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The dam at Little York Lake, stocked each spring with trout, in Central New York

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Festival-goers play a game of cornhole with beer in hand

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Musicians gather to play at a local bar

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A tree-lined Central New York street in fall

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Enjoying a rest at Fly Creek Cider Mill

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Purchasing fresh, local produce at a Central New York farmer’s market

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Between the world-famous waterfalls and the world-class city, travelers find themselves at the center of it all in Central New York State.

From its designation as “America’s Craft Brew Destination” to its kilometers of countryside and meandering Erie Canal, Central New York lays claim to the ultimate American experience. Here you’ll find the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, countless Main Street USAs and historic villages that reflect classic small-town life in the U.S. Discover ancient rock formations millions of years in the making. Explore countless lakes and waterways where you can row or swim. Drink brews rooted deep in history and craft spirits recognized worldwide. Wherever you go here, the friendly people will welcome you.

It's Brew Central

Central New York’s legendary hop yards produced 90 percent of the nation’s hops in the late 1800s, and the state was the No. 1 beer producer in the U.S. for decades. Known as Brew Central, this region brings together the stories, traditions and tastes behind a growing constellation of breweries, craft-centric pubs, cideries, distilleries and wineries in Central New York. Visitors to Brew Central can sample the toast of U.S. beer competitions, sip the winners of international awards or stroll through a hop yard in “America’s Craft Brew Destination.”

Pouring a beer for thirsty customers in Central New York

Pouring a beer for thirsty customers in Central New York
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Outdoor Adventure

From the southern tip of New York’s famous Adirondack Park to the peaks of the Catskill Mountains, Central New York unfolds in rolling hills, stunning lakes, waterways and state forests (144 of them, to be exact). Hike or backpack 560 kilometers of trails to explore the varied landscape, discovering waterfalls (there are five here) and tucked-away watersheds as you go. Fish the West Canada Creek – loaded with trout – or cast a line into Oneida Lake to reel in largemouth bass. Paddleboard or kayak Cooperstown’s Otsego Lake, or just relax on Verona Beach. Go rustic-style camping at over 3,500 public and private sites. Head to any one of 14 state parks, or challenge yourself with a round of golf; with 60 places to play here, you’ll never have the same experience twice.

 

Exploring the pristine waters of Central New York by kayak

Exploring the pristine waters of Central New York by kayak
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Culinary Delights Abound

Central New York delivers something for every taste, especially flavors of the culinary variety. Be prepared to enjoy a meal made exclusively from local ingredients at one of many restaurants serving up recipes steeped in the local agricultural heritage. Tap in to the New York farmers’ market scene, where growers proudly sell local produce. When summer exits, fall leaves emerge, providing color and signaling the harvest season. Hand-pick a bounty of apples or pumpkins at any one of Central New York’s numerous orchards and patches.

Fresh fruit and vegetables for sale at a local farmer’s market

Fresh fruit and vegetables for sale at a local farmer’s market
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Taking in the sights at the downtown Working Waterfront district
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Portland