Cooperstown and Utica New York
Seeing the countryside via the Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown
Historic reenactment at Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome
Fast-paced harness racing at Vernon Downs
White-water kayaking from Wellnesste Lodge in Taberg
Farm-to-table patio dining at The Tailor & the Cook in Utica
Zipping around Oneida County on snowmobiles in winter
Fun day along the shore at Delta Lake State Park in Rome
Challenging play at the scenic Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown
The serene Blueberry Brooke, offering guest rooms and organic blueberries in Deansboro
Experience natural beauty, rich history and farm-fresh flavors
Across Central New York’s 10 counties are hundreds of orchards, vineyards, farm stands, farmers markets and agricultural attractions boasting the best of the region’s bountiful harvests. Pick fruit directly from the tree and see cider pressing at an apple orchard. Look for maple syrup harvesting in the spring. Fill produce bags at the massive Central New York Regional Market, featuring wares from local farms and artisans. If you’re a fan of craft beverages, you’re in luck. Central New York is called Brew Central for its huge selection of breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries. Some popular spots to check out include Brewery Ommegang, F.X. Matt Brewing Company, Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Co., Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, Adirondack Distilling Company and Owera Vineyards.
Unforgettable Outdoor Beauty
The Mohawk Valley is nestled between the Catskills and Adirondacks, two mountain ranges renowned for breathtaking natural beauty. Visit in the fall for some of the most stunning foliage in the USA. Cyclists can spend hours exploring the Erie Canalway Trail and historic U.S. Route 20, each offering distinct scenery and appeal. Scenic train and boat rides will give you fantastic views of the countryside; look into outings offered by Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, Cooperstown Cruise Company and the Glimmerglass Queen. If you enjoy time on the water, go fishing, paddleboarding or kayaking at Oneida Lake or Otsego Lake. If a day on the greens is more your style, play a round at one of 60 golf courses. Designed in 1909, the scenic and challenging Leatherstocking Golf Course is considered "one of the best courses to play" by Golfweek.
Rich in U.S. History and Culture
The region’s history begins with its Native American inhabitants, who you can learn about at Iroquois Indian Museum and the American Indian collection at the Fenimore Art Museum. Tour Fort Stanwix National Monument, a reconstruction of a Colonial-era fort, and nearby Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site to understand the area’s significance in the American Revolution. Discover the history and people of the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement at Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and stops along the Madison County and Oneida County freedom trails. Cooperstown is practically synonymous with baseball, so don’t miss a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as well as the fascinating Farmers’ Museum. Other specialty attractions in Central New York include the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Northeast Classic Car Museum and the All Things Oz Museum in Chittenango, the hometown of “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum.
Utica Club was the first beer licensed for sale after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. You can still drink it at F.X. Matt Brewing Company.