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Kirk Douglas Park Falls

Distinguished actor, World War II veteran, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. These are all roles that Kirk Douglas had during his 103 years of life. But did you know that he has a waterfall named in his honor in Amsterdam, New York, the city where he was born and raised? Alongside Kirk Douglas Park near downtown Amsterdam is a waterfall on the North Chuctanunda Creek that you can see from the bridge on Guy Park Avenue. That small, long and picturesque waterfall is known as Kirk Douglas Park Falls. The waterfall has a series of drops that you can see from the middle of the bridge, with one of the more picturesque parts of the waterfall being a drop of about 20 feet in length. There is also a cascade of about 10 feet in height a little further up along the walls of the park, which also feature a playground and benches for passive recreation. In all, its a nice little oasis to take a break and enjoy a little bit of nature right in the heart of it all. How to Get The
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Saratoga Automobile Museum

Within the friendly confines of the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs , there is quite a bit to see and do. Among the Roosevelt Baths , the spas, the geysers, the walking trails and even the Saratoga Performing Arts Center , just to name a few places, there are a few museums to be found in well. One of those museums, located in the historic Saratoga Bottling Plant , is the Saratoga Automobile Museum . So one foggy day while I was in Saratoga Springs over the holidays to buy some locally famous Peppermint Pigs as Christmas gifts for family and friends, I decided to swing by the Saratoga Automobile Museum and see its collection of cars. Once inside and after I had paid my admission , I was greeting by a very knowledgeable staff member who gave me a tour around the museum, giving me plenty of details about the museum and the main attraction of the museum itself, which is the collection of unique automobiles that make up the museum. After he explained the history and the

Perrine's Covered Bridge

If you are traveling northbound along the New York State Thruway, you may notice a roof of a covered bridge as you cross the Wallkill River near Rifton (not far from Rosendale), just about halfway between the New Paltz and Kingston exits. Your eyes are not deceiving you, as that is the historic Perrine's Covered Bridge that you are passing. While you would have to do some backtracking along NY Route 32 or NY Route 213 if you decide to turn around in Kingston to see the bridge, there is plenty of history and scenic beauty if you decide to do so. Perrine’s Covered Bridge is one of five covered bridges that is still standing in Ulster County. Owned and maintained by Ulster County, Perrine’s Covered Bridge was named after James Perrine, who was a son of French immigrant James Perrin and Huguenot descendant Catherine Freer. Perrine had operated a hotel and tavern starting in the 1820s on the south side of the Wallkill River at the site that subsequently was chosen for the covered

World's Largest Kaleidoscope

After hiking up and down nearby Tremper Mountain , I decided to celebrate by doing something nearby and also unique. Since I was smack dab in the middle of the Catskills in the town of Mount Tremper anyway, I decided to head up to the Emerson Resort & Spa on NY Route 28 and check out the World's Largest Kaleidoscope . I have driven past the kaleidoscope a number of times before and had wanted to check it out. The kaleidoscope is housed in a silo that is connected to a barn built in 1860 on the former Riseley Flats farm. The silo itself is 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter and is connected to a group of gift shops called the Shops at Emerson. The kaleidoscope itself is part of a kaleidoscope gift shop called the Kaleidostore and it opened in 1996. It has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest kaleidoscope. It was designed by award winning kaleidoscope artist Charles Karadimos, with video designed by psychedelic artist Isaac A