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Exterior of at Scribner's Catskill Lodge Pool in Hunter, New York

Love is always in the air in the Empire State! From relaxing poolside in the Catskills to cozying up in a castle in the Finger Lakes to soaking up scenic views of Niagara Falls, pack your bags and let love lead the way on getaway to these 11 romantic destinations in New York State.

Family camping in Adirondacks

Whether your family loves bumming at the beach, exploring charming little towns, or soaking in the natural beauty of mountains and lakes, you can find it all in New York—no matter your budget. We found top-notch local escapes all over New York with lodging for less than $200 per night, with affordable family-friendly activities nearby. So read on and get excited: Summer will be here before you know it! 

Main Street in Catskill at night

How many main streets in New York have you shopped? With unique architecture, beautiful window displays, and business-lined sidewalks, the state boasts some of the best main streets for shopping. From classic souvenirs and high-end clothes

A field of pink tulips in bloom at Albany Tulip Festival

Bye bye, snow boots and winter coat! We’ve been over the cold weather for a minute, and now it’s time to celebrate spring. New York State is about to blossom with lively activities and festivals, memorable exhibits, and natural beauty returning to its most vibrant state.

A luxury glamping tent on a raised deck in the Adirondack forest at Huttopia
Credit: @coreyoutdoors and @huttopiacanadausa on Instagram

Glamping takes one of life’s simple pleasures—sleeping in the great outdoors—and elevates it with creature comforts and modern conveniences. There’s no tent to set up, no hard rocks underneath your sleeping bag

Ithaca Beer Company

Craft brewing is not only a huge part of New York’s history but an important part of its present as well. Brewers increasingly draw on ingredients, from hops to seasonal fruits, which showcase New York flavor and creativity. Even better, nearly every spot on this list serves delicious beer-compatible local bites to pair with a pint. Read on for 11 of the best brewery experiences across the state. 

Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium

Have you ever found yourself gazing toward the sky on a clear night and wondering which planets, stars, and constellations are looking back at you? Whether you’re preparing to experience the total solar eclipse happening in April 2024, Earth’s once-a-year brush with a meteor field, or plan to polish up on your constellation trivia, New York State offers a multitude of educational and interactive sites to stargaze and learn more about the night sky—visit these observatories, planetariums, and dark sky destinations. 

Aquarium of Niagara

For many of you, spring break is just around the corner! But we know that you’re busy and don’t have time to plan the perfect New York getaway—so we did the hard work for you! These trip ideas are quick, easy, and filled with fun activities to please the whole family. We’ve rounded up kid-friendly lodgings and activities to help you make the most of the warmer weather and free time. Don’t sit out spring break, go find some adventure! Or relaxation. You’ve got options.

Kids Playing at Strong National Museum of Play in NY

We know it’s no easy task keeping kids entertained and satisfied on trips, which is what makes the city of Rochester a jackpot for parents searching for the perfect family vacation. Beyond what is sure to become one of your kids’ favorite museums, the Strong National Museum of Play, the city is rich in interactive activities and fun destinations that will foster family-bonding and appetites for exploration.

Letchworth State Park

We present some of the best places to feast al fresco in New York State. From a riverbank overlooking whitewater rapids to spacious, landscaped parks, get outside and discover New York State’s most picnic-perfect places! All travelers in New York State are encouraged to recreate safely, responsibly, and locally when enjoying the outdoors​.