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A chocolate version of the Oswego Lighthouse

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to remind your friends and loved ones of their favorite New York State attractions and get them excited about their future travels throughout the state. These unique New York State gift ideas, all of which can be purchased online, are sure to bring back great memories of New York and brighten the day of a special person in your life. 

A light pink cocktail on a bar with liquor bottles on shelves

New York craft distilleries use the state’s agricultural bounty to source the grains, fruits, and botanicals that help make vodkas, whiskies, gins, and other spirits. So we thought, why not take it a step further and connect these spirits to beloved New York State attractions? Working with our friends at the New York Distillers Guild, we tasked emerging brands from around the state with creating a cocktail with a flavor profile or story that pays homage to a landmark in their respective tourism region. Behold, cocktails dedicated to New York attractions and crafted with New York spirits. Do make these at home, while remembering to drink responsibly. 

A person looking at Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art

New York City is home to the best museums in the world, and many have reopened or are about to reopen following temporary closures due to COVID-19. These museums and cultural institutions are welcoming visitors again with exciting new exhibitions and safety protocols in place—and in many cases, free or reduced admission for a limited time! Read on for news about the reopening of favorites like MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, El Museo del Barrio, and more! Just remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and that wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory inside all museums and cultural institutions. Call ahead and check individual attraction websites for further information on openings and amenity availability. Advanced reservations for time tickets are required and must be made online via attraction websites. Be advised that there is a travel advisory in effect, which requires anyone entering New York from certain states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York State.

Singer Castle

Craving a getaway with a unique twist? These New York State vacation rentals and places to stay differ from the usual hotel experience with private entrances, remote locations, and lots of outdoor space for recreation. From rustic cabins to luxury hideaways to glamping in the city or in the country, these lodgings offer ways to get away from it all. Just remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check websites and social media for the most current information on availability while staying as local as possible. Additionally, keep in mind that if you have recently been to or are coming from a state on the COVID-19 travel advisory, you will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine when you arrive in New York. 

A building in the shape of a duck on Long Island, known as the Big Duck

Looking for a safe and fun New York road trip close to home? Check out these great New York State roadside attractions! With a variety of offbeat destinations, ranging from the artistic to the curious, from goofy to downright mysterious, there’s something to delight everyone, and the entire family will enjoy getting out of the house to seek out these eye-opening one-of-a-kind treasures only found here in New York. Of course, you should check directly with attractions or venues to make sure they are open or available for viewing, and always be sure to keep six feet apart from others not in your household. Bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing and enjoy a New York road trip featuring one of these unique roadside attractions! …

Macys 4th July 2015 - Photo by Barry Schwartz
Credit: Barry Schwartz

New York State is known for iconic celebrations around the 4th of July. While this year will be different, many regions will host colorful displays for those in the local area with social distancing requirements, as well as virtual events for those who prefer to stay home. The biggest of all the shows, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City, will go on in a different format this year, with a patriotic score and tributes to first responders. The Macy’s show also offers the chance to see world-class fireworks from the comfort of your living room, as it will be broadcast on NBC stations from 8-10 pm EST on July 4. Here is a sampling of ways to celebrate the 4th locally and safely across New York State. Make sure to call ahead or check each venue's website or social media pages for availability and changes to programming​. 

Cradle of Aviation Museum -- Photo by Jennifer Baxmeyer

Path Through History Weekend is a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history, featuring hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. This year, Path Through History Weekend has turned into two weeks of exciting online events where you can discover the people and places that shaped American history right at home and learn about hidden gems you might want to visit on a future trip to New York. The events take place between June 15 and July 4, and are listed in alphabetical order by region below. …

National Comedy Center

This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, honor your dad with a gift from New York State. From a taste of the Adirondacks to grooming products from the Catskills to wines from Long Island, there are fantastic gift ideas for every type of dad. Even if you are unable to physically be together with him, you can still send a meaningful gift as a reminder of times together or to create inspiration for a future trip. Check out the following New York State Father’s Day gift ideas ready for order and delivery.