Plan a getaway with friends in New York State
Whether you’re looking to create an unforgettable bachelor/bachelorette party, a fun girls weekend, a getaway with friends, or a mini vacation with friends, New York State is the place to be. it must be this fall! From top breweries, wineries and cider houses to outdoor adventures and Instagram-worthy dining experiences, all topped off with amazing fall foliage for your social media feed, start planning your fall getaway. with friends in New York. Masks are still required on all public transportation per New York State guidelines and at any business or attraction requiring the wearing of a mask. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available.
Updated on 02/08/22
See art from a new perspective (Hudson Valley)
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Live your best cottagecore life frolicking in the rolling meadows of this 500-acre outdoor sculpture museum. Storm King Art Center also offers on-site bike rentals in case walking isn’t quite your style. If you’re looking for a more indoor experience, shine your Instagram feed with exhibits at Dia Beacon (pictured), with discounted $12 student tickets!
Fall in love with Niagara Falls (Grand Niagara)
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What could be better than witnessing breathtaking views of America’s oldest state park? Niagara Falls State Park is located on 400 acres of lush grounds including gardens and over 15 miles of hiking trails. Grab your ponchos and approach the Maid of the Mist Falls (pictured), which now offers all-electric, zero-emissions tours that take you to the base of American Falls and the basin of Horseshoe Falls. Descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge and find yourself just meters from Bridal Veil Falls with Cave of the Winds.
Plan a Candlelight Getaway in the Hamptons (Long Island)
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Stay at Haven Montauk with private pool and beach access, or go dancing and treat yourself to some quality time at a Hamptons icon, Gurney’s Montauk Resort (pictured). Make a reservation at the Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant, offering European charm dating back to 1795 paired with seasonal menus. Or show your inner Mean Girl at TT’s Montauk, an all-pink Tex-Mex restaurant and photo shoot!
Invite your friends over for an adventurous weekend in Lake George (Adirondacks)
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Choose your roller coaster buddy and get the adrenaline pumping at Six Flags Great Escape (and stay for Fright Fest October 1-30), or work to test your friendship to the limits among the treetops with high-speed courses. altitude including ziplines and rope swings at the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. Take a dip and raft the Hudson River with Whitewater Challengers (pictured), then relax and refresh with a Bear Naked Ale or Oktoberfest beer at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery.
Unleash your inner child and travel through time (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
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Who doesn’t love go-karts? Race your friends and speed along a one-mile oval track in Alex Bay 500 Go-Karts, then keep battling in mini-golf or the giant arcade. Connect with nature and roast s’mores while camping at Keewaydin State Park. Choose from 48 campsites overlooking the St. Lawrence River! For the ultimate throwback, hop in the car and head to the Bay Drive-In Theater (pictured) for the perfect sunset and movie.
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Everyone needs time to unwind and relax, and why not do it together in upstate New York? Saratoga Spa State Park (pictured) has everything you and your crew need to connect with yourself and each other, like the Roosevelt Baths & Spa at Gideon Putnam which includes mineral baths, massages and facials, plus upscale casual dining.
Relax outside with your team (Catskills)
Take a ride in the sky on the six-passenger Kaatskill Flyer skyride from Hunter Mountain (pictured). Enjoy breathtaking views of the high peaks of the northern Catskills from the 3,200-foot summit of Hunter Mountain. If you want to stay closer to the ground, pedal along Esopus Creek with Rail Explorers, then finish your adventure with a meal at the classic Phenicia Diner.
Won’t wine sip your way through the Finger Lakes?
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Hop between three wineries, a microbrewery and a cafe at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, or feel like royalty while tasting award-winning wine at Belhurst Castle (pictured). Peek inside the Fox Run Vineyards winery with a winery and vineyard tour, or enjoy a glass of wine at Miles Wine Cellar, housed in an 1802 Greek Revival mansion , and take in views of Seneca Lake.
Combine your love for baseball and beers (Central New York)
Explore baseball’s glorious past at the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum with countless treasures and collections, exhibits and honorable mentions, and stop by Doubleday Field, the heart and soul of Cooperstown and the birth of the hobby American. Then, sample Belgian-style beers at the famous Ommegang Brewery (pictured) or explore more of Cooperstown and Otsego County while sampling beers, wines, spirits and ciders along the Cooperstown Beverage Trail.
If your friends are the funniest, head to New York State’s comedy hub, Jamestown. Discover the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum which showcases the life and career of Jamestown comedian and actress Lucille Ball. Then, have fun and visit the National Comedy Center (pictured), a world-class attraction dedicated to the art of comedy.
Party in the Big Apple (New York)
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Head to Brooklyn for a foodie experience at Time Out Market (pictured) with 24 unique dining options to savor while you snap photos of the Brooklyn Bridge, or get active and see more of the borough on two wheels with Brooklyn Giro Bicycle Tours. Cellar Dog in the West Village has the retro vibe you are looking for with a youthful and vibrant atmosphere. Play pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, scrabble, chess or foosball while listening to live jazz music, or book tickets and listen to your favorite tunes in person with the return of Broadway. If you’re looking to liven up your Instagram feeds, feel like you’re in an underwater world with immersive augmented reality at Arcadia Earth, then light up your timeline with cinematic audio and visual projections at ARTECHOUSE NYC. Do you have ice cream lovers? Buy a ticket for the Museum of Ice and dive into 13 multi-sensory exhibition spaces and even taste a sweet treat at the end (try the Night at the Museum experience, from 16 years old).