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10 great things to do this Memorial Day in New York



Memorial Day is just around the corner, marking the unofficial start of the summer season. Welcome the warm weather with an unforgettable long weekend in New York State.

1. Roosevelt Baths and Spa If Memorial Day weekend has "relax" written all over it in your book, we've got just the spot for you. The naturally occurring waters in Saratoga Springs have long been known for their healing properties. Soak in the naturally effervescent water, then go for a treatment or three. The spa opened more than eight decades ago thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt's visionary act to preserve the Saratoga Springs area - so you'll absorb some history (via osmosis) while relaxing in those natural pools.

2. Letchworth State Park Spend your weekend basking in the glory of the "Grand Canyon of the East." The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three massive waterfalls (as tall as 600 feet). In the park, you'll find 66 miles of hiking trails, paths for horseback riding and swimming pools. Thrill seekers can try whitewater rafting, kayaking and even hot-air ballooning.

3. Watkins Glen State Park Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes includes a stream descending 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, creating many tiny, picturesque waterfalls to gawk at and splash in. Hike the gorge path that winds over and under the falls, creating a cooling splash zone for hikers - a perfectly natural solution to a hot summer's day. Bring a picnic, or plan a camping adventure if you want to make a full weekend of it.

4. Firelight Camps Love to be outside, but don't want to necessarily rough it? Travel to Ithaca for a glamping experience you'll never forget. With campfire yoga, myriad trails close by, craft Finger Lakes beverages and outdoor lounge areas, Firelight Camps brin