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An expansive view of the Adirondacks from Coney Mountain

New York is home to many well-known, world-class attractions. But it’s also a state filled with hidden gems that don’t attract big crowds—waterfalls, hiking trails, and lakes that you can have practically all to yourself! Check out these outdoor destinations that will expand your knowledge of New York State while allowing for safe recreation.

Cherry Esplanade. Photograph - Antonio M Rosario; Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

New York State is home to thousands of incredible attractions that satisfy any interest, many of which have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities, including programs specifically designed for travelers who are blind or have low vision. A number of cultural institutions are also offering live and taped accessible virtual events with audio descriptions and other accessibility features.

George Eastman House

New York State is home to thousands of incredible attractions that satisfy any interest, many of which have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities, including programs specifically designed for travelers who are Deaf or are hard of hearing. A number of cultural institutions are also offering live and taped accessible virtual events with captions, ASL interpreters and other accessibility features.

Strong Museum of Play - Photo by Sam Horine

New York State is home to thousands of incredible attractions that satisfy any interest, many of which have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities, including programs specifically designed for travelers who are autistic or have developmental disabilities. A number of cultural institutions are also offering live and taped accessible virtual events led by trained educators.

Sleepy-Hollow-II

These great books all have one very special thing in common: New York State! From classic literature to page-turning nonfiction to accounts of major historical moments and figures, these books offer insights into what makes New York such a special place. Add these to your summer reading list, or enjoy them in any season, and even inspire a future visit to an attraction based on these 11 great books set in New York State!

Malcolm X painted on a mural panel for the Freedom Wall in Buffalo
Credit: @chopan585 on Instagram

Black culture has a deep impact on New York State. Jazz and hip-hop, art and dance, sports, literature, history, film, food, and fashion—all of these worlds look a lot less interesting without the contributions of Black New Yorkers. There are many ways and places to experience Black culture in New York State today whether at an important historical site, a legendary restaurant, an influential music venue, or a well-known museum. Some of these attractions have had to move their activities online due to COVID-19, but others are open—though it’s best to call ahead and to check the attraction’s website or social media channels before planning a visit to celebrate and commemorate Black culture in New York. 

A building in the shape of a duck on Long Island, known as the Big Duck

Looking for a safe and fun New York road trip close to home? Check out these great New York State roadside attractions! With a variety of offbeat destinations, ranging from the artistic to the curious, from goofy to downright mysterious, there’s something to delight everyone, and the entire family will enjoy getting out of the house to seek out these eye-opening one-of-a-kind treasures only found here in New York.