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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Photo Courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley by Tom Nycz

Leaves are vibrant shades of orange and red, sweaters are on, pumpkin spice lattes are in hand—it is definitely feeling like fall! And October offers up all the feel-good autumn activities without freezing your toes off just yet. It was tempting, but we kept the Halloween activities to a minimum (we’ll have other posts all about it, don’t worry!) because there are so many great cultural and food festivals happening all over New York State that you’ll have plenty to do before the 31st.

Fort Ontario during Harborfest in Oswego

The ice has thawed. The sun is shining. It’s spring, and that means festivals and eventsa lot of themall across New York. And things are only going to get hotter this summer. All season long you can groove to music under the stars, watch glass get made al fresco, sample delicious food, and get your kicks on midway rides. Here are your family's must-catch things to do across the Empire State this summer. Mark your calendar!

Tompkins Falls

While well-known spots are well-known for a reason, sometimes the most fun you'll have on vacation is straying from the beaten path and exploring those locals-only insider secrets. Kicking off a new series on the I LOVE NEW YORK blog, we're diving into the Secrets of the Catskills.

Harbes Family Farm

Every family has their classic vacation go-to destinations. But what about when your kids (and you) are craving something a little different? Give your crew a taste of something exciting and new when you venture to one of New York’s lesser-known treasures. Your next unforgettable escape is hiding right around the corner.

Zoom-Flume

The weather just started warming up, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer vacation! Whether your family loves bumming at the beach, exploring charming little towns, or soaking in the natural beauty of mountains and lakes, you can find it all in New York — no matter your budget. We found top-notch local escapes all over New York with lodging for less than $170 per night, with affordable family-friendly activities nearby. So read on and get excited: Summer will be here before you know it!

Ausable Chasm Tubing Basin

Thank you to all who voted in our third annual I LOVE NEW YORK Bracket. You narrowed down the field from 16 warm-weather destinations within New York State to just one, and that winner is (drumroll, please) Animal Adventure Park! The people (and the giraffes) have spoken and Animal Adventure Park joins our past winners: 2017’s Boldt Castle and 2016’s Central Park. Read on to learn more about our winner as well as the other participants in this year’s bracket and to begin planning your own adventures throughout the state this spring and summer.

Museum of the moving image - Photo by Marley White - Courtesy of NYC & CO

Oscar night is upon us on March 4 -- and that's the closest thing we have to a national holiday for film. So it’s a perfect time to look at all the attractions and locations there are for movie lovers to visit all across New York State.

Ice Bikes at Canalside

New York State is a winter wonderland all season long -- and not just because of classic outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. It’s home to a number of extraordinary and memorable experiences that are perfect for helping you get through — and dare we say it, enjoy — the chilly weather. So why not reclaim the icy months by trying something new and exciting you can only do during winter? Try these unique New York activities and you’ll find yourself warming up to the cold before you know it.

Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown

It’s a fun and carefree getaway when everything you need is all around you. Whether you want a one-stop family vacation, a romantic retreat or fun with friends, these one-of-a-kind resorts make it easy. You can enjoy fine or casual dining, spa services, four-season sports and many other cool activities without ever having to leave the grounds. Check in, and let the adventures begin.