Things to do in UTICA with kids

It’s New York! No, we don’t mean New York City - there’s a whole state out there for kids! As much as New York City is incredible with the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, and definitely worth a visit, that’s only the beginning!

Did you know that Adirondacks State Park is BIGGER than Glacier, Everglades, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone COMBINED? Yep!  How can you go past the iconic Niagara Falls?   Did you think New York had some incredible caverns to explore? Just check out Howe Caverns, Garnet Mine or Secret Caverns - and that’s just the beginning!

There is even water adventures to be had with attractions like Tall Pine River Adventures and family fun adventure in nature with Bear Mountain.  If indoor adventure is what you’re looking for, New York has that too! Chelsea Piers, Funplex Funpark and the world’s tallest indoor ropes course with Palisades Climb Adventure!

Long Island has the white sands, Saratoga has incredible history….mountains, forests, water ways and adventure….all in New York State!

I heart New York indeed!

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  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

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    (14 miles) Rome

    A historical (and FREE!) family day out experience in New York at the Fort Stanwix National Monument that played a vital role in US history.

  • Erie Canal Village

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    (16 miles) Rome

    Recreated mid-1800s village focused on the Erie Canal, which offers packet boat and narrow gauge train rides. Among the buildings such as a church, one room school, tavern and other buildings are a ...

  • Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo

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    (18 miles) Rome

    More than just an observational zoo, this fun New York State discovery zoo is aimed at giving kids an engaging and interactive animal experience!

  • Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

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    (26 miles) Sylvan Beach

    On The Shores of Beautiful Oneida Lake Free Admission Every Day

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (32 miles) Cooperstown

    As they enter the Museum, kids under 12 can choose to participate in one of two Discovery Tours, which are self-guided educational scavenger hunts. The answers can be found throughout the Museum, and ...

  • All Things Oz Museum

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    (32 miles) Chittenango

    A fascinating and fun look at the life of L. Frank Baum, as well as fun artifacts from all things "The Wizard of Oz" related!

  • Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

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    (32 miles) Chittenango

    Learn all about the boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of learning to be had!

  • The Wild Animal Park

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    (32 miles) Chittenango

    Extensive and impressive zoo collections with great daily public programming, plus inflatable indoor play and petting zoo area.

  • Cooperstown All Star Village

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    (44 miles) Oneonta

    All things baseball at America's first and only kids' baseball training camp that was designed with the entire family in mind!

  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari

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    (44 miles) Old Forge

    Enjoy New York's Largest Water Theme Park with a day of fun for the entire family! From splash-tacular water rides, to classic amusement rides, storybook characters, to even a circus!

  • Fun Junction - Cicero

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    (45 miles) Cicero

    A fun laser tag and video arcade for active kids aged 8 and up.

  • Science Discovery Center of Oneonta

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    (46 miles) Oneonta

    We invite you to visit us and enjoy some unique science exploring....enlightening fun for all ages, children and adults...

  • Everson Museum of Art

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    (46 miles) Syracuse

    A journey into the world of art in this Syracuse art museum, with American sculptures, paintings, drawing and ceramics.

  • Museum of Science and Technology

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    (47 miles) Syracuse

    Comprises a series of stunning and enjoyable environments where scientific principles are learnt through imaginative, experimental and physical play. Plus flight and motion simulators, planetarium ...

  • Pole Position Raceway

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    (47 miles) Syracuse

    High standard indoor karting, for over 48". Arrive and Drive available.

  • Beaver Spring Lake Campground

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    (47 miles) Davenport

    A family friendly RV park in New York State farm country, with boat rentals, nature trails, fishing, and day camping!

  • WonderWorks

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    (47 miles) Syracuse

    40,000 feet of amusement park for the mind in Syracuse, with educational entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits that spark the imagination!

  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

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    (48 miles) Syracuse

    Once just 4 acres, this Syracuse zoo is now home to 700 animals across 43 acres! Great animal fun for the whole family in New York State!

  • Adirondack Animal Land

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    (49 miles) Gloversville

    Visit the LARGEST zoo in upstate New York, with over 500 animals across 80 acres! Amazing animal fun for the whole family.

  • Nikis Party Place

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    (50 miles) Clay

    Fun, safe and entertaining indoor inflatable playground for kids up to 11 years of age. With open bounce and birthday parties!

  • Secret Caverns

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    (50 miles) Howes Cave

    A fascinating journey into a prehistoric passageway that used to host American roadside travellers and explorers way back in 1928 and beyond! Tours available which finish at an 100ft waterfall!

  • Howe Caverns

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    (51 miles) Howes Cave

    Discover the wonder and mystery deep underground, with Howe Caverns - and amazing natural wonder in New York State. Tours, zip lines, ropes course, and lots of adventure!

  • The Fun Warehouse Laser Tag

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    (51 miles) Syracuse

    Combat fun with lasers at this great Laser Tag center for those active kids in Syracuse!

  • Tall Pines Campground

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    (53 miles) Bainbridge

    Beautiful riverfront camping in upstate New York farm country, with an old fashioned atmosphere and the perfect place for kids to enjoy nature!

  • Tall Pines River Adventures

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    (53 miles) Bainbridge

    Family fun adventures on the Unadilla & Susquehanna Rivers for you perfect outdoor adventure! Canoes, kayaks, nature, fun, even camping - what a great New York State family day out!

  • Kidzclub

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    (54 miles) Phoenix

    Designed for the under 8s, offering role and imaginative play with several equipped play buildings including post office, gas station and construction zone. Also features multiple small play ...

  • Surf City Family Fun Center

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    (55 miles) North Syracuse

    New York's own Surf City Family Fun Center has a ton of fun activities for kids to spend the day with, including Go Karts and batting cages, as well as a large indoor play center.

  • Thunder Island

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    (60 miles) Fulton

    The park's dry rides feature the most popular Go-Karts-three different types! Jungle Golf, upstate NY's largest 18 hole miniature putting course feature life-size jungle animals, a Water Park with ...

  • Adirondack Museum

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    (67 miles) Blue Mountain Lake

    Explore 121 acres and 40,000sq ft of exhibitions near the Blue Mountain, with indoor and outdoor learning and activities for kids!

  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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    (68 miles) Watertown

    32 acres of beautiful, threatened or endangered animals, as well as the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. A great day out for those animal loving families!

  • Old McDonalds Farm

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    (70 miles) Sackets Harbor

    Over 1,000 animals to enjoy at this New York farm, with hay rides, pony rides, mini golf and two inflatable playgrounds...just to name a few!

  • Delaware and Ulster Railroad

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    (73 miles) Arkville

    The Delaware and Ulster is an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides through New York's legendary Catskill Mountains.

  • Garnet Mine Tours

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    (74 miles) North River

    Kids can learn how to find their own Garnet gemstones, as well as learn all about the history and geology of the mine. Are you ready to hunt for treasures in New York State on your family day out!?

  • Zoom Flume Water Park

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    (74 miles) East Durham

    A fun and family friendly day out in a natural setting, with rivers, slides and thrills all in the one fun New York water park - including the worlds longest water park zip line!

  • Holiday Harbor Resort

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    (77 miles) Red Creek

    Cozy, lakefront camping on Lake Ontario, with RV sites, camping sites and a marina to enjoy the lake from!