Tripping Out

Katelyn Burke and Carly Weil

Most of us know you can get cheap clothes at Wise Buys and that there’s a Wal-Mart about 20 minutes down Route 12. Some of us may even know the names of some of the surrounding towns. But do you really know Central New York? In our road-tripping travels, we’ve come to discover a few gems right in Colgate’s backyard and we’ve made it our mission to bring you the best every week. This week, we’re exploring some great activities (indoors and out) to help you pass your wintry weekends. So grab the keys to your car (or bribe your closest friend with a car), turn up the music and trip out with us.

Fort Stanwix National Monument (100 S James St, Rome 13440): Okay, so this site has seen its share of battles troops from England, Canada, America, Germany (and even Native American warriors) fought on these grounds back in the day…1777, that is. You can take a tour to get a good grasp on eighteenth century military life. And if you’re a history buff, you can walk across the street to the Willett Center to check out artifacts from the settlement, including documents (originals!) and weapons. Plus, it’s free to get in, which is perfect for college students on a budget! So, if you’re a person who enjoys a good museum (or just wants to play around on a fort), check out Fort Stanwix. The monument is open Monday through Saturday, and guided tours are offered at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Great Swamp Conservancy (8375 North Main St, Canastota 13032): The name may sound a tad bit boring (yes, it has “swamp” in the title!) but this week the conservancy will be hosting an interesting event. On February 23, a little something called the “Winter Hibernation Festival” will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. So, come out of your dark caves (i.e. the library, your dorm room, apartment or wherever else you hide from the cold at), bundle up, and take part in a day of sheer fun. Skiing, demonstrations, bonfires, skating and much, much more will be on the agenda. It only costs three dollars to get in steal!

Zems Ice Cream (Hickory and Main St, Canastota 13032): After you hit up the Festival, grab some custard ice cream (we promise it’s delicious!) at nearby Zems. The ice cream parlor even has a 19-hole miniature golf course in the back. Hmm, miniature golf in the snow…why not? Just look for the red caboose and giant giraffe when you’re driving down Main Street, and get ready for some unconventional fun!

We hope you enjoy this week’s picks in the area. If you’ve got a specific place you want us to check out or want us to find something for you within a good distance, give us a shout! Let us take the first hit.