For couples who are planning their first visit to central New York's Turning Stone Resort Casino and wondering if there are other things, there are to do in the region beside gamble, rest assured. You can find worthwhile attractions outside the complex, although its extraordinary spa and fine restaurants and night spots arguably offer the best in the area.
Since not every twosome wants to spend all their time in one place, explore other New York State attractions to explore near Turning Stone Resort — although you will need a car. Once you hit the road and leave the New York State Thruway and major highways, the drive is scenic; expect to pass plenty of farmland and pastures as you head to your destination over country roads.
Consider the following places to go and things to do on your trip to Turning Stone Casino Resort.
Step back in time and enter Cooperstown, New York, known for baseball and museums. This attraction, which draws many family vacationers, is about one hour's drive from Turning Stone.
The Otesaga Resort Hotel
An old-fashioned, grande dame of a hotel located in Cooperstown, The Otesaga has a long veranda with Adirondack chairs overlooking Otsego Lake. It's about an hour and fifteen minutes' drive from Turning Stone, and worth a visit for a meal or even an overnight stay if you want to explore the town's baseball focus.
Finger Lakes Region
Charming small accommodations, welcoming wineries, historic landmarks, the Watkins Glen race course, and old-time Finger Lakes towns such as Skaneateles beckon. One and one-half hours' drive from Turning Stone.
Watkins Glen International
Do you feel a need for speed? Watkins Glen, about two hours southwest of Turning Stone, is North America's premier racing facility and an international attraction for lovers of motorsports. The season typically runs from spring through early fall. In addition to racing, the facility also hosts culinary festivals during the season.
Oneida Lake is a recreational area between Syracuse and Verona with the largest inland lake in New York State. In warm weather, it's a place for fishing for walleye and smallmouth bass, boating, swimming, and picnicking. Several restaurants and take-out joints surround the lake.
Delta Lake State Park
Have the urge to immerse yourselves in nature? Delta Lake State Park, about half an hour from the resort, is open year round. In summer, you can swim, fish, go boating, or sun yourselves on the small beach. Spring and fall are fine for trail hiking. In winter, it's a place for cross-country skiing.
Central New York's major city, where college teams play basketball, football, and lacrosse. For nearly two weeks every year close to Labor Day, Syracuse is host to The Great New York State Fair. If you visit Turning Stone when the fair is on, it's worth the drive to experience the bounty of New York, which is home to hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland. Just expect it to be crowded and crawling with kids.
Like to shop? Have some gambling winnings or wedding loot burning a hole in your pocket? Destiny USA is the largest mall in Central New York, with more than 250 places to shop, dine and play. Located in Syracuse, it's about 45 minutes away from Turning Stone. Anchor stores include Best Buy, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Macy's, and Nordstrom Rack.
The Corning Museum of Glass
Are you willing to drive two and one-half hours to visit a world-class museum? Corning will engage the scientist as well as the artist in you. There's something for everyone in the Innovation Center, the Contemporary Glass Gallery and a Make Your Own Glass class.