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Two hot air balloons soar through the blue skies over the green forests at Letchworth
Credit: @balloonsoverletchworth on Instagram

From private helicopter rides and hot air balloon flights to behind-the-scenes tours and over-the-top stays, get the VIP treatment in the Empire State! It’s no secret that New York is packed with once-in-a-lifetime adventures, but if you're looking for something a little more exclusive, we’ve got you covered. Cruise through Finger Lakes Wine Country on a private boat, have a castle all to yourself in the Thousand Islands, and much more. 

Family camping in Adirondacks

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 $200 per night, with affordable family-friendly activities nearby. So read on and get excited: Summer will be here before you know it! 

A girl in a yellow life vest kayaking in a clear bottom kayak at Green Lakes State Park
Credit: @ddm_foto and @visitsyracuse on Instagram

Whether you’re planning a long holiday break, bestie birthday weekend, or just want to spend quality time with friends, the Empire State is the place for your next BFF getaway. From surfing on Long Island to laughing at the National Comedy Center to rock climbing in the Hudson Valley, these budget-friendly plans are sure to make it out of the group chat. Check out these 11 unforgettable and affordable friends getaways in New York State. 

Main Street in Catskill at night

How many main streets in New York have you shopped? With unique architecture, beautiful window displays, and business-lined sidewalks, the state boasts some of the best main streets for shopping. From classic souvenirs and high-end clothes

A field of pink tulips in bloom at Albany Tulip Festival

Bye bye, snow boots and winter coat! We’ve been over the cold weather for a minute, and now it’s time to celebrate spring. New York State is about to blossom with lively activities and festivals, memorable exhibits, and natural beauty returning to its most vibrant state.

Cherry blossoms on a tree with a white-columned building in the background

Experience an array of diverse and enchanting events for everyone this April in New York State. At the heart of the month's excitement is a celestial spectacle that occurs in the same spot only once every 400 years – a total solar eclipse! Beyond this celestial marvel, the state is brimming with cultural, culinary, and recreational experiences.

Strong Museum of Play - Photo by Sam Horine
CREDIT: SAM HORINE

New York State is home to thousands of incredible attractions that satisfy any interest, many of which have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities, including programs specifically designed for travelers who are autistic or have developmental disabilities. A number of cultural institutions are also offering live and taped accessible virtual events led by trained educators. 

Sagamore Hotel - Photo Courtesy of The Sagamore

Love is in the air! Whether you're looking for post-nuptial bliss or just a relaxing weekend getaway for two, New York's iconic honeymoon spots have got something for every type of romance-seeker.

New York Public Library

Book lovers, pack your bags for a literary adventure in New York State! From browsing the iconic stacks of the New York Public Library, to hunting for treasures in a Catskills book village, to visiting the homes of Washington Irving, Walt Whitman, and other famous authors, get ready to write your own chapter of bookish bliss with these literary destinations in New York State.

Ithaca Beer Company

Craft brewing is not only a huge part of New York’s history but an important part of its present as well. Brewers increasingly draw on ingredients, from hops to seasonal fruits, which showcase New York flavor and creativity. Even better, nearly every spot on this list serves delicious beer-compatible local bites to pair with a pint. Read on for 11 of the best brewery experiences across the state.