Sydney, Sept 25: New York State is gearing up to be the must-visit destination in 2024, with an array of exciting anniversaries, museum openings, and tourism developments on the horizon.
Ross D. Levi, Vice President and Executive Director for the New York State Division of Tourism, couldn’t be more enthusiastic: “There is no destination in the world like New York State, with something for every visitor and every interest. A trip to New York opens the door for travelers to experience one of the greatest cities in the world and all the world-class attractions beyond New York City, from Long Island’s beaches to majestic Niagara Falls. No matter your interest – from the great outdoors to arts and history, to cuisine and wellness – 2024 offers even more new and exciting reasons to plan a trip and discover how easy it is to love New York State.”
Here are some of the captivating highlights awaiting travelers in 2024:
1. Centennial Celebrations at Niagara Falls: As 2024 marks the centennial of New York State Parks, Niagara Falls, the nation’s oldest state park, is set to welcome new tourism developments. These include a state-of-the-art Visitor Center, the Niagara Falls Heritage Gateways Project with its spiraling observation deck for panoramic vistas, and the reopening of the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center as Great Lakes 360.
2. LGBTQ+ History Unveiled: In 2024, the American LGBTQ+ Museum and the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, the first LGBTQ+ visitor center in the U.S. National Park System, will open their doors. New York State has a rich history of advocating equal rights, from the birth of the women’s rights movement to hosting the first Pride march.
3. Total Solar Eclipse Viewing: On April 8, 2024, a Total Solar Eclipse will occur, with Buffalo and Rochester in the path of totality. Seven New York State parks are offering campsite reservations to witness this rare event, not to recur in the United States until 2045.
4. Wellness Retreat in the Hudson Valley: The Ranch Hudson Valley, a wellness retreat, is due to open in 2024 on the site of a historic lakefront estate, Table Rock House. This retreat offers a unique blend of history and tranquility.
5. Chautauqua Institution’s 150th Anniversary: Celebrate 150 years of the Chautauqua Institution with two months of programming covering modern issues in politics, religion, technology, and the arts. This historic institution sits on 750 acres along Chautauqua Lake.
6. Winter Olympics Legacy: Mark the 100th anniversary of the Winter Olympics at the new Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Lake Placid is the only place outside Europe to have hosted the Games twice.
7. Art and Culture Galore: The $45 million expansion and redesign of Storm King Art Center, the reopening of Buffalo AKG Museum, and updates to other museums like the Strong National Museum of Play and the Corning Museum of Glass will delight art enthusiasts.
8. ‘Agrihood’ Community: The Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park development introduces the Northeast’s first ‘agrihood’ community, featuring culinary shops, farm-to-table restaurants, breweries, distilleries, hotels, and more, complementing the world-famous Culinary Institute of America.
9. Music and Heritage: The Colored Musicians Club & Jazz Museum in Buffalo will reopen after a $3 million expansion. Music enthusiasts can also explore the new Louis Armstrong Center in New York City, while the Universal Hip Hop Museum opens its permanent home in the Bronx.
10. Bronx Zoo’s 125th Anniversary: The Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2024. It has played a vital role in animal conservation and is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts.
For more information on New York State and these exciting developments, visit www.iloveny.com. Discover the charm, history, and adventure that await you in the Empire State in 2024.
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