Become a prospector at the Herkimer Diamond Mines, Middleville. Prospect for quartz crystals on your own or call ahead for a guided tour. Keep what you find!
Cruise the canal and take an educational boat tour with Erie Canal Cruises aboard the Lil Diamond III and shop for locally made products at GEMS Along the Mohawk.
Get wild at the Utica Zoo, 1 Utica Zoo Way, Utica. Don’t miss the lions! (www.uticazoo.org) OR http://www.oneidacountytourism.com/do/attractions/zoos/
Have dinner at one of our many locally owned restaurants. Chicken Riggies, Utica Greens, Tomato Pie, yum!
Overnight In Utica
Explore Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art, Utica. Browse the permanent collection, special exhibits, and make your own masterpiece in the Art Odyssey Interactive Gallery! (www.mwpai.org)
Let your child's natural curiosity to learn through hands-on and play based exploration take over at Utica Children's Museum! (www.uticacm.org)
Step Back In Time at Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome. Relive a day in the life of a Revolutionary War hero. Explore this full scale reconstructed fortification; a National treasure. (www.nps.gov/fost)
Overnight in Rome or Sylvan Beach
Hit the Beach! Enjoy a fun-filled day at Verona Beach State Park or relax on the public beach in the Village of Sylvan Beach. Two miles of soft sandy beaches along the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. (www.nysparks.com)
Take a nature break and visit Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. A special "hands-on" zoo where kids can feed the animals, hold baby goats, and more. Don’t miss the spectacular North American Gray Wolves (www.fortrickey.com)