New York: The Heart of History, Art and Culture

Lovers of history, art and culture are right at home in New York State!

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Southwick Beach State Park

Southwick Beach State Park

Located on the Lake Ontario shore southwest of Watertown, N.Y., Southwick Beach State Park is known for outstanding swimming and sunning on its long, sandy beach. Campers and day-users enjoy picnicking, hiking, and games on the park’s playing fields. The park is adjacent to the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area, and visitors are welcome and encouraged to use its nature and hiking trails. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Lake George Steamboat Company

Lake George Steamboat Company

A fixture on Lake George since 1817, the Lake George Steamboat Company offers a variety of cruises on three large cruise ships, The Minne-Ha-Ha, an authentic Paddlewheeler, The Mohican (seen here) and the Lake's largest cruise ship, The Lac du Saint Sacrement. Cruises range from one-hour excursions to the only complete tour of historic and scenic Lake George, The Queen of American Lakes. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Plattekill Mountain

Plattekill Mountain

In Roxbury, NY, Plattekill Mountain has built an outstanding reputation for mountain biking through a firm commitment to the sport and racing. The 2012 season marks the resort's 18th -- Plattekill began mountain biking in 1995 and was one of the first lift-served mountain bike centers to open in the Northeast. Plattekill has become known as a rider’s mountain, one in which you experience your bike, your ride and pushing yourself to new levels. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Hudson River Gorge

Hudson River Gorge

Rafting the Hudson River Gorge in North Creek, NY, is one of the top 10 rafting trips in the U.S. The Gorge is the most dynamic stretch of the mighty Hudson, which runs from the highest peak in the Adirondack Mountains all the way to New York City. Spring trips offer challenging World Class Rapids through the Adirondack Wilderness. In the summer and fall the Hudson is perfect all ages and ability levels, and one of the best ways to view New York’s magnificent fall foliage! 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Stag Brook Falls Trail

Stag Brook Falls Trail

A hiker traverses the scenic Stag Brook Falls Trail on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks. Exploring the Adirondack woods is a memorably refreshing experience. Get a licensed guide, lace up a pair of good shoes, apply some bug repellant and go exploring along the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River. Your walk, suitable for hikers of all ages, ends gloriously at a rushing waterfall, with cool Adirondack water cascading down mossy rocks and ledges -- a serene scene you won't soon forget. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Zoar Valley

Zoar Valley

Zoar Valley, in both Erie and Cattaraugus counties, is an amazing collection of valleys and deep gorge canyons carved out by Cattaraugus Creek as it winds its way across western New York to Lake Erie. For rafters, whitewater rafting on the mighty Cattaraugus through Zoar Valley is the perfect springtime activity, with views of rugged cliffs hundreds of feet high, waterfalls, nesting bald eagles and the finest whitewater west of the Adirondacks. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Fairport, NY

Fairport, NY

Known as the "Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal," Fairport, NY, thanks to building of the canal and arrival of the railroad in the 19th century, was one of the leading centers of transportation and industry of its time in all of Upstate New York. Today, the great packet boats and barges of an earlier era have been replaced by recreational boaters, canoes, kayaks and tour boats, while the old towpath serves the leisure-time interests of bikers, joggers and walkers alike. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo Zoo

The 23.5 acre Buffalo Zoo has the distinguished honor of being the third oldest zoo in the United States (est. 1875), and home to some of the world's most exotic and endangered wildlife. At the Zoo, animals move freely in large and modest enclosures with trees, streams, pools, and other natural-like features. It’s home to a wide variety of animals representing all corners of the earth, including an occasional traveling koala or white alligator. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Jones Beach State Park

Jones Beach State Park

On Long Island, Jones Beach State Park is a world-class swimming destination with surf bathing along 6.5 miles of ocean beach, one-half mile of bay beach for stillwater bathing, and two swimming pools. The west end of the park provides wonderful surf fishing, a boat basin and undeveloped areas that are home to a variety of migratory birds and native plants. The park is also home to the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, which includes environmental, educational tours and programming for all ages. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Niagara Falls State Park

Niagara Falls State Park

Home to what is sometimes referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the nation, provides breathtaking observation points from which to view the might falls, including a walk beneath the cascading Niagara River at the Cave of the Winds and an elevator ride to the base of the cataracts. In addition, the Maid of the Mist boat ride carries spectators to the base of the falls for a thrilling and unforgettable experience. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle is home to a tragic love story. In 1900, millionaire George C. Boldt arranged the construction of a castle on Heart Island in Alexandria Bay as a display of his love for his wife, Louise. Sadly, Louise died before the castle could be completed and Boldt halted construction never to return to the island. The castle remained unfinished until 1977, when the Thousand Island Bridge Authority acquired the land to complete Boldt’s loving tribute to his wife for all generations to enjoy. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Watkins Glen International Raceway

Watkins Glen International Raceway

This summer, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen welcomes NASCAR's biggest stars August 9-12, 2012. Don't miss Marcos Ambrose's return to The Glen to try and reclaim his throne! Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix comes to The Glen Sept. 7-9, 2012. Celebrate racing's history at the largest vintage racing event in the country featuring historic cars of the past from as far back as the 1930's. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Fourth of July Celebration in Buffalo

Fourth of July Celebration in Buffalo

On July 4th, you’re invited to Buffalo to celebrate our nation’s independence canalside, as the city welcomes The Pride of Baltimore II to the Erie Canal Harbor. The 137' topsail schooner (or tall ship) will be in port this day, and the evening will include fireworks and great musical acts including Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields and The Lance Diamond Show. The festive day will also feature clowns, tattoo art, continuous entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display over the Buffalo waterfront. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival

Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival

Held August 18-19, 2012, the festival features entertainment from the Emerald Isles, plus world-class Irish-American bands and dancers. Enjoy dozens of authentic Irish vendors, traditional foods, and plenty of beverages. Saturday night there’s an amazing fireworks display; Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison, then play as one at the base of the mountain! 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

40th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

40th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

Witness the flight of more than 90 hot air balloons at the festival which runs September 20-23, 2012, in Glens Falls, Queensbury and Lake George Village. The celebration begins with a community party offering balloons, fun and entertainment. In Lake George Village, enjoy dusk "Moonglow" featuring ten illuminated, tethered balloons. The festival also boasts military aircraft displays, kite flying demonstrations, musical entertainment and fireworks. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs. This year’s eclectic musical lineup includes Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Lady Antebellum, The Beach Boys, Sting, Joe Cocker, Brad Paisley, and the New York Philharmonic. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Washington Park

Washington Park

Albany’s Washington Park is a haven for outdoor activity, including strolling, jogging, picnicking, fishing, sightseeing, bird watching, and much more. It’s also a year round hotspot for many popular special events, displays and concerts. The Park’s Lakehouse is a unique amphitheatre, which hosts an array of summertime events, including the Washington Park Concert Series on Monday Nights, as well as live musical theatre performances by Park Playhouse. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

French & Indian War Reenactment

French & Indian War Reenactment

On Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga comprises nearly 2,000 acres of exquisite landscape. Events at the Fort include reenactments, living history weekends, educational seminars, garrison ghost tours and more. On Sept. 7-9, 2012, witness the British 1777 Campaign March, in which elite advanced guard soldiers of General Burgoyne's Army march into Fort Ticonderoga to rest and refit. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course

A great New York state tradition continues this summer as historic Saratoga Race Course, America’s oldest thoroughbred track, hosts its annual meet from July 20th through September 3rd. 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

New York State Fair

New York State Fair

Discover the best of New York’s agriculture, entertainment, education, industry and technology at the fun-filled New York State Fair, New York State’s largest annual event. It all takes place August 23rd through September 3rd at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The fairgrounds contain more than 375 acres of animals, exhibits and displays, great food stands, plus live performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment. Take a spin on a midway ride or try your luck at a game of skill! 960 1280

Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development  

13 Photos
1: Brazil

1: Brazil

This statue of a religious figure stands high above a South American city. 960 1280

By Artyominc (Template:Artyom Sharbatyan) [CC BY-SA 3.0  

2: Italy

2: Italy

This Michelangelo sculpture was completed in 1504 and now stands at the Accademia Gallery. 960 1280

By Joanbanjo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]  

3: Japan

3: Japan

Located in the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, this statue is easily accessible from several train stations. 960 1280
4: Virginia

4: Virginia

This sculpture was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It honors all members of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died in defense of their country since 1775. 960 1280
5: Nepal

5: Nepal

Standing 143 feet tall, this statue is the largest one of this Hindu god. 960 1280

By Abhidny (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

6: Texas

6: Texas

This sculpture pays tribute to the cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail. 960 1280

By Maurice Chédel (picture), Robert Summers (artist) (Own work) [GFDL via Wikimedia Commons  

7: New York City

7: New York City

This lady was given to the U.S. by France. She is a symbol of freedom. 960 1280

By No machine-readable author provided. Tysto assumed (based on copyright claims). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

8: Japan

8: Japan

This giant bronze statue stands 394 feet tall and weighs more than 4,000 tons. 960 1280
9: France

9: France

Originally called "The Poet," this bronze and marble statue by Auguste Rodin depicts a man in meditation over a powerful internal struggle. 960 1280
10: Egypt

10: Egypt

With a lion body and a human head, this statue offers no obvious clues about who created it or what its purpose was. 960 1280

Anadolu Agency/Getty Images  

11: Easter Island

11: Easter Island

There are 887 of these statues on their Polynesian home. 960 1280

By Jantoniov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

12: Thailand

12: Thailand

This god resides in a Buddhist temple called Wat Pho. 960 1280

By Hartmann Linge (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Answers:

Answers:

1: Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

2: David in Florence, Italy

3: The Kamagaya Great Buddha in Kamagaya, Japan

4: Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia

5: Lord Shiva in Bhaktapur, Nepal

6: Pioneer Plaza in Dallas

7: Statue of Liberty in N.Y.C.

8: Ushiku Daibutsu in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

9: The Thinker in Paris

10: The Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt

11: Moai on Easter Island

12: Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
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By Flynn.timo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

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