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A building in the shape of a duck on Long Island, known as the Big Duck

Looking for a safe and fun New York road trip close to home? Check out these great New York State roadside attractions! With a variety of offbeat destinations, ranging from the artistic to the curious, from goofy to downright mysterious, there’s something to delight everyone, and the entire family will enjoy getting out of the house to seek out these eye-opening one-of-a-kind treasures only found here in New York. Of course, you should check directly with attractions or venues to make sure they are open or available for viewing, and always be sure to keep six feet apart from others not in your household. Bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing and enjoy a New York road trip featuring one of these unique roadside attractions! …

Macys 4th July 2015 - Photo by Barry Schwartz
Credit: Barry Schwartz

New York State is known for iconic celebrations around the 4th of July. While this year will be different, many regions will host colorful displays for those in the local area with social distancing requirements, as well as virtual events for those who prefer to stay home. The biggest of all the shows, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City, will go on in a different format this year, with a patriotic score and tributes to first responders. The Macy’s show also offers the chance to see world-class fireworks from the comfort of your living room, as it will be broadcast on NBC stations from 8-10 pm EST on July 4. Here is a sampling of ways to celebrate the 4th locally and safely across New York State. Make sure to call ahead or check each venue's website or social media pages for availability and changes to programming​. 

A boy and a man canoe on Heart Lake in the Adirondacks

In New York State, you’re never far from nature. In fact, without having to travel much at all, you can find beaches, lakes, mountains, and trails, which means it’s easy to get outdoors and safely enjoy all sorts of soul-satisfying activities. In the mood for a reflective hike in the woods? A challenging mountain bike ride or a more relaxed pedal through rolling hills? A family camping trip? New York offers all this and more. Just remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing, and call ahead or check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available, while staying as local as possible. …

Cradle of Aviation Museum -- Photo by Jennifer Baxmeyer

Path Through History Weekend is a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history, featuring hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. This year, Path Through History Weekend has turned into two weeks of exciting online events where you can discover the people and places that shaped American history right at home and learn about hidden gems you might want to visit on a future trip to New York. The events take place between June 15 and July 4, and are listed in alphabetical order by region below. …

National Comedy Center

This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, honor your dad with a gift from New York State. From a taste of the Adirondacks to grooming products from the Catskills to wines from Long Island, there are fantastic gift ideas for every type of dad. Even if you are unable to physically be together with him, you can still send a meaningful gift as a reminder of times together or to create inspiration for a future trip. Check out the following New York State Father’s Day gift ideas ready for order and delivery.

Cheese pizza pie

New York is the birthplace of some of the most iconic food items in the world. From Buffalo wings to New York cheesecake to Thousand Island dressing, culinary creativity has always thrived here. As a result, many amazing food items are available at restaurants and food specialty stores around the state. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to pick up a dish in person—many of New York’s best-known food items are available for order online and delivered straight to your door, in most cases anywhere in the United States. Feeling hungry for New York? Get started here! 

Two wine glasses about to clink with background view of Manhattan

There are many ways to find the perfect date night or romantic getaway in New York State—even when you’re staying at home. From selecting the type of food to eat or cook to planning an engaging activity, let New York help you create the perfect night in your own space. Choose a candlelit dinner, a movie date, a long-distance virtual meet-up (with a picturesque New York background), or make it a solo date night. Here is how to recreate a romantic New York getaway in the comfort of your home!