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Emma Frisbie is the Digital Content Coordinator for ILOVENY.com.

Chautauqua Institution on a sunny summer day surrounded by green grass and trees
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New year, new New York State happenings! 2024 promises an exciting lineup of new attractions, exhibits, restaurants, and more to explore throughout the Empire State.

Silver orbs hang from a room lined with mirrors on all sides
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Whether you're an art lover, history buff, or pop culture enthusiast, New York State's world-class museums are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. What better way to warm up during the winter months than by spending the day exploring an exciting exhibit. From the first ever exhibition dedicated to Long Island native Billy Joel to a live animal display featuring two-toed sloths, there really is something for everyone. Be sure to add these must-see Empire State exhibits to your winter itinerary before they're gone! 

Aerial view of the Bear Mountain Bridge in the snow

From the snowy shores of Lake George to the frozen falls of the Finger Lakes to the spectacular cityscapes of New York City, all corners of the Empire State transform into a winter wonderland.

Holiday lights decorate trees surrounding a clock tower
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Snow-dusted streets, dazzling light displays, and splendid ski slopes aplenty, it’s the most magical time of the year in New York State. Whether you prefer a…

six skiers navigating down a snow-covered Gore Mountain

With a new season comes exciting new openings and New York has plenty! Interactive art exhibits, dazzling holiday light shows, and tasty new cuisine await. Whether you’re preparing for a wonderful winter weekend getaway or looking to make some snowy memories, be sure to add New York State’s latest and greatest openings to your winter calendar. 

Road winding along the river surrounded by fall foliage

Winter in New York State is truly a sight to see, but autumn isn’t over just yet! If you’re not quite ready to give up all the wonders of fall, don’t fret. From last-minute leaf-peeping adventures and

A pot of tea, tea cups, and a three-tiered stand of sandwiches and pastries on a table
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Pinkies up! An afternoon of elegance awaits in New York State. First introduced in the mid-1800s, the fancy mid-day meal known as afternoon tea, consists of

Exterior of a white inn at sunset overlooking the water
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From luxurious hotel retreats and engaging museum exhibits to apple orchard UTV tours and restaurant-openings galore, there’s always something new to discover

Bottles and glasses of cider sit on a table with a back drop of the Catskill Mountains
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The secret ingredient to well-crafted cider is delicious apples and New York has some of the greatest (there’s a reason we’re called the Big Apple!). In fact, New York is the largest producer of hard cider in the country and the second-largest apple-producing state. With more than 40 different apple varieties, 600 growers, and hundreds of world-class cideries, this is the place to be for award-winning cider. From the Hudson Valley’s fast-growing cideries and photogenic orchards to the Finger Lakes’ unique terroir and lakeside views, sip back, relax, take in the apple-scented atmosphere, and enjoy a crisp glass of New York cider. Here’s everything you need to know about exploring Empire State apple country. For more information about New York Cider, visit newyorkciderassociation.com

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When it comes to fall, New York has it all! Whether you prefer basking in the glow of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns, admiring bright foliage on a scenic gondola ride, or discovering all the pumpkin