Labor Day is just around the corner so celebrate the last days of summer with a New York State weekend getaway. Discover hidden lakes and live music, sunny beaches and bountiful vineyards, or parasailing and island kayaking. Whatever this summer has been to you, make this weekend count with these easy Labor Day Weekend getaways. Remember to social distance and wear a mask as required by state guidelines. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available.
With so many charming towns and villages, the whole Catskill region is a beauty waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re catching an outdoor concert at Bethel Woods (the original site of the 1969 Woodstock festival), sightseeing on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, zooming down the longest zipline in North America at Hunter Mountain, or exploring nature's wonders like Vernooy Kill Falls (pictured), there’s no doubt a fun weekend adventure is waiting for you. So paddle your kayak on the Upper Delaware River, climb Balsam Lake Mountain Trail, and get outside for your last getaway of the summer.
Lake George (Adirondacks)
In the 19th century, Lake George was hailed as the top vacation destination for the era’s socialites and famous elite. Today, it’s a loved retreat for all walks of life. Visitors enjoy kayaking among tranquil islands, soaring through the sky with Parasailing Adventures, cruising with the Lake George Steamboat Company (pictured), and much more waterfront fun. But don’t worry, there’s way more to this village than the beautiful shoreline—pay a visit to Prospect Mountain, zipline with the Eagle Flyer, or explore nearby Fort Ticonderoga, and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Alexandria Bay (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
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Dotted with castles and lush islands, Alexandria Bay is a storybook landscape that holds the beauty and adventure of a perfect summer retreat. Whether you’re exploring Boldt Castle (pictured), charting the waters with Uncle Sam Boat Tours, or sampling your way through the Thousand Island Beverage Trail, this region will spark joy for any traveler. Make sure to visit neighboring bay towns like Clayton and Cape Vincent where you’ll find the Antique Boat Museum, The Cape Winery, and more waterfront destinations.
Saratoga Springs (Capital-Saratoga)
Head to Saratoga Race Course (pictured) this Labor Day for the last weekend that it’s open this year! You'll catch live races, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and the annual Closing Day event which allows fans a preview of potential standouts in next year’s Triple Crown series and Travers Stakes. Later, stroll Saratoga's charming downtown where boutiques and restaurants line the streets to create a perfect summer night setting. If you're interested in the area's storied history, check out Saratoga National Historical Park or Saratoga Spa State Park, home to the Roosevelt Baths which preserve the mineral springs that inspired Saratoga's name.
Greenport (Long Island)
Labor Day notoriously means summer is drawing to a close—so spend your weekend basking in the sun, surf, and grape-studded vineyards of Long Island’s North Fork. A charming, coastal village, Greenport is in the heart of wine country where Paumanok Vineyards, Bedell Cellars, and Pindar (pictured) lie nearby. When you’re not tasting fruitful blends or strolling the village, take the ferry to Shelter Island to experience more tranquil oceanfront.