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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.

Snow tubing at Hunter Mountain. Photogaph by NYS ESD

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.

Old Westbury Gardens

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. 

Holiday Valley Ski Center

New York is magical in the winter. The state's iconic mountains and valleys are blanketed in snow, its lakes and rivers sparkle with ice, and its cities come alive with holiday revelry. And the dropping temperatures don't slow things downfar from it. Whether you want to zoom down a mountain, race through one of the nation's most fun museums, or just chill out by the pool, New York has you covered this winter. 

Hunter Mountain - Fall - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

In the fall, New York State is struck with magnificent fall foliage. From Long Island to the Thousand Islands-Seaway, one can see a kaleidoscope of colors. Sadly, these will be gone before you know it. So, check out some of New York’s most Instagram-worthy foliage spots and make sure you bring your camera!

Niagara Falls State Park - Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

There's no denying that waterfalls are some of the most spectacular (and Instagram-worthy) of Mother Nature's creations. Upstate New York, thanks to tens of thousands of years of shifting plates and erosion (and occasionally human engineering), is home to some incredibly stunning falls. Here's just a few of the gorgeous waterfalls you'll want to snap a selfie in front of this fall.

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

It’s fall in New York State… can you feel it in the air? The landscape is starting to change color (see our Fall Foliage Report for the latest updates) and the winds are beginning to chill. New York State is jam packed with fall events to make any autumn lover swoon. From spooky fright fests and Halloween parades to film festivals and food, you’ll soon realize why fall is the best time to travel to the Empire State.