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Author: Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee is the Digital Editorial Coordinator of I LOVE NY. 

A view of the Adirondacks on a fall day

This year, I LOVE NY is thrilled to welcome exciting new additions to our dedicated team of spotters for the Fall Foliage Report. Meet the “Official I LOVE NY Leaf Peepers” who will be reporting expected changes in fall color from across New York State throughout the season. Follow along on the I LOVE NY Instagram (and their personal accounts!) as they share their most mesmerizing fall color shots and the best areas to find New York State’s spectacular autumn leaves! …

Pumpkins in a bin at Indian Ladder Falls

Why is New York in the fall so magical? The leaves change from deep green to dazzling shades of orange, red, and yellow. The warm air turns crisp and cool. The activities offer fall family fun for everyone, with apple picking and scenic drives, colorful hikes, and romantic small-town getaways. For many New Yorkers, fall is a favorite season—a time to get out the cozy sweaters and scarves and to explore the state’s natural beauty, a time for change and new beginnings. Here are 10 things to make you fall in love with New York all over again.

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!

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. 

Two wine glasses about to clink with background view of Manhattan

Updated 09/02/20

There are many ways to find the perfect date night or romantic getaway in New York State—even when you’re staying at home. From selecting the type of food to eat or cook to planning an engaging activity, let New York help you create the perfect night in your own space. Choose a candlelit dinner, a movie date, a long-distance virtual meet-up (with a picturesque New York background), or make it a solo date night. Here is how to recreate a romantic New York getaway in the comfort of your home!    

Six Flags Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom

Did you know that many of New York State's most exciting attractions are accessible by train? These eight attractions include all the transportation information you need to plan a trip, in most cases using only mass transit. Read on to learn more about how to take a train to attractions that are sure to provide fun-filled memories, whether you're looking for a day trip, weekend getaway, or even a longer vacation.