The Best Winter Activities In Central New York – Our Top 5
It's winter in central New York. Are you looking for something to do? Here's our list of the top five winter activities
Cross Country Skiing
When it comes to winter, nothing says "Central New York" more than our abundance of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. The quiet tree-lined paths are always a blast to ski along and provide a refreshing escape form the usual hustle and bustle of Utica. Oneida County has plenty of designated snowshoe and cross-county skiing trails available and if you're brave enough, blaze your own trails in the federal forests of Oneida County Forest.
The Utica Curling Club offers a great getaway that isn't far from the confines of your home. Whether you take advantage of the their "try curling" events, or book a private three hour lesson for yourself, the sport contains the challenge of shuffleboard with the hardcore brooming action of sweeping the sidewalk. Located in Whitesboro, the Utica Curling Club is home to many bonspiels, creating a good-natured, but competitive environment that sucks you into the action.
Pond hockey is one of my favorite sports to play and watch during the winter. It's a game you can play literally anywhere that's icy, but is best on a cleared pond with a little bit of snow falling. In addition, Inlet, NY hosts a massive tournament every year and since it started four years ago, has grown into a huge deal. While most people prefer to watch, those brave enough to go slip sliding on the ice can have a great time playing hockey the old-school way.
Have A Hot Beverage
Keeping warm during cold winter days and nights is a must for all living in Central New York. Whether you're on-the-go or planning to relax for awhile, there are a variety of local coffee shops and bakeries in the area to serve all your caffeine needs. From coffee to cappuccino, lattes to mochas, and everyone's favorite, hot chocolate, there is something for all ages who are looking for a warm beverage this winter.
Visit A Museum
If you're not skiing, snowboarding or trying to play pond hockey, you're inevitably doing everything you can to keep warm. So why not keep warm and learn something cool at the same time? The Utica area offers a lot of great places for people to experience the world outside of the Mohawk Valley, including Munson Williams Proctor Art Museum and the Children's Museum. More into sports? There's the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota or the International Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.