You’ll fall in love with Central New York’s autumn, when our true colors emerge and outdoor adventure takes on a different shade of amazing.

It’s last call for hiking, biking, golf and camping, but it’s also the opening of hunting season in Central New York.

Much of the 184,500-plus acres of state forests and preserves here are hunt-able and open to fishing as well. With that much space and more than 100 areas to choose from, you’re sure to find solitude necessary to bag an eight-pointer or take home a turkey dinner.


Get in some quality viewing of our watchable wildlife. Chenango County is a true wildlife wonderland with opportunities to scope rare raptors like the northern harrier and a wide variety of other hawks at the 4,169-acre Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area, the state’s oldest WMA.

Central New York’s 14 state parks make great starting points for outdoor adventure with access to hundreds of miles trails, the region’s most prominent lakes and popular public recreation destinations.

Speaking of destinations, Schoharie County’s Howe Caverns Adventure Park offers a fantastic blend of family fun and exploration. See rock formations six million years in the making or take on several above-ground activities that range from biking to zip-lining to fudge tasting.

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With the weather cooling, heat things up with a little romance. Whether spending a lazy weekend at a country B&B or unwinding with elegant dinners and fine arts in one of Central New York’s villages, every couple can find something fun regardless of their anniversary date.

If you’re with your family or lover, fall is the perfect time to go antiquing in Central New York. Take a trip down historic U.S. Route 20 and pull into a few of the antique shops that dot the roadside or visit “Main Street” in most any town to get a classic shopping experience.

Cruise over to the Northeast Classic Car Museum, a fascinating collection of 160 unusual classic and vintage vehicles. Stay in the car and drive Brew Central, America’s Craft Brew Destination, where many tasting rooms transform into entertainment venues after hours in addition to spectacular craft pubs that are perfect for kicking back or dancing to live music.


Dig into Central New York’s rich agricultural heritage by getting your hands (or fork or knife) on local fare at many restaurants throughout the region. A CNYFresh locavore trail will take you to our top spots.


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