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Category - Central New York

Tulip Fest - Albany - Photo by NYS ESD

Great weather means even better Instagram posts hitting the feed! In celebration of spring warming up New York State, we’ve put together a few of our favorite posts of the season. From hiking to flower festivals, there’s no denying spring is in the air! For a chance to be featured on the @iloveny Instagram feed make sure you’re using #SpringIntoNY on all your spring pics, and see if you can capture our state as beautifully as these 'grammers did.

Letchworth State Park

We have a winner! In ILOVENY.com's fourth annual Bracket, we rounded up some of the most popular and beloved destinations across New York State to find the #1 fan choice and YOU chose Maid of the Mist, the iconic boat tour of Niagara Falls USA! Stay tuned for news about the lucky winner of the annual Bracket sweepstakes, who will get to select one of the amazing travel packages listed below in the guide to this year's contestants. Read on to see where you should plan your next New York vacation!

Washington Park tulips and King Memorial Fountain

Bye, snow boots, bye, winter coat! We’ve been over the cold weather for a minute, and now that spring is finally here, it’s time to celebrate. New York is about to blossom with lively activities and festivals, memorable exhibits, and natural beauty returning to its most vibrant state. Read on for your complete New York State Spring Bucket List to ensure that you have a blast this season.

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.

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 activities without ever having to leave the grounds. Check in and let the adventures begin.

Hunter Zipline, Hunter Mountain

Anybody can do dinner and a moviebut how about impressing that extraordinary someone in your life with an extraordinary date? Planning a special romantic outingwhether it's an evening or a weekendis 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.

Singer Castle

New year, new adventures—and no better place than New York! 2019 is the year to stand in awe at the top of Niagara Falls, taste new foods, and meet a world-famous giraffe. Make the most of the cold weather at the country’s premier ski destinations and savor summer by kicking back on idyllic beaches. We’ve pulled together some of the most quintessential New York experiences in the state for you to check off your bucket list this year. So read on and start planning your 2019 travels!

Lake Placid - Whiteface Mountain

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially in New York State. Every winter, New York turns into one big wonderland. We have more ski resorts than any other state, brilliant museums for adults and children who want to warm up indoors, incredible cold-weather wildlife, and endless ways to stay moving all season long. Check out our ultimate New York bucket list of items to have the most exciting, memorable winter yet!

Crowd viewing the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

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.

Coyote Moon - Photos Courtesy of Courtesy of Taste 1000 Islands

Even if you’re with the family, you can still enjoy some of New York’s award-winning wines, beers, and ciders. Many of the state’s wineries, breweries, and cider mills welcome children—and sometimes even well-behaved pets. It’s no wonder they’ve become popular destinations for families. Added amenities and activities for kids, caregivers, and designated drivers make it easy for everyone to have fun together.