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4 days to spare after seeing Niagra Falls. Advice please!

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4 days to spare after seeing Niagra Falls. Advice please!

We are from Michigan (2 adults, 2 teens) and plan on staying two nights at Niagra Falls. We then have 4 days to do whatever...we have no plans. What is there to see and do in 4 days in New York? Please advise. We have never been to New York before and are not sure how far things are in comparison to Niagra Falls.

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1. Re: 4 days to spare after seeing Niagra Falls. Advice please!

What a luxury, to have 4 extra days!

Within 1 hour of the falls:

Fort Niagara (oldest structure on the great lakes, lots of history) www.oldfortniagara.org

Whirlpool JetBoats (as seen on TV's "Amazing Race", can't recommend highly enough!) www.whirlpooljet.com

Fashion Outlets (huge, world-class outlet mall) www.fashionoutletsniagara.com

Buffalo, NY (great architecture, zoo, historical waterfront. once one of America's wealthiest cities, there's a lot more to it than snow!)

Darien Lake (formerly Six Flags) Amusement Park

Within 2 hours:

Toronto, Canada (spectacular city on lake ontario. very international. innumerable options for visitors.)

Within 4 hours:

Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

These are just a few things off the top of my head. Order a free Niagara USA Visitor Guide at www.niagara-usa.com, and a New York State guide at www.iloveny.com.

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2. Re: 4 days to spare after seeing Niagra Falls. Advice please!

Not sure how far you'd like to drive, but the Thousand Islands (Alexandria Bay, NY) are about 4 hours away, near the eastern end of L. Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Check out the reviews on TA: tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29794-d14…

If you'd like to venture into the Adirondack Mountains, you can go to Old Forge, NY which is about 4.5 hours away. http://www.oldforgeny.com/

Another beautiful place to visit is the Finger Lakes region around Ithaca, NY. There are gorges and waterfalls you can see on hikes. This drive takes about 3 hours. http://www.visitithaca.com/

For a closer trip, you can visit Letchworth State Park. It's about 1.5 hours away. Here's the TA reviews: tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g47421-d12…

For another close trip, you can visit the Chautauqua Institution in Chautaqua, NY. It's about 2 hours south of Niagara Falls. This is a very unique place featuring the arts, lectures, recreation and religion - all in a completely picturesque setting of Victorian cottages, trees and gardens everywhere you look, and located on Chautauqua Lake. You must pay to get onto the grounds except on Sundays. It costs more if you stay for a concert at night. http://www.ciweb.org/

If you don't mind driving 8 hours, you can drive to New York City...

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3. Re: 4 days to spare after seeing Niagra Falls. Advice please!

Thanks for the great ideas...I'll look into the places you have all suggested. How are the mountains that you mentioned? Like Colorado?

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4. Re: 4 days to spare after seeing Niagra Falls. Advice please!

No, not like the Rockies. The Adirondacks are older and hence not as tall... the European skiiers were complaining about that when the Olympics were held at Lake Placid (Adirondacks) - the mountain was too short! Old Forge is in what I would say are the foothills of the Adirondacks, very scenic with lots of lakes and conifer trees. You have to go further north to see the big mountains (like where Lake Placid is).

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