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Summer Vacation Ideas Near Utica New York

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Summer vacation is in full force for the kiddos.  Are they bored yet?  Take a look at some fun things to do all within an hour or less from where you live.

1.        The Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Main Street Utica – What a great way to check out the beautiful scenery that is the Adirondacks?  You can also check out ‘Players of Utica’s ‘Loomis Gang Train Robberies’.  Guaranteed to be lots of fun for the whole family.  Get a schedule right here.

2.       The Stanley Theatre for the Arts, Genessee Street Utica – Never a bad show in my experience, get more info and a schedule of performances right here.

3.       Utica Zoo, Steele Hill Rd Utica – Fun for kids young and old with over 200 animals to learn about.  Find out more info and operating hours here.

4.       Farmer’s Museum, Cooperstown – A living history museum, the Farmer’s Museum tells the story of the rural trades and skills from the 19th century, in a completely restored b1845 village. In here is also found a 1982 carousel, a petting zoo, as well as the Cardiff Giant.

5.       Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown – While you are in the area, check out the beautiful scenery as you do some hiking, fishing, swimming, or picnicking.

6.       Old Forge Lake Cruises, Old Forge – Tour the first four lakes of the Fulton Chain and see what the Adirondacks has to offer.  Get a schedule here.  Adirondack Boat Tours | Historic Steamboat Cruises on Fulton Chain of Lakes in Old Forge NY

7.       Enchanted Forest/Water Safari, Old Forge – New York’s largest water theme park.  Caution…you will likely get wet.  Enchanted Forest Water Safari | EFWS


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