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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Castle

Indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of great things to do in New York State in February. Celebrate Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month, enjoy a chocolate and wine festival, tap your feet to great jazz, savor delicious mac and cheese, treat your taste buds to some hearty chowder,

Via Aquarium - Photo courtesy of Via Aquarium

Originally published 12/22/17. Updated 12/29/22.

Winter's chill may have you longing for the warmer days of summer. And while snowy skies are ahead for at least the next couple of months, that doesn't mean you have to hibernate. Here are seven awesome ways to act like it's summer in the middle of winter.

Whiteface Mountain

Originally published 12/1/19. Updated 12/22/22.

New York State is home to some of the country’s most beautiful and thrilling skiing destinations. It should be no surprise that it’s also home to amazing après-ski options, no matter what you’re looking for. Get cozy over a craft beer or local wine, warm yourself to the core in a steamy sauna and treat your muscles to a Swedish massage, or delight the kiddos and keep the fun going until bedtime. If you’re exploring Whiteface Mountain or Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, read on to find amazing options nearby to craft the perfect winter experience.

People walk through the towering frozen ice castles in Lake George
Credit: @brittttttttt._ on Instagram

Winter is here and it's time to start planning your next adventure in New York State! Will you opt to head outdoors for snow-related activities like skiing the greatest vertical east of the Rockies or ziplining over snow-covered pines? For less extreme activities, explore world-famous museums, or get into the holiday spirit with a brilliant light show. Whatever you choose, take advantage of the winter wonderlands and check out these must-do winter activities throughout New York State! 

Santa's Workshop - Photo Courtesy of Santa's Workshop

Thoughts unavoidably turn to the North Pole this time of year, and the lesser-known North Pole sits in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain in New York's Adirondack Park. It's a real town (hamlet, actually, in the town of Wilmington) in the state's northeast corner, just about 12 miles from Lake Placid. Appropriately, it's home to Santa's Workshop, believed to be the nation's oldest theme park.