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Posts from May 2019

Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain

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!

Aerial view of lake George

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.

War of 1812 Discovery Day at Sackets Harbor Battlefield

Father’s Day Weekend, June 15–16, is also Path Through History Weekend in New York State! Celebrate New York’s rich and vibrant history with events across the state. Below, we’ve selected 11 can't-miss events featuring space photography, paddling through the Old Erie Canal, celebrating the Hudson River while enjoying live music, and history reenactments at Sackets Harbor Battlefield. Check out the Path Through History Weekend site for all of the historical and educational sites hosting something special!

Six Flags Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom

Get ready for liftoff because your summer plans are about to get a serious boost! Strap in for some of the steepest, twisty-turniest, most gut-wrenching roller coaster rides and water slides around—but don’t worry, there are also plenty of family rides that won’t make you lose your lunch. New York is home to some of the country’s longest-running amusement parks, so you can savor a little dose of nostalgia along with your hot dogs and cotton candy. Read on to see where to get your thrills this summer, from the laziest rivers to the most vertical nose-dives and everything in between.

Fort Ticonderoga

Memorial Day is just around the corner, marking the unofficial start of the summer season. Welcome the warm weather with an unforgettable long weekend in New York State. Beaches and parks are officially open, the sun is out, and everyone is ready to celebrate. Whether you’re with a significant other, family, friends, or all of the above—here are some great destinations to kick off your summer right!

Montauk Point Lighthouse

You may be surprised at how easy it is to get to the nearby regions of the Hudson Valley and Long Island from New York City, even if you don’t have access to a car. We’ve got some easy day trips (or weekend getaways) on the train to show you a whole new New York than you may be used to, from beautiful beaches to marvelous mountains. With gorgeous scenery outside the window and no worries about driving or parking, everyone in the family can enjoy the journey as well as the destination. New York Getaway packages from Long Island Railroad and Metro-North make it even easier to have two vacations in one or an escape from your daily routine in the city!

Tulip Fest - Albany - Photo by NYS ESD

Great weather means even better Instagram posts hitting the feed! In celebration of spring warming up New York State, we’ve put together a few of our favorite posts of the season. From hiking to flower festivals, there’s no denying spring is in the air! For a chance to be featured on the @iloveny Instagram feed make sure you’re using #SpringIntoNY on all your spring pics, and see if you can capture our state as beautifully as these 'grammers did.