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Summer Zoo Camps: A Unique Learning Experience at the Utica Zoo

The Utica Zoo is offering unique learning experiences for kids with a variety of summer zoo camps.

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Can You Really Buy Cotton Candy Flavored Grapes In Upstate New York?

Who doesn't love cotton candy, and grapes? Imagine if you could put the two together. Well, in Upstate New York, did you know you can buy Cotton Candy grapes?

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Beach toys in the sand
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Two Public Beaches Closed For Swimming

Just when Mother Nature decided to bring the heat to Central New York, two beaches for swimming in the town of Cicero are being closed by the health department until further notice.

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Have You Heard Of The Sunflower Maze In Camillus?

Looking for something unique and fun to do this summer? Take a trip to the Sunflower Maze in Camillus. 

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You Can Now Rent Your Own Private Island in the 1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands region has some of the most spectacular views and beautiful waterways in New York. Now you can rent your own private island to give you a stay like no other.

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Maybe You Should Rethink Using Aluminum Foil While Grilling This Summer

Before you wrap those potatoes or veggies in aluminum foil and throw them on the grill (or in the oven), you may want to read this...

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Toughest Jobs to Have During a Hot Central New York Summer

This summer, so far, has been one of the warmest on record. Just like our Central New York winters, many jobs don't end just because it's too cold or too hot. We tip our hats to those men and women who brave the extreme weather conditions every day when they go to work.

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4th Of July Events Going On At Fort Stanwix

Looking to celebrate Independence Day at a site that celebrates America's independence every day? Fort Stanwix in Rome is hosting a variety of activities on Monday July 4th. 

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Best Ways To Make Your July 4th Weekend Safer

One of the best weekends of the summer is 4th of July weekend. While celebrating our nation's birthday Americans partake in fun activities including barbecues, camping, swimming, and of course fireworks. Whether you're grilling, enjoying a backyard or camp fire, or setting off fireworks safety is always the main concern. We have all the tips you need to know on keeping your holiday a fun and safe one.

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Happiness and peace on golden sunset
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5 Photos You’re Almost Guaranteed to See on Any Central New Yorker’s Facebook Page in the Summer

Summer is here in Central New York and that means your Facebook News Feed is sure to be filled with photos like these...

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Utica Fireworks 4th of July 2014
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What’s Open And What’s Closed In Central New York On The 4th Of July

Looking to find out what's open and closed on Independence Day Monday in Utica, Rome, Syracuse, and the rest of Central New York? Here's a pretty handy list. 

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Kids and Cones In Central New York~ What A Happy Mess

Now that the kids are out of school, there's only one way to beat the heat this summer that's sweet and messy! Check out this week's Best of Central New York Photos.

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