Sustainable Adventures in New York State
Explore eco-friendly trip ideas for a greener getaway to New York State.
Sustainability is a way of life in many communities and regions throughout New York State. And if traveling sustainably is important to you, you’ll be happy to hear that the opportunities for green exploration are nearly endless. The state is committed to protecting natural resources and encouraging visitors to explore in environmentally responsible ways. Here are some tips and tricks to consider while planning your New York State vacation.
Low-emission travel options are easy to come by in New York State. Take a ride with Amtrak, whose passenger trains service over two dozen stations throughout the state. Amtrak is committed to environmentally friendly travel, so your scenic train ride through New York is just as good for the planet as it is for your sense of adventure. Public transit is a great way to tour the state while keeping your carbon footprint low, and in cities like Buffalo and New York City, you can get anywhere you need to go via bus, train or ferry. If you’ll need to rent a car to get around the state, consider choosing an electric vehicle. Charging stations are abundant statewide, including at many of New York State’s welcome centers. Outdoor enthusiasts will love sightseeing on bicycle; cycle-friendly public trails, like the many pathways of the Empire State Trail, give you an up-close view of many of New York State’s natural wonders.
New York State’s fertile soil nurtures local farms that produce everything from grapes to dairy. Many farm-to-table restaurants take advantage of this natural bounty, serving up dishes that will delight both your palate and your environmentalist sensibilities. You can taste the season’s freshest flavors for yourself at farmers markets and farm tours statewide. For sustainable sips, check out any of Long Island’s sustainable vineyards and wineries, or sample ales from local breweries, many of which use ecologically-conscious brewing practices and low-emission facilities.
It’s easy to go green in New York State, where attractions and tours across the state offer plenty of eco-friendly options for sightseeing and exploring. For a dose of natural wonder, see Niagara Falls on a zero-emission Maid of the Mist E-Boat tour or embark on a kayaking or rafting excursion in one of New York's many unspoiled rivers. The Wild Center offers guests a chance to connect with the beauty of the Adirondacks through experiences like the tree-trekking Wild Walk. The eco-conscious fun doesn’t stop once you head indoors: Museums and preserves statewide, from the Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center in Wantagh to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, offer visitors the chance to learn more about renewable energy and environmental conservation.