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Sep 21, 2022

6 Affordable Things to Do in Upstate New York

Whether you’re looking for a solo getaway or planning a family trip, upstate New York  is full of fun and affordable places to visit. If you’re ready to hit the road, we’ve got you covered. We put together a list of our favorite family and budget-friendly activities for your next big adventure.

The Cobble Lookout Trail

Constructed in 2014, the Cobble Lookout Trail is a 1.3 mile hike  located in Wilmington, near Lake Placid, NY. This trail offers a spectacular view at an easy intensity, so it is perfect for families with all ages and abilities. What’s even better is that you and your family can enjoy the beautiful scenery of this outdoor expedition free of charge!

The Northeast Classic Car Museum

With over 200 vehicles on display in an 89,000 square foot exhibit, you are not going to want to miss the Northeast Classic Car Museum. Located in Norwich, New York, this museum is known for having one of the largest Franklin collections in the world, as well as for offering post- and pre-World War II exhibits. Tickets for adults are $12.00, ages 6 to 18 are $5.00, and children under 6 enter for free. Pro-tip: reach out ahead of time as there are discounts available for group tours!

Parkside Whispering Pines Miniature Golf

If you’re a fan of mini golf, we have the perfect place for you! Established in the early 1930’s, Parkside Whispering Pines Miniature Golf  is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest miniature golf course in the United States. This 18-hole  course is located in Irondequoit, NY, just next door to their 50’s themed eatery, the Parkside Diner. The cost of entry for one round of mini golf is $9.00 per person and if you would like to complete a second round, the price then drops to $3 per person.


The Jell-O Gallery Museum

If you have a sweet tooth, you’re not going to want to miss this! Take a trip over to the birthplace of Jell-O itself, LeRoy, New York, and learn all about “America’s most famous dessert!” The Jell-O Gallery Museum exhibits are fun for all ages, offering viewings of original advertising art, collectibles, and more! With admission prices for the museum being only $4.50 for adults and $1.50 for children, it’s easy to pop in for a visit!

The USS Slater Tour 

Take a glimpse into history while touring the last remaining Destroyer Escort from World War II, the USS Slater. Since World War II, the ship has gone through extensive renovations to restore its original look. The ship is currently moored on the Hudson River in Albany, NY where you can tour it's museum. On this guided tour you can expect to walk the deck while learning about the history of the ship, hearing stories, and looking at the machinery on board. Admission for entry is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children ages 6 to 18, leaving children 5 and under to enter for free.

Mark Twain Country

It may interest you to know that the famous author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, actually spent a lot of time in Elmira, NY. At Elmira College, you can visit the small gazebo where Twain liked to spend his time writing. You might also consider taking a trolley around town for a tour of Victorian era homes and other historical sites. A trolley ride is just $8.00 for adults and $4 for children.

Looking for more family-friendly and affordable activities in upstate New York? Check out the link below for our 6 favorite places to kick back and watch the sun.