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With all the attention that New York City receives, it’s easy to forget that it’s part of a larger state that extends far beyond the bright lights of the Big Apple. As well as its eponymous city, New York State boasts fine beaches, forest-covered mountains, charming little towns and a number of historical sites. With glistening lakes and lush woodland providing a refreshing break from the constant buzz of the city, a holiday to New York State offers the perfect balance of urban cool, iconic landmarks and beautiful scenery.

With 22 national parks and some lovely beaches, this state has endless outdoor activities. Stroll along powdery sands in the Hamptons, or relax on Long Island. In the Catskill Mountains, you can hike through green-clad hills, swim beneath waterfalls, and even go camping. But the state’s most famous natural attraction is undoubtedly Niagara Falls. Straddling the Canadian border, this thundering waterfall is well worth visiting on your holiday to New York State.

But there’s no denying that New York City is the major draw. This urban jungle has a never-ending list of things to do all year round. You can discover world-class art galleries, award-winning shows and Michelin-starred restaurants – not to mention some of the most famous landmarks on the planet. Each of NYC’s five boroughs has its own distinct style and dialect, making you feel as though you’ve stepped from one unique city into another. You’ll also be able to sample some of the city’s delicious food, ranging from fine dining, to grab-n-go hotdogs, to classic New York cheesecake. And, as night falls, Manhattan’s bars and clubs come alive. In ‘the city that never sleeps’ you can spend your evenings listening to blues, drinking signature cocktails on a hip rooftop, or dancing the night away at one of the all-night clubs.

Whether you’re planning a trip to New York State as a couple or a family, there’s plenty to keep you occupied and awe-struck from start to finish. Our experts will help you plan the perfect holiday.

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Family activities

Dining scene

Best time to go

Things to do in New York State

New York State is one of the best regions in the States for culture. In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art boast incredible collections of world-famous pieces. But, if you prefer history to art, catch the ferry to Ellis Island – once the busiest immigration gateway into the USA, this place now houses a fascinating museum. To immerse yourself in the states diverse cultures, you should also make time for visiting Manhattan’s range of neighbourhoods, including Chinatown, Greenwich Village and Little Italy.

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Ticking off NYC’s iconic landmarks is a must-do on your holiday to New York State. Gaze up at the Statue of Liberty, take in the bright lights and Broadway shows of Times Square, and be amazed by the city views from atop the Empire State Building.

Away from the Big Apple, there’s a whole world of nature to explore. Walk through the forests of Adirondack Park, or go hiking across the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

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New York State for families

New York State feels like it was designed with families in mind, such is the array of activities, days out and attractions available. For an educational few hours, head over to the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll find fun interactive exhibitions on dinosaurs, volcanoes, bears and butterflies.

New York City’s Central Park is also brimming with family fun, from a compact zoo and sea lion pool to a carousel and marionette theatre. You can also rent bikes from various places nearby, so you can explore the park on two wheels.

 

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For a truly memorable day out, grab your raincoats and head to one of America’s biggest natural wonders. A six-hour drive from Manhattan, Niagara Falls arches across the Canadian border – but it’s certainly worth the journey. Seeing the thundering water at this 12,000-year-old attraction is sure to be memorable, especially if you take a boat ride into the mist.

 

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Dining scene

Foodies will be spoiled for choice on a trip to New York State. This place boasts one of the best dining scenes in America, with Michelin-starred restaurants, award-winning pizzerias and mouth-watering burger joints. Many of the state’s dishes are fascinating fusions, with influences that range far beyond the borders of the USA thanks to its diverse population.

 

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And while eating is a natural part of any holiday, eating ‘New York style’ is a unique experience in itself – whether you’re sitting down to a three-course extravaganza or wolfing down a quick slice of pizza. Eating on the go is a great way to uncover daily life here, as you can meet and chat to the locals, and soak up the atmosphere while people-watching. No doubt you’ll come away with a new perspective on the area, as well as having filled up and readied yourself for the next adventure.

 

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Best time to visit New York State

To avoid the crowds and see everything before the sweltering summer arrives, it’s best to visit New York State is between April and June. Prices are prices slightly cheaper, and the warm weather means you can wander around in a t-shirt. Plus, there won’t be hordes of tourists, so you can go sightseeing around New York City without lengthy queues.

 

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If you fancy pitching up on one of New York State’s beaches, then July or August might be a better time for your holiday. During this time, temperatures often surpass 30°C and humidity reaches its peak – so the beaches and national parks are lovely, but walking around the cities can be quite uncomfortable.

Around Christmas time, New York City takes on a whole new appearance. The streets glow with glistening lights, carol singers take to the streets, and a whole host of festive events fill the calendar.

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Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in New York State

New York State is one of the best regions in the States for culture. In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art boast incredible collections of world-famous pieces. But, if you prefer history to art, catch the ferry to Ellis Island – once the busiest immigration gateway into the USA, this place now houses a fascinating museum. To immerse yourself in the states diverse cultures, you should also make time for visiting Manhattan’s range of neighbourhoods, including Chinatown, Greenwich Village and Little Italy.

Show More
Show Less

Ticking off NYC’s iconic landmarks is a must-do on your holiday to New York State. Gaze up at the Statue of Liberty, take in the bright lights and Broadway shows of Times Square, and be amazed by the city views from atop the Empire State Building.

Away from the Big Apple, there’s a whole world of nature to explore. Walk through the forests of Adirondack Park, or go hiking across the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

Show More
Show Less

Family activities

New York State for families

New York State feels like it was designed with families in mind, such is the array of activities, days out and attractions available. For an educational few hours, head over to the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll find fun interactive exhibitions on dinosaurs, volcanoes, bears and butterflies.

New York City’s Central Park is also brimming with family fun, from a compact zoo and sea lion pool to a carousel and marionette theatre. You can also rent bikes from various places nearby, so you can explore the park on two wheels.

 

Show More
Show Less

For a truly memorable day out, grab your raincoats and head to one of America’s biggest natural wonders. A six-hour drive from Manhattan, Niagara Falls arches across the Canadian border – but it’s certainly worth the journey. Seeing the thundering water at this 12,000-year-old attraction is sure to be memorable, especially if you take a boat ride into the mist.

 

Show More
Show Less

Dining scene

Dining scene

Foodies will be spoiled for choice on a trip to New York State. This place boasts one of the best dining scenes in America, with Michelin-starred restaurants, award-winning pizzerias and mouth-watering burger joints. Many of the state’s dishes are fascinating fusions, with influences that range far beyond the borders of the USA thanks to its diverse population.

 

Show More
Show Less

And while eating is a natural part of any holiday, eating ‘New York style’ is a unique experience in itself – whether you’re sitting down to a three-course extravaganza or wolfing down a quick slice of pizza. Eating on the go is a great way to uncover daily life here, as you can meet and chat to the locals, and soak up the atmosphere while people-watching. No doubt you’ll come away with a new perspective on the area, as well as having filled up and readied yourself for the next adventure.

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit New York State

To avoid the crowds and see everything before the sweltering summer arrives, it’s best to visit New York State is between April and June. Prices are prices slightly cheaper, and the warm weather means you can wander around in a t-shirt. Plus, there won’t be hordes of tourists, so you can go sightseeing around New York City without lengthy queues.

 

Show More
Show Less

If you fancy pitching up on one of New York State’s beaches, then July or August might be a better time for your holiday. During this time, temperatures often surpass 30°C and humidity reaches its peak – so the beaches and national parks are lovely, but walking around the cities can be quite uncomfortable.

Around Christmas time, New York City takes on a whole new appearance. The streets glow with glistening lights, carol singers take to the streets, and a whole host of festive events fill the calendar.

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Show Less

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Empire State Building

Scale the Big Apple’s most iconic building and spot other famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge

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Niagara Falls

Jump on a boat tour and be amazed by this incredible 12,000-year-old Natural Wonder of the World

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Central Park

Explore the pathways of New York’s most iconic open space, which is more than double the size of London’s Hyde Park

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Times Square

Generally recognised as NYC’s beating heart, Times Square is the place to people-watch and catch a Broadway show

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

This place houses some of the world’s most impressive works, ranging from Caravaggio to Paul Gauguin

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