There are several great dude ranch locations just waiting to welcome you through their doors all around New York State. Offering dozens of activities from horseback riding, hiking trails, mini golf, hay rides, fishing trips, authentic Old West experiences, and more, these locations offer something completely different from a typical NY trip. Read on to learn all about the best dude ranches in NY.

1. The 1000 Acres Ranch Resort

The 1000 Acres Ranch Resort

Set beside the beautiful Hudson River right by the incredible Adirondack Mountains, The 1000 Acres Ranch Resort is one of the top dude ranches in the state. It got started back in 1942 and is conveniently located near Lake George and many other popular recreation spots.

All sorts of activities can be enjoyed at this location, so if you're looking for an active, exciting dude ranch trip, this is the best one to choose. Guests at The 1000 Acres Ranch Resort can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing, cattle driving, hayrides, cowboy campfires, kayaking, and so much more.

465 Warrensburg Rd, Stony Creek, NY12878, Phone: 518-696-2444

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2. Dude Ranches in New York: Ridin Hy Ranch Resort

Dude Ranches in New York: Ridin Hy Ranch Resort
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Another excellent dude ranch in New York State, Riding Hy Ranch Resort is located in the Adirondack Mountains and has been a popular ranch resort since 1940. Featuring a range of different cabins with comfortable beds and all sorts of luxury features, as well as motel-style rooms and even a Lake House, this ranch resort has a lot of different accommodation options to choose from.

This ranch is open all year long with a wide range of exciting activities to enjoy in every single season, including horseback riding tours, swimming, tubing, fishing, pony rides, arts and crafts sessions, waterskiing, fishing trips, hayrides, sleigh rides, and ice skating. More weekend getaways from NYC.

95 N Sherman Lake Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885, Phone: 518-494-2742

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3. Dude Ranch Near Me: Estate at Fly Creek

Dude Ranch Near Me: Estate at Fly Creek
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Spread out across over 300 acres of land used for both farming and hunting, Estate at Fly Creek (formerly B&B Ranch) is conveniently situated near several popular locations like the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Meadow Links Golf Course. This ranch offers five luxury, old-country rooms with modern amenities and rustic style.

Speedy Wi-Fi is provided to all guests along with huge flat-screen TVs and additional amenities like fireplaces and hot tubs. A spa and heated pool are also located on site for visitors who just want to relax and enjoy their stay, while special activities like horseback rides and pheasant hunting tours are also organized on a regular basis.

434 Bedbug Hill Rd, Fly Creek, NY 13337, Phone: 607-547-5272

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4. Roaring Brook Ranch Resort, Lake George

Roaring Brook Ranch Resort, Lake George
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Perfectly nestled in forests of the Adirondack Mountains, Roaring Brook Ranch Resort offers couples and families an ideal destination to get close to nature and enjoy equestrian activities. The resort has beautifully decorated lodge rooms with either 2 Queen Beds or a single King Bed and there is a choice of eateries on site (weather dependant). Experienced or beginner riders over the age of 10 years will be able to join in the guided trail rides, while younger children can meet the ponies and have a pony ride. Other on-site activities include indoor and outdoor pools, hiking, tennis, volleyball and ping pong.

2206 State Route 9N, Lake George, NY 12845, 518 668 5767

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5. Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland

Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland
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More than just a regular horse ranch, the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland is a fun-filled family vacation destination for everyone. The ranch offers a selection of rustic-styled comfortable rooms for couples or families – kids will love the bunk beds while adults can stretch out on a Simmons Plush-top mattress. Equestrians will be able to explore more than 500 acres of trails and everyone from total beginners to advanced riders can be accommodated. If you really don’t want to ride there are loads of other activities to enjoy including an outdoor water park (seasonal) with 2 heated pools, the indoor/outdoor hot springs, water sports on the lake, mountain tubing and mini-golf. The best part is that all activities are included in your package.

600 State Route 44/55, Highland, NY 12528, 800 647 2624

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6. Overview

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Society might have moved on into the technological age, but ranches are still a big part of American life and can be found all around the nation, particularly the Western and Southern States. Dude ranches have seen a real surge in popularity in recent years, offering an ideal getaway for people who simply want to spend some time in a relaxing environment, far from the noise and smoke of the city streets. These locations can be a wonderful way to while away the hours, offering calm settings and exciting activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

New York State is best known as the home of New York City, with its sprawling modern metropolis and millions of tourists, but New York is also home to rural areas around the Hudson Valley and beyond. There are plenty of great dude ranches to be found all around NY, offering family-friendly experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy. Admire the scenic Adirondack Mountains and stunning NY landscapes from the comfort of one of these beautiful ranch resorts on your next vacation.

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Attraction Spotlight: Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park is a 2,400-acre state park and National Historic Landmark located in Saratoga County. Distinguished by its classical architecture and noted for its diverse aesthetic, cultural, and recreational resources, Saratoga Spa State Park is home to the Roosevelt Baths and Spa, the nationally-renowned Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Spa Little Theater. In addition to these popular attractions, the park also houses the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa, the National Museum of Dance, and the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

The gently undulating terrain of the Park offers family-friendly picnic areas with picnic tables and benches, shaded streamside walking trails that are suitable for nature-lovers and casual walkers, as well as certified running courses that are used by more serious joggers, runners, and other athletes. Saratoga Spa State Park is also open during the winter and offers an array of activities, including miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ice skating, and ice hockey.

The Park is home to the Peerless Pool Complex, which consists of a central Olympic-size swimming pool, a separate slide pool with a double water slide and a unique children's wading pool with a mushroom fountain. The complex also has a historical Victorian surrounded by arched promenades, and both pool areas feature separate locker rooms, restrooms and showers, and food and beverage services.

The Saratoga Spa State Park features the only active spouting geysers in the east of the country. These fountains spring carbonated water rich in minerals and salts from fissures in the Saratoga Fault which vent in several areas, the most popular being Orenda Spring and Geyser Island Spouter along Geyser Creek. Orenda Spring is famous for its massive tufa dome, while Geyser Island Spouter first emerged in the early 1900s and spouts a plume of water 15 feet into the air. Other springs in operation include Hathorne, Hayes, Orenda, Charlie, State Seal, Polaris, and Lincoln.

The Saratoga Spa State Park features several theaters and museums and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is based in the park and has been the summer home of New York Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra for 50 years. The Arts Center has an 110 foot high naturally curved amphitheater that can seat up to 5,000 guests and a manicured lawn that can seat an additional 25,000 people.

The park is also home to the Spa Little Theater, which is located on the north side of the park and hosts plays throughout the year. The park is also home to the Gideon Putnam, the Lincoln Mineral Baths and Spa, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame.

The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa is a historic Upstate New York resort and spa that offers luxurious, elegant accommodations, first-class facilities and amenities, award-winning dining, and an array of guest activities all surrounded by magnificent landscapes. Built in 1935 by Gideon Putnam, the hotel was established for health and wellness seekers to “take the waters” of Saratoga Springs.

The Saratoga Spa State Park offers an array of recreational activities ranging from several swimming pools and tennis courts to two golf courses. The Peerless Pool is a complex of three pools, including an Olympics-size swimming pool, a water slide pool, and a children’s pool, as well as a historic Victorian pool surrounded by covered arcades.

Two beautiful golf courses include a championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course, complete with pro shop and restaurant. The park also features several traditional park facilities, including volleyball courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, and several picnic pavilions are equipped with electricity and conveniently located restrooms.

Saratoga Spa State Park is home to Geyser Creek which runs through the park and offers excellent opportunities for fishing, hiking along the banks and snowshoeing and ice-skating in the winter months. Additional facilities in the park include a gift shop.

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Attraction Spotlight: The Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Spa State Park

Based within the Saratoga Spa State Park in Delaware North, The Gideon Putnam is a luxury resort that offers comfortable lodging, elegant dining and a full range of premium amenities and services, including a full service spa. Built in 1935 by Gideon Putnam, the stylish hotel and resort also offer a broad variety of recreational and outdoor activities, such as swimming, horseback riding, golf, fishing, tennis, and wellness activities.

Guest Accommodations

The Gideon Putnam offers a range of beautifully appointed guest accommodations ranging from Standard and Deluxe Rooms to a selection of luxury suites. All guest rooms and suites have plush queen or king-sized pillow top beds with designer linens, en-suite bathrooms with soaking tub and shower combinations, thick bathrobes and deluxe bath products, work desks and chairs, comfy armchairs, and pullout sleeper sofas (suites only) for additional guests. Modern amenities include flat-screen cable televisions, AM/FM clock radios, air conditioning, coffee makers, direct dial telephones with voicemail services, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, in-room safes and high-speed wireless Internet.

The Putnam Suite is the hotel’s largest and most luxurious suite and offers a king-sized pillow top bed with designer linens, two full bathrooms with soaking tub and shower combinations, thick bathrobes and deluxe bath products. The suite also features a spacious sitting and dining room and breathtaking views from its location on the fourth floor of the hotel.


The Gideon Putnam is home to Putnam’s Restaurant and Bar, which serves a delicious range of locally sourced and prepared cuisine, including ocean-fresh seafood, certified Angus Beef steaks, and house made burgers. The cuisine is accompanied by a variety of wines, spirits, and beers, including the local Putnam’s Pour Pale Ale and the restaurant and bar, are open all year round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to both guests and visitors. Guests staying at the Gideon Putnam enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning, which includes fresh fruit and juices, cereals, yogurt, hot and cold entrées, and freshly brewed coffee and tea.


The Gideon Putnam boasts an array of first-class amenities, facilities and guest services to ensure every guest's need is met. Established in the mid-thirties, the Roosevelt Baths & Spa offers a transforming hydrotherapy spa experience with a variety of natural healing treatments, performed by professional staff. The Roosevelt Baths & Spa features 42 treatment rooms and a complete menu of services, including massages, mineral baths, body wraps, scrubs, and facials, and other salon services and guests enjoy complimentary use of the steam room, sauna, relaxation room, and locker room facilities during their stay.

Other amenities and facilities at The Gideon Putnam include a fully equipped fitness center and swimming pool (open seasonally), complimentary shuttle services, bell and concierge services, and a laundry service, and high-speed wireless Internet throughout the property. A full business center offers copying, printing, and faxing services, as well as high-speed wireless Internet, and complimentary newspapers are available at the front desk every day. Services also include a daily housekeeping service, room service, bike rentals, and valet parking.

Activities and outdoor recreation for guests range from hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, and golf to theater shows, exploring the local museums and art galleries, shopping, gambling and watching horseracing – all of which can be arranged at the concierge desk at the hotel.

Weddings & Events

The Gideon Putnam provides ideal spaces for special events and functions such as weddings, receptions, celebrations and corporate events. Featuring more than 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, as well as multiple outdoor reception areas in the surrounding Saratoga Spa State Park, first-class accommodations, amenities, hospitality, and services, The Gideon Putnam promises a unique event. The hotel has a self-contained conference center that can accommodate up to 500 guests or delegates, and eight individual meeting rooms for smaller or more intimate functions, while outdoor spaces can be transformed to suit any need.

The historic hotel and picturesque Saratoga Spa State Park forest and lawns will set the stage for an unforgettable wedding with venues ranging from a grand ballroom to a tented pavilion that can both cater for up to 250 guests. The Gideon Putnam provides an array of exceptional services for any event, including professional planning and management teams, customized catering and award-winning cuisine, preferred vendor lists and more.

24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Phone: 866-890-1171

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Attraction Spotlight: Tang Museum

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, aka the Tang Museum, in Saratoga Springs, NY is a teaching museum designed to inspire the community to take an interest in the richness and diversity of art and the experiences that can be enjoyed through it. The Museum does this by collecting various works of art and offering a range of educational programs that align with the mission of the museum.

The Museum is named after Frances Young Tang who was a graduate of Skidmore College in 1961 with a major in textile design. Tang and her husband were philanthropists and very generously made significant gifts to both Skidmore’s Chinese Studies Department and the Museum, after which she is named.

Designed by award-winning architect Antoine Predock, the layout of the Tang Museum echoes the overall teaching mission of the museum, as well as the interdisciplinary tradition at Skidmore College, with three main buildings and two walkways all reaching out in different directions. Appearing as if emerging from the earth, the building design stands as a symbol of Skidmore’s pledge to interdisciplinary study and the many facets of arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences that the university offers.

The building features two major gallery wings, the Malloy Wing and the Wachenheim Gallery, as well as two smaller galleries, namely the State Farm Mezzanine and the Winter Gallery. The Tang also features a unique exhibition in the elevator space where a continuing series of installation and sound art called Elevator Music is exhibited. The Tang has two multimedia-equipped classrooms that are used by Skidmore classes for a variety of disciplines, and the Payne Presentation Room is a vast multipurpose event space that is used for events and functions, such as film screenings, readings, receptions, musical events, family activities and other Tang and Skidmore events.

The Tang features a private collection of over 5,000 works hailing from Africa, the Americas, South Asia, and China. The collection includes works by renowned artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, Dorothy Dehner, Andy Warhol, William Hogarth, Nayland Blake, Roy Lichtenstein, David Smith, Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, Eugène Atget, Nan Goldin, and Garry Winogrand.

The Tang Museum features approximately 12 large-scale exhibitions and projects each year, including signature interdisciplinary exhibitions that involve faculty and students as curators and advisors. Shows include a variety of subject matter from Hudson River School landscapes, Rube Goldberg cartoons, and antique maps to Shaker furniture, scientific equipment, and new works of international contemporary art. The Tang also presents significant exhibitions of contemporary art, featuring leading emerging and established artists, and encompassing all types of media and objects, exploring the connections between the performing and visual arts, humanities, and natural sciences.

Notable scholarly exhibitions include ‘Molecules that Matter’, ‘Brushing the Present: Contemporary Academy Painting from China’, ‘Work: Shaker Design and Recent Art’, ‘From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection’, and ‘The World According to the Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science.’

The Tang Museum is committed to being an educational center for the whole community and offers an array of educational programs, workshops, classes, and community-based initiatives. In addition to visual arts exhibitions, the museum offers demonstrations, guided tours, hosts dance recitals, musical performances, and plays, presenting opportunities for students to enjoy interactive and hands-on activities and experiences.

Special events at the Museum include Carnegie Hall Premieres, Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, Greenberg Middle East Scholar-In-Residence, Fox-Adler Lectures (English Department), Fiscus Lectures (Government Department), Malloy Lectures (Art Department), and the Don and Judy McCormack Endowed Visiting Artist-Scholar Residency. Other notable events include the Jacob Perlow Series, Raab Visiting Artist Lectures, Speakers Bureau Series and Steloff Lectures (English Department)

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is located at 815 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a late closing on Thursdays at 9:00 pm. The Tang encourage group visits and offers guides tours of the facility for adults, children and large groups. Visitors can also enjoy self-guided tours, and there are special academic groups for scholars and students from primary grades through higher education.

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815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Phone: 518-580-8080