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The Mohawk Valley offers historic and modern places to visit. While in the Valley, there are many exciting locations to visit that can’t be missed in order to truly experience all of what the Mohawk Valley has to offer.

For those interested in history, the Erie Canal Village in Rome is a recreated 19th century village built near the location of the construction of the original Erie Canal. The Oneida Nation’s Shakowi Cultural Center allows visitors to explore Indian artifacts and artwork. The Steuben Memorial near Remsen honors the “drillmaster” of the American Revolution. At the Oriskany Battlefield visitors can relive one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution. Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome, reconstructed by the National Park Service, features life as it might have been for American patriots at a lonely outpost in 1778.

After visiting the area’s historical sites, visitors can head to Vernon Downs for live harness racing. Turning Stone Casino Resort and Golf Courses in Verona is a premier four-season, first-class hotel destination offering guests luxury accommodations, spa, conference center, fine dining, big name entertainment, shopping, golf and gaming. The Turning Stone’s Premier golf course, the Atunyote (uh-DUNE-yote) an Oneida word meaning “eagle”, is the home of the PGA TOUR Turning Stone Resort Championship. The tournament will be held in September.

Atunyote, an 18-hole layout about two and a half miles from Turning Stone, presents a parkland setting with vast stretches of open space, gently rolling hills, a stream and small waterfalls, and several lakes. The largest body of water measuring 13 acres runs along three fairways and includes a dramatic finishing hole. The unforgettable experience begins as soon as guests enter the property. A mile-and-a-half long secluded driveway winds through wooded areas and locales adjacent to the course. The entryway leads to a New England-style clubhouse with a wrap-around porch. Atunyote has its own practice facilities, offering a driving range, short game area and putting green. www.turningstone.com/golf /

The Utica Memorial Auditorium, home to many sporting events, as well as concerts, shows, and much more, was built in 1959. It is a 4,000 seat multi-purpose arena that can hold up to 5,700 people for concerts. The arena is home to MVCC and Utica College hockey teams, as well as many area high schools. The unique structure set the example for Madison Square Garden, in which it was modeled after.

Remington Firearms Museum in Ilion is a museum “where the history of a company tells the history of a country.” The first rifle made at Remington’s Ilion forge was a flintlock and can be seen at the museum today. In the 19th and early 20th century Remington was “first” in fields as diverse as typewriters, knives, farm equipment and even bridges.

For sport fans, don’t miss the Halls of Fame in the region, devoted to baseball, boxing, distance running, soccer, and twirling. The distance running hall of fame is operated by the Boilermaker Road Race, the 15K race that is well-known as one of the largest races in the U.S. The Boilermaker draws in over 11,000 participants that include athletes, Olympians, and record holders from all different countries. The Boilermaker is part of a nonprofit organization that started in 1978 and has continued to grow and gain acclaim over the several years of its inception.

America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk is another race recognized in Utica. The Utica race is one of the largest in the nation and brings in nearly 7,500 people each year. The Heart Run and Walk is a 5K races and challenges participants to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. The race brings in over one million dollars and has proven to be a major contributor to the community.

Festivals and parades are also popular in the Utica area. With its diverse cultural background, Utica has been able to distinguish itself from other areas. The Great American Irish Festival Inc. is a leading cultural based organization in the area. Their main goal is to further the understanding of the Irish culture and background. Since Irish heritage ranks second in Utica, the organization has been able to attract a great deal of interest. The organization holds a festival in July and one of the largest St. Patrick Day parades in New York State. The parade includes over 100 units, lasts for an hour and a half, and attracts over 40,000 spectators.

The Matt Brewing Company of Utica, founded in 1888, is a major attraction for visitors, especially during the summer months when Saranac Thursdays bring tourists from all over. Saranac Thursdays present local bands live on stage every week starting at the end of May until the beginning of September. The Matt Brewing Company has earned its reputation as one of the country’s most respected brewers of specialty beers.

There is plenty of fine shopping in the area from Riverside Center in Utica, Sangertown Square in New Hartford, The Orchards, Consumer Square, to specialty stores, antique shops and gift markets. Fine hotels, motels, bed and breakfast accommodations, and inns in the region are all available upon visitor request.

Families will want to visit the Children’s Museum in Utica, the Utica Zoo, Fort Rickey Children’s Zoo in Rome, Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Herkimer Diamond Mines, the Fulton Chain of Lakes aboard Old Forge Lake Cruises, and the Saranac Brewery Tour Center. Visit www.mvchamber.org for more information.

One of the great attractions in the Mohawk Valley is the Utica Zoo. Sitting atop its 35-acre parcel in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the Utica Zoo overlooks the bustling city and the rolling green hills of the outlying countryside. For over 90 years, the Utica Zoo has been part of the quality of life in this and surrounding communities, promoting education, conservation and recreation.
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is another not-to-be-missed attraction. Operated by the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, the holiday train schedule reads like a Christmas wish. The Adirondack Christmas Train takes passengers for a day of unique shopping in the charming village of Old Forge. The Elf Train is a benefit to the Old Forge Library and delights children of all ages with storytelling and treats. Christmas on Main Street provides a round trip to Holland Patent, with treats for children and a vision of the North Pole. Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s book, as a new magical experience in the eyes of a child, The Polar Express is undoubtedly the most popular holiday event in the Utica area. Visit www.adirondackrr.com .

Signature experiences of the Mohawk Valley include culturally diverse food choices ranging from the exclusive Chicken Riggies, Tomato Pie, Half-Moons, Utica Greens, Jelly Buns, and Pusties. Restaurant styles include those of many different cultures, including: Italian, Polish, Greek, Vietnamese, Bosnian, Puerto Rican, and Dominican. The result of today’s “mosaic of cultures” includes a heritage of diverse cultures and a broad commercial and industrial base.

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Resource Directory


Adirondack 13 Pines Motel
Rome, NY 13440
 
Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Utica, NY 
1-800-819-2291
 
Anglers' Bay
Cleveland, NY 13042
(315) 675-3662
 
Bellinger Rose Bed & Breakfast
Herkimer, NY 13350
 
Best Western Gateway Adirondack Inn
Utica, NY 13502
(315)732-4121
 
Budget Inn
Barneveld, NY 13304
315-896-2613
 
Carriage Motor Inn
Westmoreland, NY 13490
(315)853-3561
 
Coachway Motel
Vernon, NY 13476
 
Days Inn
Utica, NY 13502
(315)797-8743
 
Days Inn & Suites
Oriskany, NY 13424
(315) 736-0100
 
Delta Lake State Park
Rome, NY 13440
(315) 337-4670
 
Dwarf Line Motel & Cottages
Verona Beach, NY 13162
(315)762-4645
 
Econo Lodge of Rome
Rome, NY 13440
(315)337-9400
 
F. X. Matt Brewery
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 732-0022
 
Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo
Rome, NY 13440
315.336.1930
 
Fort Schuyler Trading Company
Utica, NY 13502
315-733-1043
 
Glen Ridge Motel
Herkimer, NY 13350
1-866-453-6743
 
Hampton Inn
Utica, NY 13501
315-733-1200
 
Happy Journey Motel
Utica, NY 13440
(315)738-1959
 
Headwaters Motor Lodge
Boonville, NY 13309
(315) 942-4493
 
Herkimer Diamond Minds
Herkimer, NY 13350
315-717-0175
 
Herkimer Motel
Herkimer, NY 13350
315-866-0490
 
Holiday Inn
315-797-2131
 
Hotel @ Vernon Downs
Vernon Downs, NY 13476
1-877-888-1766
 
Hotel Utica, a Clarion Collection Hotel
Utica, NY 13502
315-223-4122
 
Inn at the Beeches
Rome, NY 13440
 
International Boxing Hall of Fame
Canastota, NY 13032
(315) 697-7095
 
Kirch's Three Pines Marina
North Bay, NY 13123
 
Lake Chalet Campground & Motel
Bridgewater, NY 13313
(315) 822-6074
 
Lakeshore Motel
Verona Beach, NY 13162
762-5413
 
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Cooperstown, NY 13326
1-888-HALL-OF-F
 
National Distance Running Hall of Fame
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 724-4525
 
Oneida County Visitors Bureau
Utica, NY 
315-724-7221
 
Oneida Lake Inn
Sylvan Beach, NY 13157
315-761-0000
 
Peterpaul Recreation Park
Rome, NY 13440
315-339-2666
 
Pinecrest Motel
Clinton, NY 13323
 
Portobello Inn Bed & Breakfast
Herkimer, NY 13350
315-823-8612
 
Prospect Inn Complex
Herkimer, NY 13350
315-866-4400
 
Quality Inn of Rome
Rome, NY 13440
 
Radisson Hotel - Utica Centre
Utica, NY 13502
(315)797-8010
 
Ramada
New Hartford, NY 13413
315-735-3392
 
Red Carpet Inn
Rome, NY 13440
(315)339-3610
 
Red Roof Inn
Utica, NY 13502
(315)724-7128
 
Scottish Inn Motel
Utica, NY 13502
(800)809-6885
 
Sunset Cottages
Sylvan Beach, NY 13157
315-762-4093
 
Super 8 Utica
Utica, NY 13502
 
The Children’s Museum of History, Science & Technology
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 724-6129
 
The Hulbert House
Boonville, NY 13309
942-4318
 
The Rome Motel
Rome, NY 13440
(315) 336-4200
 
The Valley Brook Motel
New Hartford, NY 13413
 
Utica Comets
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 790-9070
 
Utica Zoo
Utica, NY 13501
315-738-0472
 
Wellnesste - Lodging & Vacation Sanctuary
315-336-5771
 
Wingate by Wyndham
Rome, NY 13441
315-334-4244