April is a fantastic month to travel in New York. While it might still be cold on some days, the weather is quickly warming up and spring is in the air throughout the state.
Whether you want to enjoy some of New York’s best beer and wine, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, or get your adrenaline pumping, there’s a lot to love about traveling the state this month.
Here are my picks for nine of the best things to do in New York in April.
(Article updated March 12, 2022, for events in April 2022.)
Thousand Islands Spring Boat Show in Clayton – April 1-3
Clayton, home of the fabulous Antique Boat Museum, is hosting its annual Spring Boat Show in early April. If you are thinking of warmer weather and want to see what’s new in the boating world, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
During the event, you’ll be able to browse a variety of different types of watercraft and accessories from dozens of vendors. There will also be boater safety courses offered during the show.
For more information, visit the show’s website.
CNY Maple Festival in Cortland – April 2-3
Now in its 50th year, the CNY Maple Festival in Cortland celebrates the delicious products made from maple trees. During the event, you will not only be able to see how maple syrup is made, but there are also many other unique activities including helicopter rides, a pancake eating contest, and a chainsaw carving demonstration.
There will also be a parade through Cortland that is sure to be a lot of fun.
To find out more, visit MapleFestival.org.
Syracuse Wine Festival in Syracuse – April 9
Wine aficionados won’t want to miss the annual Syracuse Wine Festival being held at the CNY Regional Market this April.
During the event, there are two three-hour wine tasting sessions, plus a special VIP session. Wines will be available from producers throughout the state, and you can both sample wine and buy full bottles of your favorites.