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Can fall in New York get even more colorful? Besides the changing leaves, come experience award-winning state parks, epic outdoor adventures, family-friendly farms, historic sites, and so much more! Whether you’re sipping locally made wines or fall-themed craft beers, picking your own apples, hiking to scenic summits, or looking for new ways to celebrate Halloween, this season will surpass your expectations. Get ready to breathe in that crisp air—fall in New York is a time to create vivid memories.

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We don’t know about you, but some of our best trip-inspirations come from family and friends. When we hear the words “Let me tell you about an amazing trip I took...” our ears perk up and our pencils start taking notes. Members of the I LOVE NY team have explored all corners of New York State and share some great trip tips below to inspire you as you create your own family travel memories.

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Round up your crew and head out on the road this summer. New York State has a variety of adventures just waiting for you to arrive. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite scenic and fun-filled road trips so all you have to do is stock up on snacks and make some overnight reservations for the longer trips. It’s time to hit play on summer plans and that summer playlist! 

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We get it. New York is a big state and summer seems to fly by! To help you narrow down the almost endless number of things to do here, we’ve come up with a list of must-see destinations perfect for a summer day, whether you like to embrace the sun’s rays or appreciate cooling down with a breeze on the water, a museum’s air conditioning, or caverns deep below the earth’s surface. It’s time to make some memories.

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Updated: September 21, 2021

Excited about meeting up with friends or family and looking for Covid-safe things to do in New York? Whether you can’t wait to cozy up to the bar at a trendy lounge or to see your favorite sports teams and bands play live, New York State’s Excelsior Pass—a quick, simple, and secure way to display your vaccination or COVID-19 test results—can be your golden ticket. In New York City, proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is required for indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment. For complete details on what activities are included in these categories, please visit this page.

Get back to the things you love worry-free at the participating venues below. While using the Excelsior Pass is optional, having the pass on your phone eliminates the need for those vaccinated at a location in New York State to carry around a CDC card or lab printout. Get your free pass today and start planning your perfect night out!

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Summer is an amazing time to experience outdoor performances in New York. All across the state, stages come to life with artists from the worlds of music, dance, theater, and more. Visit beautiful outdoor amphitheaters, sprawling great lawns, and other places where you can enjoy a show this summer. As these incredible venues reopen, summer is once again a time for seeing stages come to life across New York State. Tickets are going fast so be sure to reserve your seat!

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Go solo on your next adventure in New York State! With unique lodging, award-winning wineries, and exhilarating outdoor experiences, New York State has endless opportunities to explore. From finding serenity in the mountains to sampling local cuisine during a farm stay, you’ll have an extraordinary self-indulgent journey. 

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While New York State is home to the Big Apple, New York City, it also boasts irresistible charm as found in its small towns. Set amidst majestic mountains, featuring wonderful wineries, and close to all sorts of outdoor adventure, New York's adorable small towns offer visitors a place to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the surrounding natural beauty. You’ll discover great places to eat, one-of-a-kind shops, and easy access to some of the state’s best outdoor experiences such as hiking, biking, boating, ziplining, and more! Plan your getaway to one of New York’s amazing small towns today with this guide to some of the best locations in the state. 

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Celebrate Father’s Day weekend this year with a history tour of New York! June 19–20 is a Path Through History Weekend, a chance to celebrate the rich and vibrant past across New York State. Below, we’ve selected 12 can’t-miss things to do, featuring poetry, comedy, military history, and more, some in person, others available online. Check out the Path Through History event site for all of the historical and educational attractions hosting exciting programming over the weekend!