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Author: Maya Yegorova

Maya Yegorova is a Digital Editorial Intern for ILOVENY.com. Her favorite vacation region of New York is the Adirondacks. She always travels with a camera.

Montauk Point Lighthouse - Photo by Lenny Catalanotto, Photo Courtesy of Discover Long Island
Credit: Photo by Lenny Catalanotto, Photo Courtesy of Discover Long Island

Lighthouses are more than just beacons of light to warn sailors of shallow waters and rocky shorelines. They are landmarks with storied pasts, towers from which you can take in stunning scenery, and some are even places you can spend the night! New York State happens to have a unique collection of historic lighthouses. You’ll find lighthouses along the ocean, lakes, in the middle of rivers, and in state parks—and many have become tourist destinations. Here are 15 beacons across the state to light up your travels! Please note that many lighthouses are seasonal so check official websites before your visit.

Plate of Mole Rojo from Claro in Brooklyn

Mexican culture thrives in New York State, especially on May  5, better known as Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to popular belief, this holiday is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s the anniversary of the Mexican army’s victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Today, New Yorkers celebrate with dancing, music, and of course, food and drink. Here’s where to experience Cinco de Mayo in New York State.