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The Statue of Liberty and other landmarks made of plant material at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
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It’s going to be a festive December in New York State, with a variety of activities and events to get you into the holiday spirit. Travel back to the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley, immerse yourself in two new winter wonderland experiences in Lake George, celebrate a classic holiday movie in Seneca Falls, be amazed by a dazzling light show on Long Island, and more!

Polar Express

Embark on an enchanting journey into winter wonderlands with a fun holiday train ride! From the snow-covered mountains of the Catskills to the sparkling shores of Long Island, climb aboard a real

A group of people walking along the snow in front of Bristol Mountain ski resort in the evening. Purple lights are reflected on the snow, large pine trees and glowing lights can be seen from inside the glass walls of the resort.

Ski season is getting underway! Whether you're a city dweller or a nature lover, beginner or pro, New York State has a ski area perfect for you. In addition to challenging high peaks, scenic trails,

Snow covered pine trees and trails seen from up high on Whiteface mountain
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Winter is almost here and it's time to start planning your next adventure in New York State! Will you opt to head outdoors for snow-related activities like skiing

Blue airplane with U.S. Navy yellow lettering suspended inside the Cradle of Aviation Museum

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From Manhattan to Niagara Falls, history comes to life at aviation museums throughout New York State. With one of the greatest aircraft collections in the nation, New

Copy of Beautiful Destinations - Windham Mountain - Catskills - Winter - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

Winter holidays mean hanging out, watching games on TV, eating big meals—all fantastic options. But sometimes after all the lounging you’re needing a new adventure. The good news is New York State offers a wide range of affordable wintertime escapes. Read on for amazing trips to give you plenty of memories for the family scrapbook (or Instagram feed). 

Children picking apples in New York State

The apple is the official fruit of New York State, and there are more than 40 different varieties and approximately 600 producers in the Empire State. As fall foliage season gets underway, plan a scenic drive to your nearest orchard to wander through apple-scented countrysides, pick your own bagful, and enjoy warm cider doughnuts, pressed apple cider, and freshly baked pies! 

People skating on the ice rink at Central Park
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Strap on those skates! New Yorkers love winter sports, especially ice skating, so don’t be surprised to find amazing indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks all over the state. Whether you're focusing on improving your form, learning from scratch, or looking for an entertaining activity for a winter’s day—you can find the right rink for you with this list of spots offering amazing skating experiences.

Waterpark at Greek Peak

It’s a winter wonderland outside, which means it’s time to go…swimming? While New York State offers incredible outdoor winter activities at every turn, why not take a break from skiing or sledding to relax by the indoor pool? We’ve found hotels, resorts, and spas—plus a few indoor water parks—that welcome the whole family all around the state, and the season tends to bring lower rates to incredible hotels that might otherwise be more of a splurge in the summer. Whether you’re looking for an après-ski soak in the Adirondacks, a post-hike swim in the Catskills, or a quick weekend getaway on Long Island, here are some fantastic travel ideas.

Two red star balloons with the word "Believe" written in cursive float along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route
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Thanksgiving is a time for laughter, love, and sharing. Bond with the people you love, doing your favorite activities as you celebrate in New York State.