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A photo of homemade pop tart pastries from Whitman Brewing
Credit: @whitman_brewing on Instagram 

There are countless ways to support local businesses in New York State while staying safe at home. With so many restaurants offering both curbside takeout and delivery, what better way to support your favorite spots than with the #NYRestaurantChallenge? Simply post a pic of your takeout on your social media accounts using the hashtag #NYRestaurantChallenge. Whether it’s trying a new spot, ordering from your favorite local restaurant, or placing a craft beverage pick-up order, be sure to support and share your New York eats and drinks. Top submissions will be shared on I LOVE NY's social media channels. …

A photo of the exterior of Buffalo City Hall
Credit: @buffalophotoblog on Instagram

From blockbuster hits to creative indie productions, filmmakers and TV producers often turn to New York State for distinctive locations. The thousands of movies and shows filmed here every year feature some of the state’s most impressive attractions, giving viewers the chance to experience New York from the comfort of their own homes.  Want to stay connected to New York State and watch high-quality entertainment? Check out the list below to find out where you can stream these comedies, dramas, inspirational films, and television shows that all have one thing in common—New York! 

A view of the Wild Walk raised walkway over trees in Tupper Lake

New York State is home to many world-renowned museums, cultural institutions, zoos, and more. Due to coronavirus restrictions, these incredible attractions are temporarily closed, but many can still be explored online from the comfort of your own home. Below is a list of New York State's best online events, virtual tours, webcams, and livestreams. This list will be updated regularly, so check back when you need inspiration, whether it's taking a 360-degree tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame, visiting a cuddly animal on a zoo livecam, browsing a world-class art collection, or practicing deep breathing in a livestream yoga class. 

Strong National Museum of Play

We know it’s no easy task keeping kids entertained and satisfied on trips, which is what makes the city of Rochester a jackpot for parents searching for the perfect family vacation. Beyond what is sure to become one of your kids’ favorite museums, the Strong National Museum of Play, the city is rich in interactive activities and fun destinations that will foster family-bonding and appetites for exploration.

Two people ride a zipline over the forest at the Catamount ZipLine

From the United States’ longest zipline to a boutique hotel with oceanfront views and a museum celebrating the history of makeup, New York offers exciting new attractions, transformative activities, and scene-setting restaurants and bars! If you are looking for what’s fresh, we have your list for what’s new and what’s coming very soon in the Empire State. 

When Anthony Met Stanton statue. Photograph by Ethan LaCroix

From July 19–20, 1848, a group of 300 women and 42 men came together in Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls for the first-ever women's rights convention in the U.S. They began laying the groundwork for what would lead to women's suffrage in New York in 1917, three years before the nation followed. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The Wesleyan Chapel stands at the corner of Fall and Mynderse Streets, anchoring a charming strip in a Finger Lakes town that makes for a perfect weekend getaway.

Credit: Harlow Bliss Photography
Credit: Harlow Bliss Photography

Congratulations on your engagement! We know you've fantasized about where you'll tie the knot and we’re here to tell you that New York State has the venue for you. With New York's diverse landscapes you'll find everything from wild forests to gleaming lakes to sprawling meadows. Declare your love from inside a beautifully lit rustic barn, in the great ballroom of a historic mansion, or on the patio of a seaside hotel. Whichever vibe fits you and your boo, find it in one of these 12 unique wedding venues. Have your cake and eat it too! 

Credit: NEW YORK YANKEES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Credit: NEW YORK YANKEES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Baseball fever starts anew each spring and there’s no better place to experience it than New York State. Cooperstown is the capital of America’s pastime with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can take your little sluggers to the Hall of Fame Classic on May 23 or Hall of Fame Induction Weekend from July 24 to July 27, where Yankees own Derek Jeter will be inducted. Plan ahead if you want to attend Induction Weekend—hotels sell out well in advance. 

Fire Island Lighthouse

It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, but it's also not too late. Now's the time to figure out things to do this Memorial Day Weekend and beyond. Some of New York State's most glorious summer destinations book up before spring even makes its official entrance, so do yourself a favor and start planning your sunny getaway now. Here are just a few summer vacation ideas that are sure to help you relax and keep your whole crew entertained.