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 be 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
Is 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.
Relax to the max 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.
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 its 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 mediums including ceramics, drawing, fiber, graphics and more. You'll have no problem finding mom a last-minute gift while she browses.
Soak in the spa or the sun 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 she deserves to get something for herself one of these days. Head to Niagara Falls' fashion outlets for serious deals and awesome buys, check out the Waterloo premium outlets in the Finger Lakes, or visit Tanger Outlets on Long Island for top brand names at a bargain!
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-Seaway region—began in 1900 as a tribute to the wife of millionaire hotelier George Boldt. Discover the love story that unfolded to create the stunning edifice and explore the beauty of Heart Island.
Get high in the sky with Mountain Adventures at Peek'n Peak Resort
An aerial forest adventure featuring an aerial adventure course, ziplines, and more, this adventure park is the perfect place for thrill-seekers, family adventures, or relaxing at the resort. Soaring through the trees will make this Mother's Day one she'll never forget.
Picnic with Mom at the New York Botanical Garden
Photographer: NYC & CO
Celebrate Mom at the New York Botanical Garden at their Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party. The NYBG calls it their "biggest garden party ever" and will be offering live music, games, picnicking, and more. Make it extra special by reserving a table for the family at the picturesque Hudson Garden Grill, right on the NYBG grounds.