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An exterior photo of the Olana State Historic Site

Labor Day weekend is a great time to get out into nature with family and friends in New York State. The long weekend offers more opportunities to explore while staying as local as possible. Near the Catskills? Go for a hike, a swim, or a mountain bike ride! Closer to Buffalo and Niagara Falls? Experience the region’s natural beauty and architectural history. Want to make a splash? Find a hidden beach in the Adirondacks or on Long Island. Here are options for Labor Day activities throughout New York State. Just remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available; advance reservations may be required. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect, which requires anyone traveling from certain states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York State. 

A table with food on a patio overlooking Lake George with a backdrop of mountains at Tavern on the Lake at Blue Water Manor
Credit: @bluewatermanor on Instagram

New York State has hundreds of options for outdoor dining with a view, from patios overlooking lakes and rivers to vineyard restaurant terraces to tables on a farm. The following restaurants with outdoor seating all have a few things in common: great food, magnificent views, and plenty of room to socially distance. (All offer curbside takeout for those who aren’t ready to eat at the restaurant yet.) When visiting, remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and wear a mask or face covering, and call ahead or check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available while staying as local as possible. 

A man hiking to Cabot Pond Lookout from Little Pond Campground

New York State offers many activities for those wanting to get outdoors and enjoy nature. From hiking trails to beaches to picnic areas with a view, there’s something for everyone. It is up to all visitors to help maintain these beautiful outdoor spaces, as well as to ensure the safety of others. Here are the important things to remember when heading out into the great outdoors in New York State! 

Singer Castle

Craving a getaway with a unique twist? These New York State vacation rentals and places to stay differ from the usual hotel experience with private entrances, remote locations, and lots of outdoor space for recreation. From rustic cabins to luxury hideaways to glamping in the city or in the country, these lodgings offer ways to get away from it all. 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. Call ahead or check websites and social media for the most current information on availability while staying as local as possible. Additionally, keep in mind that if you have recently been to or are coming from a state on the COVID-19 travel advisory, you will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine when you arrive in New York. 

An expansive view of the Adirondacks from Coney Mountain

New York is home to many well-known, world-class attractions. But it’s also a state filled with hidden gems that don’t attract big crowds—waterfalls, hiking trails, and lakes that you can have practically all to yourself! Check out these outdoor destinations that will expand your knowledge of New York State while allowing for safe recreation. Even though you might not see many people on your trip, remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check attraction websites and social media for the most current information on openings and amenity availability while staying as local as possible.

Cherry Esplanade. Photograph - Antonio M Rosario; Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

New York State is home to thousands of incredible attractions that satisfy any interest, many of which have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities. Here are six attractions that offer programs specifically designed for travelers who are blind or have low vision. 

Note: due to the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry, some of these programs may be temporarily unavailable and venues may be closed. Please check directly with individual attractions for updates before making plans. By Executive Order, all visitors over the age of two, and able to medically tolerate one, are required to wear a mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible at any location in New York State. Individual attractions may have additional safety measures and guest requirements. ​ 

George Eastman House

New York State is home to thousands of incredible attractions that satisfy any interest, and many have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities. Here are nine attractions that offer programs specifically designed for travelers who are Deaf or have a hearing loss. 

Note: due to the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry, some of these programs may be temporarily unavailable and venues may be closed. Please check directly with individual attractions for updates before making plans. By Executive Order, all visitors over the age of two, and able to medically tolerate one, are required to wear a mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible at any location in New York State. Individual attractions may have additional safety measures and guest requirements. 

Strong Museum of Play - Photo by Sam Horine

New York State is home to hundreds of family-friendly attractions, many of which have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities. Here are nine sensory-friendly attractions that offer programs specifically designed for travelers with autism and developmental disabilities.

Note: due to the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry, some of these programs may be temporarily unavailable and venues may be closed. Please check directly with individual attractions for updates before making plans. By Executive Order, all visitors over the age of two, and able to medically tolerate one, are required to wear a mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible at any location in New York State. Individual attractions may have additional safety measures and guest requirements.