Summer

Who doesn’t love summer? Soak in some sun during the best time to explore Central New York!

You know you’ve been waiting all winter (and most of the spring) to tee up. You’ll need a few days to chip away at Central New York’s 60-plus golf courses, some of which are frequented by the pros and designed by legends.

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In addition to the 184,500-plus acres of gorgeous forests and amazing waterways waiting for discovery in 14 New York state parks, Central New York counties and communities hide their own surprises like the Landis Arboretum near Esperance or Great Swamp Conservancy in Canastota.

Watchable wildlife rules at the 16,000-acre Rome Sand Plains Resource Management Area, which offers the rare opportunity to visit what is known as a pine barren. The geological oddity, one of just a few in the nation, has high sand dunes and low peat bogs that welcome woodland warblers, spotted turtles and the endangered frosted elfin butterfly.

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Long-distance hikers love the view from Vroman’s Nose in Mine Kill State Park. The popular loop connects with the 350-mile Long Path Trail, which begins in New Jersey’s Palisades and ends near Albany.

Camp among old-growth timber and wonderful waterways in the 107,230-acre Five Ponds Wilderness, one of the most remote areas of the Adirondack Park. Bring your pack and sense of adventure: Much of Five Ponds (actually 105 ponds and 12 named rivers) is trail-less, though there are 52 enchanting miles of marked pathways.

Our villages, towns and cities offer dozens more peaceful parks and pathways ideal for picnicking or late afternoon strolls.

Switch gears to some of the best cyclotourism destinations in the country. With a 36-mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail, 85-mile stretch of historic U.S. Route 20 and endless off-road options in more than 100 state parks and lands, Central New York is the picturesque place for cyclists to do it all.

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No one will be asking “Are we there yet?” during an old-school road trip down historic Route 20. This classic bit of Americana is a gateway to Central New York’s signature attractions and cornerstone village communities.

Take a brew tour of Central New York, America’s Craft Brew Destination!

With more than 65 breweries, hard cideries, distilleries, craft-focused pubs and wineries, you’ll have days’ worth of tastings and tours to experience. Not sure where to start? You can make your own trail now.

CNYFresh packs 562 farms, agri-businesses and attractions into one place. Follow a recommended U-pick, locavore restaurant, family agri-fun, sweet treat or brew trail. The choice is yours with 63 farmers markets, 46 U-picks and 84 specialty shops.

Summer festivals dominate the landscape here. We know how to have fun in Central New York. Brew, food, arts, crafts – explore the many fests and events sure to make great memories of your trip.

Camping in Central New York ranges from RVs and cabins to tents and lean-tos. Our seven state parks with camping host a total of 924 sites and private campgrounds add well over 2,600 to that number.

Put a twist on your camp activity list with some mining. Dig for our signature minerals – known as Herkimer diamonds – and then stay the night at a few Central New York campgrounds.

Central New York’s five wondrous waterfalls, ranging in height from 50 to 167 feet, make perfect companions for a day of hiking or biking. The sandy landscape and picturesque sunsets of Verona Beach make it a great place to relax after a day of boating or fishing on Oneida Lake.

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Public access is plentiful and many of our best fisheries border state parks. Secluded Bowman Lake, for one, produces rainbow and brook trout as well as largemouth bass. Anglers reel in northern pike, walleye and bass regularly on Delta Lake.

Almost sounds like too much to do. We recommend you spend a few days in Central New York while the weather is warm and the sun is shining.