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Two people sitting on a bench in front of Otsego Lake

New York State has more than 9,700 miles of lake, river, and ocean shoreline, plus many impressive public swimming pools, which means that it’s easy to find a place to cool off on a hot day in summer. From world-class surfing beaches to calm-watered coves to crystal-clear lakes and spacious pools, here is your guide to some of the best places to swim in New York State.

A purple and pink sunset over the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel
Credit: @stevehoehler22 on Instagram

This summer, show your partner that you love them, and that you love New York! Take off on a romantic getaway in New York State and experience places to stay that are perfect for couples, from resorts with rejuvenating spas to luxurious glamping sites to waterfront hotels and charming B&Bs. Add in a fun activity, from hiking to a waterfall to shopping on a walkable Main Street to visiting a museum, and you have the perfect ingredients for memorable romantic getaways in New York!

A Japanese tree with twisted branches and a stone structure

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, honoring the culture, traditions, and history of generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. New York is a great place to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From visiting a treasured Buddhist temple in the Catskills to feeling the peace and wisdom of nature at a Hudson Valley Japanese stroll garden to enjoying Burmese cuisine in Buffalo, here are ways to learn about, appreciate, and experience Asian Pacific American culture and history in New York State! 

Robert Treman State Park

If your idea of fun is packing the whole fam in the car for a few hours of the license plate game and perfecting your harmonies to the oldies, you've come to the right place. Here on the I LOVE NEW YORK blog, we are releasing road trip ideas to last all summer, whether you prefer to cross the entire state snapping pics of all of the sites or pack as many lakes into one day as possible. This road trip provides gorge-ous views by Cayuga Lake—see what we did there?

Mohonk Preserve

If taking a road trip is on your summer wish list, then New York is the place for you. Right here on the I LOVE NY blog, we've given you road trip ideas whether you're interested in driving across the state from Albany to Niagara Falls, seeing the lakes of the Adirondacks, exploring Cayuga Lake, or seeking out the scenery of the Catskills. This road trip is for families who want to savor mountain vistas in the Hudson Valley.  

Howe Caverns - Photo Courtesy of Howe Caverns

If you've been to the I LOVE NEW YORK blog recently, you know we're excited about all of the road trip opportunities in the state this summer! So far, we've given you itineraries for families who want to see ALL of the sights, families who love to be outdoors, and families who like a mix of city and nature. This next road trip is perfect for families who need a quick vacation!

Aerial view of Niagara Falls with spray

Buckle up, folks! Some serious family bonding is on the agenda this summer. Soak up the sights, sounds, flavors, and experiences of New York on some of the most scenic drives across the state. In between games of “I Spy” and pit stops for photo ops, these routes, which include one-, two-, and three-day trip options, will lead you from one unforgettable destination to the next. Get together a playlist with everyone’s favorite tunes and hit the road!

Two people ride bikes on a trail next to green grass with the Corning Preserve buildings in the background

Get ready to enjoy New York’s newest wonder, the 750-mile Empire State Trail. A perfect route for bicycling, hiking, running, or walking, the trail consists of three main sections: the Hudson Valley Greenway Trail, which extends from the Battery in Lower Manhattan up to Albany; the Champlain Valley Trail, which heads north to Rouses Point; and the Erie Canalway Trail, which winds through the Finger Lakes and ends in Buffalo. Much of the Empire State Trail is newly built or freshly renovated and off-road. There is easy access all long the trail and designated parking areas should you want to drive to a specific section (check the Empire State Trail map to find your entryway and route). Best of all? The Empire State Trail will get you outside to enjoy nature with countless diversions, from stopping for craft beverages and a bite to eat to visiting world-class museums and fascinating historic sites. Below, we’ve selected one attraction as a reference or “stop” on or within a mile or two of the trail, with suggestions for other nearby activities. …

Field of sunflowers and a hand holding a glass of wine

Spring in New York is the perfect time to get out and experience the vibrancy and colors that the state has to offer. Here, you’ll find natural beauty in parks and at botanical gardens, brightly painted murals and buildings, and of course the rich hues of a New York sunset from a scenic overlook. Visit some of the most colorful places in New York and enjoy the revitalizing feeling of springtime in a state that celebrates it like no other.