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The Inns of Aurora
Credit: The Inns of Aurora

Do cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the memories of summer vacation have you full of wanderlust for your next getaway? With colorful foliage, seasonal flavors, and 11 regions to explore in New York State, fall is the perfect time to enjoy a weekend retreat. Whether the mountains call, the rivers beckon, or rolling fields entice, round up your travel companions, pack your coziest sweaters, and enjoy an intimate autumn escape before the snow flies!

Letchworth State Park - Balloon Over Middle Falls
Credit: Jim Vallee

Calling all New York State adventure seekers! For those of you who accidentally spent your summers working and daydreaming about lounging at swimming holes in the Adirondacks or ziplining over the treetops in the Catskills, now is the time to plan an adventure in New York State. Whether you’re interested in diving to sunken shipwrecks or riding on horseback through the mountains, adventure calls across New York State. 

Hunter Mountain - Fall - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

Can fall in New York get even more colorful? Besides the changing leaves, come experience apple picking, haunted houses, cider donuts, and so much more! Whether you’re sipping locally made wines or fall-themed craft beers, picking the perfect pumpkin, hiking to scenic summits, or attending a festival, 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.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Summer may be coming to an end, but the fun continues at events throughout the month of September! Kick off the official start of fall in New York with festivals, food, and entertainment! Whether you’ll be watching art come alive, sampling seasonal treats, or enjoying musical performances, consider some of our recommendations for the top things to do this September in New York State. 

Batcheller Mansion Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York

If you’re the type who starts a Halloween countdown the second you feel a cool autumn breeze, you’re going to want to make your holiday plans in New York State. From the seriously scary haunted houses to Jack O’Lantern wonderlands, choose the right level of fright for you (none at all is an option!). Read on and find something fun that will get you into the holiday spirit—no tricks, all treats!

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 tuning in for 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. 

NYS Fair

Put your summer into overdrive by visiting the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse from August 21 to September 2! Whether you’re a fan of all things fried, barbecued, and skewered, love seeing live music, or plan to beeline straight for the cute goats and llamas at the agricultural buildings, the Fair is a smorgasbord of everything that makes the Empire State great. Don’t miss the Expo Center, where interactive experiences help you travel to new locations across New York State without leaving the fairgrounds. We are so excited about this year’s calendar of events and offerings that we’ve pulled together a list of what we’re looking forward to most at the 2019 Great New York State Fair:

Fishing charter boat during sunset, Oswego County, New York

The southern shore of Lake Ontario covers more than 200 miles of prime New York State waterfront, offering exciting getaway ideas for families, fishing enthusiasts, history buffs, and more. It leads into the St. Lawrence River and the remarkable Thousand Islands-Seaway region, a fishing, boating, and sightseeing paradise. Read on for ideas on how to spend a weekend enjoying this Great Lake and scenic river, as well as the cities, towns, and attractions that make this area such a sought-after destination.