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Things to do in Utica

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.
Museum
“Affiliated with Pratt Institute for their School of Art, MWPAI is world class. Fountain Elms, located next day, is a historic home built in the Renaissance Revival archetecture.”
  • 4 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.”
  • 7 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!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food and ambiance. Restaurant on top of a building in Utica. Great views ”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“1. This spot is my top favorite spot in Utica, I have never had a bad anything here. Every meal, appetizer, dessert they make is done to perfection. It's also a super classy but chill environment for comfortable dining. They have been on the top 100 for Restaurants in America on Open Table two years in a row now. Best to make a reservation as they do fill up fast. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Simple Italian-American spot with live music on weekends, an all-season patio bar & a cigar lounge.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Home to the Utica Comets. UC Pioneers, Syracuse Stars, Skating Club of Utica, & Utica City FC. They also host concerts and other events.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Home of Saranac Brews, Utica Club, Schultz & Dooley, Brewery Tours $5!!!! Souvenir & Gift Shop. Quick & Fun!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Food is top-notch, bar has all the craft beers you could ask for, and the nightlife is mellow with a great outdoor deck.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
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“Wow! What a cool and unique cafe! Love this spot - tons of vegetarian and vegan options, really unique, fun events like music, open mic, poetry. Perfect for a light lunch before or after the Munson-Williams museum!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“45 minute tour of a brewery plus tasting. Must be 21. Makers of Saranac beers. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Recently renovated Baroque style movie palace. Gold leaf, grand staircase and Meyda stained glass chandelier. Concerts, plays, movies, & special performances. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“ Polar Express, Halloween rides, fall foliage, beer and wine train rides. Did I say Beer and Wine Train Rides”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great food and ambiance. Restaurant on top of a building in Utica. Great views ”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“1. This spot is my top favorite spot in Utica, I have never had a bad anything here. Every meal, appetizer, dessert they make is done to perfection. It's also a super classy but chill environment for comfortable dining. They have been on the top 100 for Restaurants in America on Open Table two years in a row now. Best to make a reservation as they do fill up fast. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Simple Italian-American spot with live music on weekends, an all-season patio bar & a cigar lounge.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Brewery
“Food is top-notch, bar has all the craft beers you could ask for, and the nightlife is mellow with a great outdoor deck.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Irish bar food. Recommend burgers, shepherds pie, reuben sandwich, mac and cheese. It's all really good and good beer selection. Will get loud in the evenings with the bar crowd.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Great oven fired pizza you can buy by the slice. Italian menu as well although we've never tried it. We enjoyed the ricotta garlic and upside down pizza.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good food, good service, nice atmophere that you can take out or eat in with a small modern bar in the back.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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