Enjoy a Maid of the Mist Ride, Summer Wind Tour, Various NYC Tours & More
When was the last time you took a ride just for the fun of it? Take some time out to tour New York and enjoy our state’s beautiful scenery or let someone else do the driving, or flying, or steering . . . You have lots of choices when it comes to planning New York tours and excursions.
Say you want to drive yourself? The 14 Adirondack Scenic Byways all lead to breathtaking, historical or cultural excursions. You could take a driving tour of the Lake Erie, Niagara or Finger Lakes wine country trails too. And, yes, there are bike routes mapped out all over New York State.
If you want a ride that will take you places, choose a bus or motorcoach tour: hope aboard a double-decker for a New York City tour or take an upstate route to revel in a scenic tour.
Hop onboard a New York boat tour to cruise waterways from the Hudson River to the Great Lakes. In NYC, Circle Line Downtown offers many choices, from sunset dinner and happy hour cruises to express shuttles, bike & boat, eco-tours and even helicopter & boat rides! You can catch a Long Island breeze on the Lauren Kristy, a turn-of-the-century paddlewheeler, or enjoy the Summer Wind cruise on Lake Chautauqua. Maybe you would like a scenic cruise on Lake George or the Clayton Island Tours offer amazing glass-bottom boat views of underwater life and also tour Boldt Castle and Rock Island Lighthouse. You can get up very close to Niagara Falls on The Maid of the Mist - raincoats provided!
Some excursions will take you to mountaintops. In the Adirondacks, year-round gondola excursions climb to the top of Little Whiteface on The Cloudsplitter; once there, you can picnic while enjoying the views. See the Catskills from the Delaware & Ulster Railroad; you can even reserve dinner with first-class service on the Rip Van Winkle Flyer.
For another unique perspective, check out New York from the sky. You can float above the Finger Lakes and western New York with Liberty Balloon Company and Balloons Over Letchworth, or tour the Hudson Valley with Fantasy Balloon Flights. You could even glide over the Finger Lakes in a sailplane from Harris Hill Soaring Center. Costa Flying Service can take you on a scenic tour of the Southern Tier or help you celebrate a special occasion with a flying tour over Niagara Falls.
Of course you can also take walking tours of New York. Go at your own pace and stop when something interests you. You’ll be getting some exercise at the same time so you won't feel as guilty about that stop at the candy shop!
• 14 Adirondack Scenic Byways
• Balloons Over Letchworth
• Circle Line Downtown
• Clayton Island Tours
• Costa Flying Service
• Delaware & Ulster Railroad
• Fantasy Balloon Flights
• Finger Lakes Wine Country
• Harris Hill Soaring Center
• Lake Erie Wine Trail
• Lake George Steamboat Company
• Lauren Kristy
• Liberty Balloon Company
• Maid of the Mist
• Niagara Wine Trail
• Summer Wind