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Chuck’s Café

American Cuisine, Photo Credit: Reece Jackson

A campus favorite Chuck’s Café is a bar located on 727 S Crouse Ave behind Marshall Street. Chuck’s Café is one of the 4 major dive bars on the Syracuse University campus. If you’re looking for a funky bar with a lot of character, Chucks is definitely a staple for the nightlife on the SU hill. Feel free to bring a sharpie and tag your name on the wall to leave your mark when you visit!


Chuck’s menu offers traditional American food as well as a large variety of appetizers. Among the crowd favorites are spinach artichoke dip, humus with pita bread and chili cheese fries.

Their Monday Special includes $2 burgers and on Sunday wings are 25 cents.

Happy Hour is Monday – Friday 11 am to 8 pm.


As overwhelming as it may seem, Chuck’s is known for its loud ambiance. However the large locale, with graffiti covered walls and tables accompanied with the music isn’t hard to get accustomed to. The rowdiness and student vibe makes it apparent as why Chuck’s is a favorite amongst the Syracuse student body. Though weeknights can often be slow the weekend crowd makes up for the it. Considering how inviting their happy hour is, students can be found at Chuck’s at almost any time of the day. Often times during the week, students go to Chucks to relax, eat and have a beer before continuing on with their daily schedule.

Apart from food and drinks, Chuck’s often plays 80’s and 90’s classic rock hits as well as popular modern popular song. The bar is equipped with several big screen TVs playing the most current sports events, Chuck’s also has two pool tables, dart board machines, and basketball shooting machines, therefore there is no excuse for costumers to ever get bored.

Chuck’s gets very busy Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, and game days so if you are looking to find a place to sit arriving early is recommended.

Chuck’s has a very strict 21 and over policy and always checks IDs. After 6 pm identification is required a the door. During the day underage patrons can order food but the bartenders will check IDs whenever an alcoholic beverage is ordered.

Cover Charge

Chuck’s starts charging $2 cover at 9:00 pm, and after 12:00 am it increases to $5. On Wednesdays nights there is no cover charge.


Happy Hour:

Monday- Friday: (11am to 8pm)

$3.50 Pitchers of Miller Light, Honey Brown, Yuegling, Keystone Light and Miller 64

Monday: (11am to 8pm)

$2 burgers

Thursday: After 8pm, $1.50 Bud Light Bottles

Friday: All day

$3.50 Pitchers of Miller Light, Honey Brown, Yuegling, Keystone Light and Miller 64

Contact Information

727 S. Crouse Ave Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone Number:
(315) 477-144

Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday 11:00am to last call (2:00 am)


Cultural Festivals

Part of Syracuse’s love for festivals comes from it’s appreciation for diversity and culture. Throughout the summer, many weekends are devoted to festivals that celebrate a culture with respect to both its heritage and its Syracuse roots. All of these festivals are free, non-profit organizations that are built and created by passionate locals and frequented by Syracuse natives from all walks of life. Offering live music, delicious authentic food, and plenty of activities for both adults and children, the variety of culturul festivals hosted in Syracuse is a great thing to check out on a beautiful summer day.


***Dates may change yearly. Please see websites provided for exact dates and times.


Middle Eastern Festival

Every year in July, St. Elias’s Antiochian Orthodox Church hosts its annual Middle Eastern festival. Outside you’ll find live music and performances by the dance groups. In the adjacent tent festival goers can order authentic Middle Eastern food. Make your way inside to find the Souk Marketplace where they sell gold and unique imported merchandise. A live cooking demo is done on Saturday with WCNY’s Julie Tabouli. The festival is held at 4988 Onondaga Road in Syracuse.

For more information: cultural-festival

Macedonian Festival

Every year in August, St. George’s Macedonian Orthodox Church hosts their annual cultural festival featuring authentic Macedonian food, desserts, beverages, music, and dancing. Festival goers can sit outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather while listening to a live band, “Merak,” and sampling native foods cooked fresh to order. Their dance troupe, “Kitka,” will entertain you with their lively takes on traditional numbers. Make your way inside to the banquet hall where you’ll find their huge dessert bar, serving not only authentic Macedonian treats, but popular American sweets, cookies, and cakes for all palletes! Take a tour of the church and discover their beautifully painted floor to ceiling al frescos! Children will be sure to be entertained with bounce houses and games! Seating is available indoors and outdoors to accommodate everyone! The festival is located at 5083 Onondaga Road in Syracuse.

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Irish Festival

The Guinness Syracuse Irish Festival is the perfect place to enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and heavy draft beers while listening to live bands playing both contemporary and traditional Celtic music. And being set up in Clinton Square, it’ll almost feel like the streets of Dublin itelf! Besides live music, you can also enjoy entertainment from folk dancers and bagpipe players, getting a true taste of the traditions of Irish culture and spirit. The festival runs for 2 days in the first week of September and is located in the downtown area of Syracuse, NY. [2]

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Greek Festival

Every summer, St. Sophia’s Greek Festival kicks off the Syracuse festival season with simmering hot gyros. Located in the parking lot of St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, this festival has grown bigger and bigger every year. It offers plenty of live entertainment including traditional Greek bands and dancers. In celebrating the culture of Greece and its traditions, the festival also has a Greek food marketplace and grocery store that sells dry goods, olives and cheeses. The festival runs for 4 days, and is held at St. Sophia’s in DeWitt, NY. Admission is free, with food and beverage costs varying. [3]

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Italian Festival

Italian Fest, also known as Festa Italiania, was made for anyone with a big appetite for pasta and gellatos. More than twenty restaurants-some of which come from Syracuse’s own Little Italy-participate in this celebration of Italy’s deep family heritage and cooking traditions. The festival runs for 3 days and is set up in front of City Hall on Washington St. in the downtown area of Syracuse, NY. [1]

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Juneteenth Festival

In recognition of June 19th, 1865, the day the last American slaves heard news of their freedom, Syracuse is host to an African-American cultural festival that celebrates pride in the black culture. Although the festival offers entertainment that speaks of black heritage, it also provides attendees with a lot of information regarding political issues surrounding the black community. The progressive environment of this festival lets people know they truly are apart of a community. The festival is held in Clinton Square in the downtown area of Syracuse, NY. [4]


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Salmon River Falls

The Salmon River Falls Unique Natural area is a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation protected space located approximately 1 hour north of Syracuse NY. At 100′ high and over 200′ wide, the falls are an impressive site that have drawn visitors to the region for over one hundred years. There are a few short multiuse hiking trails that lead hikers to the waters above the falls and to the deep pool at their base. Ideal for picnics, short hikes, and ice-climbing, Salmon River Falls is a great spot for an afternoon adventure in the Central New York region.


Wilkinson’s Flotilla on the Salmon River 1812. Credit: Benson Lossing (1869). Creative Commons license.

Before the arrival of European settlers, the Salmon River Falls area was occupied by members of the Five Nations of Iroquois Indians. Located approximately nineteen miles upstream from where the Salmon river enters Lake Ontario, the falls served as a natural barrier to salmon and trout migration upstream. As such, many Native American tribes like the Onondaga, Oneida, and Cayuga used the falls area as an area to catch and dry fish during the spawning runs of the late autumn.[1] In 1791 American Revolution veteran and successful merchant Alex Macomb purchased 3,670,715 acres of land in modern day Lewis, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Herkimer, and Oswego counties for about twelve cents per acre.[2] After completing the purchase, Macomb divided the land up into multiple sections for sale resulting in the establishment of numerous townships throughout Northern New York State. The towns surrounding the Salmon River Falls Unique Area – including Orwell, Richland, and Williamstown – sprung up as a result of this purchase and partition. Tourist visitation increased in the area throughout the early 1800s as passengers and traders traveling through the region between the Erie Canal and the St. Lawrence river looked for recreation opportunities.

Salmon River Falls, NY. Credit: GoogleMaps. Creative Commons license.

In the late 1800s and into the early 1900s hydroelectric power facilities sprung up on the banks of the Salmon River. It was during this time that the area around the falls was purchased by Niagara Mohawk corporation. In 1912 Niagara Mohawk Electric created the Salmon River Reservoir by damming the Salmon River just above the falls creating a sizable lake currently used for recreational activities like fishing and boating.[3] After a rise in public use – and related vandalism and personal injury – throughout the 1960s Mohawk Niagara closed the location to all tourist visitation. In 1993 the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation acquired the land from Niagara Mohawk Electric and began developing a Greenway system along the Salmon River and around the falls.[4]

Getting There

Getting There

The Salmon River Falls Unique Area is located on Falls Road in Oswego county near the town of Orwell. If you are approaching from the North via Watertown or the South via Syracuse take I-81 to exit 34. Continue east toward Howardville on NY Route 104 for approximately 3.3 miles. Turn left onto County Route 22 toward Altmar. Continue on County Route 22 for approximately 9 miles passing through the small village of Altmar. Turn right on Falls Rd. and continue approximately 2 miles to the Salmon River Falls Unique Area parking lot on the right.


Salmon River Falls is both a warm-weather and cold-weather multi-use recreation area. During the spring, summer, and fall months, the trails surrounding the gorge area make for wonderful hiking; furthermore, swimming an fishing in the Salmon River provide ample opportunity to cool off during the warmer periods of the year. During the winter months, Salmon River Falls freezes creating a scenic spot for snowshoeing and ice-climbing.

Warm-Weather Activities

Salmon River Falls. Photo Credit: dpape. Creative Commons license.

Salmon River Falls is a great place to warm-weather hike. There are also ample opportunities to fish in the areas surrounding the falls. Adventurous types might consider swimming in some of the deeper pools surrounding the designated falls scenic area.

Hiking: At present, there are three main trails in the Salmon River Falls Unique Natural Area. The Falls Trail is approximately 1,100 feet in length and follows the gorge edge as it guides people to two platforms which overlook the falls. This portion of the trail is graded and even allowing individuals with disabilities to access the falls overlooks with ease. Hikers on this trail will notice two informational kiosks that explain the geological development of the area and the native flora and fauna.

Fishing the Salmon River. Photo Credit: sailorbill. Creative Commons license.

The Gorge Trail leads from the Falls Trail to the bottom of the gorge below the falls. This trail is very steep and is recommended for the physically fit with proper hiking footwear. The trail drops in elevation more than 100 feet and features two rustic stone stairways that lead hikers down a 20 foot portion of the trail that traverses the steep gorge banks. Despite being only 600 feet in length, the average grade of the Gorge Trail is 30%, so be ready for a workout! At the bottom of the trail you’ll find the deep pool at the base of the waterfall that is great for swimming. Unfortunately, due to the steep grade on this trail, access for individuals with disabilities is not currently available.

The Upper Falls Trail extends from the falls overlook at the terminus of the Falls Trail approximately one mile alongside the river until it reaches Dam Road. The trail snakes along the bank of the Salmon River through dense hardwoods and occasionally into dry riverbeds. The Upper Falls Trail is part of the proposed Salmon River Greenway. This project hopes to extend trails from the Salmon River Falls Unique Area southwest toward the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir and beyond toward the village of Altmar and westward to Lake Ontario.

Fishing: Fishing is permitted in the Salmon River both upstream and downstream of the falls area. Due to water level fluctuations by the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, fishing this part of the Salmon River isn’t very consistent. Anglers would have better luck trying the area upstream in the Salmon River Reservoir or downstream toward Lake Ontario. For more information on fishing the Salmon River, check .

Flora and Fauna: Besides the stately hemlock trees and plentiful ferns, Salmon River Falls also boasts some rare plant species such as the bird’s-eye primrose and the yellow mountain saxifrage.[5]

Cold Weather Activities

Despite the relatively short length of the trails in the area, many people snowshoe here during the winter months. Ice climbing the falls is also a very popular pastime after the falls have frozen over in January and February.

Snowshoeing: Though the Falls Trail and the Upper Falls Trail are a combined 1.5 miles, snowshoeing both provides a great workout and a scenic winter walk. Extending from the parking lot along to the head of the falls and upstream approximately one mile, snowshoeing the Salmon River Falls Unique Area provides a great opportunity to get a look at the frozen falls and the towering Hemlock forest beyond. Remember, the trails aren’t loop trails, so once you reach the terminus of the Upper Falls Trail, you’ll need to turn around and walk back. Unfortunately, due to the amount of snow that falls in the area during the colder months, the steep and uneven Gorge Trail is closed from September to April.

Salmon River Falls in winter. Photo Credit: Chris Blanar. Creative Commons license.

Ice-Climbing: One of the most popular activities in winter months at Salmon River Falls is ice-climbing. Prohibited before the state acquisition of the property in 1993, ice-climbers now come from all over the Northeast and beyond to scale the 300’ wide and 120’ high gigantic mass of yellow ice. Despite the fact that the main waterfall and wall immediately surrounding it are off-limits, numerous stream and ground-water fed streams breach the steep gorge walls downstream of the main waterfall creating multiple runs for climbing. Avid ice-climber Jim Lawyer has created a comprehensive guide to ice-climbing in the Salmon River Falls Unique Area. You can find that guide .




Salmon River Falls Information from

Official NY State Department of Conservation Salomon River Falls Webpage

Salmon River Falls Trails Map(PDF)

Salmon River Falls Regional Map(PDF)

Часовня Хендрикса – центральная часть квартала Сиракузского университета. Фото: GrObIgOu!. Лицензия Creative Commons.

Onondaga Lake Park

Onondaga Lake Park is the lake’s five-mile shoreline that flows down to the eastern shore. Onondaga, which is known for its beautiful walking trails and family friendly environment, is a great place to bring children and pets. There are several amenities in which kids and adults alike will enjoy doing. A few great family fun-filled activities include kickball, archery, walking trails, skating, and Lights on the Lake.


Onondaga Lake Park constituted in as early as the 1400’s has taken on numerous transformations, regarding it’s sanitation and public use. Now seen as a popular spot, for many Onodongans and University students alike, to utilize as an on land only recreation park, it once was a great place to fish and swim. Now the park relies on the view of the city to draw pedestrians and families to the scenic trails and playgrounds. The most recent water usage seen by the lake is that entailing research, done to test the water pollution, by the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Research is done on the lake quite frequently to keep track of its progress.
The name Onondaga, like numerous areas in the central New York area, stems a Native American tribe. More Specifically the name directly arose in reference to the Onondaga tribe from the Iroquois Confederacy. The tribe had a strong connection to the lake, claiming they were attacked along its lakeshore.

Lake history abbreviated timeline:
Onondaga Lake was oligo-mesotrophic (low levels of aquatic plant growth). However, the lake was fairly well known for producing an impressive amount of Atlantic salmon as well as what was called at the time “Onondaga Lake White Fish”.

1654- Following the Onondaga’s discovery of the lake, French explorers made their mark on the territory. During this time frame up until the 1700’s Syracuse became known as the “Salt City”. It was given this name due to the high production of salt from the nearby salt springs. The high demand made Syracuse a popular settlement and business flourished in the Emerald City.

1822- Industrial expansion throughout the city surrounded the waterway. Seneca River which is now more well known as the Erie Canal were helped connect the lake. The Erie Canal runs all the way from Syracuse to New Jersey and is approximately 363 miles long. Due to the accessibility and apparent usefulness of the Lake and canal. Engineers saw it as a gold mine.

In the mid-20th century the Lake had taken a beating from all the industrial use. By 1940 the Lake was forced to ban swimming and other public use of the lake. The city took on a role to help salvage the lake. In order to do so the city constructed a wastewater restrictions treatment facility. Unfortunately at the time there were no restrictions. Therefore in 1943, due to the lack of waste restrictions, roads close to the lake, homes and a fraction of the State Fairgrounds flooded with extreme amounts of toxic Solvay waste.

The lake in its current condition has yet to make a full comeback. However, with the Clean Water Act intact, improvements are not far out of reach. Currently the production plan of lake restoration is to have Onondaga pollutant and sewage free by 2012. In order to do this $500 million dollars are being invested.

The lake now is reconstructed in order to preserve what is left of the watershed.[1]


Onondaga Lake Park is known as one of the cities most scenic and family friendly parks. Its extended history dating back to the 1400’s with a Native American heritage and a french settlement dispute to its pollution and struggle to repair to build the lake again says it all. The lake has been through a tremendous transformation and with the help of the city of Syracuse and encouraging community the park and Lake will once again see a clean water seal of approval.

Beyond its struggle to reconstruct the lake, the park has done a great job offering a number of fun activities for families. A few include but are not limited the Salt Museum which tells of the 1700’s salt production the lake provided to name one. Another exhibit offered is the Sainte Marie which is an Interpretive Center that holds demonstrations in carpentry, blacksmithing, cooking. Group tours are offered frequently but only by appointment.

Sainte Marie among the Iroquois activity information:
Capacity: 180 inside/350 in area Cost: $110-$330 Reservations: (315) 453-6768
Hours Opening May 8, 2010 – Weekends Only

$3 adults $2.50 seniors (62+) $2 children (6-17) 5 & under free $10 family rate $50 per motorcoach
The butterfly garden is another great asset to the Park. Kids are free to come play in the skate park, go to the baseball fields as well as other ball courts. The lake is a great place to gather with friends for picnics, parties, reunions, or other various meetings. Available for public use, open upon early reservations are seven shelters throughout the park fully equipped for catering well to larger get-togethers.


The Griffin Visitor Center / Park Office
This is known as the information facility and is where any questions, park maps, or park activity will carry its most up to date information. The office additionally has historical information explaining the 1928 foresight of community leader Joseph A. Griffin, whom the center is named after. Because of his forthright approach, he created one of the nation’s top ten heritage parks.
The East Shore Recreational Trail
2.5 mile long trail is reserved for skaters and cyclists
The Shoreline Walking Trail
Includes a walking/running path that surrounds the shoreline, restrooms and benches are available throughout the trail.
The Skate Park
The 16,900-square-foot park is fully concrete and compatible with inline skates, skateboards and BMX bikes. Features include:
• 8-foot deep Liberty Bowl
• 7-Stair Gap
• 4.5-foot high Ledge
• 3.5-foot high volcano
• There are also several quarter pipes, grind rails, spines, hips and gaps to challenge every skater and biker.
• Per Session: $3 ‘’Good for remaining calendar year’’
• Monthly Pass: $29 ‘’Good for 30 days from when they were purchased’’
• Season Pass: $99 ‘’Good for holiday gifts! Call 453-6712 or email’’
Visit  for the 2010 schedule.

The park is open seven days a week – weather permitting – and will be closed if the surface is wet or the temperature is below 40 degrees. It is suggested to call ahead if the weather is questionable.

Season and monthly passes are available for purchase year-round as well.
Youth Sessions
The park is newly offering youth skate sessions for children ages five to ten. These classes take place every Saturday morning, 8am – 10am, beginning June 19th and concluding at the end of the summer on August 4th. Each session cost $3, and all are required to wear proper padding with a waiver on file.

Located near the Visitor Center, the park has an array of smooth pipes, rails, hips and gaps is a great place to hone or challenge one’s BMX, inline or skateboard abilities.
Willow Bay

The picnicking section of the park. Includes a large pavilion with tables and grills, and an archery field with public targets. Guests should bring their own equipment, and attend the facility off of Long Branch Road, before the bridge.

The area was named for the willow bush that made Liverpool nationally known for its basketry, beginning in 1852.

From this area, guests can also access the Wegmans Tram or start their walk, run, bike ride or other activity at the East Shore Recreation Trail or the Shoreline Walking Trail.Numerous events have been held along these paths, including:
• Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk
• Willow Bay 5k
• Ciliac Walk
• Allen Fannin Fishing Derby
The Butterfly Garden of Hope
Garden and gazebo placed in the park as a way to pay tribute to all those who have passed away. It is also a prime location for wedding ceremonies.
Long Branch Park
The northern section of the park that is isolated by the Thruway. Park trails pass through here and there is a hand boat launch, but the pavilions and picnic facilities here are generally reserved for parties and other events. There’s also a ball park here and a decent hill for winter sledding. Long Branch Park used to be a large amusement park in the early 1900s. Its carousel is now housed on the other side of the lake in the Carousel Center mall.

Long Branch is comprised of three reserved shelters/areas: Riverview, Glen, and Knoll. The 100-foot sledding hill is also a popular one during the winter. Major annual events hosted at this region of the park include the Great American Antiquefest, Scottish Games, and more. For more information please call the number listed under the skatepark.
Boat Launch & Marina

Located at Long Branch Park (aforementioned), the lake’s only paved public boat launch comes plentiful with dock space, sectioned into the A-Wall, B-Wall and C-Wall. Guests may dock their own, while rentals are also made available for up to a day of sailing.

Boat Launch Rates
Daily Boats: $6.50
Seasonal Boats: $77.00
Seniors 62+: $4.00 (weekdays only)
Marina Rates
Overnight/Day Use: $29/night + $7.25 for power & water
Power & Water: $38.50/foot, $1100 minimum
B&C Walls (no power & water): $33/foot, $650 minimum
Pump Out: $5/occurrence

Rental Rates
Memorial Day weekend – Columbus Day 11am – 6pm daily at the Marina
Row Boats: $20/full day, $5/hour
Row Boats – Seniors: $14/full day, $3/hour
Kayaks: $8/hour ($6 for seniors)
$10 deposit is required ($6 for seniors). Must be 18 years or older to rent. For information on reservations, contact the Marina office at (315) 453-6721. For a detailed description of the Marina and a brochure, visit .
Sainte Marie among the Iroquois

The first European settlement in this area, it stood at this very location from 1656 to 1658. Tours and demonstrations run regularly.

Wegmans Good Dog Park
One of the few dog-dedicated playgrounds in central New York. This spot allows you to take your best friend off their leash and let them play with others or with the small obstacles and watering stations. The Park just asks that your dog plays well with others.

The 40,000-square-foot park is fully fenced in, and features an exercise tent with tunnels, jumps and bridges, and – naturally – tons of red fire hydrants. Good Dog provides ample seating, drinking water and clean-up stations for owners.

Rules and Regulations
• Dogs must have valid licenses and up-to-date rabies shots.
• Collars must be on at all times and contain a valid ID number.
• Dogs must be at least four months old.
• No food (including dog treats) is permitted within the grounds.
• Children under ten years of age are encouraged to stay out, due to their susceptibility to bites and other canine-induced injuries.
Please see  for a complete list of rules.
Other Accommodations
• The Wegmans Playground
•The Salt Museum


Onondaga Park is located at:
106 Lake Drive
Livepool, NY 13088
(315) 451-7275
The park can be located even by way of taking the New York thruway, which will bring you out by the northern end of the lake, just by taking either exit 38 or 39. Additionally taking I690 is another option due to the fact that it runs down the west side of the lake. Route 370,may be the most difficult to reach the Onondaga County Parkway, because of its location in respect to the lakes entrance is yet another option.


  1.  “The Central Park of Central New York”. Onondaga Lake Park. Onondaga County Parks. Web 19 April 2010..

Jamesville Beach

Jamesville Beach Park in Jamesville, New York offers a variety of activities for all to enjoy. Located off of Apulia Road in Jamesville, NY 13078 just minutes away from Fayetteville.


Jamesville, New York the town 6 miles east of Syracuse, often more commonly referred to as Jamesville Dewitt was founded on April 12, 1835 following the Revolutionary War. The name Dewitt was derived from the town of Manlius, which is now also more well known as Fayetteville Manlius.

Jamesville the Park was established in the 19th century as well. Jamesville Beach Park in its early development was the site of early quarries. At the early stages of development Jamesville settlers used the reservoir and Butternut Creek, to build their community. Jamesville was a resourceful city with its useful production of coal, dolomite and limestone discoveries. Since it’s early use the Park now offers a place for the town and visitors to come and enjoy the park and beach. Annual events are held throughout the year and the park is open to all.

Contact Information

Phone: (315)435-5252.
Hours of Operation: Park: 9am-8pm, May-October. Beach: 11am-7pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Admission: $4.50 per vehicle during beach hours.

The Beach

Jamesville Beach and Butternut Creek are open throughout the summer season for all to enjoy and soak up the beautiful Syracuse rays. The beach prides itself on having some of the states most well trained lifeguards that undergo vigorous training. Not only is the beach fully equipped with the best safety features around, but it as well is extremely spacious with more than 140 yards of sand for patrons to enjoy. Additionally, there are designated areas specific for those who are better-qualified swimmers that extends into a dock that if the lifeguard permits, can be used to jump off of.

For younger children or those who prefer the shallow waters there is an area in close proximity to two lifeguard stands that features a 0’ depth to 4’ depth shallow zone. Placed next to the beach is a regulated volleyball court open to all. Sports equipment is located in the lifeguard shack and is available upon request. To keep the kids entertained there as well is a playground is the same vicinity as the beach and volleyball court. Parents are asked to keep an eye on their children. [1]
Beachside Boat Rentals are available during beach season.
Row Boats $20 / full day; $5 / hour; $3 / half hour
Row Boats – Seniors $14 / full day; $3 / hour; $2 / half hour
Canoes $20 / full day; $5 / hour; $3 / half hour
Canoes – Seniors $14 / full day; $3 / hour; $2 / half hour
Kayaks $8 / hour; $5 / half hour
Kayaks – Seniors $6 / hour; $4 / half hour
Paddle Boats $8 / hour; $5 / half hour
Paddle Boats – Seniors $6 / hour; $4 / half hour
All rentals require a $10 deposit (Seniors $6).

Renters must be at least 18 years old.
Pets are not allowed on the beach during swim season, although according to the beach rules and regulations list, they must be on leashes that do not exceed six feet in length.


Disc Golf
One of the amazing features Jamesville Beach has to offer besides the scenic trails and wonderful beach is the Disc Golf. Set up throughout the park it offers a challenging course for those who are experienced as well as beginners to get a handle on the sport. The course remains open all year. The cost on weekends is $5.00 and $4.00 on weekdays per car.
What it is
Disc Golf is a game in which individual players through a frisbee, or a related gliding disc, into a basket or target. The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) states that “the object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of disc.” This scoring concept accredits the ‘golf’ part of the activity.

The game is quite inexpensive and easy to play, and therefore attracts participants of all ages. George Sappenfield, a major player at the game’s birth in the 1960s, coined the term ‘disc golf’ when he formed the first formal target with a basket and metal chains, and more than 20 countries world-wide now play it with at least very similar equipment and rules.

Course Information
Year established: 2003
Terrain: Flat / lightly wooded
Holes: 18
Total Distance: 5,955 feet
Par: 55
Tee Type: Concrete
Hole Type: Mach 2
See what other players thought at .

Two standard sized horseshoe pits are available for public use, near the Point Tent Reserved Area. Horseshoes are available for rent at the ticket booth through a refundable deposit

Balloon Festival At Jamesville

The Balloon Festival At Jamesville is an annual event that is held at Jamesville Beach Park. In recent years it has gained esteem for its family oriented activities. The event lasts for three days, beginning on a Friday and lasting until Sunday late afternoon. Event goers can expect there to be tons of activities to do, besides the obvious balloon ride the park offers live music entertainment. The Balloon Festival offers rides and face painting for the kids as well. Other sponsors of the event come and celebrate with the community to help provide a fun-filled weekend of events for people of all ages.
For more information feel free to call (315) 435-5252.


Jamesville Beach is located at:
4110 West Shore Manor
Jamesville, NY 13078-9607
(315) 435-5252


  1.  “Jamesville Beach Park.” Jamesville Beach Park. Onondaga County Parks. Web. 19 Apr. 2010. <>.

Green Lakes State Park

Green Lakes is one of the beloved recreationalist attractions in central New York. Consisting of two large lakes and a canal many miles long, the park is home to a variety of sights and activities. The park welcomes walkers, runners, hikers, campers and golfers to its large inhabitants. It also hosts regular fund-raisers as well as its famous annual triathlon.


Credit: auburnxc. Creative Commons license.

The famous teal glow that emanates from Green Lakes.

Green Lakes State Park is located in Fayetteville, Manlius, New York. Green Lake State Park was the first lake in North America identified as meromictic, and are the best studied meromictic lakes in the world with records dating back to the 18th century. This means that due to their incredible depths, surface waters don’t mix with the rest of the lake and allow scientists to more easily study its unique magnesium, calcium and sulfur composition. This lack of blending within the water creates thick layers of sediments near the sea floor, much like the rings on a tree, and allows scientists to come to more accurate conclusions about past aquatic inhabitants, as well as central New York’s climate over the past several thousand years.[1]

The presence of sulfide in the deeper waters of the lakes was noted in 1849. This compound reflects off of sunlight during the day and produces a beautiful teal-green color on the water’s surface, helping to officially establish the park’s name.

One of the characteristics of the lake that makes it so unique in comparison to other Lakes is the tremendous depth of the Lake relative to its surface area. The reason for this can be answered by the idea that the Lake is believed to have formed as a plunge pool during the late Wisconsin stage of glaciation at the base of a waterfall formed by the retreating glaciers. The outflow for Green Lakes runs underneath the Erie Canal, which is located less than a quarter of a mile north shore of the lake.

The gorge itself was formed around the conclusion of the most recent ice age – around 15 millennia ago – by the melting of a large river.

The park’s first and second lakes – as guests encounter them – are named Green Lake and Round Lake, respectively. Also known as ‘Crater Lakes’ from past attention, both are connected by a small stream, and have, for centuries, sparked major scientific interest.




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Round Lake’s vast width isn’t without a steep treeline that comprises the 300-foot valley.

Round Lake, the smaller and lateral (“upper”) lake, was also named ‘Lake Sodom’ in the early 19th century by Lardner Vanuxem (a geologist who first studied the lakes in 1839), and has recently become a Registered Natural Landmark of the U.S. National Park Service because of some unique geological traits:

• Shape: Almost completely circular
• Material: Gypseous Rock / Niagara Limestone
• Depth: 156 feet
• Diameter: 1/4 mile
This lake is 44 feet above the surface of Onondaga Lake, and is another 150 feet below the top of the cliffs. Thus, in addition to its perfect shape, the valley makes for an excavation of over 300 feet deep.

Round Lake has been assigned several different theories as to its birth. Some suggest a volcanic origin (hence the park’s alias), but the lake’s circular form and surrounding banks are the model’s only support; no magmatic remnants or other signs of upheaval have ever been reported.


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Green Lake has an equally tall treeline, but the complex curves of its shoreline are lined with a trail that runs along its perimeter, to the various checkpoints listed to the left. Take a close look at the shore in the foreground, and you can begin to make out the leveled pathway.

Green Lake’s geological origin isn’t as certain, but like Round Lake, its peculiar forms of the water-filled basins supposes that the earth that once filled the lakes has either slowly dissolved or been carried away by a saturated network of veins throughout the gypseous rock crater. The body is generally similar to its upper companion:
• Shape: Rounded with a narrow northbound tail
• Material: Gypseous Rock / Niagara Limestone
• Depth: 165 feet
• Diameter (excluding tail): 1/3 mile
• Length of tail: Just under 1/2 mile
It is said that Green Lake was once known locally as ‘The Devil’s Punchbowl,’ though its modern identity was frequently used as well. Individual points of interest around the lake have been nicknamed:
• Stygian Pool
• Wolf Point
• Brazilian Point
• Water’s Nymph’s Grotto
• Undine’s Bath


Both lakes were once believed to be bottomless, but it’s not just simple logic that rebuts this claim. The Niagara limestone that shields the seas’ grass green floors is not easily dissolved, and serves as a thick bed through which water does not saturate, allowing the lakes to stay full. The underwater world of Green Lakes gives viewers an inside look of the aquatic phenomenon:

• 1792 – The “Military Tract” was surveyed and divided into lots to compensate soldiers of the Revolutionary War.
• 1817 – Lands surrounding Round and Green Lakes were settled by David Collin III and later divided among his six children.
• 1800s – Small passenger steamboats would bring people from Syracuse and Fayetteville to Green Lakes Landing via the Fayetteville Feeder Canal and the Erie Canal. Facilities for picnicking, boating and dancing were made available on Green Lake through private initiatives.
• Late 1800s – The area is known to naturalists and hikers as one of the most outstanding features of the United States.
• 1928 – The State of NY purchases 500 acres surrounding and including Round and Green Lakes.
• 1930s – The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had a camp in the park and built the cabins that are used today.
• 1942 – During World War II the park was the site of a German prisoner of war camp.
• 1975 – The State of NY acquires an additional 188 acres at the southern boundary to preserve the drainage basin of Round Lake.
• 2009 – The State’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announces the beginning of a process to implement a new Master Plan and a new Environmental Impact Statement for Green Lakes State Park.
• Present – The Park has since increased to nearly 2,000 acres, and is home to numerous clubs and events at various times throughout the year.


Green Lakes State Park is located at:
7900 Green Lakes Road
Fayetteville, NY 13066
(315) 637-6111


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Greek Peak Mountain Resort

Open all year-round, Greek Peak Mountain Resort is the perfect place to bring friends and family and indulge in fun activities from skiing to sporting events.

Contact Information:
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
2000 NYS Rt. 392
Cortland, NY 13045


Cascades Indoor Waterpark: In a perfect 84 degree environment, Cascades Waterpark is filled with waterslides, pools, and much more!  It’s most noted attractions are the Whitewater Wave Pool, The Rapids (has two interior slides and two slides that reach outside the building,) Big Bear Falls (an interactive structure with no age limit,) Little Bear Falls, The Cove, and Northwoods Pool and Hot Springs are just a few places to relax and play.

For the Public
Monday-Thursday – 12pm-7pm
Friday-Saturday – 12pm-10pm
Sunday – 12pm-9pm
For Lodge Guests
Monday-Thursday – 10am-7pm
Friday-Saturday – 10am-10pm
Sunday – 10am-9pm

Waterpark Rates:
$32/guest under 42”
$35/guest over 42”
$32/guest for adults over 65
*children under 1 year are free

Outdoor Adventure Center: Ready for some adventure?  With exciting tasks and challenges, the Outdoor Adventure Center is a memorable experience for all ages.

Monday and Wednesday – Closed
Tuesday and Thursday – 4pm-7pm
Friday – 4pm-10pm
Saturday – 10am-10pm
Sunday – 10am-7pm

Mountain Coaster
$10/ride, $49/day
For Groups (20+) – $7/ride, $39/day
Zip-Line Tour
$42 for 2 hours (reservation needed)
For Groups – $32 (reservation needed)
Adventure Ticket
$64 (includes zip lining and unlimited coaster rides)
For Groups – $50 (reservation needed)
Snow Tubing
$25/5 hours, $20/3 hours
For Groups – $20/3 hours (reservation needed)
Euro Bungee
For Groups – $7/time
Aerial Challenge Course
$35/2 hours (reservation needed)
For Groups – $27/2 hours (reservation needed)
6 and under playground pass

Waterfalls Spa: Come relax and rediscover peace at the Waterfalls Spa.  This full-service salon and spa offers a plethora of different services and prides on making a visitor’s experience original and tranquil.

Services: hydrotherapy, massage, aromatic body ritual, declèor facial rituals, specialty services, salon, waxing


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Song Mountain Resort

Located in Tully, NY, Song Mountain provides a great way to make use of the heavy snowfall in upstate New York to your advantage.

Contact Information:
(P): (315) 696-5711
(F): (315) 696-5718

Skiing and Snowboarding

Along with a race team and racing league, Song Mountain is open to anyone from beginners to experts.

Lift Tickets:
4 hours – $45 (adult)
8 hours – $48 (adult,) $40 (juniors ages 6-12,) $40 (seniors ages 65+,) $15 (kids under 6)
Night (starting at 4pm) – $27 (adult,) $27 (juniors ages 6-12,) $27 (seniors 65+,) $10 (kids under 6)
$30 for 7 days a week
$15 for 5 nights a week
*one-day-a-week passes are good anytime mountain is open

Rates and Lessons:
Group Lessons: Monday (11am and 2pm,) Tuesday-Friday (11am, 2pm, 5pm and 6pm,) Saturday-Sunday and Holidays (10:15am and 1:15pm)
Ages 7 and up:
One hour group lesson – $25
One hour private lesson – $45
One hour semi-private lesson – $65 for the first 2 people and $20 for each additional person
Beginner’s Special (one beginner area 8 hour lift pass, one day rental, and one hour group lesson): $35 (skiing,) $45 (snowboarding)
Ages 3-12, Weekends and Holidays with Lesson:
Two hour lesson and break in between – $30
Ages 3-12, Weekends and Holidays with Lift and Lesson:
All area 8 hour lift ticket and 2 hour lesson with break in between: $47
Ages 3-12, Weekends and Holidays with Lift, Lesson and Rental:
All area 8 hour lift ticket, rental package and 2 hour lesson with break in between: $57

Ski Package (ski, boots, poles) – $22
Junior Ski Package (ages 6-12) – $16
Tot Ski Package (under 6) – $10
Skis Only – $16
Boots Only – $14
Snowboard Package (snowboard and boots) – $29
Junior Snowboard Package (ages 6-12) – $25
Tot Snowboard Package (under 6) – $15
Snowboard Only – $21
Boots Only – $14
Helmet Only – $10
Helmet with Ski/Snowboard Package – $5

Song Mountain Trail Map

Song Mountain Trail Map

Thunderbird Club

Thunderbird Club applications can be filled out to become a member.

Song Mountain’s Thunderbird Club hosts all of its activities including parties, events, family/friend gatherings, and other activities that members can relish themselves when the weather gets too cold for enjoyment.  Members also receive a discount on tuning skis at Song’s Alpine Edge in the main lodge.  Each member also gets the opportunity to race at Song Mountain for an entire season.

For any visitors at the club, a payment of $10 for every adult and $5 for children is asked, and these guests may only return once a month.

Ski Patrol

Ski Patrol

Song Mountain’s Ski Patrol is a volunteering organization in which the National Ski Patrol of the Eastern Division governs members. These volunteers can be found in red coats and white crosses. Their mission is to help protect and provide a safe, fun, and proper ski community at Song Mountain.

Equipped with a radio for quick communication, members of the Ski Patrol are always ready to assist immediately with any questions or concerns that visitors may have.


1 Song Mountain Road PO Box 1001
Tully, NY

Toggenburg Mountain

Toggenburg Mountain is located 30 minutes away from the Syracuse city area and provides all different kinds of winter sports and activities.

A family-owned and operated business, Toggenburg has not only established itsel through its 21 trails, five ski-lefts, and two terrain parks, but by its exclusive Foggy Goggle Resturant and Sports Bar.

Contact Information:
(315) 683-5842
(800) 720-TOGG
Snow School Desk           x16
Ticket Office              x17
Food and Beverage          x18
Ski Patrol                 x19
Ski Tuning & Repair    x20
Foggy Goggle               x21
Child Care                 x23
Rental Shop                x24
Chilly Choices Shop        x25

Skiing and Snowboarding

There is plenty to do on the mountain!  The slopes are not only open for skiing, but snowboarding too.
Most difficult (black): Oh My Goat, Kneeknocker, Nubian Glade, Nubian, On My Way,
Ole’ T Alley, Thornapple Threat
Intermediate (blue) : Ginny’s Way, Angora Alley, Karakul Kurl, Gotcher Goat, Ram’s Ridge
Easiest (orange): Main, Doc’s Run, Rockability Run, Capricorn Caper, Billy’s Butt, Trip-to-Dub
Terrain Park (white): In-Saanen, The Goat’s Pen

Lift Ticket Rates:
One day – $45/adult, $35/juniors
Two Day – $80/adult, $60/juniors
Three Day – $115/adult, $90/juniors
6 Hours – $40/adult, $30/juniors
3 Hours – $35/adults, $25/juniors
Age 7 and under – $15
Nights (4:30pm-10pm) – $25/adult, $20/juniors
Ladies’ Night (Saturday 4pm-10pm) – $15/adult, $10/junior
*juniors are 12 & under
**seniors 70+ ski for free
***college students ski for $15 with college ID

Beginner Special (8 years and older) – $35; includes group lesson*, rentals, and learning center lift ticket
All Area Special – $65; includes group lesson*, rentals, and all area lift ticket
Bill Goats and Mountain Goats (ages 4-7) – $35 (group lesson**, rental, and all area lift ticket,) $30 (group lesson**, NO rental, and all area lift ticket,) $25 (group lesson** with season pass, NO rental)
Ridge Runners (ages 8-12) – $50 (group lesson**, rentals, and all area lift ticket,) $45 (group lesson**, NO rentals, and all area lift ticket
Lift-Lesson-Lunch in Foggy Goggle – $30, Tuesday and Thursday (lift ticket, lunch, and one hour lesson that must be purchased before noon)
List-Lesson-Lunch in Cafeteria – $25, Tuesday and Thursday (lift ticket, lunch, and one hour lesson that must be purchased before noon)
Senior Days Lunch in Cafeteria (ages 60-69) – $15, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (lift ticket, lunch, lesson that must be purchased before noon)
Senior Days Lunch in Foggy Goggle (ages 60-69) – $20, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (lift ticket, lunch, lesson that must be purchased before noon)
*lessons at 11am, 2pm and 7pm
**lessons on weekdays at 1pm and weekends at 10-12pm and 1-3pm

Ski Deal (skis, poles, boots, helmet) and Snowboard Deal (board, boots, helmet) – 12 and older ($30/all day, $25/night,) 8-12 years ($25/all day, $20/night,) 7 and under ($20/all day, $15/night)
Skis Only – $25/all day, $25/night
Snowboard Only – $25/all day, $25/night
Boots Only – $15/all day, $15/night
Helmet Only – $10/all day, $10/night
Snow Runners – $15/all day, $15/night
Skiboards and Boots – $25/all day, $20/night
Locker Rental – $125 for standard upright, $150 for large upright
*lockers are given on a first come, first serve basis and are limited for seasonal rental

Ski Shop

For good prices and discounts, go to Toggenburg’s very own Ski Shop!

Items that are readily available: warm-up pants, sweatpants, helmets, gloves, goggles, poles, hats, caps, bandanas, souvenir pins, hand warmers, socks, sweatshirts, jacket vest


The Foggy Goggle (315) 683-5842 x18: Come to the Loft Resturant at Vesper Hills to enjoy a casual dining setting that serves lunch and dinner!  The Foggy Goggle has a panoramic view of Otisco Lake and is open year-round for guests to dine in.
Toggenburg Cafeteria: The Toggenburg Cafeteria is a hotspot for skiers and snowboarders to grub after spending the day outside.  Open—during ski season—from 9am to 9pm, the cafeteria serves pizza, hamburgers, fries, cookies, sandwiches, fruit, and other American-style foods.
It’s a Grind: Open Monday-Sunday, this café serves organic coffees and espressos to Toggenburg visitors.  With 15 different flavors to choose from, It’s a Grind will have you coming in and out to warm up with some hot drinks.
*also serve smoothies and baked goods

Child Care

Toggenburg offers childcare services to those whose children are too young to participate in the winter activities.  Throughout the ski season, services are available to children over 18-months at $4/hour per child.
*if you would like more information, contact the office during business hours


Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center
PO Box 162
1134 Toggenburg Road
Fabius, NY 13063


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Sylvan-Verona Beach

Sylvan-Verona Beach

Sylvan-Verona Beach Resort Area is located on the Eastern side of Oneida Lake.  Get a taste for what this park has to offer from its sandy beaches to its amusement park!  Sylvan-Verona Beach accommodates all ages, so everyone can find something to do.


A village in Oneida County, Sylvan Beach is snuggled away in upstate New York’s vast lands of greenery.  Founded in about 1840, the small town makes the use of trains and ferries as public transportation.  Adjacent to the Erie Canal and located on the east shore of Oneida Lake, the beach was originally used as a shipping port.  That has since changed from 1820 onwards, and the beach is used more for recreational purposes.

Historical Places: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, Sylvan Beach Union Chapel was originally opened on July 3, 1887.  It is an interdenominational church.  Many worship services have been held there since its opening.
*fun fact: the film “The Sterile Cuckoo” features the Sylvan Beach Union Chapel

Contact Information:
Sylvan-Verona Beach
Resort Association
PO Box 515
Sylvan Beach, NY 13157


The beach resort offers many activities like golfing, arcading, a zoo, an amusement park, and the lighthouse.

Blue Lagoon Adventure Golf (315) 762-4079: Bring your family and friends and join in on a little game of golf!  Parties and other events can be arranged by phone call.
Carello’s Carousel Arcade (315) 762-4361: The arcade features many games including “Zoltar,” and “Wizard of Oz!”  Arcade also has photo booths, skee-ball, the latest games and great prizes.
Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo (315) 336-1930: This zoo is very children oriented and has many exotic animals.  The zoo features a waterplay and petting area, pony rides, and animal shows.
Sylvan Beach Amusement Park (315) 762-5212: With 24 rides—rollar coaster and all—the Sylvan Beach Amusement Park has many places to eat, shop, and be entertained.
*open May-September with free admission
Verona Beach Lighthouse: Recently restored, this historical lighthouse was originally constructed in 1915, and overlooks Oneida Lake.
*located 4th Avenue off Forest Avenue in Verona Beach

Where to Eat:
Beach Hut (fast food): (315) 762-5212
Canalview Café (seafood, pasta, and steaks):  (315) 762-5623
Captain John’s Restaurant (seafood, pasta): (315) 762-9949
Cinderella’s Café (seafood buffet): (315) 762-4280
Crazy Clam Steak and Seafood House (seafood, steak): (315) 762-2526
Eddie’s Restaurant (family-style dining): (315) 762-4269
Flashback Café (classic burgers and milkshakes): (315) 813-5019
Gary’s Restaurant (family-style dining): (315) 762-5516
Harpoon Eddie’s: (315) 762-5238
Joe’s New York Pizzeria (pizza, wings, subs and calzones): (315) 762-4848
Pizza King (char-grilled wings): (315) 762-4444
Schneible’s Restaurant and Bar (seafood, steak, pasta, chicken, private parties): (315) 762-4357
Sea Shell Inn (seafood, steak, ribs, and sandwiches): (315) 762-4606
The Spaghetti Factory (Italian and American): (315) 762-9948
Yesterday’s Royal (prime rib, seafood, and pasta): (315) 762-4677

Lazy K-RV Ranch (315) 675-8100: Equipped with a swimming pool, recreational room, games, paddle kart, boat, kayak and trailer rentals.  Rates depend on the season.
Lone Pine Campground and Marina (315) 762-5544: Located in the village of Sylvan Beach, the campground is an easy walk to anything from the beach to the amusement park.
Paradise Cove (315) 762-0210: Though this park is not a campground, it overlooks the water and is a private getaway!
Ta-Ga-Soke Campgrounds (315) 245-1744: The campgrounds include waterfront campsites and cabin rentals.
The Landing Campground (315) 245-9951: Located on Fish Creek, this camping site includes a Laundromat, restrooms, children’s playgrounds, and boat and canoe services.
Treasure Isle RV Park (315) 245-5228: Newly created and on Fish Creek, Treasure Isle RV Park has over a mile of waterfront views and has 66 sites.

A&A Treasures (315) 761-4005: A&A Treasures has 40 various shops that visotors can by anything from antiques to jewelry.
Uncle Joe’s Trading Post (315) 813-5002: Filled with unusual and original pieces, antiques, and collectables.

Sylvan-Verona Beach has many other amenities to make their guests feel at home.  The town has many places that are pet-friendly and children-friendly.


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