Thanksgiving is a time for laughter, love and sharing. Celebrate right this year. Bond with the people that you love, doing the activities that you adore in New York State. 

Troy Turkey Trot

Kick your metabolism into high gear before the Thanksgiving eatathon begins with the annual Troy Turkey Trot in the Capital-Saratoga region. Complete with a 5k, 10k, One Mile Turkey Walk and Grade School Mile, an event for everyone means bonding for the whole family. 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Most people spend Thanksgiving morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on their TV sets. But why do that when you can be a part of the action? Join 3.5 million fellow Americans from across the country in a collective, colorful and invigorating day of thanks in Manhattan. Watching the floats with family and friends will make for memories you could never forget.

Prolong your celebration with an educational two-day event highlighting New York State’s historical Thanksgiving Day customs. Thanksgiving at the Farm is the perfect opportunity to infuse your holiday weekend with a bit of family learning!

What better way to detox from Thanksgiving dinner than with a celebration of wine and chocolate! Head to the New York State Fairgrounds Saturday, November 28 for the Syracuse Wine and Chocolate Fest to decompress from holiday stress with locally bottled varietals and locally made chocolates.

With the state transitioning out of autumn colors and into that winter-y stillness, Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to tour New York State...whether than be by bike, train, plane or automobile. Not sure what the best mode of travel is for you? Here’s your ultimate guide to touring the state this holiday weekend.

Mount Van Hoevenberg

How does exploring a scenic vista, air crisp and clear, after taking down some Thanksgiving leftovers sound? Grab your family and friends and a pair of hiking boots to travel some of the country’s most stunning vistas this holiday weekend - all right here in New York State. 

Boiceville, New York

Alas - Thanksgiving has traditionally become a day allotted to giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Mark New York State’s harvest with a visit to a local farm or farmer’s market. Laugh with your family and friends as you wander through pumpkin patches and corn mazes, then pick up some locally-grown produce for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving is also a tradition that can be traced to a Pilgrim and Puritan feast in Plymouth in the early seventeenth century. Take this weekend to get back to your roots by delving into New York State history. Whether you prefer fine art, rustic crafts, science or live history reenactments, there is a New York museum and/or historic site for just about everyone.

Draw up your own path of heritage exploration using our Path Through History site.

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