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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.

Mohonk Preserve

If taking a road trip is on your summer bucket 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.  

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!

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Meet Buffalo, New York’s second-largest city—home to world-famous food, a legendary minor league baseball team, and tons of fun things for the whole family to do. Niagara Falls is just a short drive away, but it doesn’t have to steal the spotlight! Buffalo is bursting with places to eat, explore, stroll, and even dig for treasures. Read on to see why your kids (and you) will fall in love.

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!

Jones Beach State Park

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 some of New York’s most stunningly Instagram-worthy waterfronts below, then grab some sunblock, a beach towel, and your camera. and get yourself (and your whole crew) to a New York beach. Summer will be over before you know it.