5 of the Most Underrated Places in Central New York
Everyone knows about the Utica AUD, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Destiny USA, and all of the highly mentioned places in Central New York, but there are some other amazing places that don't get a lot of attention.
Now, we're not knocking any of those places we just mentioned. They get a lot of attention because they're great places to check out, especially if it's your first time in Central New York (or if you're just coming for a visit). But for those who have lived in the area a little longer, there's more to see than just the same places over and over again.
And if you've lived in the area for a while, you probably know about some of these amazing places, that don't get as much love as they probably should. Here's just a few of them:
1. Fox's Falls in Ilion
This is a pretty unknown place if you're not from Ilion or "The Valley." Fox's Falls is a little hard to find because it's hidden back in the woods. The view is absolutely amazing that you just have to see it for yourself. Just ask anyone from Ilion, Herkimer, or the Frankfort area where to find the trails to lead you to this natural wonder.
2. Gerber's 1933 Tavern in Utica
If you want to experience a little piece of alcohol history, this is a must-see. It was once a speakeasy and since then, it has been restored and reopened. Gerber's still has that speakeasy feel - with a lot of the decor being from the 1920s, and the atmosphere will really take you back in time. And that's just how it looks! It's the perfect place to stop at before or after a Comets game to have few drinks and a bite to eat.
3. Tubing in Westernville
Where's Westernville? No one ever seems to mention "Westernville," but they should - Especially for the winter months. Woods Valley in Westernville is this ski and tubing area that doesn't get the attention it deserves. It's great for the entire family for a full day of fun. You can spend the first part of your day tubing and skiing, and then head inside to warm up with indoor fire pits. They also offer live music, and of course food and drinks. Make sure you add this to your list of things to do next winter.
4. Sherrillbrook Park in New Hartford
When most people hear "New Hartford," they think of the shopping areas, Sangertown Square, and all the restaurants. If you've lived in the area, you may think of the village area with Georgio's. Either way, most people don't think about Sherrillbrook Park. It's a huge park that really has it all - Long trails around the park, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, playground equipment... The list goes on. It's definitely a nice place to check out to get outdoors, and get some fresh air.
5. The Whole Area of Cooperstown
Everyone knows about the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and that's about all the attention the area gets. But what about Fly Creek Cider Mill? Or the beer and wine trail that runs through Otsego County? Just spend a day in Cooperstown and take in all the sights - Walking down the main drag is like walking in a different world. There are so many shops and restaurants. You can take a walk by the water, or head to the Farmers' Museum or Fenimore Art Museum. There's a lot to enjoy in Cooperstown, more than just the Baseball Hall of Fame.
***BONUS UNDERRATED PLACE: The Secret Garden in Utica
For those who know of "The Secret Garden," you're probably curious why it's on this list. Well, it seems like a lot of people don't about it - Which is a bummer. The restaurant is amazing. It feels very fancy and sophisticated, without being overwhelming. Not only is the food spectacular, but the portions are huge. What you take home with you is enough for like, 3 more full meals. If you get a chance, see this place in person - Trying to describe it is just not doing it the justice it deserves. You can find them on Culver Avenue (and check out their website to see all they have to offer here).
What places in Central New York do you think deserve more attention? What would you add to our list?
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