By D. Gregory Perrin
Utica
New York
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Next time you are traveling in New York State, EscapeWizard.com recommends stopping in at Utica. This hidden treasure is sometimes overlooked by travelers but is a real delight and has plenty of activities to offer. The city is situated in the middle of the state and also makes for an excellent side trip for vacationers in Syracuse or Albany.

To enter Utica, travelers can fly into the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) which is about 40 miles away or the Albany International Airport (ALB) which is 75 miles away. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your flight reservations with just a few clicks of your mouse; just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to get started. While in Utica, you will want to make sure to lock in hotel reservations at one of several amazing establishments in the city. EscapeWizard.com can make your search easy; just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search for low prices.

Once you arrive and are settled in your hotel, the best place to start your sightseeing tour is in the museums. Utica has several very interesting choices. EscapeWizard.com recommends starting with the Children’s Museum. This is an excellent option for families as they museum offers a chance for kids to learn about the local history of the area as well as science and technology. If you are traveling with a large group make sure to ask about group rates at the door. Also, EscapeWizard.com recommends checking out their website where you can download 1 dollar off coupons on admission.

Other museums in the city that EscapeWizard.com recommends checking out are the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, and the Oneida County Historical Society Museum. All of these have excellent exhibits and are well worth the time.

Utica, New York also has an amazing zoo for travelers to visit while in the city. The Utica Zoo has been in existence for decades and offers travelers over 200 species of animals to view while in the facility. This is another excellent venue for children of all ages.

While in the city, EscapeWizard.com recommends going to see a show. The Stanley Theatre is a great place to do this. The theatre was opened in 1928 and offers a wide variety of shows, anything from Mamma Mia! to Shrek the Musical and the list just goes on from there. Tickets are well worth it and two dollars of every purchase goes towards continual restoration of the historic theatre.

From here, there are quite a few attractions just outside of the city of Utica, New York. For example, just outside of the city in Verona, New York are the Verona Downs and the Turning Stone gaming facility. These facilities offer the opportunity to bet on horse races and play slots as well as craps, blackjack, and other table games. EscapeWizard.com knows you will have an amazing time but encourages all tourists to gamble responsibly.

Another great option in nearby Rome, New York is Fort Stanwix. This fort holds an important historical background as it active during the French and Indian War of the late 18th century. The fort was designated a National Park in 1935 and has drawn quite the crowd ever since that time.

Lastly, Sylvan Beach is located on the shores of Oneida Lake which is about 40 minutes outside of Utica. This beach includes a state park with load of activities from volleyball, to boating, waterskiing and much more.

Utica, New York is just the right city for anyone traveling through central New York State. The city and area has plenty to offer for all walks of life and EscapeWizard.com knows it will be a trip you will never forget.