Top 10 Things To Do in Central New York

Top 10 Things To Do in Central New York

Published: June 15, 2016

If you're planning a visit to the area and are looking for fun things to do (beyond, y'know skydiving Central New York with Skydive Finger Lakes) here are some other recommended things to do!

1) Sightsee in Syracuse, NY

Just 20 miles from the stunning Finger Lakes region, Syracuse is a city of hills, valleys, lakes, and streams. Pack your camera; you'll want to take photos everywhere you go!

If you're coming in the summer, don't miss the Great New York State Fair at the Empire Echo Center. When the Fair isn't on, the New York State Fairgrounds put on hundreds of events throughout the year.

2) Enjoy a Beer at the Cortland Beer Company, NY

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Cortland is the Courland Beer Company. Located right in the center of downtown Cortland, it is a great place to go if you enjoy a good local beer and live music. We recommend trying their Firehouse Pale Ale and Naked Lap Lager. Be sure to try the Chocolate Chipotle Ale if it's on draft when you visit too - it's a treat for the senses!

3) Visit the Home of Harriet Tubman in Auburn, NY

One of the most notable civil rights activists, Harriet Tubman is known for rescuing many enslaved families and friends during the 1800s through the Underground Railroad.

You can visit her home in Auburn and also peruse the history of the area through the nearby exhibitions and visitor center. Well worth a stop if you're interested in seeing an important piece of American history.

4) Catch a Show at the Stanley Center for the Arts in Utica, NY

Located in downtown Utica, the Stanley Center for the Arts is a historic theater designed by famous architect, Thomas Lamb. Though The Stanley opened in 1928, today they host Broadway shows and lots of big name acts (like Tony Bennett, Jerry Seinfeld, Jackson Browne and the Goo Goo Dolls) to name a few.

Designed in an extravagant "Mexican Baroque" style, the building itself is worth seeing! Book a guided tour of The Stanley or check out their upcoming calendar of concerts and shows.

5) Discover the Animals at Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo in Rome, NY

People of all ages will have a fantastic day out at Fort Rickey. There are animal shows, including the wolf show, owl show and otter show which give you the chance to see these amazing animals in a whole new way.

Younger children will love the petting zoo, where they can meet llamas, pygmy goats, and ducks, plus lots more. An inexpensive day out that's sure to please everyone.

6) Get Wet at Thunder Island in Fulton, NY

Great for children of all ages (including adults!), Thunder Island is a really fun water park located in Fulton, NY.

It may not be the biggest water park in the country, but Thunder Island has lots to offer, including water slides, dip pools, and Go-Karts. Head down on a sunny day to make the most of your day out.

7) Explore Forests, Waterfalls and Gorges in Ithaca, NY

Situated on the shores of the largest of the Finger Lakes, Ithaca is a hilly town surrounded by forests and waterfalls.

Enjoy scenic views of Ithaca at Robert Treman State Park. They offer 12 miles of hiking trails around a gorge surrounded by 12 waterfalls. You can also swim in a natural, stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall.

8) Fall in Love with the World's Smallest Church in Oneida, NY

At 51 x 81 x 28 square feet, the world's smallest church is a sight to behold! Set in a quiet area just outside of Oneida, NY, it's a beautiful little building that you'll barely believe has served as a church for that community for many years.

Rumor has it that a couple was once married in this church, which can house one person seated and two standing.

9) Browse the Shops at the Little Falls Antique Center, NY

Little Falls is a small city in Central NY with a population of just over 4,000. It has a lovely feeling of nostalgia about it and if you enjoying browsing antiques and cute market stalls, it's a great place to visit.

The Little Falls Antique Center is one of the area's most popular attractions. There's so much to do, you'll want to spend at least a few hours there to make the most of it.

10) Make a Skydive at Skydive Finger Lakes

There's no better way to take in the incredible views of Finger Lakes than from 13,000 feet up in the sky!

Located in the Finger Lakes wine region and with spectacular views over the Finger Lakes, Skydive Finger Lakes has been welcoming first-time and experienced skydivers from Syracuse and all over Central New York since 1982.

If you're planning a trip to area, start by booking your Central New York skydiving adventure with Skydive Finger Lakes or get in touch with any questions you have. We'll make sure your visit is one you'll never forget!

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We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Not to mention the view of the Finger Lakes and even Lake Ontario is simply breathtaking.

» Rachele S.

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