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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

Pride is always an exciting time in New York, and this year’s events bring with it an extra sense of hope. Although 2021 is far from a normal Pride year, communities are starting to gather together in-person once again to celebrate Pride safely. Highlights include the return of Pridefest in Greenwich Village, the Let Love Bloom Wedding Marathon in Central New York, Long Island Pride. At these and other Pride events in New York, including engaging virtual offerings, LGBTQ New Yorkers and visitors will come together again in the birthplace of the modern movement to show love for each other, for the community, and for New York! 

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? Someplace 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. Here are 11 easy winter walks in New York State.

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 while staying as local as possible. Near the Catskills? Go for a hike, a swim, or a mountain bike ride! Closer to Buffalo and Niagara Falls? Experience the region’s natural beauty and architectural history. Want to make a splash? Find a hidden beach in the Adirondacks or on Long Island. Here are options for Labor Day activities throughout New York State.