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Things to do in Oneida County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Casino
“Turning Stone Casino is a great place to be whether you gamble or not. It is a large, clean, indoor city that is lively 24 hours a day. There are over a dozen great restaurants inside the casino. The casino has thousands of slot machines, a large bingo hall, and a fantastic poker room. Turning Stone also has a night club, shops, a spa, and a golf course. It is entirely free to enter, including parking. We think it is worth a visit even to just walk around inside!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Chittenango Falls is a gorgeous spot for sightseeing and photos. Also some nice trails for light hiking”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“Lovely museum founded by early Utica families with a passion for the arts. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Excellent local BBQ place on Route 20, just a bit north of the Village of Hamilton. Plan ahead and get there early -- especially in the summer months, this place draws a crowd!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
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“EMPIRE FARM BREWERY opened its doors in 2016. The 40,000 sq. ft. building sits on 22 acres of virgin farmland. The objective of the Empire Farm Brewery is to expand the existing facility and agricultural component of Empire Brewing Co. to a stand-alone manufacturing and agritourism facility in Cazenovia, NY. The 60 barrel brewery will allow Empire to keg, bottle and eventually can their craft beer for regional, national and international distribution. The farm is being cultivated for barley, lavender, vegetables, herbs, fruits and of course hops! Located in the former hop capital of the United States, the development of the second brewery location has helped to revitalize Madison County’s ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Zoo
“Utica Zoo is a regional zoo in Utica, New York, situated in a section of Roscoe Conkling Park. The zoo has both captive animal exhibits, including several endangered species, and a children's petting zoo.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“If you like a more interactive experience with the animals The wild let's you feed the animals. You can feed a giraffe!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“Check out Sarnac Brewery for great local beers, their IPAs are our fav! Plus, they offer brewery tours... and they have tons of live concerts and events. Check out their schedule!”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“One of our favorite restaurants, and it's right across the street from The Garret!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“Have dinner on the lawn in summer and fall. Music outdoors on Friday nights. Fun place where the locals hang out. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Owera is a lovely vineyard in Cazenovia. Close to the Empire Brew Farm and to downtown Caz. It’s got nice views, a good atmosphere, excellent wine, and the food is pretty good too.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A fabulous stop. A much used antique apple press is on display and still producing award winning wines and hard ciders. Corn mazes, Christmas trees, animals and wagon rides...there’s something here for everyone! We offer a 10% off perk for your first beverage at Critz Farms as well.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food and ambiance. Restaurant on top of a building in Utica. Great views ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
“Beautiful park. Beautiful waterfalls. Beautiful stream. Nice for picnics, walks, photos. 5 Stars”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A short drive away in Utica, The Tailor and the Cook specializes in high end farm-to-table food. A special spot perfect for celebrating graduations, anniversaries, and reunions. Make a reservation in advance!”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Casino
“Turning Stone Casino is a great place to be whether you gamble or not. It is a large, clean, indoor city that is lively 24 hours a day. There are over a dozen great restaurants inside the casino. The casino has thousands of slot machines, a large bingo hall, and a fantastic poker room. Turning Stone also has a night club, shops, a spa, and a golf course. It is entirely free to enter, including parking. We think it is worth a visit even to just walk around inside!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent local BBQ place on Route 20, just a bit north of the Village of Hamilton. Plan ahead and get there early -- especially in the summer months, this place draws a crowd!”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“One of our favorite restaurants, and it's right across the street from The Garret!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food and ambiance. Restaurant on top of a building in Utica. Great views ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Store
“Great atmosphere! Outdoor bar and sitting overlooking the lake. Excellent sunset views! Live music every day in the summer! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A short drive away in Utica, The Tailor and the Cook specializes in high end farm-to-table food. A special spot perfect for celebrating graduations, anniversaries, and reunions. Make a reservation in advance!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Very Casual dining. My favorite food here is their pizza. Hands down the best in town. Very cheap, very friendly and worth a try! Great bar scene on the weekends as well. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Charming country inn overlooking Cazenovia Lake. Top 40 DiRoNA award-winning restaurant in New York state. Wine Spectator "Best Award of Excellence" wine cellar ranking. Available for purchase, marinades, homemade bread and prepared foods including chicken riggies and marinara sauce. Also have over 20 flavors of homemade ice cream and sorbets that change with the seasons. Take out available for cooked offerings as well. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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