: Urban park along the Hudson River.
  • Rockefeller Center: View the famous plaza that lights up a huge Christmas tree each year and offers ice skating in the winter.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Explore this art museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument: Iconic sculpture that welcomed immigrants to America.
  • Stonewall National Monument: Area that played a huge role in LGBTQ movement.
  • St. Paul’s Chapel: Historic still in use church near the 9/11 memorial.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site: Birthplace and childhood home of the 26th President of the United States.
  • Times Square: Visit this iconic area of NYC with all its bustling activity and shops.
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Another great way to take in the skyline views of the city.
  • United Nations: Visit this intergovernmental organization.


  • Louis Armstrong House Museum: Home of famous jazz musician, Louis Armstrong.
  • Queens Botanical Gardens: Sprawling oasis of inspiring gardens.

Staten Island

  • Clay Pit Ponds State Park: Park that offers unique habitats and trails.
  • Fort Wadsworth: Guardian of the Narrows: One of the oldest military installations in the nation.
  • Gateway National Recreation area: Provides hiking and ocean swimming in an otherwise urban area.
  • National Lighthouse Museum: Museum dedicated to the history of lighthouses and their keepers.

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