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Posts from December 2019

Niagara Falls State Park

New York is dotted with waterfalls that are lovely (and highly Insta-worthy) any time of year. But there’s something extra special about these natural wonders in winter. The frozen water and mist look truly spectacular—​even with #nofilter—​and there are fewer folks competing with you for the perfect shot. Here are just a few of New York’s most picturesque waterfalls that will be putting on quite a show for the next few months. Now get out there and start taking your own pics—​and don’t forget to share your shots with us using #iSpyNY and #NYLovesWinter!

Bristol Mountain Ski Center - Photo by NYS ESD

Begin 2020 by diving into new sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences! Whether you are going to see a two-for-one musical on Broadway, sample wings in Poughkeepsie, learn to ski or snowboard on one of the many ski mountains across the state, or take the plunge into icy Lake George, New York State is full of January happenings! Don’t let the cold keep you in, check out these New York must-dos! 

The Sagamore Resort, Fall

Are you dreaming of the perfect vacation? Make your dreams a reality and book your 2020 New York State getaway now before it’s too late! Booking in advance ensures your spot is reserved and can even help you save money. With unforgettable lakeside views, exciting new attractions, and thrilling adventures get ready for a truly unique New York experience in 2020. …

Santa's Workshop - Photo Courtesy of Santa's Workshop

Thoughts unavoidably turn to the North Pole this time of year, and the lesser-known North Pole sits in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain in New York's Adirondack Park. It's a real town (hamlet, actually, in the town of Wilmington) in the state's northeast corner, just about 12 miles from Lake Placid. Appropriately, it's home to Santa's Workshop, believed to be the nation's oldest theme park.

Times Square at night from street level

Have you always wanted to “go big” for New Year’s Eve in New York? With a dizzying array of celebrations going on throughout New York State, this year you can! From jaw-dropping fireworks displays to impressive musical acts to family-friendly festivities, plan an unforgettable experience as you count down on New Year’s Eve in New York! 

Niagara Falls State Park - Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

It's a new decade—which means that it's time to start making new memories in New York! 2020 is the year to swoop over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, go fly fishing in the birthplace of the sport, bring the kids to experience the most exciting new theme park in the US, and so much more! Read on to explore 20 New York attractions that you'll want to add to your personal bucket list and start planning your 2020 travels today. (Note: The I LOVE NY Build Your Own Bucket List Sweepstakes concluded on December 20, 2019.)

Ice Bikes at Canalside

New York State is a winter wonderland all season long—and not just because of classic outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. It’s home to a number of extraordinary and memorable experiences that are perfect for helping you get through—and dare we say it, enjoy—the chilly weather. So why not reclaim the icy months by trying something new and exciting you can only do during winter? Try these unique New York activities and you’ll find yourself warming up to the cold before you know it.

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Winter holidays mean hanging out, watching games on TV, eating big meals—all fantastic options. But sometimes after all the lounging you’re needing a new adventure. The good news is New York State offers a wide range of affordable wintertime escapes. Read on for amazing trips to give you plenty of memories for the family scrapbook (or Instagram feed). During your weekend getaway, please remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check attraction websites and social media for the most current information on openings and amenity availability while staying as local as possible.​