Summer Destinations: Central New York

May 28, 2021

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

Books End Bookshop 

Books End Bookshop is a one-stop shop for used, antiquarian, vintage, rare, and out-of-print books. Now in its 34th year, Books End is still a great place to browse and discover a hidden gem, or find that one book you always wanted. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff look forward to helping you.

Carol Watson Greenhouse

Located just 12 minutes from Syracuse, Carol Watson Greenhouse has 12,000 square feet of greenhouse space, allowing them to grow an assortment of annuals and vegetables. From choice new varieties to old favorites. On their seven acres, they sell top-grade perennials, shrubs and trees, many from Monrovia. Offering a multitude of houseplants, tropic foliage, succulents, cacti, and herbs year-round. Beyond the premises, their landscape crew travels throughout the community to perform maintenance cleanups and provides residential landscaping and hardscaping. 

Cazenovia Artisans

Cazenovia Artisans is an artisan cooperative gallery, nestled in the beautiful village of Cazenovia. For nearly 20 years, they have provided unique and diverse fine art and craft to gift, wear, or enhance your home. Visit and share in an artisan experience.

City Market Syracuse

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 the Everson Museum of Art. A variety of vendors offer mid-century modern styles, antiques, silver, industrial design, lighting, collectibles, art and more. 

Commerce Chenango

It's no secret that Chenango County is known for its beautiful natural surroundings with rolling hills, miles of rivers and streams and relaxed atmosphere. Discover the hidden gems of this destination by planning your next trip using the Chenango County online travel guide.

Erie Canal Museum

The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse showcases the only remaining weighlock building in the United States and shares 200 years of Erie Canal history. Exhibits include -- a full-size replica canal boat and Erie Eats, a special exhibit this summer focusing on the connection between the canal and our food systems. The Museum is open seven days a week, and admission is free with a suggested donation of $10/person.

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

Bold mixed-media paintings by a trailblazing artist who challenged society regarding race, gender, and privilege will be showcased in “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey,” on view June 19 through September 12 in the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee Street, Utica. This exhibition is a major retrospective of the artist’s distinguished six-decade career and features more than 60 artworks Amos created from 1958 to 2015. Amos combined her interests in painting, printmaking, weaving, and collage into vibrant stories that present a layered understanding of what it meant to be a woman and artist of color during the era of Civil Rights and the feminist movements of the past 50 years.

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.

Phoenix Flower Farm

Phoenix Flower Farm offers perennial plants, trees, and shrubs in a garden setting. See plants as they grow in real world conditions, and learn how they will fit in your home landscape. For 40 years, we have offered the unique and unusual to discerning gardeners in central New York and beyond. Come and visit the most peaceful store around, with over 120 species of birds seen on our 7 acres, and plants of all descriptions, from Aesculus to Zizia.

Reeves Farms

Reeves Farms is dedicated to producing fresh berries and vegetables using sustainable farming practices. The Reeves family has been growing vegetables for more than a century in Baldwinsville. Visit Reeves Farms in Baldwinsville to pick your own strawberries and organic blueberries and purchase their homegrown 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.


Symphoria is the professional orchestra of central New York. Based in Syracuse, the orchestra performs nearly 50 orchestral performances each year, as well as dozens of additional performances in schools, libraries, community centers, and health care facilities. Symphoria also operates the Symphoria Youth Orchestra, a program comprised of three youth orchestras serving 150 kids from ages 8-22. Find more information online regarding all performances and Symphoria's free summer concert series.