The state of New York passes unnoticed for many tourists visiting NYC in the same way that Paris seems to rob tourists from the rest of France. That being said, the state of New York is a land of forests, charming cities, lakes, and vineyards that is worth exploring.
You can find this natural park of glacial origins in the Finger Lakes region of the north of New York. The trails are simple (but watch out for slippery parts!) and more or less flat. Perhaps the most interesting trail is the Gorge Trail (2.5km) which passes by 19 waterfalls, small lakes, and gorge-like rock strucures. If you want to check things out from above, I'd also recommend Indian Trail.
We did the route during autumn and the area was marvelous and full of colors, making for a truly postcard-perfect landscape.
Visiting the farm animals at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY can be an extremely rewarding and memorable experience for the entire family. Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit vegan organization dedicated to the rescue of abused farm animals, as well as campaigning against the negative effects of factory farming. At Farm Sanctuary, there are tours of the sanctuary grounds on the hour. Tour guides lead the visitors throughout the pastures and barns, so everyone can interact with pigs, sheep, goats, cows, turkeys, chickens, and more! For those who have never had the opportunity to be up close and personal with farm animals, this would be a wonderful introduction. Guests can also choose to stay overnight at the Farm Sanctuary Bed & Breakfast.