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A photo of the exterior of Buffalo City Hall
Credit: @buffalophotoblog on Instagram

From blockbuster hits to creative indie productions, filmmakers and TV producers often turn to New York State for distinctive locations. The thousands of movies and shows filmed here every year feature some of the state’s most impressive attractions, giving viewers the chance to experience New York from the comfort of their own homes.  Want to stay connected to New York State and watch high-quality entertainment? Check out the list below to find out where you can stream these comedies, dramas, inspirational films, and television shows that all have one thing in common—New York! 

Animal Adventure Park

New York State is home to many world-renowned museums, cultural institutions, zoos, and more. Due to coronavirus restrictions, these incredible attractions are temporarily closed, but many can still be explored online from the comfort of your own home. Below is a list of New York State's best online events, virtual tours, webcams, and livestreams. This list will be updated regularly, so check back when you need inspiration, whether it's taking a 360-degree tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame, visiting a cuddly animal on a zoo livecam, browsing a world-class art collection, or practicing deep breathing in a livestream yoga class. 

Strong National Museum of Play

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.

Two people ride a zipline over the forest at the Catamount ZipLine

From the United States’ longest zipline to a boutique hotel with oceanfront views and a museum celebrating the history of makeup, New York offers exciting new attractions, transformative activities, and scene-setting restaurants and bars! If you are looking for what’s fresh, we have your list for what’s new and what’s coming very soon in the Empire State. 

Credit: Harlow Bliss Photography
Credit: Harlow Bliss Photography

Congratulations on your engagement! We know you've fantasized about where you'll tie the knot and we’re here to tell you that New York State has the venue for you. With New York's diverse landscapes you'll find everything from wild forests to gleaming lakes to sprawling meadows. Declare your love from inside a beautifully lit rustic barn, in the great ballroom of a historic mansion, or on the patio of a seaside hotel. Whichever vibe fits you and your boo, find it in one of these 12 unique wedding venues. Have your cake and eat it too! 

Fire Island Lighthouse

It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, but it's also not too late. Now's the time to figure out things to do this Memorial Day Weekend and beyond. Some of New York State's most glorious summer destinations book up before spring even makes its official entrance, so do yourself a favor and start planning your sunny getaway now. Here are just a few summer vacation ideas that are sure to help you relax and keep your whole crew entertained.  

A photo of a can of Nine Pin Cider in the rocks on a beach in Capital-Saratoga
Credit: @ninepincider on Instagram 

Amazing things are made in New York State, from craft beverages to award-winning chocolate, brilliant art, and popular TV shows—now you can see how they come to life. We’ve compiled a list of tours and demonstrations that shed light on some of New York’s cherished creations. Tour factories, distilleries, and kitchens, watch live glass molded right before your eyes, and go behind the scenes on the sets of your favorite TV shows. We’re lifting the curtains, so come see where the magic happens!

A photo of the exterior of Beekman Arms Inn
Credit: @rickiraven on Instagram

Rhinebeck is a Hudson Valley village that shines throughout the year, but especially from spring through fall. Its small, scenic parks and gardens make it a perfect setting for a relaxing family weekend in warmer months. By late September, the quaint town’s hotels and inns fill with leaf peepers looking to find the perfect perch to take in the foliage. With tasty farm-to-table restaurants, significant historical sites, and family-friendly hikes, Rhinebeck is an amazing place for a quick weekend getaway! 

NYS Maple Syrup Weekend - Photo Courtesy of NYS Maple Syrup Weekend

Experience the last bit of winter and begin to embrace spring this March in New York State. From sampling decadent chocolates and learning how local maple syrup is made to exploring beautiful garden displays and finding the perfect boat for your summer adventures, the Empire State boasts top-notch events throughout the month. 

A photo of the diner bar inside Phoenicia Diner in the Catskills

Is there anything better than diving into stacks of pancakes covered with maple syrup? Or savoring a milkshake made with local ice cream after a cheeseburger and fries? With great food, a friendly atmosphere and the occasional award-winning chef behind the counter, diners and luncheonettes remain some of the best places to grab a bite in New York State. From New York City to the Adirondacks and everywhere in between, these family-friendly mainstays are the stuff of mouthwatering memories. Discover original diners, where the atmosphere has been generations in the making, as well as award-winning hot spots that welcome all to linger over a meal.