Part of our Regional Camping in New York State Series

In this post, we are focused on camping in the Central New York region. This area is known for the historic sites, the Erie Canal, the abolitionist movement, the Revolutionary War, and much more. Utica, Binghamton, Cazenovia, Oneonta, and Cooperstown are some of the major cities in this area. 


Camping in Central NY
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The Central New York Region has over 20 campgrounds, making it easy to find something to accommodate everyone. Spend the afternoon biking, hiking, golfing, or fishing, and then choose a campsite to spend the night at. Whether you choose to be tucked away in the woods for a nice quiet vacation, or in the thick of all the activities a campground has to offer, you'll be sure to have a great place to stay at night. 

Also known as the Central Leatherstocking Region, Central New York is packed full of fun activities for the whole family:

Sporting Halls of Fame

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Located in the center of Cooperstown, NY, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the place to go. It is a nonprofit that brings the history to life through their newly renovated space. They have over 300 baseball players in their Hall of Fame, as well as many baseball-related artifacts in many different shapes and sizes. The musuem has photographs, manuscripts, over 14,000 hours of moving images and sound recordings, and so much more. Definitely something you need to see if you’re a fan of baseball!

The International Boxing Hall of Fame

In Canastota, NY, this hall of fame is here to preserve and honor boxing's history. They have a gift shop full of apparel, autographed souvenirs, books, and gifts, so you can walk away with a gift to keep forever. You can even choose to support the hall if you wish. 

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame

Starting in 1998, The National Distance Running Hall of Fame has honored all different kinds of runners. In the hall, you will find history of distance running, pictures, memorabilia, awards, and so much more. They also have a virtual tour you can check out here

Farmers’ Museum

In this interactive museum, you get a taste of what life was like in New York State around 1845. Guests will get to experience daily chores, village life, agriculture, and more! Founded in 1943, The Farmers’ Museum displays upstate NY architecture, heritage livestock, and early agricultural tools and equipment. They also offer week-long experiences for kids, birthday parties, and a Young Interpreter Program.

New York State Fair


Nearly one million people go to The State Fair in the twelve days that it is open. The Great New York State Fair has so many things to offer. The Fairgrounds are basically turned into a huge music festival. They have 6 venues, and there is always something exciting going on. Kesha, Dashboard Confessional, and Three Days Grace are just three of the hundreds of performances that are going to take place this year. Be sure to check out the events calendar before you go to make sure you can see your favorite band!

Food and Drink

It’s not a trip to the State Fair without trying all the food you can get your hands on! The Taste NY tent was started in 2013, and has always been a crowd favorite. They give out free samples of food and beverages that are homegrown in NYS. If you see (or taste!) something you like, you can buy it right there! 

Use the Food Finder & Interactive Map to help you locate tasty food near you at the fair!


They have a competition for everything at the State Fair! From Agriculture, to Art & Home, horse shows, to a flower show, the State Fair has it all! Check out the website for more information on how to enter and rules and regulations.  

Check out the attractions page to see everything else they have to offer!

Get your tickets now! The State Fair is from August 25, 2016 - September 5, 2016.

Breweries, Hard Cideries, Distilleries, and more! 

Central New York has over 65 wineries, pubs, breweries, hard cideries, and distilleries, and you can make your own trail to follow so you make sure you get a taste of everything! Brew Central was the #1 beer producer in the United States for decades, and produced 90% of the nation's beer in the late 1800s. You can also tour one of the country's oldest breweries. 

If you have yet to try camping in the Central New York region, it should be added to your bucket list. For a full list of things to do, check out the I Love NY website.

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