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

Erie Canal Cruises offers daily seasonal sightseeing cruises through Lock 18 at Jacksonburg. The 90-minute narrated cruises on the Mohawk River runs May through October.

  • Central New York
Erie Canal Cruises

Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

Griffis Sculpture Garden | New York by Rail The Griffiss International Sculpture Garden in Rome is an impressive outdoor collection of public works in various…

  • 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, or above ground in the Adventure Park featuring a Zip Line, H2OGO, Ropes…

  • Central New York
Howe Caverns

Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook

Opening this summer, the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook is a pedestrian bridge and park over the Mohawk River that will reconnect Amsterdam’s south side neighborhoods…

  • Central New York
Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook

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
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