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Things to Do


A Sampling of Life “Off the Hill”

Welcome to Central New York. Welcome to our home. We hope that while you’re visiting Hamilton College you’ll take advantage of all that this area has to offer. Here are some of our favorite things to do and see!

  • Stroll the Thursday Clinton Farmer’s Market on the Village Green (<5 min. - directions) (seasonal)
  • Hit the slopes at one of a half dozen ski areas within about an hour of campus
  • See a play or symphony at the historic Stanley Theater in Utica (15 min. - directions)
  • Join other students for dinner at a favorite Hamilton hangout, the Rio Grande Tex-Mex Grill, in Washington Mills (15 min. - directions)
  • Volunteer for an afternoon at the Underground Café in Utica (15 min. - directions)
  • In the mood for authentic Japanese cuisine? Try Sumo, Mitsuba or Red Samurai in New Hartford (10 min.) (15 min.)
  • Make a few strikes during cosmic bowling at Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica (15 min. - directions)
  • Take a tour of the Matt Brewing Company (Saranac) in Utica (15 min. - directions)

  • Tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown (60 min. - directions)
  • Treat yourself to dinner at The Tailor and the Cook in Utica where seasonal dishes are made from fresh ingredients provided by local farms (15 min. - directions)
  • Try the Thracian chicken or souvlaki at Symeon’s Greek Restaurant in Yorkville (15 min. - directions)
  • Grab some carob chip cookies at Tom’s Natural Foods in Clinton (<5 min. - directions) or Peter’s Cornucopia in New Hartford (10 min. - directions)
  • Experience Lebanese cuisine at its finest at The Phoenician in New Hartford (10 min. - directions)
  • Meet friends for (Breakfast at) Tiffany’s amazing chocolate chip pancakes in Kirkland (5 min. - directions)
  • Sample the best wings in town at Cavallo’s Restaurant in New Hartford (10 min. - directions)
  • Read a good book while sipping Starbucks coffee at Barnes & Noble in New Hartford (10 min. - directions)

  • Hike, canoe, fly fish or camp in and around the gorgeous 6,000,000-acre Adirondack Park (60 min.)
  • Feed the animals at the Utica Zoo (15 min. - directions)
  • Visit an Underground Railroad stop or kayak along the Erie Canal (20 min. - directions)
  • Take a walk on the wild side at the Utica Marsh (15 min. - directions)
  • Catch a movie at the Marquee Cinema (14 screens) in New Hartford (10 min. - directions)
  • Try two Utica culinary originals – greens and chicken riggies. Georgio’s Village Cafe in New Hartford (15 min. - directions) usually wins the greens competition, and Teddy’s in Rome (25 min. - directions) comes out on top for its riggies.
  • Enjoy tapas at Ancora! next to the Stanley Theater in Utica (15 min. - directions)
  • Catch some live music while you enjoy fresh-roasted coffee, homemade soup or a sandwich at the Tram (Tramontane Cafe) in Utica (15 min. - directions)
  • Enjoy a shopping trip to the “green” Destiny USA in Syracuse (45 min.- directions)
  • Treat yourself to some Italian desserts to die for at Cafe CaNole in New Hartford (10 min. - directions) 
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