There are winter festivals and carnivals in all areas of New York State and they are a great choice for a cheap winter vacation. Most of them are at the same time that schools are closed and if you are looking for a way to entertain the young ones without having it cost you was much as your regular vacation, then one of the winter carnivals and festivals will fill the bill perfectly.
Many of the carnivals and festivals have events that anyone can participate in If you are interested, be sure to call the organizers and let them know. In some cases, you will have to register in advance.
By choosing one of New York State’s Winter Carnivals and Festivals as your cheap winter vacation idea, you will get a chance to see a part of the state that you might not other wise visit Most of them are away from the major metropolitan centers, which is one reason why they are so cheap. Cheap vacations do not mean second rate vacations. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is held at the beginning of February and lasts for two weeks. Events include concerts, rugby games, curling, craft sales, snowshoe races, pancake breakfasts, cross country skiing, running races, a chocolate festival, downhill ski races, a woodsmen’ demonstration, a classic movie festival, a fireman’s ball, figure skating show, book sale, innertube races, art show, children’s skating races, variety show, pancake breakfast, a special breakfast at McDonald’s for the kids, a Chicken n Biscuits dinner to benefit Habitats for Humanity, and much more. The cost to participate is very minimal, around $5.00 for each event.
The New York State Parks Winter Festival takes place in Grafton State Park http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=116 at the end of January. There will be events for the whole family including dog sled rides, ice sculpture and face painting. The Lake George Winter Carnival lasts for the whole month of February. On January 1 they also have a Polar Swim in the lake. The carnival itself will have events like snowmobile or sleigh rides for $1, a children’s petting zoo, games with prizes for a $1 entrance fee, outhouse races, a Revolutionary War encampment, music, a chicken wing cook off, motorcycle races on the ice, and ice castle, fire works, bon fires and much more. Long Island’s Jazz on the Vine takes place in Long Island’s wine country over 6 weekends from the middle of February to the end of March. There will be 10 free concerts each weekend at the tasting rooms of the areas wineries. Local restaurants and hotels participate with specials as well.