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Author: Emma Frisbie

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

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Spring into romance in New York State! From intimate B&Bs to cozy cabin retreats to lovingly-restored historic mansions, it’s the perfect time to surprise your sweetheart with an unforgettable romantic escape. Whether you prefer a springtime stroll through colorful tulips or a romantic dinner aboard a sunset cruise, your love is sure to bloom this season with these 11 romantic spring getaways. Photo Credit: @aiaiaicchi on Instagram. 

Statue of Liberty at night

With so many exciting and thrilling attractions throughout the state, it’s hard to decide where to start. These dazzling destinations are popular for a reason with one-of-a-kind adventures around every corner, waiting for you to experience. We’ve put together a list of New York’s most popular attractions from award-winning Broadway shows and Bricktastic theme parks to scenic railroad rides and boat cruises that are 100% worth the hype (and the lines). 

Two female and one male dancer dressed in white dance in front of a blue backdrop at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

From New York City to Buffalo, the Empire State is packed with rich Black art and culture. Witness riveting performances from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, explore Black-owned art galleries,…

Bright pink cherry blossoms in Central Park frame green trees and skyscrapers in New York City

Kick the cold winter months to the curb and welcome spring with the magical bright pink and white blooms of cherry blossom season! Get your cameras ready and be sure to catch the blooming beauties now through mid-May at spectacular New York State parks, gardens, and more.

A person in a hat, white jacket, jeans, and tan boots walks down a snow-covered path toward a wooden treehouse covered in white lights
Credit: @michaelscott87 on Instagram

Love is always in the air in New York State! Whether you’re deciding where to take your Valentine, planning a memorable first date, or celebrating a monumental anniversary, surprise your partner with a unique date without breaking the bank. From museum date nights to igloo dining under the stars to tasty food tours, plan your next date in the Empire State. 

Exterior of a walkway lined with white pillars and various shades of pink roses.
Credit: @lawrenceanthonyphoto on Instagram

Looking for the perfect place to pop the question? There’s no denying that in New York State we ❤️ love. Niagara Falls is the honeymoon capital of the world, New York City is the country’s most romantic city to propose in, and romance can be found around every corner of the state. Whether you choose a dramatic waterfall in the Finger Lakes or a luxurious castle in the 1000 Islands, your partner is bound to say “yes” with these 36 stunning New York proposal spots. 

Exterior of a large snow-covered lodge resort illuminated in yellow light at night time
Photo courtesy of Lake Placid Lodge 

What’s better than snowy outdoor adventures, relaxing spa escapes, and rip-roaring indoor water parks? Being able to do it all and more all in one place! Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend to unwind or an exciting family retreat filled with outdoor thrills, plan an unforgettable New York getaway without ever leaving your resort. From a Catskill lodge with the state’s largest indoor water park to a ski retreat in Chautauqua-Allegheny, indulge in winter bliss at these 14 all-in-one resorts.  

A pink mocktail in a tall glass and a red mocktail in a short glass on black napkins at a bar
Credit: @rich_loud on Instagram

Lift your spirits without drinking them! Whether you abstain from alcohol year-round, are taking part in Dry January (or Sober October), or just want to wake up without

Chautauqua Institution on a sunny summer day surrounded by green grass and trees
Credit: @hasanelahi on Instagram

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
Photo courtesy of Yayoi Kasuma, David Zwirner, Ota Fine Arts, and Victoria Miro

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!