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 COVID-19 Travel News

 
 
 
Christmas in July:
 
 
 
Yes, believe it or not, it is time to plan for the holidays! The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will start selling tickets to its own light show called Lightscapes, currently popular in other parts of the country such as the Chicago Botanic Garden. Check out the BBG website for more info. By the way, you might want a membership since BBG has one of the best cherry blossom sightings come spring.
 
Meanwhile, enjoy our videos from the light shows we've seen:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome Back to NYC

New York City is open for business and can't wait to welcome residents and visitors alike to enjoy its delights.

Click the link above and scroll down to see what is open, what are the details and other information regarding NYC

1. Restaurants are open inside and out. Outdoor dining has been extended for at least this year.

2. Sports stadiums are at full capacity, with no vaccination or mask requirement.

3. Broadway is back!! Book now for the shows that will re-open in the fall.

4. NYC's green markets are always popular. The Union Square Market near 5th Ave and East 14 Street, is a great place to start.

5. Most of museums (scroll down) are still requiring reservations and masks but they have increased capacity. Many exhibits that were scheduled during the pandemic have been resumed or re-scheduled.

 

Travel Information for New York State

1. Legoland has opened in New York State! Goshen, NY welcomes a major theme park. Check out the info on their website: Legoland New York.

2. If you can't get there, try the Lego Discovery Center in Yonkers, located in a great pedestrian mall, Ridge Hill.

3. The New York State Fair, held in Syracuse, is back, August 20-September 6, 2021.

4. The Finger Lakes Region is a great place to spend the summer with vineyards, major NYS parks, museums and more. Try our great state parks: Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, Watkins Glen and Letchworth. The Empire Pass will more than pay for itself (the parks are free, parking is not). Check the NYS State Parks app for the latest info.

5. Niagara Falls is shared by New York and Canada. Although we can travel back and forth again, it is still recommended that non-essential travel be restricted. Try staying stateside and seeing the falls from another perspective. Contrary to popular belief, the USA side has been built up and provides a nice alternative for lodging.

6. The Catskills and Hudson Valley Regions may be the best kept secrets for travelers south of Maryland. People are often very surprised when we mention all of the activities that happen outside of the NYC area. Just a short drive north and farms, wineries, shopping and the great outdoors await. 

7. Downstate, the east end of Long Island is a place where the locals definitely go. If you can, try going during the week as the weekend traffic will be unbearable from June until November. Wineries, farms, the water park Splish Splash (which often makes the list as one of the top ten waterparks in the USA), beaches, fishing and fine dining are only a few of the attractions. The east end divides at Riverhead: the North Fork (toward Orient Point) and the South Fork (toward Montauk Point). Both are equally attractive.

8. If going out east is a little too far (technically it's about 2 1/2 hours from Queens [part of NYC] to Montauk Point), try a little closer. Fire Island requires a little planning (there's a ferry involved) but it's a fun day or weekend trip. Or, head out to Jones Beach, another spot that often makes the top 10 list for family friendly USA beachers. On the North Shore, Sunken Meadow State Park is another great spot for families, with a beach as well. Long Island even has a small but popular amusement park, Adventureland (featured in a few movies!).

9. If you want to add in a little glamour with the great outdoors, explore Long Island's Gold Coast, the inspiration for The Great Gatsby as well as other novels, movies and television shows. Many of the mansions are now parks, gardens or museums. Start with Old Westbury Gardens, the Nassau County Museum of Art or Sands Point Preserve. The magnificence of the mansions will mesmerize you.

10. This list is by no means complete: the many LI colleges and universities will be resuming their schedules that are open to the community as well as the many playhouses, workshops and other performance venues. The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (Long Island University CW Post Campus), The Space and the NYCB Theatre (formerly known as Westbury Music Fair), The Paramount in Huntington as well as the performing arts departments of LIU, Hofstra, Five Towns College, etc. will provide culture worthy of their counterparts in the city.


 

As always, consult directly with the state's or country's website for the latest information, which is literally changing daily.

Travelers are getting cabin fever and are anxious to get on the road or in the air again. However, US travelers should always check out the CDC website for information.

If you are traveling within the USA, the CDC website makes it easy for you to plan: Travel Planner. The link for the state will pop up when you enter your destination.

USA domestic travelers, residents and visitors alike, have new guidelines when entering New York State. International travelers must continue to follow CDC guidelines. Certain countries may still be restricted. If you are coming from other countries, you may have to have a negative test before you board the plane to New York within 3 days before your flight.

NYS Travel Form

Other big news: Events, arts, and entertainment venues are reopening. 

 
 
Harlem River Valley
 
 
Hiking or Cycling: Three main trails will allow you to go from New York City to Buffalo (hiking or bicycling): the Hudson Valley Greenway Trail; the Champlain Valley Trail and the Erie Canalway Trail. The Empire State Trail is now complete, but focuses on getting upstate from the City of New York. What if you're coming from Long Island on foot or by bicycle?
 
My perspective: If you are coming from Long Island, Routes 25 (Jericho Turnpike/Jamaica Avenue), 25A (Northern Boulevard), 25B (Hillside Avenue and 27 (Sunrise Highway/Conduit Boulevard) will get you into the City of New York (Queens or Brooklyn) and you can pick up a city trail from there. Get a free NYC Bike Map at any NYC bicycle shop. From the Bronx, you can get to the upstate area and make your way to Albany and Buffalo. Happy riding/hiking!
 
The High Line: There's no ticket needed Monday-Friday but you will need to schedule a time to walk the elevated park on Saturdays and Sundays. 
 
 
The High Line
 
View our YouTube videos about the High Line on our channel:
 
 
 
 
 
Swimming: NYC Outdoor Pools.

The Zoos:  New York's Wildlife Conservation Society operates the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the Queens Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn. 

Museums: Feed your art fix. Museums are not just for gazing at art. There are events, limited time exhibits and just peaceful places to regroup. Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Modern Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Queens Museum, the American Museum of Natural History International Center of Photography, Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

The Gardens: Brooklyn Botanic GardenNew York Botanical Garden and the Queens Botanical Garden

* Support local vendors at a greenmarket. 

 

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