Small Towns in a Big City – 10 of the best that you’ve likely never heard of
Small Towns in a Big City
The true charm and sense of American adventure resides not among the well-known tourist areas of Brooklyn or Broadway but in the small New York towns.
1. New Paltz
Eight miles north of NYC, the village of New Paltz is home to the State University of New York. From Unity in Diversity Day to Halloween in the Haunted Hasbrouck Park – you’re sure to find an event that you’re into!
What to do: Take a scenic drive & explore the local walking trails.
2. Rauette Lake
Located on the west side of the actual ‘Raquette Lake’ the small, quiet town can be found in the Hamilton County. The lake is also part of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, so if you are into that this is the place to be! What to do: In the winter, go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer, check out the wildlife on a trail walk or go canoeing.
This village is located in Madison County in the south part of the Town of Sullivan. The small town houses a gorgeous waterfall and other natural beauties.
What to do: This village is the birthplace of L. Baum the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so look out for the Oz-Stravaganza festival and the yellow brick road!
This village is located in Dutchess County in the southeast part of the county housing the Whaley Lake, the only lake in Dutchess Country to allow motorised boats, and the Akin Free Library, a historic Victorian stone building home to the Gunnison Museum of Natural History.
What to do: Go exploring on the Appalachian Trail or the Pawling Preserve.
5. North Creek
This area is a hamlet in the Adirondack Park in Warren County. It is also home to the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad, a heritage railways operating between North Creek and Saratoga Springs on the Adirondack Railway.
What to do: Ski/Hike up on Gore Mountain
Located at the northern end of the Seneca Lake, Geneva is referred to as the ‘Lake Trout Capital of the World’. One of the major industries in Geneva is winemaking with over 100 wineries in the Fingers Lakes Region and the Seneca Lake wine trail. Moreover, in 2015 the National Civic League chose Geneva to receive its annual All-America City Award.
What to do: Go fishing & wine tasting
A suburb of Rochester in Monroe County, Pittsford is situated on the Erie Canal which passes through the town.
What to do: take a wine tour or visit Mendon Ponds Park.
A small village in the St. Lawrence Country of New York is hidden up north where so many hidden gems lie just waiting to be explored. The St. Lawrence University founded in 1857 has eight historic buildings open to the public and the Higley Flow State Park has beaches and areas to swim as well as nature trails for hiking.
What to do: Visit St. Lawrence University
This is a small hamlet town situated in Suffolk Country located in the Town of Southold. This is another great location if you are into your wines with numerous vineyards scouring the area.
What to do: Walk amongst the vineyards
The town and surrounding area of Geneseo is relatively rural housing the selective State University of New York. There are a number of different hamlets on the western shore of Conesus Lake with lots of different activities. What to do: Water-ski on Conesus Lake