Fun Things To Do: NYS Fun Facts

State Facts:

• Counties: 62
• Dimensions: 310 miles (North-South), 440 miles (East-West, including Long Island)
• Highest mountain: Mount Marcy, 5,344 feet
• Highest waterfall: Taughannock, 215 feet
• Lakes and ponds: 4,000
• Land area: 47,224 square miles, ranks 30th among states
• Largest city: New York City
• Largest lake: Oneida, 79.8 square miles
• Longest river: Hudson, 315 miles
• Longest toll superhighway in the U.S.A: Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, 641 miles
• State Canal System: Extends over 524 miles and connects with hundreds of rivers and lakes
• State capital: Albany
• State motto: Excelsior which means Ever Upward
• State nickname: Empire State
• Tallest building: Empire State Building, 102 Stories
• Towns and villages: almost 1,500

Fun Facts:

• The Adirondack Park is larger than the Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon parks combined
• New York was the first state to require license plates on automobiles
• Kingston was the first capital of New York State
• The first Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, still popular today, was held in 1897
• Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua has nine formal gardens and one of the largest displays of roses in the state
• It took 31 years, from 1867-1898, to build the State Capitol Building
• New York State has 1,300 museums and galleries, 64 performing arts centers, and 230 theaters
• There are more than 400 golf courses and 55 downhill ski areas in New York State
• The New York State Canal System is 524 miles long and has 57 locks
• The Seaway Trail covers 454 miles along scenic vistas of Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands, along with
grape-growing vineyards and apple orchards
• The Hudson River was named an American Heritage River by the U.S. government in 1998
• In 1885 New York State acquired property around Niagara Falls and established the first state park in the U.S.
• In 1892 Ellis Island opened in New York Harbor as the primary immigration depot in the U.S.
• The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor on October 28, 1886

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