Attractions in Hyde Park, New York

Attractions in Hyde Park, New York
People often think of skyscrapers and teeny, tiny apartments when they hear the words "New York," but the fact is that New York City does not even take up a quarter of the state's 49,000 square miles. Beyond the lights and sounds of the big city are acres upon acres of rural land to explore. Out here, you will not be able to get Chinese food delivered at midnight, but you are sure to find a sense of comfort and security in not having to dodge taxis or fight your way through crowds.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site is more than just a furnished house. It encompasses walking trails that explain why Roosevelt was so drawn to this area. The streams and ponds are home to 13 different species of fish and the meadows are occupied by white-tailed deer. Snakes and frogs can be seen darting amidst the trees in the hardwood forest. Feel free to explore to your heart's content, but be sure to apply a deer tick repellent beforehand.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, New York 12538
(845) 229-9115
nps.gov

The Farmers' Museum

Cooperstown, approximately 10 miles northeast of Hyde Park, is home to the Farmers' Museum. Unlike other museums that have docents talking endlessly in hushed voices and lots of velvet ropes signifying restricted areas, the Farmers' Museum offers a true taste of rural life in the mid-1800s with the help of mooing cows, guides dressed in period-style outfits and even a hand-carved carousel. Many of the museum's 23,000 artifacts are not behind glass cases. Instead, the artifacts are the historic buildings that you walk through, the tools in the Blacksmith Shop, and the tobacco and sacred herbs growing in the garden next to the Seneca Log House.

The Farmers' Museum
5775 State Highway 80 (Lake Road)
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1450
farmersmuseum.org

Glimmerglass State Park

Throughout the year, the non-profit organization Friends of Glimmerglass State Park holds exciting events geared toward outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter, there is snow tubing, ice fishing and the Festival of Trees. In the spring and summer months, you can participate in a class called "Yoga on the Beach" or see a movie under the stars. If a little solitude is what you crave, you can traverse the many trails that wind through the 62 acres of oak, maple and pine trees, and then spend the night at a campsite overlooking Otsego Lake.

Glimmerglass State Park
1527 County Highway 31
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-8662
nysparks.com

Article Written By Samantha Herman

Samantha Herman earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her professional writing career started in 2008, when she accepted an internship at "Willamette Week," a local alternative publication. Upon completing her internship, she became employed as a copywriter for an internet media company. In addition to copywriting, she has written articles for PDX Pipeline and eHow.

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