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Close-up view of mighty Niagara Falls in New York
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In New York, there is something fun for every age group.

Here are seven vacation ideas that will turn your family trip to one you will never forget.

1. Go for the Gold

Lake Placid has become a prime year-round training ground for athletes thanks to facilities built for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Throughout the year, your budding Michelle Kwan or Brian Boitano can work at perfecting their own triple Lutz on the indoor Olympic Center rink and watch the next crop of champion hopefuls practice their soaring jumps on simulated snow at the  Olympic Jumping Complex.

2. Create Your Own Fish Stories

The Thousand Islands-Seaway region offers rare opportunities to catch trophy-sized fish, including lake trout, king salmon and walleye on Lake Ontario and Muskie, northern pike, native wild carp, bass and the renowned Lancaster Perch on the St. Lawrence River. Go with a local guide, or better still, rent a fishing skiff, pontoon or runabout and stop at secluded beaches, restaurants, resorts, campgrounds, museums and parks, many accessible only by boat.

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3. Ride America’s Longest, Fastest Zipline

The SkyRider at Hunter Mountain in Hunter traverses about eight kilomters of Catskills forest at speeds of up to 88 kilometers per hour and heights up to 183 meters off the ground. The five ziplines run in pairs, encouraging participants to interact and race. The zipline course takes about three hours from start to finish. Families who haven’t tried ziplining before may prefer the mid-canopy tour, which includes six shorter ziplines, rope bridges and a thrilling rappel and runs at about 18 meters off the ground.

4. Make Like a Monkey

In the Central New York town of Howes Cave, Howe Caverns, known for bringing visitors 47 meters below the Earth’s surface to witness a fantastic world of stalactites and stalagmites, also has above-ground thrills. The Sky Trail, a ropes course resembling a giant 9 meters tall jungle gym, challenges kids  and fit parents to scramble like monkeys through more than 25 challenges. Less challenging physically, but equally thrilling is a four-station zipline.

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5. Attend a Real Pow Wow

Every third weekend in July, dancers come to the Chautauqua-Allegheny region from across the country to compete in authentic and colorful Native Ameri