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A person watches the sunrise from Artists Rock at North-South Campground

Go solo on your next adventure in New York State! With unique lodging, award-winning wineries, and exhilarating outdoor experiences, New York State has endless opportunities to explore. From finding serenity in the mountains to sampling local cuisine during a farm stay, you’ll have an extraordinary self-indulgent journey. 

Colorful homes on the Canandaigua Pier

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While New York State is home to the Big Apple, New York City, it also boasts irresistible charm as found in its small towns. Set amidst majestic mountains, featuring wonderful wineries, and close to all sorts of outdoor adventure, New York's adorable small towns offer visitors a place to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the surrounding natural beauty. You’ll discover great places to eat, one-of-a-kind shops, and easy access to some of the state’s best outdoor experiences such as hiking, biking, boating, ziplining, and more! Plan your getaway to one of New York’s amazing small towns today with this guide to some of the best locations in the state. 

The Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors for Pride

Pride is always an exciting time in New York, and this year’s events bring with it an extra sense of hope. Although 2021 is far from a normal Pride year, communities are starting to gather together in-person once again to celebrate Pride safely. Highlights include the return of Pridefest in Greenwich Village, the Let Love Bloom Wedding Marathon in Central New York, Long Island Pride. At these and other Pride events in New York, including engaging virtual offerings, LGBTQ New Yorkers and visitors will come together again in the birthplace of the modern movement to show love for each other, for the community, and for New York! 

A brick building behind purple flowers

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend this year with a history tour of New York! June 19–20 is a Path Through History Weekend, a chance to celebrate the rich and vibrant past across New York State. Below, we’ve selected 12 can’t-miss things to do, featuring poetry, comedy, military history, and more, some in person, others available online. Check out the Path Through History event site for all of the historical and educational attractions hosting exciting programming over the weekend!

Waterfalls surrounded by greenery in Letchworth State Park
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Summer is the time to create long-lasting family memories in New York State. Exciting opportunities for fun await, from state-of-the-art theme parks to activities on the water to kid-friendly picturesque parks. Thrill-seeking families will find ziplines and mountain coasters; those in search of relaxation can visit beaches or take gentle hikes to waterfalls. There’s literally something for everyone to make a New York State family vacation one of the most memorable of a lifetime.

The entrance sign to Legoland New York flanked by two Lego towers

Families have yet another reason to plan a trip to New York State this summer: the new LEGOLAND® is about to open! This theme park, the largest LEGOLAND ever, is specially designed for children ages 2-12, with 50 rides, shows, and attractions spread out over 150 acres. Located in the Hudson Valley village of Goshen, just 60 miles northwest of New York City, LEGOLAND will bring serious family fun to your summer. LEGOLAND opens for previews beginning May 29. During Previews, LEGOLAND New York Resort will welcome guests into six of its seven lands: Brick Street, Bricktopia, LEGO® NINJAGO® World, LEGO Castle, LEGO City, and Miniland. To reserve dates and single-day tickets, visit LEGOLAND New York Resort’s online reservation system. During Preview days, face coverings will be required for LEGOLAND New York Resort employees and guests in accordance with LEGOLAND New York’s COVID-19 guidelines. Here are 7 amazing experiences to expect at LEGOLAND New York. 

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
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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?