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Posts from May 2024

A wine glass stands on a wooden table with a green lawn and tents in the background at the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival

New York State embraces the start of the summer season with an exhilarating blend of cultural, historic, sporting, and foodie events. Join in Pride celebrations statewide, commemorate Juneteenth at

Brick exterior of the Saugerties Lighthouse next to picnic tables with green plants

June 15-16 marks Path Through History Weekend in New York State, a chance to celebrate the rich and vibrant past, from the lush Adirondacks to the sandy shores of Long Island. Below, we’ve selected a

Products on display at Beekman 1802 Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY.
Credit: Ayesha Thomas

From James Beard nominees and delicious diners to historic bed and breakfasts and contemporary art galleries, New York is filled with amazing LGBTQ-owned businesses. Support the state’s diverse LGBTQ community this Pride month and be sure to add these businesses to your next Empire State getaway!   

People look at a prize wheel at the I LOVE NY Experience

Bask in the best of New York State with the I LOVE NY Experience, going on tour this summer and making stops at some of the season’s hottest events in New York and beyond!

Bannerman Castle at sunset

Spend some island time in New York State! Whether you prefer an island with a mysterious history, beachfront ambiance, or an elegant castle fit for royalty, New York’s islands are waiting for you to explore. Unlock an up-close view of Niagara Falls, zoom down a 700-foot oceanside zipline, island camp under the stars, and more, from Long Island to the Thousand Islands. Read on for 23 New York islands to add to your next island-hopping adventure! 

Credit: NPA Photo/  J.Peters

Located east of New York City, just off the southern edge of Long Island, 31-mile-long Fire Island is home to some of the most spectacular, pristine beaches in the United States. Its proximity to NYC

Eternal flame at chestnut ridge_Bob Lennartz

Expect the unexpected when you explore New York State’s mysterious marvels. The best slice of pizza might just be waiting for you in the concourse of a NYC subway station. Your new favorite concert

The Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors for Pride
Credit: Getty Images

Pride is always an exciting time in New York, and 2024 is bringing a jam-packed lineup of fun and meaningful events all across the state. Highlights include the iconic NYC Pride March, illumination of Niagara Falls in Pride colors, and Pride Night with the Syracuse Mets.

Bright red, white, and blue fireworks decorate the sky over east river
Credit: @clickforthekingdom on Instagram

Festivals, parades, and air shows, oh my! There’s so much to do in New York State this summer. Try delicious new foods, jam out to live music in beautiful outdoor amphitheaters, take a spin on midway rides, celebrate rich culture and community, watch hot air balloons take flight, and more, all season long. Mark your calendars. Here are some Empire State events you don’t want to miss! 

Green tree-lined mountain ranges lining the glimmering river within the Adirondacks on a sunny day

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.