The winter months seem to last forever in Central New York, and all of the frigid days can bring you down if you let them. However, you don't have to stay cooped up; Here are 3 fun things you can do to beat the doldrums. 

Road Trip to the Adirondacks

What will motivate you to get out of your house on a cold winter day? We may have the answer: Chocolate. Nothing melts away the winter blahs like chocolate, and Chocolate Fest is coming to Long Lake the last weekend in January. Get all the sweet details by clicking HERE.

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For your little ones, there's Zippy's Crusade for Kids featuring food,live music, snowmobile rides, and an opportunity to meet Nascar drivers. How about watching some hockey at the Adirondack Ice Bowl, or attending one of 3 winter carnivals in February. Inlet, Old forge, Indian Lake, and Raquette Lake are happening places to be this winter.

See a Show

Central New York is home to some excellent live entertainment. The Turning Stone Resort and Casino has some amazing shows coming this winter: How about spending a romantic evening at a Brian Adams concert? The hit Broadway musical, 42nd Street returns in February to the majestic Stanley Theater, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing the Oncenter in Syracuse.


12 North Sports Bar features talented local bands; as does Cavallo's Pizza Boys, and Tramontane Cafe. The Syracuse music scene shines at Bull & Bear Roadhouse. Have you ever been to Funk and Waffles in the 'Cuse? You definitely should because their live shows rock.

Attend a Sporting Event

The Syracuse Orangeman are hooping it up, and if you've never been to a game, you're missing out. If you're not a fan of basketball before you attend, you'll assuredly be one after the game. The Utica Comets are back on the ice and Central New Yorker's love their hockey.

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The atmosphere in the Utica Memorial Auditorium is electric come game time; if you've never been to a game, you should go! The Syracuse Crunch are also back in action, and Central New York is loaded talented athletes. Support a local school, pick a favorite team, and start cheering at a local school sporting event.