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Where in the world: USA  /  New York State  /  Rome

Top 15 things to do in Rome

1. Fort Stanwix National Monument

Come visit this one of a kind National Park in downtown Rome, NY! For thousands of years the ancient trail that connects the Mohawk River and Wood Creek served as a vital link for those traveling between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Ontario. This well-worn route through Oneida Indian territory carried goods and news, as well as diseases, to others far away. When Europeans arrived, they named this trail the Oneida Carrying Place and inaugurated a significant period in American history in which Fort Stanwix would play a vital role.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona

Turning Stone Resort Casino is a Native American resort casino owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York (OIN) in Verona, New York.

The facility opened on July 20, 1993, and offers golf amenities (on- and off-site golf courses, one of PGA Tour quality, and an indoor golf dome), an RV park, trails for walking, an amusement arcade, many restaurants, spas, Bingo, Keno, table games, and many types of reel and video slot machines. Until the Seneca Niagara Casino opened in 2002, it was the only land-based casino in New York. Adjacent to exit 33 of the New York State Thruway, the resort is a popular tourist destination in central New York State and has received numerous awards in the industry.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Copper City Brewing Company

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Rome Historical Society & Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. H.P. Sears Service Station Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Northeast Classic Car Museum, Norwich

The Northeast Classic Car Museum is a non-profit educational facility in Norwich, New York that collects and exhibits notable vehicles throughout the history of the United States. The museum opened on Memorial Day, 1997.
The museum was founded to encourage tourism in Chenango County, New York. The majority of the museum's collection is from the private collection of George Staley of Lincklaen, New York, who retired from the United States Air Force. The most notable cars that Staley maintained were produced by Franklin, which generated interest from the museum planners. Staley was running out of room for his vehicles when he was approached by the planners.
Over 160 vehicles from 1899 through the early 1970s are on display in five connected buildings. Permanent exhibits feature Franklin automobiles, luxury vehicles, post-war vehicles, and cars made in New York State. Other exhibits are featured on a changing basis.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Howe Caverns, Howes Cave

Explore the limestone caves at Howe Caverns. The brick walkways, handrails, and elevators make the journey easy. The traditional tour begins at the elevators and ends with a boat ride on the Lake of Venus, an underground body of water. Consider booking an adventure tour to see the undeveloped portion of the cave. You'll be provided with a suit to protect you from the moisture. After the tour, head to the Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology, which is inside a former hotel next door.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. Boldt Castle and Yacht House, Alexandria Bay

Nestled on an island of the St. Lawrence River, Boldt Castle and Yacht House tells a tragic story of a wealthy couple who never got to live in their lavish estate. Straddling the border between the United States and Canada, the castle came to life in 1900, constructed by millionaire George C. Boldt (owner of the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City). It was cancelled in 1904 due to the sudden death of his wife, but construction eventually resumed in 1977. Today you can see some incomplete and some finished rooms, a basement with a swimming pool and bowling lanes, hallways with pictures and artifacts, and a collection of wooden boats. Learn about how electricity was obtained in the early 20th century. Take a guided tour and explore the surrounding grounds.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Spas, Verona

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) is a regional fine arts center founded in 1919 and located in Utica, New York. The institute has three program divisions:

Museum of art

Performing arts

School of art
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Herkimer Diamond Mines, Herkimer

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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14. Utica Zoo, Utica

Utica Zoo is a regional zoo in Utica, New York, situated in a section of Roscoe Conkling Park. The City of Utica, despite owning the land, does not financially support the zoo at present. It is instead primarily funded by the Oneida County government, the New York State Natural Heritage Program, and fundraising by the zoo and private donors.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Thousand Islands, Alexandria Bay

The Thousand Islands (French: Mille-Îles) constitute a North American archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada–US border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km) downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario and the U.S. islands in the state of New York.

The islands range in size from over 40 square miles (100 km2) to smaller islands occupied by a single residence, or uninhabited outcroppings of rocks. To count as one of the Thousand Islands, emergent land within the river channel must have at least one square foot (0.093 m2) of land above water level year-round, and support at least two living trees.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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