New York Roadside Attractions

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Every state in the union has its share of wacky roadside attractions. In fact, America’s highways have somewhat of a reputation worldwide for the oddities strewn along their lengths. New York is no exception to this tradition and plays host to some of the, dare we say, oddest roadside attractions you could hope to see anywhere.

Hop in your RV and head out… and while you’re heading there, stop in and see some of New York’s best roadside attractions, like…

Magic Forest – Lake George, New York

A fairy tale themed park, Magic Forest brings the world of children’s fairy tales to life with vivid displays, statues, and dioramas. The park winds through forested paths and leads to such characters as the World’s Largest Uncle Sam (38 feet tall), Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Smokey the Bear, the Statue of Liberty, the Three Little Pigs, Jack Sprat, Hansel & Gretel, and other displays, about 20 in all. There are also rides, multi-colored cottages, and even a diving horse.

The forest combines a strange and oddly charming mix of woodsy allure and creepiness.

Address: Highway 9 N, Lake George, NY. I-87 exit 21 to Highway 9 North. Just south of Lake George on the east side of the road.

House of Frankenstein Wax Museum – Lake George, New York

This grisly wax museum, also located in Lake George, is full of strange and disturbing dioramas, such as “Strange Planet” where you walk through a blacklit room across wrestling mats while Pink Floyd plays, “Your Host” where a strange and deformed statue babbles dialogue, and the “Megalopolis, Man of the Future”  who looks like the Colossus of New York with glowing red eyes.

Parental discretion is advised, though most of the displays are more bizarre and hokey than frightening.

Address: 213 Canada St., Lake George, New York.

Cardiff Giant – Cooperstown, New York

The Cardiff Giant isn’t just a roadside attraction, but a roadside attraction with history. This might be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, roadside attraction in New York.

Created by George Hull, a cigar manufacturer and atheist, the giant was inspired by a conversation he had with a minister. Remembering a bible passage about “giants in the earth,” he wondered if he could fool people that he’d found a petrified giant. He spent $2600 to create a 10-foot tall stone statue, modeled after himself, then washed it with sulfuric acid and abused it to make it look ancient and had it buried at a friend’s farm before he “discovered” it.

People bought it. So well, in fact, that he was able to accrue $30,000 in admissions at just 50 cents a peek.

It’s now on display again and, even though you know it’s fake, the history behind it is quite intriguing.

Address: 100 Lake St., Cooperstown, New York.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Okay, we’re not really a roadside oddity, but Jim’s RV Center is an attraction in and of itself. Stop by and see us in Nichols, New York, to tour any of our RV models or to schedule some service for your current RV if you’re touring New York’s roadside attractions and need to make sure that your RV is in good enough shape to reach them all!

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November Events in New York

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Looking for somewhere to go and something to do this month? Check out these fun-filled events and festivals happening across New York this November.

Christkindl Market – November 11-13 in Canandaigua

The annual Christkindl Market is held on the lawn of the historic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. Market-goers can enjoy the market in decorated and heated tents. The market attracts over 100 regional artisans and food vendors. The market is heavily influenced by German culture, so expect German cuisine, music, and other German-themed festivities.

The market will be located at 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York.

11th Annual Syracuse Wine and Chocolate Festival – November 26 in Syracuse

Wineries and wine enthusiasts from across the region will gather on November 26 for an unlimited sampling of dozens of award-winning wines of all styles and tastes. Buy bottles of your favorites and feel good about doing it: $1 from each bottle sold will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Chocolate will also be prominently featured, with master chocolatiers showcasing their best and tastiest work. Other vendors, such as crafts and decor, will also be selling their wares.

Set your course for 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, New York. The festival will run between 2-9pm.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Have more fun in your own RV from Jim’s RV Center. No matter your travel plans, they’re sure to be more comfortable and convenient with an RV at your command. Shop today at Jim’s RV Center; tour the models that interest you and get your questions answered by knowledgeable associates.

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Best Fall Foliage in New York

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New York is putting on her fall colors all across the state. If you’re looking to view some of the best and brightest fall color spots in New York, hop in your RV and head out to one of these fantastic destinations for fall foliage!

Hurry and get out there! While many areas of New York are currently near peak or at peak, whole swathes of the state are already past peak. Now is the perfect time to fire up the RV and see the foliage that the state has to offer.

Prospect Mountain

Looming above Lake George Village, truly spectacular views await at the summit. You can drive your RV up the toll road near the summit and then hike the rest of the way (a gentle 1.5 miles on the Prospect Mountain Trail).

Catskill Forest Preserve

Head to Catskill Forest Preserve for the foliage and the scenery. Not only are the leaves in full fall color, but the surrounding area is gorgeous, with waterfalls and mountains.

Bear Mountain State Park

Take the Palisades Parkway through Bear Mountain State Park’s rugged landscape. Not only can you enjoy the changing colors, but the area is ideal for fishing, picnicking, hiking, and camping as well.

Trophy Point

This scenic overlook of the Hudson River Valley offers superb views of the surrounding landscape. Also located at Trophy Point is the Battle Monument, which is one of the largest granite columns in the world.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Fall foliage tours are better in an RV. Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, can serve as your base of operations as you enjoy the fall foliage this year. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

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September Events in New York That You Don’t Want to Miss

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New York has much more to offer than just the Big Apple… there’s an entire state to explore if you desire! September has a lot to offer New York travelers, especially if you’re traveling in an RV.

16th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival – September 9-11

Indulge in a variety of wines and spirits from around the country, including some of the best and most awarded. Fine food from some of the best restaurants in the area will also be available. Hosted by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, funds raised will go towards their Children’s Education Program.

2016 Adirondack Balloon Festival – September 22-25

Head to Crandall Park in Glens Falls and Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury from September 22 to 25 to see this amazing annual festival. This is a free event, so it’s too good to pass up. Enjoy balloon rides from a number of independent balloon operators. No need to schedule or make an appointment, but the rides will cost generally run you about $175-225 per person. Balloon flights occur at dawn and dusk. This is all weather dependent, so check the forecast before you commit to heading out. Rain or wind speed over 8mph means cancellation. Camping isn’t allowed at the festival, but RVs are!

Visit Jim’s RV Center

If you’re ready to hit the road in your very own RV, Jim’s RV Center in Nichols is just the place to go. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, and accessories and provides everything you need to hit the road in style and comfort. Enjoy your travels more with your very own RV this September.

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The Best Beaches on the East Coast for RV Enthusiasts

America’s East Coast is home to some of our country’s best beaches. Whether you’re looking for a secluded North Carolina beach getaway, the towering palm trees of South Florida or a place to park your RV and let loose with friends, an East Coast beach is waiting for you this summer. These three summer beach destinations are ones you don’t want to miss.

Cape Hatteras — North Carolina

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 200-mile-long stretch of barrier islands that sit off the coast of the Tarheel State and a small part of Virginia. They’re known for offering some of the most secluded stretches of beach in the country, where your family can enjoy long summer beach days without struggling to find a parking space or a place to lay your towels.

Visitors love the Cape Hatteras area for its gorgeous cape Hatteras Lighthouse, calm salt marshes, pristine beaches and starry skies. Even better, there are a number of RV-friendly campgrounds that will let you set up camp just steps from the sand.

Juno Beach — Florida

If you’re looking for a beach getaway that offers hot summer temperatures, swaying palm trees and tropical turquoise waters, Juno Beach is one of the best places in the country to park your RV. Stay at the Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort, and you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Palm Beach area’s breathtaking beaches. Visitors can take part in activities held at the RV resort or venture just a few minutes away to world class golf courses, sport fishing charters, pristine beaches, shopping and countless other Florida activities.

Atlantic City — New Jersey

RV enthusiasts looking for non-stop fun on their summer vacation will find it in Atlantic City. This New Jersey coastal town feels a lot like Las Vegas at the beach with casinos, 24-hour bars and restaurants, music venues and everything you need to let loose with your friends. The Atlantic City boardwalk is one of the best in the U.S., so bring plenty of money to spend on games, shopping and quick eats.

Start Your Getaway at Jim’s RV

Make this summer the best one yet by shopping for a brand-new RV from Jim’s RV. Located in Nichols, New York, we make it easy to find your dream RV and drive it away the very same day.

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Spend Father’s Day in New York City

There’s no better place to be on Father’s Day than in the Big Apple. There’s something exciting in every corner of the city, whether you’re seeking the perfect Father’s Day meal, a cruise on the Hudson River or a one-of-a-kind marketplace in Brooklyn. The following are just three of the countless things there are to do with your dad in New York City this Father’s Day.

The Brooklyn Makers Market

Discover unique crafts, handmade furniture and more at the Brooklyn Makers Market, held on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19. The market features handmade goods created by artisans from around the country. Attending the event at 175 Broadway in Brooklyn is free, but you’ll want to bring your wallet to shop and dine with the numerous food vendors that will be on site.

Father’s Day Glass Workshop

There’s nothing quite like building something with your dad, and you can do exactly that in NYC. Let the esteemed glassblowers of Brooklyn Glass guide you through making your very own glass beer mugs. The workshops take place every half hour and are held the Sunday after Father’s Day (June 26), so it’s a perfect event for those who are unable to celebrate the holiday on time this year.

Father’s day Beer Brunch Cruise

Considering a day of drinking and eating with dad in the city? Start with the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise on the Hudson River. Hop aboard a luxurious yacht and enjoy a hearty brunch buffet, live jazz music and all-you-can-drink beer. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 19, and the boat departs from Pier 40 in Soho. Tickets are $70 per person.

Find Dad His Dream RV

If you’re searching for the ultimate Father’s Day gift this June, there’s no better place to shop than here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY. Our lot is overflowing with the latest and greatest RVs for some of the best prices in the industry.

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March Events Around New York

With warmer temperatures coming up in March, you may want to plan some trips and taking in festivals at the same time is the perfect reason for getting out for a few days. You’ll find festivals throughout the state including the Finger Lakes region, Central New York and Chautauqua-Allegheny.

If you don’t have an RV and think that spending a weekend enjoying a festival in an RV where you can relax in familiar surroundings sounds like fun, stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many floor plans that we have.

Bacon on the Lakein

Head up to Cayuga for the Bacon on the Lakein festival, which will be held on March 19 and 20, 2016. You’ll get a souvenir stemless wine glass and sample all the bacon-featured food you want, along with wine pairings. As you reach each winery, remove one of the ticket stubs for a chance to win a barbecue-themed gift basket with sauces, wine, utensils and more. You’ll even have a chance to win a barbecue smoker. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and admission is $30 per ticket. There is space for motor coaches. For more information visit cayugawinetrail.com/events/661/2nd-annual-bacon-on-the-lakein-sponsored-by-wqny-1037.

Bluegrass Americana Festival at Foothills Performing Arts Center

On March 18 and 19, 2016, the Foothills Performing Arts Center will host the Bluegrass Americana Festival. The fun starts at noon on Saturday and the event is free on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Artists include Hop City Hell Cats, The Howlin’ Brothers, The Ruddy Well Band, Milkweek and The Steeldrivers. Friday hours are from 7:00 p.m. until 1:000 p.m. The Foothills Performing Arts Center is located at 24 Market Street in Oneonta. For more information call (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org.

Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade

On March 12 and 13, 2016, visit Ellicottville for the Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade. Enjoy contests, games, music, parade and food. The Mardi Gras parade will be held on Saturday night. This event will be held at 6557 Holiday Valley Road in Ellicottville. For more information call (716) 699-2345 or visit holidayvalley.com.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available if you are looking for your first RV or are ready to upgrade to something newer.

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Most Beautiful Winter Destinations in New York

If you are getting stir crazy, pack up the RV and head out to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in New York. Yes, it’s cold, but the RV will keep you nice and warm; and when you bundle up to go out, you can look forward to a big, steaming cup of hot cocoa when you get back to the RV.

Oheka Castle

This castle is located in the middle of North Shore; and was built for Otto Kahn in 1919. The Oheka Castle has 127 rooms and is in the middle of a French-inspired garden. The castle was Xanadu in Citizen Kane.

Ludlowville Falls

To see one of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls, visit Ludlowville Falls. Even in the winter, you can hike the area and if you’re really adventurous, try ice climbing.

Beardslee Castle

If you really like castles, visit Beardslee Castle, a replica of an Irish castle. This castle was built in 1860 and then rebuilt twice because of fires. Now, it is a restaurant near Little Falls and is covered by ivy vines that seem to glow when it’s lit up at night. To get the prettiest pictures, visit right after it snows.

Mohonk Preserve

If you like hiking and exploring, even in the winter, visit Mohonk Preserve. The preserve features 8,000 acres of cliffs and forests.

Locust Grove Estate

Head out to Poughkeepsie to visit this 200-acre estate and historic lawn farm and a museum pavilion – and some of the most gorgeous views of the state. Take a tour or take a hike on many of the hiking trails. You’ll need snowshoes if you go when it snows.

Bear State Mountain Park

Since the bears are asleep in the winter, visit this park without worrying about them. Go skating on the outdoor skating rink from October through mid-March. Go hiking and just enjoy the scenery.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols to pick up any winter camping accessories you may need; or walk through the many floor plans in our RV showroom if you’re ready to buy a new RV.

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Top Five National Parks in New York

If you are looking for something to do, whether it’s a road trip in your car or a road trip in the RV, visit some of the national parks in New York. Some of the best parks include Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore. For each of these, call ahead to check for camping and reservations.

Gateway National Recreation Area

This national recreation area encompasses 26,607 acres and is scattered throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Enjoy swimming in the ocean, boating, bird watching, hiking and camping. Gateway National Recreation Area was created in 1972 by congress to preserve resources.

Fire Island National Seashore

This national park protects a 26-mile section of Fire Island, which is only about 30 miles long. Fire Island is separated from Long Island by the Great south Bay and it is located in Suffolk County. Two bridges allow access to Fire Island and there are no public roads. Take the Robert Moses Causeway to the Robert Moses State Park on the western end of the island or the William Floyd Parkway to the eastern end of the island. You can access the seashore by private boat or ferry from Sayville, Patchogue and Bay Shore, all on Long Island.

North Country National Scenic Trail

Starting at Crown Point in eastern New York, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches about 4,600 miles to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. The national scenic trail is administered by the National Park Service. Various state, federal and local agencies manage the area.

Saratoga National Historical Park

This historical park is located in Stillwater, New York, about 40 miles north of Albany. Visit the site of the Battles of Saratoga, the visitor’s center, catch a 20-minute orientation film, see a fiber-optic light map, and enjoy artifact and timeline displays.

Governors Island

This 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay is separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel and accessible by ferries. You’ll find plenty of oak, chestnut and hickory trees on the island. The island was used for defensive troops in 1776 by the Continental Army; and from 1783 through 1966, was a U.S. Army post. From 1966 through 1996, it was a major U.S. Coast Guard installation.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any RV accessories you might need for your next trip; or walk through our many floor plans if you are considering a new RV or upgrading your current RV.

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January Events in New York

For those who love to go RVing in the winter, you’ll find plenty of events where you can pack up the RV and enjoy. If you’ve never used the RV in the winter and any of these January events would be the first time, you’ll have to de-winterize the RV before you head out.

If you need help or tips on how to keep everything from freezing, call the service department at Jim’s RV for an appointment and we’ll help you with de-winterizing the RV, plus give you tips for keeping your RV safe while you’re using it and while it’s waiting for the next winter trip.

The Rod Serling Archive

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. visit the Bundy Museum, 129 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905 to see the Rod Serling Archive. Fans will learn more about Serling and Broome County in addition to viewing his works. The collection features unique and rare items and new items are added monthly.

Trivia Night at Matty B’s

On January 7, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. head over to Matty B’s on the corner of Glenwood and Prospect Street in Binghamton to play trivia and enjoy $5 tall margaritas. Prizes include a $20 grand prize plus tickets to the Binghamton Mets and a one-month membership to CommuniKey.

Phelps Mansion Tour

On Friday, January 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. visit the Phelps Mansion Museum, 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 to see some of the best Victorian architecture. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for those 12 and younger. The last tour starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information call (607) 722-4873.

Digital Planetarium Shows

On Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., visit the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, New York to see traditional Chinese astronomy, the Solar Quest, The Life and Death of the Sun, Mission to Mars, a seasonal sky tour, an advanced sky tour, Rock on Demand and more. Members are free with their membership card. Otherwise, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information call (607) 772-0660, ext. 236.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through our floor plans or call our service department for an appointment for service, de-winterization or winterization.

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