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Posts from August 2020

A person looking at Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art

New York City is home to the best museums in the world, and many have reopened or are about to reopen following temporary closures due to COVID-19. These museums and cultural institutions are welcoming visitors again with exciting new exhibitions and safety protocols in place—and in many cases, free or reduced admission for a limited time! Read on for news about the reopening of favorites like MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, El Museo del Barrio, and more! Just remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and that wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory inside all museums and cultural institutions. Call ahead and check individual attraction websites for further information on openings and amenity availability. Advanced reservations for time tickets are required and must be made online via attraction websites.  

A mural of a robot with an afro in East Harlem
Credit: @bethel2008 on Instagram

No matter where you go in New York State, you are sure to find beautiful art decorating the sides of buildings, electrical boxes, train cars, fences, and streets. From colorful mosaics to picture-perfect city names and stunning nature paintings, street art in New York State is limitless. Here are street murals you can discover and things to do near each location!

A table with food on a patio overlooking Lake George with a backdrop of mountains at Tavern on the Lake at Blue Water Manor
Credit: @bluewatermanor on Instagram

New York State has hundreds of options for outdoor dining with a view, from patios overlooking lakes and rivers to vineyard restaurant terraces to tables on a farm. The following restaurants with outdoor seating all have a few things in common: great food, magnificent views, and plenty of room to socially distance. (All offer curbside takeout for those who aren’t ready to eat at the restaurant yet.)

Sunrise at Utsayantha Mountain

New York State offers many activities for those wanting to get outdoors and enjoy nature. From hiking trails to beaches to picnic areas with a view, there’s something for everyone. It is up to all visitors to help maintain these beautiful outdoor spaces, as well as to ensure the safety of others. Preparing for outdoor adventures is essential; read below for tips on what to do before you head out, updated for the season. Here are the important things to remember when taking advantage of the great outdoors in New York State!

Singer Castle

Craving a getaway with a unique twist? These New York State vacation rentals and places to stay differ from the usual hotel experience with private entrances, remote locations, and lots of outdoor space for recreation. From rustic cabins to luxury hideaways to glamping in the city or in the country, these lodgings offer ways to get away from it all.