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Author: Ethan LaCroix

Ethan LaCroix is the managing editor of ILoveNY.com.

Summer is nearly here, and that means it’s time to hit the beach! And New York has some amazing ones, from the sandy coast of Long Island to the serene lakesides of the Adirondacks, and the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Ontario. (Fun fact: New York is the only state with coastlines on an ocean as well as the Great Lakes.) Check out some of some of New York’s most stunningly Instagram-worthy waterfronts below, then grab some sunblock, a beach towel, and your camera. and get yourself (and your whole crew) to a New York beach. Summer will be over before you know it.

On July 19 1848, a group of 300 women and 42 men came together in Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls for the first-ever women's rights convention in the U.S. They began laying the groundwork of what would lead to women's suffrage in New York in 1917, three years before the nation followed as a whole. Today, the Wesleyan Chapel stands at the corner of Fall and Mynderse Streets, anchoring a charming strip in a Finger Lakes town that makes for a perfect weekend getaway.

Fall is the perfect season for exploring New York. The sunny days, cool nights, and gorgeous scenery make for fantastic outdoor adventures. Orchards and Oktoberfests showcase some of New York's most flavorful assets - and of course there's Halloween, which is perhaps the New Yorkiest holiday of all. Use our bucket list to help build yourself a perfect season, from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Time to get going: Before you know it winter will be here.