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A Collection of Hidden Gems for Your Next Trip to Central New York

Central New York is a wonderful place to truly explore. Packed with plenty of attractions, outdoor adventure and plenty of things to do, CNY also has plenty of hidden gems if your scratch beneath the surface in any season. Whether you’re into waterfalls, road trips or just stunning natural beauty, there’s so much to be discovered just off the beaten path. We narrowed these discoveries down to a handful of locations that may not come to mind when you first think of CNY. So, let’s get your next expedition started with just a handful of suggestions.

Consider stopping and taking in the views at Bellamy Harbor Park or explore the outdoors at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake. When summer makes the change to fall, stop at Wagner Farms for the beautiful sunflower field and fall activities.

Photo Credits: Michael Christoferson

Have you ever visited a lavender field? Kingfisher Lavender offers guests the opportunity to wander through the lavender field picking, shopping and learning about lavender.

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In Madison county, you can have outdoor pursuits and an art exploration all in one.  Visit the captivating and breathtaking Chittenango Falls or explore Stone Quarry Hill Art Park that is the home to art pieces from local and well-known artists.  

Visit Binghamton and take in the mosaics and outdoor sculptures scattered around the city. One artist created mosaics that can be found in various locations around town. There are also public sculptures that hold a great amount of meaning to the Binghamton community. They serve as a reminder of past glories, current realities and future promise.

Walk, paddleboard, kayak or canoe around the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Not only are you discovering the historic site, but you are also traveling down and around the Erie Canal. Schoharie Crossing was the location of the 18 century Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk Village. The crossing also offers an educational experience for all history seekers.

Photo Credits: Sarah Plitnick

Herkimer is the home of some awesome historical sites. Experience Fort Herkimer Church where colonial militias and numerous troops were housed during the American Revolution War or explore the quaint historic town of Little Falls that lays on both sides of the Mohawk River. Go to the most northern edge of Herkimer and experience the wilderness while on the Adirondack Scenic Railbikes.

Gilbertsville Farmhouse in Chenango County brings camping to the next level with glamping. Have a couples retreat, participate in their goat yoga or celebrate your wedding at this fabulous location.

Photo Credits: Gilbertsville Farmhouse