Mother's Day weekend is coming up fast! Looking to really wow Mom this year? No problem. Make memories that last a lifetime with our guide to the best Mother's Day activities across New York State. Think fun outdoor adventures, exceptional spas, music and shopping that won't break the bank - here are some fun things to check out around New York State:
Give a garden with the Albany Tulip Festival
Why give a bouquet when you can give an entire garden? Take your mom to the Albany Tulip Festival to get engulfed in a sea of fragrant brilliance. In addition to more than 10,000 blossoms, the festival boasts vendors and live music, so make a day--or a weekend--out of it!
Dance at Bethel Woods
Mom a music fan? Take her to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. You can explore the grounds, which include an interactive museum devoted to the Woodstock festival and '60s culture.
Give the gift of relation at Roosevelt Baths and Spa
Want to give your mom a weekend away? Let her relax, renew and refresh at Roosevelt Baths and Spa. Between massages, soaking in the naturally effervescent water, facials and body wraps, she'll leave feeling relaxed and beautiful.
Hike Letchworth State Park
Do some quality mother-child bonding while enjoying the beautiful spring weather at Letchworth State Park. The stunning 600-foot gorges, breathtaking overlooks and the winding Genesee River make this park "the Grand Canyon of the East."
Stroll the Lilac Festival and Art in the Park
The largest free festival of it's kind, Rochester's Lilac Festival in beautiful Highland Park offers ten days and nights of gardens, music, food and exhibits. Right next door, the Art in the Park exhibit features colorful pieces from more than 160 artists, designers and crafters. You'll discover beautiful work from a variety of media including ceramics, drawing, fiber, graphics and more. You'll have no problem finding mom a last-minute gift while she browses.
Relax by the beach at Gurney's Inn Resort Spa
Noted as one of Time Out New York's best spas in the state, Gurney's Inn Resort Spa is a seawater spa in Montauk built on the restorative powers of saltwater therapies. Send your mom to get a spa treatment and walk the beach to soak in some sun.
Enjoy outlet shopping
Take your mom shopping--because who doesn't love to shop? Head to Niagara Falls' fashion outlets for serious deals and awesome buys, check out the Waterloo premium outlets in the Finger Lakes or Tanger Outlets on Long Island for top brand names at a bargain!
Explore flea markets and antique shops
Check out cool antique shops and flea markets around the state for one-of-a-kind finds and historical treasures. The Beacon Flea Market is held every weekend and the Hells' Kitchen Flea Market in Manhattan is open every weekend. In the Capital-Saratoga region, you'll find Gristmill Antique Center, one of the largest multi-dealer antique centers in the Northeast. Want to stay closer to home? Fret not--there are antique shops and flea markets all over the state!
Explore beautiful Boldt Castle on Alexandria Bay
If you want history, adventure and stunning waterfront scenery, then take the whole family to Boldt Castle. Construction on the grandiose castle--located on an island in the Thousand Islands area--began in 1900 as a tribute to George Boldt's wife. Discover the love story that unfolded to create the stunning edifice and explore the beauty of Heart Island.
Get high in the sky at Catamount Adventure Park
An aerial forest adventure with 50 zip lines and 170 platforms among the treetops, this adventure park is the perfect place for thrill-seekers and family adventures. Soaring through the trees will make this Mother's Day one she'll never forget.