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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anybody can do dinner and a movie--but how about impressing that special someone with an out-of-the-ordinary date? Planning a special romantic outing--whether it's an evening or a weekend--is a sure way to make you a hero, and New York State provides a breathtaking array of activities that will help you break the ice on a new romance, or warm up a lifelong partnership.

2018 is here! Have you started planning your travels for the year? For a little inspiration, check out these must-see locations you need to see before the clock strikes 2019. From a mountain coaster in New York's southwest corner to elegant mansions on Long Island, there’s more than enough to fill your 2018 calendar. So, put in for some vacation days and check on those school breaks: New York State adventure awaits.