Outdoor Activities

Fun For All Ages

From award-winning golf and picturesque mountain views to beautiful beaches and great bass fishing, there's something for everyone in lovely Central New York.

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If golf is your game, Sportsplex at Turning Stone during rainy days and enjoy 17,000 square feet of short game practice in addition to our indoor driving range as well as tennis, racquetball and pickleball courts.

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Chittenango Falls State Park is a 193-acre state park featuring a 167-foot waterfall that cascades over roughly 400-million-year-old bedrock. Visitors can view the falls from the top, walk the winding trail into the gorge, view the falls from the footbridge and return to the top along the small trail on the opposite side of the gorge. Activities include fishing, hiking and picnicking. 

Beaver Lake Nature Center is a 661-acre Onondaga County Park facility that offers visitors a variety of outdoor experiences.

Cycle The Erie Canalway! Cycle a few miles or all 365! The Erie Canalway Trail between Albany and Buffalo is 87-percent off-road and suitable for all ages and abilities. The trail closely parallels both active and historic sections of the Erie Canal.

Verona Beach State Park, located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake is perfect for picnickers, hikers, cyclists and beach goers alike. The lake, Black Creek, cattail marshes and bottomland hardwood swamps give Verona Beach one of the most diverse aquatic habitats in the Central Region, and well worth a hike on the "Woods and Wetland" nature trail.

If you want a wildlife viewing experience, take a long walk along and through one of the many restored wetlands located at the Nature Center at The Great Swamp Conservancy. They foster environmental, cultural and natural history education, promote outdoor recreation and preserve biological diversity.

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ZEMS Ice Cream & Miniature Golf is a family-owned and operated small business in Canastota, featuring mini golf, cold treats and an indoor game room.


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Vernon National Shooting Preserve, located on 500 acres, is open to the public as well as its members. It offers:

  • An open range stocked pheasant hunting
  • A fully automated 16-station sporting clays course
  • A skeet field
  • Fully lit trap field
  • 600-yard rifle range
  • Covered pistol range


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Oneida Lake is best known for its walleye and yellow perch fishery. In the spring, walleye can be found in shallow water adjacent to spawning areas and tributaries. During the summer months, walleye are usually found in deeper water. Oneida Lake is also a fantastic bass fishing location, and numerous bass fishing tournaments are held each year on the lake. Oneida Lake has become a popular tournament stop for professional bass fishing organizations such as BASSMASTER and FLW. Smallmouth bass can be caught around the many shoals while largemouth bass are found in the larger bays and anywhere there is good vegetation growth.

No boat? No problem. Rent a fishing boat from Sylvan Beach Supply Co.

Private Bass Fishing Excursion

Take your fishing to the next level with a private full-day or half-day excursion on Oneida Lake with Bassmaster Pro Elite Fisherman Jamie Hartman.  Learn about booking a private fishing excursion.


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Find snacks and ready-to-eat meals from Turning Stone Resort Casino favorites at Maple Leaf Market and Sylvan Beach Supply Co. or gas at nearby SavOn.

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Full stomachs, happy faces and unmatched family time - who doesn't love dining out on vacation! Check out these local places that everyone will enjoy.

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Kid Friendly Activities

From zoos to theaters, museums and more, we've got you covered for family-friendly activities in the area.

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Relax & Play

As central New York’s hottest beach destination, the Lake House at Sylvan Beach boasts more than 100 slots and a full calendar of live entertainment.