Hiking Overlook Mountain
Where: Woodstock, NY
There's plenty to explore as you make your way up Woodstock's Overlook Mountain. There's no fee, but you do have to sign in before you start the five-mile trek. On the trail you’ll find the Overlook Mountain House, a now abandoned hotel that was built in 1833. With no roof, practically no floors, and trees growing throughout the ruins, this spot is not for the easily spooked. Keep hiking and there’s a fire tower with seriously awesome views at the top. A hop across the main trail there’s a Buddhist temple to explore (and a gift shop). At the top of the mountain -- if you ever get done exploring all this crazy stuff -- you’ll find carvings from hikers that blazed the trail before you. They did it, so can you.
Strapping on a lifejacket and getting wet
Where: Narrowsburg, NY; Barryville, NY
Don’t make the mistake of escaping the city and not getting into some crazy river sports. Rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing are all available at Lander’s River Trips. Rent the equipment for the day, or spend a night or two at one of the campsites: Skinners Falls, Narrowsburg, or Barryville. Don’t anticipate this excursion to be a relaxing one -- especially when you’re tubing; you'll need to learn how to steer clear of sudden drop-offs and swift currents.