Outdoor Attractions


Outdoor Attractions in Central New York brought to you by New York by Rail. Your Amtrak Travel Guide for destinations in NY, VT & Canada.


Erie Canal Cruises

Experience the historic waterway on an entertainment yacht, complete with commentary about historic sites along the route, and area wildlife.

  • Central New York
Erie Canal Cruises

Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

Observe beautiful sculptures and take an immersive walk through nature while visiting the Griffiss International Sculpture Garden and Nature Trail.

  • Central New York
Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

Herkimer Diamond Mines

At the Herkimer Diamond Mines, you can prospect for 500-million-year-old quartz crystals, and keep what you find. The diamond-like geometrical gemstones rate 7.5 on a…

  • Central New York
Herkimer Diamond Mines

Howe Caverns

Discover all the fun you can have below ground at Howe Caverns, the new Howe Glassworks, or above ground in the Adventure Park (open July…

  • Central New York
Howe Caverns

Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook

A pedestrian bridge and park over the Mohawk River reconnecting Amsterdam's Southside neighborhoods and Erie Canalway Trail with the northern side's Riverlink Park and the…

  • Central New York
Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook

Riverlink Park

Riverlink Park has countless things to offer visitors. From trails, dock space, a playground and concerts, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Central New York
Riverlink Park

Utica Zoo

Open year-round, the Utica Zoo is home to 200 animals representing 85 species from around the world, including zebras, monkeys, red pandas, wolves, and alligators.

  • Central New York
Utica Zoo