Oswego Travel Guide

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    Sunset on Lake Ontario-Oswego, NY
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Oswego Things to Do

  • Fort Ontario

    The original forts that were built here by the British in the 1700's were replaced by the present fort in the 1840's. It has stood, with a few renovations, pretty much as it was then.During World War II the premises was used as a refuge for displaced Jews. These refugees became U.S. citizens in 1946 (after many legal manuevers).There are several...

  • Harborfest, last weekend of...

    Harborfest, last weekend of july every year. A couple hundred 1000 people come to the city over 4 days. 100's of free music acts/groups. There are numerous stages set up throughout the city and in parks. all divided up by muscially types. Starts on Friday with an oldies concert at the main stage, KC and the Sunshine Band last year. The fest...

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  • All Seasons Inn

    5422 State Route 104, Oswego, New York, 13126, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Captain's Quarter

    26 East First Street, Oswego, New York, 13126, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Econo Lodge Riverfront

    70 E 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Oswego Restaurants

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    by davecallahan Updated May 27, 2009

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    Start off with Minestrone then a Garden Salad bowl, fill-up on the Homemade Lasagna (and enough for a take-home box for later) and finish off with some Spumone. A good meal.

    This restaurant specializes in italian cuisine ( and does it up good) but also offers lunch and dinner plates that are more "american" (melts, philly steak, wraps, filet mignon, lobster,etc.).

    I always go for the specialty of the house though (fish at a steakhouse is not my idea of a good choice) and have never been disappointed here.

    The price is about average for this area ($20 per person for dinner).

    The staff were courteous and attentive. The meal was prepared and served at the right time without rushing (I hate it at other places when they try to put the entree on the table when you are in the middle of the soup). The food was delicious.

    restaurant on Utica Street
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Oswego Transportation

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    by barberino Written Jun 23, 2004

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    Unfortunately, there is no direct way to get to Oswego unless you have a car. Seeing as I don't, I have found that flying to Syracuse is the best option. I've tried to save money by taking the bus. It's about a 4 1/2-5 hour trip, depending on how fast the driver is. However, I have no patience for buses anymore and spend the extra money to fly. I highly recommend taking Jet Blue to Syracuse instead of US Airways. USAir uses the tiniest planes on all their Syracuse flights. Again, I have no patience for this anymore.
    The drive to Oswego is a little under an hour.

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Oswego Local Customs

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    Both the town of Oswego and the city of Oswego have various hamlets, villages and neighborhoods associated with them. Since the town and the city are not geographically identical, there are a dozen or so communities with ties to Oswego.The active communities that are associated with the town or city of Oswego are:Burts Point... west of Oswego Beach...

  • The Great Pumpkin Festival

    Washington Square in Oswego is the place to be on the first week of October.Farmers from all over the Oswego area come to weigh their pumpkins to see if they can win the coveted "Greatest Pumpkin" award. To help draw the crowds, the city provides live concerts for entertainment; the streets and parking lots are lined with arts-and-crafts tents....

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Oswego Warnings and Dangers

  • crime stats

    Oswego has few major crimes. In the last six years there have a total of 1 murder, 10 rapes, 90 robberies according to the crime records. Burglaries and Thefts (shop-lifting, garage and car break-ins) have been the most prevelant crime and those are not ones that effect tourists who use common sense precautions.Lock car doors; put valuables in...

  • sex offenders

    There are 35 sex offenders in the greater Oswego city area. This is not an inordinant amount of SOs for the large population of Oswego but if you are concerned then check out the website below.

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Oswego Off The Beaten Path

  • Nine Mile Point nuclear plant

    This site is really in Lakeview, NY but Oswego is the logical place for people to gravitate to if they are going to visit the nuclear plant. (so i put it here in Oswego also)The nuclear plant at Nine Mile Point near Lakeview, NY (just northeast of Oswego,NY) has a demonstration layout of how nuclear plants operate to provide electric power for the...

  • Take time to enjoy Lake Ontario

    There are beautiful areas on Lake Ontario to walk, swim, kayak/canoe, picnic, whatever! I'll add more specific tips soon.

  • If you're here during the warmer months

    A little outside of the city of Oswego is one of the few remaining drive-ins. Re-live the old times!


Oswego Favorites

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    by davecallahan Written Dec 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Now you can check out downtown Oswego with a live webcam. It has complete controls (rotation, azimuth, zoom) and is useful for seeing what the weather is on both the east and west sides of town.

    night sample of webcam
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