New York City and its surrounding suburbs have enough attractions to keep a family busy for a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean you should let its magnetic energy prevent you from exploring upstate New York’s bounty. The less visited northern and western parts of the state are loaded with fantastic and even international attractions that present a feast for families. Whether you're seeking nature, culture, recreation or a combination of all three, the Empire State won’t disappoint.
Check out these seven kid-friendly upstate vacation destinations that will have the whole family saying “I Love New York.”
And find more regional travel ideas in our Weekend Getaways and Day Trip Guide and Travel