In 1936, Robert and Dorothy Leab drove their 13 head of cattle over Brodie Mountain and into Ioka Valley, where they broke ground on their new home. Despite the poor quality of the farm’s soil, their hard work gradually resulted in bountiful harvests. Decades later, the third generation of the Leab family still tills the land, planting assorted crops and opening the farm to visitors for year-round activities.
Each season brings new life to the farm, from the pastel buds and new shoots of spring to summer’s vibrant strawberries, which are grown on raised beds so visitors can pick their own pints. Kids frolic in Uncle Don’s Barnyard all summer, petting tame rabbits and llamas and whooshing down a 40-foot pipeline slide. Fall festival activities include hayrides and pumpkin picking, and during the winter, snow-covered Christmas trees can be carted home to add holiday cheer or provide a new project for the family’s pet beaver. Maple season stretches from February to April in the sugar house, occupied by 5,000 taps and two boilers. The farm churns out deep maple syrup that is served over pancakes and waffles in the Calf-A, a calf barn converted into a café. The farm’s cattle herds are pasture-raised during warm months, with their diet supplemented by the farm’s own corn, before becoming hormone-free, all natural beef.
When Utica Zoo opened its gates 98 years ago, three fallow deer comprised its entire animal population. Today, visitors can traipse the zoo's walking trails to view more than 200 animals, including alligators, bald eagles, zebras, and an African lion. The zoo also provides a safe haven for threatened species such as snowy owls and mexican spider monkeys. Staff members guide tours and conduct presentations, allowing visitors to get a close look at animals.
If you're not willing to take the risk of observing animals in the wild, The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center in Springfield is the place for you. The animals are happy in their homes and you can watch them with a peace of mind knowing you're safe and sound.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this zoo should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this zoo.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The zoo is a great way to learn about different animals so take the whole family there today for a fun and educational trip.
Let a little more culture into your life when you plan a visit to Tubby Tubes Snow Park in Lake Luzerne.
Toughen up your workout and challenge yourself to a high-intensity kickboxing class.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Learning about different cultures is fun and easy here. Stop by today and get a taste of some fun and excitement.
At the Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival, ticket holders not only browse and buy the crafts of more than 125 local artists, but soar in the sky in the basket of a colorful hot-air balloon. Sky captains stand at the ready to launch 20 hot-air balloons into the atmosphere, taking guests on high-flying tethered rides. Back on land, adults sip wine and browse among rows of pottery and fine jewelry, while kids play games, paint their faces, and try their hand at musical instruments.