Would you believe the state of New York typically sees over 260 million tourists per year? Out of that, over 60 million of them heat up the streets of New York City.

Everyone wants a piece of the pie, and there are countless reasons why. 

If you’re looking to make Labor Day weekend plans, we have a few spots in mind that are outside the city limits.
Together, let’s stroll down a boardwalk, take a walk by the sea, and consider a little country cabin. 

Things to do at the Jersey Shore on Labor Day Weekend

The Jersey Shore is actually several individual beaches, each one with its own personality.
Some of the top picks are Wildwood, Long Beach Island, and Sea Isle City. Each one makes a fabulous day trip outside NYC. 

Things to do in Wildwood Labor Day Weekend

If you’d like to see some fireworks over the course of the weekend, then we suggest making Wildwood your local of choice. 

On Friday, September 4th, you’ll be able to enjoy a glorious pyrotechnics display on the Rio Grande Avenue Beach. We can’t think of a better way to start celebrating Labor Day.

Things to do in LBI Labor Day Weekend

Now, this is right up our alley. Starting Saturday, September 5th, LBI will host a month-long seafood soup affair

Chowderfest is an extravaganza where people can enjoy chowder from an array of restaurants and submit their vote for the best! 

Things to do in Sea Isle City

How about a free family movie under the stars? In which case, you can head to Excursion Park in Sea Isle City. It’s located at JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue. 

Bring a couple of blankets, chairs, and snacks, and see what you can do about taking in a movie and some fireworks under the gleaming night sky. 

Things to do in the Hamptons Labor Day Weekend

There’s no doubt the Jersey Shore has a wealth of affordable options. However, if you’re looking to splurge, head east to the Hamptons

Hamptons Fine Art Fair

Southampton has a rich history when it comes to the creation and patronage of art. 

This year, their Fine Art Fair will take over the East End. You can dip in and out of this cultural affair anytime from Thursday, September 2nd – Monday, September 6th. 

We suspect you’ll take home a truly eclectic piece that will always remind you of your time in the Hamptons!

Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Wolffer Estate is one of the most well-known vineyards in the Hamptons. (And there are many.) 

It’s noted for its chic, high-end decor and delectable dishes. Here, the wine is flowing and, if it were up to us, we’d make sure we visited on a Friday or Saturday night. 

They have what’s known as Sunset Fridays and Saturdays, where you can enjoy their vintages by the glass or the bottle. They have a nice bar menu which you can savor on their gorgeous grounds. 

It’s another memory that will last a lifetime (and boost your Instagram feed). 

Things to do in Lake George on Labor Day Weekend

If you’re not in the mood for the ocean, then visiting upstate New York might be the answer. Imagine a cabin on the lake where the only sounds are the swooshes on the shoreline and the symphony of the crickets. 

Lake George is a tiny oasis with delightful cabins and Airbnbs, as well as shopping galore. You’ll have boating, tubing, and campfire crackles at your beck and call.

In the midst of all that, be sure to check out one of these events.

Buyer & Cellar at Lake George Dinner Theatre

Even if you’re escaping NYC, you don’t have to escape Broadway. 

How about a little off-Broadway entertainment at the Lake George Dinner Theatre?

Located in downtown Glens Falls, you’d have a wonderful evening with this 90-minute comedy and a delicious dinner. 

This event kicks off on August 26th and continues until September 19th. You can secure a set of tickets and then enjoy an evening stroll through all the shops and boutiques in Glens Falls!

Open Camping – Camp Little Notch

Did you know Lake George is actually a series of small islands? Camp Little Notch is nestled perfectly into the scenery, and it’s known for its Open Camping that runs from August 19th to September 14th. 

You can secure a site for up to 15 friends and families (and that includes Fido). You can also rent kayaks and canoes to soak up the summer sun in an environment that couldn’t be further away from our beloved NYC.

A Labor Day Weekend for The Books

You can go east, south, or north to enjoy a lovely stay at any of these New York hotspots for Labor Day weekend.

While people generally consider Manhattan the mecca, the state of New York has it all. From mountains to shorelines, residents and visitors can always find something to do. 

Here at Eat Up New York, we’ll direct you to the finest eateries. If you happen to have Brooklyn on your mind, check out this article on the restaurants that will stick with you forever. 

We hope to meet you over the checkered tables of an Italian eatery someday! Until then, let us raise a glass to the fabulous state of New York.

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