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There’s much more than bustling cityscapes in New York, a surprising scuba diving locale where you can come across hundreds of shipwrecks that date throughout history.

Diving in New York

Quick facts

You won’t be hard pressed to find a dive shop in New York, especially in the city and on Long Island. Upstate, too, has its fair share of places that can get you beneath the surface.

Wreck Valley, running between New York and New Jersey, is tremendous. Of the hundreds of shipwrecks to explore, the USN Algol and the Lizzie D are brimming with history and well worth the trip.

There’s more to New York scuba diving than salt water, however. Head up to Skaneateles in central New York state. There are several sites to explore, but the most popular by far is the Red Hook Wall. Here you can see tons of fish as well as the fantastic rock wall where thousands of logs were accidentally dropped from a boat in the 1800’s, a unique sight to behold.

Lake George, in the Adirondacks, holds within it the oldest war ship in North America, the 1758 Land Tortoise.

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When to go

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What to see

In the salty Atlantic you can come across myriads of fish as well as plenty of interesting crustaceans. Lobsters, crabs, and scallops are common sights. Sharks like dog and blue sharks can be seen, especially near the wrecks.

In the freshwater lakes pike, salmon, and trout will be your dive buddies. Perch and largemouth bass hang out in the weed beds, and trout thrive in colder water.


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Up in the northeastern United States you will run into New York, a state that boasts the famous city of the same name. New York City is the most populated city in the entire country, and is large enough to make it one of the most populous in the world.

But there is more to New York than the big city. Pressing up against the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Ontario, bodies of water make up a healthy amount of the state’s borders. Woodlands lie within, as well as a vast network of interconnecting lakes and rivers.

Hugely important in U.S. History, New York was a major player in the American Revolution and beyond. Suffering a massive blow in 2001 from the September 11th terrorist attacks and in 2012 from Hurricane Sandy, New York is rebuilding and making great strides.

Other attractions

New York is a diverse state with cascading brooks, towering pines, and misty lakes. To get in touch with nature head to some of the national and state forests in Upstate New York. Undoubtedly, New York City is on your radar. Head into this mighty metropolis to see the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

Getting there

While public transportation is incredible within the major cities, especially in the Big Apple, there is less access in suburban and rural areas. Renting a vehicle is almost imperative.


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