New York By Rail 14th ed. - Page 65

CENTRAL NEW YORK Outdoor adventure, historic sites, hands-on museums, SPORTS attractions, HOMEGROWN cuisine, craft beverages and FESTIVALS galore. Starting points: Amsterdam, Utica and Rome. see map pages 8-9 Howe Caverns WHAT’S NEW Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Pioneering show of Empire State contributions to art, design and fashion, 1925–35 (June 17 to October 9). From UCA Station: 1 mile car; 23 minute walk Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook (above) Opened last summer, this pedestrian bridge and park connects Amsterdam with the Erie Canal Trail. From AMS Station: 2.5 miles car; 45 minute walk KyMar Farm Winery & Distillery A former book bindery in Charlotteville is KyMar’s new expanded tasting and production room. From AMS Station: 43.9 miles car WHAT’S NEAR THE STATION Utica Children’s Museum Hands-on, fun learning experiences with trains, planes, space and history. From UCA Station: 2 minute walk Griffiss International Sculpture Garden Rome offers an outdoor display of 20-plus modern sculptures, some interactive. From ROM Station: 3.9 miles car Old Fort Johnson (above) This 1749 limestone house reveals life during the French and Indian War. From AMS Station: 1.4 miles car VISIT NEWYORKBYRAIL.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION WHAT’S NOT TO MISS National Baseball Hall of Fame (above) Relive baseball’s greatest moments in picturesque Cooperstown. From UCA Station: 40 miles car From ALB Station: 74.4 miles car; Enterprise on-site car rental available at station Howe Caverns Tour a wide-ranging cave system containing a lake and 300-foot limestone corridor. From SDY Station: 29.1 miles car; shuttle service available From ALB Station: 43 miles car; Shuttle service only available with Howe Caverns motel stay Herkimer Diamond Mines Prospect for 500-million-year-old quartz crystals measuring 7.5 on the hardness scale, only found here. From UCA Station: 17 miles car LOCALLY MADE Cazenovia Artisans cooperative was founded in 2002 by 14 obscure rural artists in an upscale gallery space. Since then, with the historic village attracting more and more newcomers, the gallery has expanded to include more than 30 artists, and has become one of Central New York’s leading exhibitors of regional artists’ and artisans’ works. The ever-changing collection of juried handmade works shown and sold here includes fine art, jewelry, furnishings and home goods, clothing, and soaps. And since the cooperative members own and operate the gallery, visitors can always be assured of meeting a few makers. Open seven days a week. New York By Rail | 63