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Author: David Contreras Turley

David Contreras Turley is the Director of Tourism Programs and Education

The Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors for Pride
Credit: Getty Images

Pride is always an exciting time in New York, and 2024 is bringing a jam-packed lineup of fun and meaningful events all across the state. Highlights include the iconic NYC Pride March, illumination of Niagara Falls in Pride colors, and Pride Night with the Syracuse Mets.

Frozen waterfall at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Credit: @kelvin_krimaging on Instagram

New York State offers endless outdoor adventures, from thrill rides on ziplines and mountain coasters to pulse-pounding mountain hikes. But what if you want a quiet walk in the woods or along the water or even to see a majestic waterfall? Some place to stretch your legs or get the kids outdoors without too much fuss? Well, New York has you covered there, too, with scenic, easy winter walks and nature trails perfect for a solitary break or a family excursion.

An exterior photo of the Olana State Historic Site

Labor Day weekend is a great time to get out into nature with family and friends in New York State. The long weekend offers more opportunities to explore