Summer’s heating up and so should your travel plans. Between hitting the Opening of the Saratoga Race Course, drinking and eating your way through food festivals and enjoying the many lakes and beaches across the state, there are countless must-do activities across New York in July. So throw on that sunscreen, grab a hat and head outside to explore all that beckons you this month in the great state of New York!

Wine & Dine

Calling all foodies and wine connoisseurs! July is your month. You can’t miss these delicious food and wine festivals across the great state of New York this month!

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival the second weekend of July is the perfect way to spend your weekend post-Independence Day. Experience the largest collection of New York State wines and a variety of culinary experiences alongside regional artisans and musicians. Relax, indulge and enjoy the scenery, sounds and flavors!

Head north for a food festival that is sure to leave your tastebuds satisfies! One of the nation’s largest food festivals, Taste of Buffalo features dozens of Buffalo’s best restaurants serving some of the most enjoyable food the region has to offer. Don’t miss it.

Looking for a nice beach-food festival hybrid? I Love NY has your back. Jump on the I Love NY bus for a day trip to experience A Taste of the Hamptons, where you’ll wine and dine at some of the best restaurants in the area. Spend your day at the Parrish Art Museum, Sag Harbor, Wolffer Estate Vineyard and Public House Brewery.

Get Sporty

Experience the Opening of the 2015 Season at the Saratoga Racehorse this summer! There’s nothing more exciting than seeing (and hearing!) the first races of the season...especially at a race course as historic as Saratoga’s.

Travel to Cooperstown for the annual Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Be a part of this historic event as this year, as three pitchers who combined to win nine Cy Young Awards and a member of Major League Baseball’s 3,000 Hit Club are inducted into the hall of fame.

Watch or be a part of this year’s Ironman in Lake Placid. Athletes from around the world will descend on the Alpine village of Lake Placid to test their limits. It’s the triathlon of a lifetime!

Come On In…The Water’s Warm!

Kick off Independence Day Weekend in high style with an evening of food, drinks and lively historic discussion aboard a perfect reproduction of Lafayette’s Hermione, the frigate that carried the French general to the shores of revolutionary North America. The ship departs from Manhattan!

Travel from Troy to New York City by way of the Hudson! History talks, tours of the harbors, dinner at Mohonk Mountain House and visits to fabulous museums are all apart of this year’s Hudson River Boat Trip!

Celebrate the history of the Erie Canal with Canal Fest of the Tonawandas! It’s the largest event held along the coast of Ol’ Erie in NYS. Enjoy a parade along the banks, a golf tournament, tons of youth activities and more!

Don’t forget to post photos of your New York adventures on Instagram and Twitter with #NYSummerSelfie and #ILoveNY and tag us on Facebook!