Syracuse Off The Beaten Path

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    Church friends at "The Forest"
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    Visitors Center, Beaver lake
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    Highland Forest

    by Upstate1NY Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Onondaga County Department of Parks and recreation has a delightful "bag of tricks" to enhance your stay, visit or residency in Central New York. Highland Forest in southern Onondaga County provides a variety of year-round recreation opportunities but it is best known locally for its cross-country skiing. Snow being a major facet of CNY winter experience, recreation opportunities using this asset are more than welcome. BUT winter is only one season! there are MANY other elements to enjoy at Highland Forest:
    # Hiking - Trails open during regular park hours. Park maps are available at Skyline Lodge.
    # Mountain Biking - Trails are open during regular park hours. Park maps are available at Skyline Lodge.
    # Horseback Riding - Guided one-hour trail rides offered from May-Mid-November, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Rides are $20 per person per hour. Group rates, for a minimum of 4 people, are available. Riders should be 7 years and older. New for Fall 2005: Extended Rides - enjoy a 4 hour ride through the glorious foliage of Highland Forest, includes a campfire break, hot cocoa and soft drinks will be available. The Extended Ride is $50 per person and is offered weekends from September 3-Mid-November, group rates available. Call 495-6263 or 683-5201 for reservations.
    # Sleighrides - Learn More
    # Weddings - Picnics - Meetings - Learn More
    # Youth Group Camping - Six cabins and numerous tenting areas are devoted to organized youth groups. Facilities rent from $29-$69 per night, which averages about $2 per child. Call 683-5550 for info or to reserve a cabin.
    # Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing/Sledding

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    Beaver Lake Nature Center

    by Upstate1NY Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Visitors Center, Beaver lake

    Here is an unbelievable site. Beaver Lake has all manner of natural flora and fauna, "critters" large and small, wiley and cute. A lake to paddle your kayak or canoe on (or rent one of theirs; they have lifejackets, paddles, canoes and kayaks) There are hiking trails to wood lots, fern "grottos", wild flowers, with birds, bees and other wild life all along the way! They also have cross country skiing in winter. See the WEB page for special programs they offer.
    It is a delight to have such diverse parks facilitites available so near. Beaver Lake is in the Northren part of Onondaga county but in many ways it is all greater metropolitan Syracuse.

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    Sainte Marie among the Iroquois

    by Upstate1NY Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The new

    Locally known as the "Old French Fort", the "mission" Sainte Marie among the Iroquois recognizes one of the first attemps to establish a permanent European presence in what is now Central New York.
    The original fort is LONG gone though excavations have unearthed what may be foundation work from that. A CCC project in the 30's built what was claimed to be a replica of the original site but in fact research showed it to be a poor imitation. Due to the age of the structure and its historical inaccuracies rather than try to simply make a poor situation worse by adding new revisions onto old inaccuracies, the decision was made in the 1980's to completely replace the structure and add a visitors center to allow artifacts recovered over the years to be displayed with a more accurate, "hands on", living museum, to be built. The intention was to create a "vacation distination". It is a worthwhile site, to say the least, but the attendence draw is still primaily people from CNY. It is definitly worth your while to visit but half to two thirds of a day will do it end to end unless there is a quilting bee or harvest festival in progress. When such a festival is in progress, THEN two to three days as a vacation distination is realistic

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    Green Lakes State Park

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I have lived in the Syracuse area all my life and only been to Green Lakes twice. If it didn't cost money and wasn't so far away I'm sure I would go more often. The park is nice though. There are beaches and walking trails in the park.

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    Stop and smell the roses ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If they are in season :)))
    The land for Thornden Park was purchased by the city in 1921, although the then owner had already created a fabulous garden there.
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    The park includes a swimming pool and athletics fields as well as the formal gardens. The streets that border the park are Ostrom Avenue, Madison Street, and South Beech Street.

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    Visit the Finger Lakes!

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Finger Lakes near Syracuse

    The Finger Lakes are a good place to relax on a day trip. There are 11 Finger Lakes. They all sit southwest of Syracuse. Half the lakes are located in the Syracuse metro and half are near the Rochester metro. Skaneateles is the best one near Syracuse, which is only 15 miles away from downtown.

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    Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Boxing Hall of Fame is not well known. I don't know much about it and I live a half hour away from it. However, if you like Boxing, I'm sure you will love it!

    (Check out the link below for more information)

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    Camillus Erie Canal Park

    by kooka3 Written Apr 29, 2006

    Camillus is a 300-acre park with seven miles of navigable canal and towpath trails. The "Camillus Landing," Lock Tender's Shanty Museum and the Sims Store Museum are authentic replicas of actual buildings filled with true artifacts and memorabilia of the Erie Canal era. Picnic areas, flower gardens, boat cruises and nature trails. Sim's Store is open year round; Saturdays 9am - 1pm. Boat rides operate May-October, Sundays 1pm-5pm.

    They also have boat tours on Sundays for $3 and Dinner cruises (prime rib) on Wednesday for $20 .

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    The Rosamond Gifford Zoo

    by Upstate1NY Written Sep 6, 2005

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    they take Pride in this, but they are Lion to you

    The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, is an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), and cooperates in a number of programs to further conservation and animal welfare. Among these programs are Species Survival Plans (SSP), Population Management Plans (PMP), Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG), Conservation Action Partnership (CAP) and regional cooperative breeding programs.
    They have had several wonderfull successes with Asian Elephant breeding. There have been some heart breaks as well but the Zoo is all of life in a microcosm, birth, maturity, survival, death, the whole cycle of life for many species.

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    Big Don's Wild River Mini Golf

    by donclark Written Jun 26, 2005

    A Miniature Golf Course, a Maze, Rock Climbing, Gemstone Panning, Treature Dig Boxes. Check out the website for more info!

    Take Exit 30 from Rt. 81 - 1.5 miles east on the left hand side. 7/10 mile East of C-NS (Cicero-North Syracuse) High School and just before South Bay Rd as reference points. Corner of Button Rd. and Rte. 31

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  • Onondaga lake park way

    by mattdog240 Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Yes the lake is polluted but it is more then that. All along the lake is a paved path for roller blading and or any phyical activity. The trail runs I belive 6 miles and ends with a restrant/shop at the end. The parkway also has trollys running up and down the road to assit the tired.. Great place to go anytime of the year for all seasonal sports.

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    Good dining 22 miles east of Syracuse

    by shrimp56 Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    In Cazenovia, NY there are several restaurants associated with the Lincklaen House. The most popular is the Seven Stone Steps Tavern in the basement.The newest is Stone's Throw, which serves sushi and tapas!

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    The James Street of Old

    by shrimp56 Written Nov 23, 2004

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    At once time James Street was the premier residential street in Syracuse. Except for some of the old mansions that have been recycled for organizational use, the street is now a commercial strip. It used to be lined by large mansions with porticos for the carriages to drive up under. I remember visiting several of these when I was very young ...

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    Really Nice view from Parking lot of the Zoo!

    by donclark Written May 11, 2004
    View of Syracuse from Zoo parking lot

    Burnet Park Zoo has an upper parking lot that has a wonderful view of downtown Syracuse and the northside.

    Directions:From 690-East, exit at Bear Street and follow signs. From 690-West, exit at Geddes Street and follow signs. From Interstate 81 South, exit at Bear Street and follow signs. From 81-North, take 690-West and exit at Geddes Street, follow signs

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    Visit the Village of Liverpool

    by donclark Written May 1, 2004
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    The Village of Liverpool has never looked better. There are many shops, restaurants, and parks to visit in this small village near Onondaga Lake. (next time plant trees that are alive...no more dead trees please)

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