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The entrance to LEGOLAND New York

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Tucked amid the gentle rolling hills of the Hudson Valley, the quaint village of Goshen, which dates back to the early 1700s, is full of history, architectural gems, and a charming walkable downtown that make it easy to see why Smithsonian Magazine named it one of the best small towns in the U.S. to visit. There’s plenty of fun and adventure to be had at the Northeast’s first LEGOLAND theme park

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying through the sky at an air show in New York

Get set for an exciting May in New York State, where an array of delightful experiences awaits food enthusiasts, birdwatchers, motorcyclists, music aficionados, pirates, and more! Savor the finest

A few people walking along the shore at the beach at sunset.
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Gather your friends together and celebrate summer in the Empire State! There are so many destinations to choose from and activities sure to thrill everyone. You

Colorful fireworks light up the sky over Niagara Falls

If you’re wondering how to plan the seemingly endless things to do in New York State in the summer, look no further. We’ve planned your weekends for you, allowing you to sample the best of everything

Thrift Shop

Endless new-to-you treasures are waiting to be discovered at thrift stores, consignment shops, and unique boutiques across New York State. From gently-used designer clothing, to antiques, jewelry,

Blue ocean waves crest in front of the Montauk Lighthouse
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It’s no secret that the Empire State has it all. Just hours away from the city that never sleeps is an abundance of outdoor adventures, pristine white sand beaches, scenic hiking trails, family-friendly amusement parks, idyllic small towns, and more. Whether you’re experiencing the Big Apple for the first time and want to extend your trip or you’re a native New Yorker looking for a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 trips you can easily take from New York City this summer.

Exterior of at Scribner's Catskill Lodge Pool in Hunter, New York

Love is always in the air in the Empire State! From relaxing poolside in the Catskills to cozying up in a castle in the Finger Lakes to soaking up scenic views of Niagara Falls, pack your bags and let love lead the way on getaway to these 11 romantic destinations in New York State.

Two hot air balloons soar through the blue skies over the green forests at Letchworth
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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
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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.