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Tulips and other colorful blooms on display at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens' Spring Flower Exhibit

March is a month of celebration in New York State. Commemorate Women’s History Month by exploring the state’s rich history of the Women’s Rights Movement. Join the revelry of St. Patrick’s Day at one of the many parades and festivals taking place from New York City to Buffalo.

Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade - Photo by James Cahill

How do you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? Whether you hail from Irish ancestry or just want to get decked out in green, here are some St. Patrick's Day parades and festivals in New York State to make this holiday the best one yet. Céad míle fáilte to New York!

Bright pink cherry blossoms in Central Park frame green trees and skyscrapers in New York City

Kick the cold winter months to the curb and welcome spring with the magical bright pink and white blooms of cherry blossom season! Get your cameras ready and be sure to catch the blooming beauties now through mid-May at spectacular New York State parks, gardens, and more.

A person in a hat, white jacket, jeans, and tan boots walks down a snow-covered path toward a wooden treehouse covered in white lights
Credit: @michaelscott87 on Instagram

Love is always in the air in New York State! Whether you’re deciding where to take your Valentine, planning a memorable first date, or celebrating a monumental anniversary, surprise your partner with a unique date without breaking the bank. From museum date nights to igloo dining under the stars to tasty food tours, plan your next date in the Empire State. 

Exterior of a walkway lined with white pillars and various shades of pink roses.
Credit: @lawrenceanthonyphoto on Instagram

Looking for the perfect place to pop the question? There’s no denying that in New York State we ❤️ love. Niagara Falls is the honeymoon capital of the world, New York City is the country’s most romantic city to propose in, and romance can be found around every corner of the state. Whether you choose a dramatic waterfall in the Finger Lakes or a luxurious castle in the 1000 Islands, your partner is bound to say “yes” with these 36 stunning New York proposal spots. 

Rochester

From beautiful parks to a lively arts and culture scene, Rochester has everything you need for a scenic escape filled with diverse activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Home to two of

Exterior of a large snow-covered lodge resort illuminated in yellow light at night time
Photo courtesy of Lake Placid Lodge 

What’s better than snowy outdoor adventures, relaxing spa escapes, and rip-roaring indoor water parks? Being able to do it all and more all in one place! Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend to unwind or an exciting family retreat filled with outdoor thrills, plan an unforgettable New York getaway without ever leaving your resort. From a Catskill lodge with the state’s largest indoor water park to a ski retreat in Chautauqua-Allegheny, indulge in winter bliss at these 14 all-in-one resorts.  

Harriet Tubman Home, Auburn

“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”

A woman posing for a picture wearing a brown fedora and a striped shirt in her wine shop at Down the Rabbit Hole

From cultural cuisines to jazz music, bookstores, dance, and sweet treats, shop local during your next New York State getaway and support New York’s Black-owned businesses this month and every month! 

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Castle

Indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of great things to do in New York State in February. Celebrate Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month, enjoy a chocolate and wine festival, tap your feet to great jazz, savor delicious mac and cheese, treat your taste buds to some hearty chowder,