Spring

While the winter brings plenty of outdoor activity for skiers, skaters and sled-heads, Central New York truly comes alive after the spring thaw.

Springtime kicks off the hiking, biking, wildlife watching and fishing seasons in Central New York. After a long winter, this is a great time to jump into an outdoor adventure in the center of great New York state.

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This is when the rivers, streams and waterfalls start flowing and beckon for a view at Pixley Falls State Park and others. Get that first walk or ride in at the Erie Canal on a 36-mile stretch preserved at the Old Erie Canal State Park.

Catch early-season flowers in bloom and the rebirth of other plant life at Landis Arboretum, a unique public garden featuring 40 acres of flowers, plants and shrubs from around the world (and another 508 acres to explore).

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Traverse Chenango County via five sections and 78 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail System, a massive network of 1,000 hike-able miles that stretch from the Western New York/Pennsylvania border deep into the Catskill Mountains. An early focus of the state’s reforestation efforts of the 1930s, Chenango is now home to a robust 63,700-plus acres of explorable state land.

Central New York teems with watchable wildlife, especially in the early spring. Black bears and small mammals come out from their hibernation and the sweet sound of bird songs return to several wildlife management areas in Central New York.

The Great Swamp Conservancy, an Audubon Society Important Bird Area, hosts some 200 species of birds including the Eastern bluebird, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, great white egrets, snipe, northern shovel and various warbler species.

When spring is in the air, plenty of fish are in the water.

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Brimming with pristine streams, flowing rivers, quiet ponds and great lakes, the region produces trophy fish and good eating in spectacular numbers. Catch your limit of brown trout on West Canada Creek or head to Broome County, where 50 miles of trout streams provide plenty of action come April.

Warm up for a new season of professional baseball at its Mecca, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Celebrate Central New York’s rich Native American heritage at the Iroquois Indian Museum, an impressive collection of art, crafts and artifacts housed in a building modeled after a 400-year-old longhouse.

Brew Central, America’s Craft Brew Destination, is open year round. The craft beer, hard cider, spirits and wines are bound to put a little spring in your step as you cruise to more than 65 beverage destination.

Don’t forget to stop for a bite at one of our locally sourced restaurants via one of Central New York’s CNYFresh trails.

Reward yourself for your patience over the winter. It’s time to spring into action in Central New York!