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Posts from May 2019

Fire Island Beach
Credit: NPA Photo/  J.Peters

Long Island is world-famous for its stunningly scenic beaches. From the rockier shores and calmer waters of North Shore to the white sands and perfectly surfable waves of South Shore, there are so many options it’s hard to choose where to start! That’s why we’ve created your summer guide to Long Island beaching featuring where to go and what to do. Check out these eight destinations which make up a perfect sampling of the country’s best beaches to visit before the summer ends. Now get ready to soak up some sun!

Boldt Castle in Thousand Islands

The name of the Thousand Islands is not an exaggeration—there are more than 1,800 islands straddling the US-Canada border in the freshwater St. Lawrence River. The gorgeous coastline, spectacular castles, and the opportunities for boating and fishing make this region something of a best-kept secret in itself. Read on to discover some of our favorite hidden gems within the hidden gem that is the Thousand Islands.

Fort Ontario during Harborfest in Oswego

The ice has thawed. The sun is shining. It’s spring, and that means festivals and eventsa lot of themall across New York. And things are only going to get hotter this summer. All season long you can groove to music under the stars, watch glass get made al fresco, sample delicious food, and get your kicks on midway rides. Here are your family's must-catch things to do across the Empire State this summer. Mark your calendar!

American Roots Music Festival

It’s music festival season! Summer concerts in New York cover every genre of music you'll want to jam out to, from jazz to country to pop to folk. This summer will be especially festive, with the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (a Woodstock 50 concert is reportedly in the works for Watkins Glen August 16–18), a revamped Central Park SummerStage experience in New York City, and much more. Read on to find the types of music and the artists you love who’ll be performing all around the state and have an unforgettable summer experience.

Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain
Credit: Mountain Jam Photographer

It’s almost officially summer! Well, June 21 is the official start of it, but as far as we’re concerned summer begins on June 1 at 12:01 AM. Now, what to do with all this magnificent sunny weather? Read on for this month’s roundup of the best ways to get out and explore all around New York State. From music festivals to motorcycle rallies, sporting events, and more, we’ve got you covered when it comes to kicking off summer right!

Sandy Island Beach SP credit @oswegocountyny_640x474

Summer is nearly here, and that means it’s time to hit the beach! And New York has some amazing ones, from the sandy coast of Long Island to the serene lakesides of the Adirondacks, and the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Ontario. (Fun fact: New York is the only state with coastlines on an ocean as well as the Great Lakes.) Check out some of New York’s most stunningly Instagram-worthy waterfronts below, then grab some sunblock, a beach towel, and your camera. and get yourself to a New York beach. Summer will be over before you know it.

Family camping in Adirondacks

Whether your family loves bumming at the beach, exploring charming little towns, or soaking in the natural beauty of mountains and lakes, you can find it all in New York—no matter your budget. We found top-notch local escapes all over New York with lodging for less than $200 per night, with affordable family-friendly activities nearby. So read on and get excited: Summer will be here before you know it!

Lower Ausable Lake from the view of the Indian Head trail

Trust us, if you don’t plan ahead, summer will be over in the blink of an eye. Be sure to make the most of the gorgeous weather and longer days. We’ve rounded up everything for your most adventurous and memorable summer to-do list, from beaches to county fairs to music festivals, and plenty of getaways into the beautiful outdoors. You’ll never have to spend another summer day wondering what to do.

High Falls Gorge

We all want a solid two-week block of vacation days in the summer, but even if you can’t get that much time off, you can still get some R&R! Read on for 11 magical summer getaways right here in New York State that will only take a weekend to have you feeling refreshed and revived. Note: Some attractions featured here may be temporarily closed or may feature reduced amenities. Please check directly with individual attractions before making plans.