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Updated: September 13, 2021

Excited about meeting up with friends or family and looking for Covid-safe things to do in New York? Whether you can’t wait to cozy up to the bar at a trendy lounge or to see your favorite sports teams and bands play live, New York State’s Excelsior Pass—a quick, simple, and secure way to display your vaccination or COVID-19 test results—can be your golden ticket. In New York City, proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is required for indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment. For complete details on what activities are included in these categories, please visit this page.

Get back to the things you love worry-free at the participating venues below. While using the Excelsior Pass is optional, having the pass on your phone eliminates the need for those vaccinated at a location in New York State to carry around a CDC card or lab printout. Get your free pass today and start planning your perfect night out!

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Summer is an amazing time to experience outdoor performances in New York. All across the state, stages come to life with artists from the worlds of music, dance, theater, and more. Visit beautiful outdoor amphitheaters, sprawling great lawns, and other places where you can enjoy a show this summer. As these incredible venues reopen, summer is once again a time for seeing stages come to life across New York State. Tickets are going fast so be sure to reserve your seat!

A person watches the sunrise from Artists Rock at North-South Campground

Go solo on your next adventure in New York State! With unique lodging, award-winning wineries, and exhilarating outdoor experiences, New York State has endless opportunities to explore. From finding serenity in the mountains to sampling local cuisine during a farm stay, you’ll have an extraordinary self-indulgent journey. 

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While New York State is home to the Big Apple, New York City, it also boasts irresistible charm as found in its small towns. Set amidst majestic mountains, featuring wonderful wineries, and close to all sorts of outdoor adventure, New York's adorable small towns offer visitors a place to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the surrounding natural beauty. You’ll discover great places to eat, one-of-a-kind shops, and easy access to some of the state’s best outdoor experiences such as hiking, biking, boating, ziplining, and more! Plan your getaway to one of New York’s amazing small towns today with this guide to some of the best locations in the state. 

The Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors for Pride

Pride is always an exciting time in New York, and this year’s events bring with it an extra sense of hope. Although 2021 is far from a normal Pride year, communities are starting to gather together in-person once again to celebrate Pride safely. Highlights include the return of Pridefest in Greenwich Village, the Let Love Bloom Wedding Marathon in Central New York, Long Island Pride. At these and other Pride events in New York, including engaging virtual offerings, LGBTQ New Yorkers and visitors will come together again in the birthplace of the modern movement to show love for each other, for the community, and for New York!