Oneonta is situated at the northern edge of the Appalachian mountain region and is known as the 'City of Hills'. Algonquin and Iroquoian tribes inhabited the area before Dutch, French and German settlements expanded up the Hudson River Valley. In 1800, the hamlet was known as Milfordville. The name changed to Oneonta in 1832. A few decades later, the Delaware and Hudson Railroad brought rapid development and at one point Oneonta boasted the biggest roundhouse in the world. Most historic homes date back to Victorian times. The town's culture is influenced by the large student population that attends the State University of New York (SUNY) and Hartwick College. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Bear Pond Winery
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This winery is located on six wooded acres of land at the Susquehanna River headwaters. It was established in 2000 and currently produces 27 different varieties of wine, from dessert to dry red. They offer guided tastings of six wines or flights of six wines and three appetizers. The restaurant also serves pizzas and a range of light meals. Patrons are welcome to eat inside or picnic outdoors and are free to meander through the property. The winery is on the Cooperstown Beverages Trail.
2515 State Highway 28, 13820 Oneonta, New York, Phone: 607-643-0294
2.Robert V Riddell State Park
In 2005, Steven and Patricia Kent donated 1036 acres of land to the state. It had been in Patricia's family since 1871 and the park was therefore named after her father. In 2008 Hartwick College sold an additional 840 acres to the park but retained the use of it for outdoor education and research. The northern section of the park was formerly agricultural land whereas the southern section is forested. Also in the north, is Schevenus Creek, a trout stream and tributary of the Susquehanna River. Mud Lake is a bog in the park. It is rich in peat and has floating mats of sphagnum moss and carnivorous plants.
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Otherwise known as Dutch Damaschke Stadium, this playing field is used primarily for baseball. It was opened on Memorial Day, 1905 and has seen players of the caliber of Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornby on the field. Over the years it has been home to several minor league teams, such as Oneonta Red Sox, Yankees and Tigers. The grandstand was erected in 1938 and in 1968 the stadium was named after Ernest 'Dutch' Damaschke who was a coach, referee, counselor and Oneonta's Recreation Commisioner for 30 years.
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4.Delaware Otsego Audubon Soc. Sanctuary
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This audubon society was established in 1968 and has been a member of the national body since 1970. They raise awareness of the importance of birds and provide opportunities for the public to interact with them. The society organizes monthly bird counts by species and location. Their 100 acre sanctuary has a variety of habitats and marked trails which enable visitors to see not only birds but the resident mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The annual Open Day and week-long Summer Day Camp are held at the sanctuary. The Franklin Mt provides panoramic views of the town and is the focal point for a hawk watch.
52 Grange Hall Rd. Spur, Oneonta, NY, Phone: 607-397-3815
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5.A.J. Read Science Discovery Center
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This center was started by Albert Read, in 1990. He was a retired physics professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta and director of the center until 2005. Admission is free to this hands on science museum which adults and children find interesting. It is located in the Physical Science building at SUNY. There are more than 80 simple science experiments at the center, focusing mainly on physics. The center hosts schools and other interested groups and schedules events such as the annual Nano Day. There is also a planetarium at SUNY.
108 Ravine Parkway Oneonta, NY 13820, Phone: 607-436-3500
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6.Yager Museum of Art & Culture
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Willard Yager (1855-1929) was the publisher of the Oneonta Herald. He established the Oneonta Normal School which later became the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta. He wrote several books on Native Americans and the history of the area. He also accumulated approximately 6000 artifacts and meticulously documented them. He started a museum adjacent to his house which he called Long House. This he bequeathed to Hartwick College. His sister added an endowment in 1959. The museum has collections of contemporary art, archaeological findings, ethnography and the history of the first human settlements in the area.
Oneonta, New York 13820, Phone: 888-HARTWICK
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7.Community Arts Network of Oneonta
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The objectives of the Community Arts Network are to link artists, promote the arts and educate the community. They run three galleries showcasing monthly, solo and collaborative exhibits and an annual members' show. There are music evenings on the second Tuesday of each month with an open mic session and a featured artist. The Writers' Salon is on each third Thursday where writers read their works and share thoughts with others. The network offers after school art and music lessons for beginners and hosts regular fundraisers and the annual Art and Music Festival.
Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820, Phone: 607-432-2070
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8.Swart-Wilcox House Museum
Lawrence Swart (1755-1841) purchased 230 acres of land along the north bank of the Susquehanna River. He built a house and lived there with his family until his death. Subsequently, much of the land was sold to the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad and their workers. The house and remaining 74 acres were sold to newlyweds, Henry and Phoebe Wilcox in 1867. They updated it according to Victorian style. Henry was in the lumber industry and farmed the land. He kept a daily diary of his experiences. The last Wilcox son died there in 1970. The Friends of the Swart-Wilcox House opens it on Sundays in summer.
Wilcox Ave, Oneonta, NY 13820
9.Sloan's NY Grill
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Local farm fresh food, craft beers and wines from New Yorks' vineyards can all be enjoyed at Sloan's grill restaurant. Everything is cooked from scratch, using a variety of cooking methods. Dry rubs, marinades, roasting, smoking and grilling all bring out the best in the rich, country flavors. Vegetarian options are made from the freshest of local herbs and vegetables There are lunch, dinner, bar and catering menus. The butchery retails beef and chicken cuts and the bakery sells pies, cakes, cookies, bread and seasonal fruit pies and flans. Sloan's is closed on Mondays.
337 Chestnut Street, Oneonta NY 13820, Phone: 607-267-4779
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10.Tino's Pizza and Restaurant
The Garufi family restaurant, Pizza Land, was renowned for its pizza pies. Tino's Pizza became a spinoff of the main business. Pizza by the slice was sold out of the back of the downtown Black Oak Tavern. As demand grew, Agatino and Nancy opened their own restaurant. They can make any dish taste good as a pizza and they have a range of unique salads as side dishes. They invented the cold cheese pizza because university students regularly burnt their mouths in their haste to consume the food. Diners can choose to dine in, order take outs or have their food delivered.
180 Main Street, Oneonta, Phone: 607-432-0008
11.B Side Ballroom & Supper Club
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In line with Oneonta's vision to be a regional arts and entertainment destination, the B Side Club offers live music and an imbibing and dining experience for adults only. Proof that patrons are over 21 may be requested. The kitchen serves seasonal American food, made with the best quality ingredients. Steaks, burgers, seafood, small plates and salads are on the menu, with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Home-made desserts and coffee can round off a meal or be enjoyed on their own. The fully licensed bar offers craft drinks and an extensive choice of spirits and wines. The venue is available for hire for private events.
1 Clinton Plaza Drive Oneonta, NY 13820, Phone: 607-432-2053
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11 Best Things to Do in Oneonta, NY
- Bear Pond Winery, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Robert V Riddell State Park, Photo: goodluz/stock.adobe.com
- Damaschke Field, Photo: coachwood/stock.adobe.com
- Delaware Otsego Audubon Soc. Sanctuary, Photo: Hummingbird Art/stock.adobe.com
- A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, Photo: Brian Jackson/stock.adobe.com
- Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Photo: Monkey Business/stock.adobe.com
- Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Photo: Monkey Business/stock.adobe.com
- Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Photo: Ninel/stock.adobe.com
- Sloan's NY Grill, Photo: Sloan's NY Grill
- Tino's Pizza and Restaurant, Photo: kornnphoto/stock.adobe.com
- B Side Ballroom & Supper Club, Photo: B Side Ballroom & Supper Club
- Cover Photo: Bennekom/stock.adobe.com
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