One of the newest, biggest things at one of the oldest and biggest state fairs (yes, the Great New York State Fair!) is the enormous (more than 100,000 square feet!) expo center, right in the middle of the fairgrounds. And during the Fair, I LOVE NEW YORK is taking over! Visit the expo center from August 22 to September 3 to get trip ideas for New York State during each of the seasons, in “All Year. All Here.”
A tree in the center of the experience with changing leaves will be your guide. Follow the fall foliage to learn what you can do in autumn, the flowery buds to learn about spring—you get the idea. In every section, you’ll find gif booth selfie stations, interactive exhibits, and more seasonal fun, all with plenty of photo ops.
You can also meet I LOVE NEW YORK ambassadors, try on virtual reality headsets to give you a 360-degree view of some of New York’s coolest destinations, answer trivia questions, take a personality quiz to see which attractions you should visit, obtain travel information, AND get the opportunity to receive some free I LOVE NEW YORK swag.
If you haven’t yet completed all the items on your Summer Bucket List, at least you can pretend that you have in the I LOVE NEW YORK Summer experience. Take gifs in the selfie station of yourself canoeing down one of New York’s winding rivers, watch gorgeous scenes from across the state on the beach in an I LOVE NEW YORK beach chair, check out the racing car display, and see the famed Great New York State Fair sand sculpture. And since the PGA was founded in New York in 1916, we’ve got some interactive golfing elements for you.
Get a head start on your fall vacation planning by visiting the I LOVE NEW YORK Fall experience. Pretend you are hiking one of the high peaks of New York State in this season’s gif booth or that you’re on the Adirondack Trail. Visit the Taste NY marketplace, complete with all New York products from grab-and-go snacks to wine, beer, and spirits, plus picnic tables where you can settle in and enjoy them. Marvel at a display of carved jack o’lanterns fresh from the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor. Take photos in front of a full-sized John Deere 7290R tractor and find your way through a corn maze, like that you can find at many farms in the state during the season.
New York becomes a winter wonderland during the season and in the I LOVE NEW YORK Winter experience. Take gifs of yourself on a snowmobile, which you can try for real at many of New York’s ski resorts. Explore artifacts from the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, where the Games were held in 1932 and 1980 and use virtual reality glasses to make you feel like you’re on New York’s snowy mountains yourself. Visit the rest of the expo center for a huge indoor ice-skating rink with free skating and programming like curling, sled hockey, and more.
In the I LOVE NEW YORK Spring experience, take gifs of yourself looking like you’re fishing in one of New York’s 7,500 lakes or ponds, tour a huge boat you can rent to stay in on the Erie Canal, use your strength to pedal bikes that make an I LOVE NEW YORK heart display light up, and explore the camping tents and lean-tos, three-walled log structures you can rent in the Adirondacks.