Summer Destinations: Central New York

May 21, 2015

There are many destinations perfect for a summer getaway in central New York, including:

Bayview Wellness Center and Spa

Bayview Wellness Center in Fair Haven offers regularly scheduled yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes, and massage therapy and acupuncture by appointment.  Conveniently located on Main Street just a mile from Fair Haven Beach State Park. See website to schedule appointments or check class schedule.

Carol Watson Greenhouse

Located just 12 minutes from Syracuse, Carol Watson Greenhouse works to help complete your garden, landscape and hardscape projects. A series of farmers' markets occurs during the summer, along with demonstrations and special events. Great for every season of the year and every kind of gardener. Whether it's cleaning up your garden or starting fresh, Carol Watson Greenhouse has plenty for you to work with.

Cazenovia Artisans

Cazenovia Artisans is an artist cooperative gallery located in the center of beautiful downtown Cazenovia.  With over 16 years of success, they have become the area’s premier showcase of regional fine art and craft. Information about artist members and the gallery is available online.

Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Expressive Arts

This festival features 18 events during July: Rising Stars; chamber concerts with premieres; an immersive arts event with dance, poetry, video, lights & music; the 10th Young Composers Corner; 2nd performance of the commissioned opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage & the women’s suffrage movement the latter half of the 19th C; Writer’s Corner and Veterans Writing Group; plus the art of regional artists displayed throughout the historic village. “The PULSE of CNY” is the theme, with videos about renowned sculptors Arlene Abend & Dorothy Riester by Courtney Rile & Susie Cody. Cazenovia Counterpoint is a presentation of the Society for New Music.

City Market

City Market reflects the lifestyle of the urban dweller by recognizing the return and desire to live in a city. City Market champions urban creativity and repurposing in downtown Syracuse at Armory Square. Sixty vendors offer mid-century modern styles, antiques, jewelry, silver, industrial design, lighting, collectibles, art and more.

CNY Arts

Central New York is home to gorgeous vistas, history, unique architecture, and most of all great arts and entertainment. CNY Arts has created a great calendar that features everything that’s happening in Central New York in the arts; whether it’s music, festivals, theater or art shows, you’ll find it all in CNY and in an affordable, easy-to-access way. Head to their online calendar of events to begin planning your CNY travels for a line up of interactive, creative fun -- and so much more!

Commerce Chenango Tourism

Enjoy Chenango County, a destination known for its warm, friendly people, unrivaled lifestyle, and beautiful natural surroundings. From nationally known festivals, to miles of trails, to history and performing arts, Chenango County provides you with activities and entertainment that everyone can enjoy. See all there is to do in Chenango County online and then plan your next vacation.

The Eis House

The Eis House has proudly served central New York since 1977. Newly acquired in 2014, new offerings are being developed. With exceptional service, award-winning garden weddings and receptions, daily gourmet food, meetings and events. Groups from 8 to 240 people can be accommodated in this coastal northern New England style gathering place.

Erie Canal Museum

The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse showcases the only remaining weighlock building in the United States, and helps visitors learn more about the history and impact of New York's famed Canal through hands-on displays, audio narratives, and original artifacts. The Museum is open seven days a week, and admission is free with a suggested $5 donation.

Everson Museum of Art

Through dynamic and meaningful encounters with modern and contemporary American art, the Everson Museum of Art engages diverse communities, inspires curiosity and lifelong learning, and contributes to a more vital and inclusive society. The museum is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, pioneering art video collection, and distinctive structural design by I.M. Pei. Summer exhibitions include "Darryl Hughto: From Diamonds to Sailboats," a career-spanning show that examines the artist’s tireless interest in the power and possibility of a single shape: the diamond and "Visions of America," featuring many of the Everson’s most beloved permanent collection works. Stop by the museum through-out the summer for related programs happening inside and outside of the building. 

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore’s highlight exhibition, "Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden," centers on Cole’s masterwork "Expulsion from the Garden of Eden," lent by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It includes sixteen examples of his early work. In addition, another season of outstanding photography showcases the work of two influential American masters, Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham -- both peers of Ansel Adams and members of the celebrated Group f/64. See the original handwritten letters that fueled the ongoing war of words between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, leading to the now infamous duel in 1804. A total of seven exhibitions on view this summer! While you visit, have a glass of wine or craft beer on our expansive garden terrace overlooking Otsego Lake.

Glimmerglass Festival

Born out of efforts of Cooperstown residents who wanted to bring opera to the area, the Glimmerglass Festival celebrates its 43rd season in 2018. Four main stage productions are offered July 7 through August 25: Bernstein's "West Side Story," Janáček’s "The Cunning Little Vixen," Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville," and Puts’ "Silent Night."

The Great New York State Fair

For 12 days and nights from August 22 through September 3, the fair brings together the best food, music, rides, games, exhibits, animals, agriculture and more. Explore the fairs many agricultural displays, horticultural offerings, concerts, antique displays, arts and crafts, demonstrations, butter and cheese sculptures, parades, and much more. Families can enjoy the adventure zone, petting zoo, Kiddieland, and a monarch butterfly garden.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

This summer, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, presents “Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota,” a spectacular exhibition of 48 magnificent handcrafted pictorial kimono created by Itchiku Kubota (Japanese, 1917-2003). The MWPAI Museum of Art is the only U.S. venue for this touring exhibition. Kubota’s creative spirit transformed traditional Japanese garments into works of art. The kimono, nearly seven feet in height each, are embellished with intricate detailing created through complex dyeing techniques and embroidery, then accented by gold and silver leaf and ink painting. Many of the kimono were conceived as a series and are installed together to create 27-foot-long panoramic vistas illustrating Kubota’s reverence for natural and cosmic landscapes.

Oneida Community Mansion House

The Oneida Community Mansion House was the home of the Oneida Community, the most successful and radical of the 19th-century utopias. The Mansion House is a National Historic Landmark offering museum tours, overnight lodging and facility rentals. Its remarkable preservation provides an opportunity to enjoy fascinating architecture, beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens, golf, trails and a gift shop. Located near the Erie Canal trail ways, which has become a popular biking area.

Oswego County Tourism

Oswego County offers year-round fun and recreation for everyone! History, festivals, fishing and outdoor activities highlight each season. Centrally located in New York state, Oswego County provides a vast number of attractions within driving distance. Download their visitors guide online or browse their calendar of events.

The Picture Connection

The Picture Connection is a custom frame shop located in downtown Oswego. With framing services for diplomas, portraits, art, needlework, antique lace and more, the shop will even assist in hanging the artwork on site. Their services also include stretching of paintings and all fabric work. If you're looking for a print for your space, they have many on hand for custom orders, using only archival quality materials.

Reeves Farm Stand

Reeves Farms is dedicated to producing fresh, nutritious berries and vegetables using sustainable farming practices. The Reeves family has been growing vegetables for more than a century in Baldwinsville. Visit Reeves Farms fruit stand in Baldwinsville for fresh sweet corn, homegrown tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables.

Riverside Artisans

Riverside Artisans Cooperative, Oswego's premier source for fine art and handmade gifts, in Canal Commons, offers a wide range of professional fine arts and crafts, as well as an opportunity to meet the artists who have created them. From original paintings and handcrafted wood work, to fused glass and handmade jewelry, Riverside Artisans is the place to get a unique gift for yourself and for someone special. The shop takes pride in reasonably-priced, handmade, quality crafts and fine art.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

More than a dozen gigantic animatronic dinosaurs will invade the Rosamond Gifford Zoo this summer, transforming the Wildlife Trail and other outdoor areas into a dinosaur theme park of prehistoric proportions. Friends of the Zoo presents “Dinosaur Invasion: 101 Days of Dinosaurs” from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day with many exciting educational events in between. The “invaders” will include a water-spitting Dilophosaurus, enormous Tyrannosaurus Rex, armored dinosaur Edmontonia and two adult Parasaurolophus with a nest and babies, among other Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous creatures. More information on their website.

Rudy's Lakeside Drive In

Rudy's has been serving Oswego and the surrounding communities since 1946, continuously providing fresh products, cooked to ordered as you watch. Open from around St. Patrick's Day through September, Rudy's offers both indoor and outdoor seating on the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario. The drive in is a perfect spot for fresh fish and casual family fun.

St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum

2018 is a celebratory year at the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum; her 180th birthday and the 100th anniversary of her entering heaven’s gates. The museum built in her honor, is located next door to St. Joseph’s Hospital which she and her religious sisters started 149 years ago. Saint Marianne’s story remains relevant today; caring for the outcasts of society, giving respect and dignity to all and living her faith through service to others. Inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame, Marianne was a leader in compassionate healthcare, hospital hygiene and patient’s rights. After leaving Syracuse, she established a region of Franciscan sisters in the Hawaiian Islands, starting hospitals, schools and homes for children. A truly historical and amazing woman, Saint Marianne Cope: 1838 – 1918.


Symphoria's free summer concert series returns this summer, with outdoor performances in parks throughout central New York. Unique concerts with summertime programs inspire and engage concert goers of all ages. Join Symphoria to celebrate another wonderful summer in CNY.

Turning Stone Resort and Casino

A four-season destination resort in upstate New York, conveniently located about 30 miles east of Syracuse, the Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino offers golfing, world-class gaming, fine dining, accommodations, concerts and more.

Urban Cinamatheque 2018

Light Work’s Urban Video Project uses cutting-edge technology to bring film and video work by artists from around the world to downtown Syracuse! Grab a spot on the Onondaga County Community Plaza and enjoy the massive multi-media video installations projected on the façade of the iconic Everson Museum of Art every Thursday through Saturday night all year round. Special exhibitions and events include UVP 2018 Summer Review, Summer Film Under the Stars, presented in collaboration with the Everson Museum and Urban Cinematheque, a wildly popular end-of-the-summer art and culture fair. No ticket required! All UVP events are free and open to the public. Visit Urban Video Project online for our full summer screening schedule.