Instead of the normal New Year's resolutions, here's a list of great things to do and see in New York State in 2016.

With the New Year comes resolutions of course, but instead of taking something away from yourself, how about treating you and your family to a handful of amazing sights and events the Empire State has to offer.

1. Wild Walk in Tupper Lake

The Wild Walk takes visitors on a trail of bridges up above the treetops of the Adirondack State Park. The Wild Walk experience includes a four-story twig tree house and swinging bridges, a spider’s web where people can hang out, and chances to just sit and observe the forest below.

2. Watkins Glen State Park and Racetrack

Whether you're visiting the beautiful Watkins Glen State Park, or watching a NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International, the area is a must-visit in 2016 if you have never been there.

3. Ohmann Theater in Lyons

One of the oldest theaters in America, the Ohman Theater is billed as "the oldest movie and live stage show theater in America. Built in 1915 the theater is a must-see for history buffs and movie fanatics alike.

4. Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Take a trip through the scenic 6 million acre Adirondack Park while viewing breathtaking panoramas, and maybe even spotting some wildlife. The train leaves Utica union Station and travels as far as Saranac Lake.

5. Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca

The Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca is renowned for the fine cuisine and has even released cookbooks of their recipes. The Moosewood serves fresh, local, in-season favorites.

6. Finger Lakes Wine Tour

With multiple trails to explore, the Finger Lakes offers some of the best wines in the country. In fact, the Finger Lakes Region was recently named the number one region in the country outside of California!

7. Cooperstown Beverage Trail

The Cooperstown Beverage Trail is a great way to spend a day in Central New York. No matter what season, the trip to the multiple brewerys and vineyards is beautiful. Highlighted by Brewery Ommegang, the trail offers something for everyone including apple cider as the final stop is at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

8. Mountain Jam and other Music Festivals

Music Festivals are growing in popularity across the country and New York is no different. There are dozens of weekend-long music festivals across the state, but possibly none better than Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY. A four day festival featuring music all day from all different music genres. You can expect lineups with artists like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Grace Potter, The Allman Brothers and much more.

9. Sterling Renaissance Festival

During the summer months, the Sterling Renaissance Festival is an exciting way to spend a weekend. Check out the variety of events, crafts and music all set in an interactive immersive environment of the renaissance.

10. Brewfests

With the recent explosion of craft beer in New York State and all over the world, more areas are hosting brewfests where you can sample craft beer and local foods. Utica On Tap hits the Utica Memorial Auditorium Saturday April 30 with over 100 different craft beverages to sample!

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