The Erie Canal has shifted from being a transportation route to a recreation area. You can rent a replica packet boat or join a public tour. Joggers and bicyclists enjoy a paved path alongside the waterway. Golfers can choose from nearly 60 area courses, and gardeners can glean ideas from the nearly two dozen parks, many designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Birders flock to Braddock Bay State Park in Greece to watch for hawks and many other species.