Now that you’ve been on campus for a couple weeks you may be feeling cabin-feverish. We’ve come up with a few prime destinations to stretch your legs and explore the city.
1. Rice Creek
Located just a mile south of campus, Rice Creek is SUNY Oswego’s biological and earth science teaching and resource center. They have four trails open to the public for hiking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing, and one trail open for biking. Explore the surrounding forests, meadows, ponds and streams, if you’re lucky you may even spot some of the local critters!
2. Ontario Orchards
One of the go to destinations during the fall, Ontario Orchards is open year round, but is best known for their apple and pumpkin picking. Check out their store for fresh produce, healthy snacks and baked goods. Their cider donuts are perfectly soft and their pumpkin cream cheese filled muffins are to die for. Don’t miss out on their Fall Jamboree this month, live music, hay wagon rides, and wine tasting (if you’re over 21 of course)
3. Safe Haven Museum and Education Center
Home to some little known Oswego history, during World War II 982 refugees fled from 18 war torn countries, and sailed to America as “guests” of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They found sanctuary at Fort Ontario for the next eighteen months. Located on the Oswego’s east side you can visit the museum dedicated to this remarkable story, and hear their personal stories.
4. Farmer’s Market
The Oswego Farmer’s Market showcases some of the best local produce and other homemade treats from around the area. With a little something for everyone, West First Street is jam packed with 75 vendors Thursday evenings May-October. If you’re feeling particularly gluttonous the recent addition of a Garafalo’s food truck and the Chuckwagon means you can snack and shop all in one trip.
5. Breitbeck Park
Looking for a short stroll? Breitbeck’s got you covered. Sometimes windy, the path along the edge of the lake gives one of the best views of the waves crashing over the breaker wall. Pack up an evening picnic and grab a spot for the sunset, or take advantage of the community basketball court and playground.
6. Fort Ontario
This one’s for the American history buffs. Fort Ontario was one of the most sought after locations in North America by the British and French until 1796, and is physically big as it is historically significant. Exhibits range from civil war paraphernalia to recreated officer’s quarters from 1868. You can learn about the fort’s military role through reenactments, walking tours, and an awesome ghost hunt during October.
7. Oswego Theatre
Often overlooked in favor of the newer establishment at Destiny USA, the Oswego Theater has the charm and décor of old timey theaters, complete with sweeping staircases, lush textiles and overhanging balconies. Ticket prices are a steal for the newest releases, can’t beat $6 matinees (until 6 pm) and $8 evening showings. Not to mention they have $1 popcorn Wednesdays, and bargain ticket Tuesdays.
8. Port City Roller Derby
One of the coolest, exciting niche sports, Oswego is home to the hard-hitting Breakwall Bombshells and Port City Sirens. These ladies rove around the Northeast and Canada, but you can catch their home games at Crisafulli Rink through out the year. Grab tickets for their last doubleheader of the season, aptly named Hip Service. If you want to get involved they’re always looking for skaters, refs and volunteers.
9. Sterling Nature Center
One of the prime Lake Ontario southern beach fronts, the nature center has a short .2 mile trail that leads down to the smooth cobble stone shore. From here you can get a fantastic vantage point of the sandy bluffs, or consider walking the Heron Trail that meanders around a beaver wetland and wildflower fields.
10. West Linear Park
A tame walk along the Oswego River, grab a coffee from one of the local cafes and stroll along the path. It’s especially beautiful during the spring when the trees are blooming.
11. Midway Drive in Movies
Want a blast from the past? Check out Central New York’s only drive-in movie theater right in Fulton. They offer triple features every week from spring-autumn, load up the car grab some snacks and prepare for a movie marathon.
Did we miss something in our Oswego explorations? Let us know some of your favorite spots!