Winter in New York: What to See & Do
Winter in New York: What to See & Do
If your assignment is in New York state, consider yourself lucky! Not only do you have iconic New York City at your fingertips, but also many must-see New York places. As a travel nurse, you have the opportunity to experience different seasons all over the country. And if you’ve never experienced New York in the winter, you should add it to your list. From one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures to off-the-grid foodie destinations, there is something for everyone in this New England state. Check out New York City jobs now!
Instagrammable & Iconic New York City
There is something magical about Christmas in New York: the lights, the shows, and the spirit of the season. From TV shows to movies, the iconic backdrop of New York City has become synonymous with the holidays. So, get ready to strike a pose as you experience NYC’s seasonal highlights.
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- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Snap a pic of the giant balloons, celebrity guests, and of course, Santa!
- The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Plaza — You’ll hear the music from Home Alone 2 as you pose in front of the most notable Christmas tree in the country.
- The Radio City Christmas Spectacular — ‘Tis the season to see the Rockettes’ high-kicking production
- Ice Skating in Central Park — Lace up your skates! You’ll recognize the famous rink from several movies. If ice skating isn’t your thing, be sure to grab some hot chocolate.
For the Adventure-Seekers
The state of New York is a winter wonderland; full of breathtaking ski slopes, historic trails, and unforgettable experiences. Here’s your quick guide of where to go and what to do. Grab your cameras and snow gear; let’s hit the slopes
Buffalo, New York
If you’re looking for a winter wonderland, Buffalo should be first on your list. Think all the winter sports! From snow-shoeing to tubing, family fun and adventure await. There’s a weather phenomenon called lake effect snow, and it means that you’re in for the best powder. The slopes at Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley will be ready for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and schussing. There’s also The Beaver Meadow Audubon Center which offers an 8-mile network of trails across an over 300-acre preserve. Oh and you can experience toboggan chutes too. Calling all culinary connoisseurs! When you get off the slopes, be sure to check out all the Buffalo food scene has to offer and why it’s considered a must-visit culinary destination.
As the temperature starts to drop, the Finger Lakes region starts to shine. Whether you want to hike or bike area trails, you’ll see stunning fall foliage. Plus, the fall harvest brings all the yummy festivals: Naples Grape Festival, Big Flats Appleumpkin Days, Hop Harvest Festival, and many more! Once the snow starts falling, the region gears up for winter sports. With 6 downhill skiing resorts, you’re sure to find an excellent place to relax on your day off. You can also snowmobile or snowshoe through open valleys and snow-filled parks. Feeling festive? Check out the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival or step back in time for Dickens Christmas.
- Holiday Valley Mountain Coaster: https://www.holidayvalley.com/winter/sky-flyer-mountain-coaster/
Sign Me Up For Agritourism
The agritourism movement focuses on the central tenant that food can be the vacation instead of something you add to your trip. New York’s history in agriculture goes back to the beginning of this country. From farm-to-table cuisine to the oldest wine-producing region in the country, this state is prime for foodies.
If you’re looking for a break from the city, a place to explore the roots of Americana, look no further than the stunning Hudson Valley. This 150-mile stretch extends from Manhattan to Albany. You can expect to find natural beauty and a booming agritourism scene. Known for its historical sites — like FDR Library, West Point, and world-class art institutions — the region’s culinary attractions shouldn’t be missed. As the first wine-producing area in the country, you expect excellent wine trails. However, the craft brewery and distillery scene also offer experiences and tours. While many of the farm-to-table restaurants and working farm experiences aren’t ideal in the winter, the region offers several festivals throughout the colder months, like chili cook-offs and the Festival of Frost.
While the Adirondacks offer outdoor adventures galore, the famed area also boasts a vibrant agritourism scene. With craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries throughout the region, you can sip your way around the Adirondacks. Make it a double; you can sip and taste the region as many of the breweries pair with local chefs and restaurants to create custom pairing menus. Many chefs and eateries take pride in working with local foods that are deep-rooted in the tradition and heritage that is the Adirondack region. You can read more about local culinary adventures here!