Summer Destinations: Central New York

May 1, 2019

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

Arney's Marina

Arney's Marina in the village of Sodus Bay. Founded 68 years ago, still owned and operated by the Arney family with customer service its priority. A Honda Outboard Premier Dealer backed by factory certified service personnel.

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 17 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.

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.

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.

The Great New York State Fair

For 12 days and nights from August 21 through September 2, 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.

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego

A not-for-profit, museum with a mission to promote, protect, enhance and collect the maritime historical resources associated with the Oswego River and its drainage basin, the Oswego Canal and Lake Ontario. The museum's vision is to become a nationally recognized and accredited museum of maritime history, heritage and culture. That desire to grow, strengthen, and always benefit current and future generations of visitors through an educational initiative remains very much a part of that process. 

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

A celebration of light and glass, “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection” is on view through September 8 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, 310 Genesee Street, Utica. The exhibition features more than 60 artworks, spanning more than 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career and focuses on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s brilliant stained-glass windows, iridescent floral vases, shimmering lamps, and accessories highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition.

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.

Reeves Farms

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

Visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse this summer and see what all the BUZZ is about! See Ajay, our baby Asian elephant calf at the newly transformed Asian Elephant Preserve with an expanded public walkway that provides a breathtaking perspective of our 8-member elephant herd. Trek through the Wildlife Trail and encounter seven giant animatronic insects featuring a Madagascan sunset moth, a water-spraying bombardier beetle, a very imposing grasshopper and more! Also new this year -- an 18-horse carousel will transform the zoo into one of the most fun-filled family attractions in Central New York! For more information, visit

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.


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.

Syracuse Ceramic Guild

The guild presents the 39th Annual Pottery Fair this summer, August 17th and 18th at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia. Saturday hours from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday hours from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The fair features functional pottery, sculpture, garden art, jewelry and new additions of other fired arts. Visitors can enter raffles, watch demos and even glaze a piece of pottery for firing in the raku kiln. Kids can visit Claytown to make and take home their own artwork. Sculpture gardens and trails are available for exploration and food is available. The event is handicapped and wheelchair accessible and offers free parking. More information is available online.

Urban Video Project

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 2019 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.