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Staycation: Day (or Two) Trips, Destinations 2+ Hours Away

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Seward House Historical Museum in Auburn, NY

Seward House Historical Museum in Auburn, NY

It’s that time of year again: summer vacation. Unfortunately for many of us, due to finances, work, school, kids, or just an overall lack of free time, the ‘vacation’ part of summer may not fit into the equation. Luckily, Western and Upstate New York, our own backyard, is a vacation destination. Yes, from outdoorsy activities to beach spots to grandiose mansions and castles, ingredients for relaxation, thrills and fun are all around us.  So, have a staycation: here are some cool ideas outside of the typical tourist destinations to feed your wanderlust.  Some destinations can be a weekend trip, a day trip or even a half day trip.

In addition to several features in this week’s this week’s print edition, we have posted near by destinations and day trip ideas here on Artvoice Daily over the course of the past week. Today, the final day, are some farther away destinations to make day trips of, care of Artvoice Staffer Kellie Coppola. To view all of the other prior posts in this series, click here.


Corning Gaffer DistrictCorning’s Gaffer District

Corning, NY 14830, just over two hours southeast / (607)-937-6292

Just steps from the museum is Corning’s historic Gaffer District, replete with shopping, dining and relaxation to compliment your trip to the renowned Corning Museum of Glass. Try the “Finger Lake’s Best Burger” at Holmes Plate 54 ( among other great dining options, and stay at one of the many lodging accommodations available right on Market Street. A day or two in Corning’s Gaffer District is both a perfect way to complete your trip to the museum and a perfect stop on your journey through the Finger Lakes region.

Information on tours, events, festivals, and parking are available on the Gaffer District website.


Rockwell MuseumRockwell Museum of Western Art

111 Cedar St, Corning, NY 14830, just over two hours southeast / (607) 937-5386

Adults (18-54) $10; 55+ $9; students (with ID), Military, AAA members $9; kids & teens (17 and under) free

Combination tickets with the Corning Museum of Glass are available. Information is on the website. Located at Corning’s Old City Hall, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art is a perfect destination for art and American history enthusiasts alike. Featuring exhibits of varied mediums, subjects and artists, the museum’s collection “portrays the spirit, character and values of America through the eyes of American artists, focusing on the complex story of the great migration West” according to its website. Information on tours, events and current and upcoming exhibitions are available on the website.


Seward House Historical Museum

33 South Street Auburn, NY 13021, just over two hours east / (315) 252-1283 /

Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Sunday 1:p.m.-5p.m. (through Labor Day)

Adults $10; seniors $9; students $5; children six and under free

Step inside the home of one of the most important politicians of the 19th century, William Henry Seward. Learn about his life, his family and his political career through guided tours of this historical landmark that is a must see for any history buff.


Renaissance FestivalSterling Renaissance Festival

15385 Farden Rd. Sterling, New York 13156, two and a half hours east / (315)-947-5782

Saturdays and Sundays, July 4 – Aug 16

Adults (12 and up) $25.95, children (ages 5-11) $15.95, children 4 and under free

Dig out that suit of armor from your closet and join in the fun at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. According to its website , the festival is one of the most longstanding producers of professional enter interactive entertainment in the world, with over 100 performers and entertainers to take you back in time. Enjoy a royal feast, throw a tomato and watch a jousting match at this perfect day trip destination.



Enchanted Forest Water Safari / (315) 369-6145

3188 State Route 28, Old Forge, NY, 13420, four hours east

Pack up the kids and head over to the Adirondacks to make a splash in New York State’s largest water park. With over 50 attractions and 32 water rides, there’s something for all ages. As it is a further drive, the website provides many nearby accommodations, or maybe you’ll decide to camp in the state park!


Old Forge Lake Cruises

116 Steamboat Landing Across from Water Safari/Calypso’s Cove Old Forge, NY 13420, about a four hour drive east / (315) 369-6473

If you love the water but don’t feel like getting wet at Enchanted Forest, Old Forge Lake Cruises might be a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery as you cruise through the first four lakes of the Fulton Chain. Each cruise lasts two to three hours, pricing and schedule are available online.


Adirondack Central Association

Old Forge, NY 13420, 3-5 hours east / (315) 369-6983

What would a trip to Old Forge be without enjoying the 70 miles of earth, water and sky in the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks Central Association’s website details the various opportunities for outdoor activities, including the 2,000 miles of hiking trails, making the Adirondacks the nation’s largest trail system.


NE Classic Car MuseumNortheast Classic Car Museum

24 Rexford St. Norwich, NY 13815 Distance: about a 3 ½ hours east / (607) 334-2886

Open seven days a week 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Adults $10; students (6-18) $5; children under six free

If you enjoyed the Pierce Arrow museum and want to learn more about the automotive industry in New York State, the Northeast Classic Car Museum is the place to go. With over 160 cars on display, including the largest collection of Franklins in the world, Staleys, muscle cars and cars from the post-war era, the Northeast Classic Car Museum will satiate any car enthusiast. Exhibits on WWI and WWII aircraft engines, period fashions and original video footage are also available for those interested.


whitewater challengers incWhiteWater Challengers Inc.

Various Locations:

Lehigh River: White Haven, PA 18661, (570) 443-9532

Hudson River: North River, NY 12856, (518) 251-3746

Black River: Dexter, NY 13634, (315) 639-6100

Salmon River: 48 Riverview Dr, Pulaski, NY 13142,  (800) 443-8554

More information about each location, pricing and reservations are available on the website. If you’re in the Upstate New York region or Poconos and are looking for adventure, a visit to any of the Whitewater Challengers locations will do the trick. Whether you’re interested in a guided white water rafting tour, camping, biking, ziplining, paintball or kayaking, Whitewater Challengers has a place for everything (available facilities may vary between locations, see website for more details).


Einfeld Falls use thisEnfield Falls

Robert H. Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850, three hours southeast

Enfield Falls aka Lower Falls is one of the many natural gorges in Ithaca, NY. Just a day trip from Buffalo, Enfield Falls is a part of Robert H. Treman State Park. Explore trails leading to beautiful waterfalls and great views of nature around you.Swimming season begins June 20. Parking fees, pavilion rental rates and camping information are available on the Robert H. Treman State Park website.


Discovery TrailIthaca’s Discovery Trail

Various locations in the Cayuga Lake Area in Ithaca, NY 13148, three hours southeast

If Enfield Falls didn’t already quench your thirst for nature and adventure, follow Explore Ithaca’s Discovery Trail which takes you to various locations to explore and learn a thing or two. The Discovery Trail includes the Cayuga Nature Center, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell Plantations, The History Center in Tompkins County, the Johnson Museum of Art, the Museum of the Earth at Paleontological Research Institution, the Sciencenter, and the Tompkins County Public Library.


La TourelleLa Tourelle Resort

1150 Danby Road (96B) Ithaca, NY 14850, three hours southeast / (607) 273-2734 or 1-800-765-1492 /

After a day of hiking in Ithaca’s gorges, La Tourelle is a great place to eat, and rest up to enjoy all Ithaca has to offer. Complete with a farm-to table bistro and posh steakhouse, La Tourelle has great dining options, aside from the variety of eateries in downtown Ithaca. Take a load off in style and comfort in one of their 54 rooms available, or enjoy a posh camping experience in their Ithaca by Firelight Campsite , where a taste of the great outdoors includes hardwood floors and a luxurious king or queen bed. La Tourelle has access to several hiking trails and is not a far drive from the many unique Finger Lakes wineries for you to enjoy.


singer castleSinger Castle

Chippewa Bay, NY 13623, four hours northeast / toll free 1-877-327-5475 /

Singer Castle on Dark Island  Take a guided tour or spend a few nights at a 100-year old magnificent castle on the Saint Lawrence Seaway. As the only castle on the Saint Lawrence Seaway to ever be completed, the castle houses as much grandeur as it does mystery. Stay in the royal suite or take a guided tour through the rooms and secret passageways and learn the story of Mr. Frederick Gilbert Bourne and his creation, an intersection of American history and folklore. Information on boat shuttles, room rates and on hosting special events are available on the website.

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