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Montauk Point Lighthouse

You may be surprised at how easy it is to get to the nearby regions of the Hudson Valley and Long Island from New York City, even if you don’t have access to a car. We’ve got some easy day trips (or weekend getaways) on the train to show you a whole new New York than you may be used to, from beautiful beaches to marvelous mountains. With gorgeous scenery outside the window and no worries about driving or parking, everyone in the family can enjoy the journey as well as the destination. New York Getaway packages from the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North make it even easier to have two vacations in one or an escape from your daily routine!

Jones Beach State Park

Summer is nearly here, and that means it’s time to hit the beach! And New York has some amazing ones, from the sandy coast of Long Island to the serene lakesides of the Adirondacks, and the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Ontario. (Fun fact: New York is the only state with coastlines on an ocean as well as the Great Lakes.) Check out some of some of New York’s most stunningly Instagram-worthy waterfronts below, then grab some sunblock, a beach towel, and your camera. and get yourself (and your whole crew) to a New York beach. Summer will be over before you know it.

Fort Ontario during Harborfest in Oswego

The ice has thawed. The sun is shining. It’s spring, and that means festivals and eventsa lot of themall across New York. And things are only going to get hotter this summer. All season long you can groove to music under the stars, watch glass get made al fresco, sample delicious food, and get your kicks on midway rides. Here are your family's must-catch things to do across the Empire State this summer. Mark your calendar!

Family camping in Adirondacks

The weather just started warming up, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer vacation! 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 $170 per night, with affordable family-friendly activities nearby. So read on and get excited: Summer will be here before you know it!

Lucille Ball and Ann Sothern on set

March is Women's History Month, but just as history is larger than a single month, so too are the people that inspire female empowerment. From Eleanor Roosevelt's human rights work at the United Nations to Lucille Ball's industry firsts, here are seven facts you probably didn't know about iconic women in history--and the places in New York that celebrate their feats.

Museum of the moving image - Photo by Marley White - Courtesy of NYC & CO

Oscar night is upon us on March 4 -- and that's the closest thing we have to a national holiday for film. So it’s a perfect time to look at all the attractions and locations there are for movie lovers to visit all across New York State.

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.

Skate Rink at Empire State Plaza

Midwinter school breaks can be a blast for the whole family— as long as you've got a solid plan in place. Avoid cabin fever this winter with a fabulous New York adventure. Check out some of these great ideas—we've got something for all ages—and start planning your winter break now. It will be here before you know it.