Nature and Winter Activities

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Date(s) - 02/15/2018 - 02/25/2018
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Syracuse

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ENJOY NATURE with WINTER ACTIVITIES & OUTINGS

ICE SKATING:
Clinton Square – The rink is an open-air facility and will be open through March
14th, weather permitting, please call 315-423-0129. The rink has warming room
facilities. Skate rental is available for a $3 fee. All youth 12 and under must be
accompanied by a parent/guardian. All children under 18 not allowed after dark
without paerntal supervision. Please have photo ID available. Family Night Special:
Mon. – Thurs. (except school vacations) 4pm – 8pm; $15 admission, includes
skate rentals. Lunch Time Skate Mon. – Fri. 11am – 1:30pm: $1.50 admission,
$2.50 admission and skate rental. Hours of operation: Mon. – Thurs.: 11am – 8pm;
Fri. & School Breaks: 11am – 8:30pm; Sat. 10am – 8:30pm; Sun.: 10am – 8pm.
Admission: $3, $2 for 12 and younger and seniors (55+). Skate rental $3. Group
rates available by calling 315-423-0129.

Sunnycrest Rink – 698 Robinson Street, Syracuse. The skating rink is an indoor
facility open through March 31st. Open Skate Hours: Mon. & Tues. 12:15pm –
4:30pm; Wed. 12pm – 5:30pm and 7:15pm – 9:30pm; Thurs. 12pm – 4:30pm; Fri.
12pm – 4:30pm and 7:15pm – 10pm; Sat. 1:45pm – 6:45pm and 7pm – 10pm;
Sun. 1:30pm -5:30pm. Please call 315-473-4696 in advance to confirm hours as
there are many hockey & broomball tournaments throughout the season that may
interfere with open skate hours. Hours subject to change. Skating admission: $3,
$2 for 12 and younger and seniors (55+). Skate rental: $3. Lunch Special (Mon.
– Fri., excluding Wed.) until 4pm: $4 admission includes skate rental & free hot
chocolate. Wed: Free admission. Senior Skate (55+): Thurs. 9am – 11:45am, $2
includes admission, skate rental and free coffee or hot chocolate.

SNOWSHOEING:
Beaver Lake Nature Center – 8477 E. Mud Lake Rd., Baldwinsville. Enjoy 3
separate trails – Northern Exposure (1.4 miles) & Southern Exposure (2.2 miles.);
while the Southern has more hilly spots, the Northern offers a flatter trail and
both go through open fields and wooded areas, & Pine Meadow Trail (0.5 miles).
Try Snowshoeing: clinic offered every Sat. & Sun. at 12:30pm in January &
February. Clinic includes instruction & a short snowshoe hike. Folks with little or
no snowshoe experience will especially enjoy this one-hour introduction for $5 per
person. Registration is required beginning at 8am on the day of the clinic, call
315-638-2519. Snowshoe rentals are $5 per hour; rentals 9am-3:30pm, must be
returned by 4pm. Trails open from 7:30am – 5pm. Admission is $4 per vehicle.
Highland Forest – 1254 Highland Forest Rd., Fabius. All levels of snowshoers are
offered 6 trails of varying lengths: .5 miles to 8.7 miles. Park maps are available
at Skyline Lodge. Open Daily: March – November: 8:30am – 5:30pm, December
– February: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Rentals are available from 9am – 3pm daily, snow
conditions permitting. All equipment must be returned by 4pm. Snowshoes: $10
Adult all day; $5 Child (15 & under) all day. Admission:$3 per person: $20 annual
pass (for hiking & snowshoeing)

Onondaga Lake Park – 106 Lake Dr., Liverpool. (315) 453-6712. November –
March: 10am-5pm. Enjoy Cross Country Skiing on the Shoreline Trails, at the Long
Branch Loop, or the West Shore Trail. Bring your own equipment.
Sunnycrest Park – Hickok Ave. at Caleb, Syracuse. More than 2.5 miles of
groomed trails, bringing shoeshoers along a loop that includes Sunnycrest golf
course and some wooded areas. Trails start at the Sunnycrest Ski Lodge. Parking
is available at the Ski Lodge and Ice Rink. Trails available December to March, as
snow conditions permit. Trail Hours: open 7 days a week dawn to dusk, weather
permitting. Lodge Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am – 4pm For information or to verify Ski
Lodge is open call 315-473-2674.
Empire Farm Brewery – 33 Rippleton Rd., Cazenovia. Don’t fear the snow!
Enjoy it! Empire Farm Brewery is offering free snowshoe rentals for all of January-
March. Wednesdays-Sundays, from 11:30am-dark. Enjoy the 22 acre farmland,
and explore the 12 miles of kept trail behind the brewery. Cost: Free to farm
customers. Info: 315-655-2337

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING:
Highland Forest – 1254 Highland Forest Rd., Fabius. Daily, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Features
40 miles of trails, 20 of which are groomed and track set for all ability levels,
and 3 skate ski loops. There are cut-offs at each trail if you want to decrease
the distance. Park maps available at Skyline Lodge which also serves food &
drink on weekends and a volunteer Nordic Ski Patrol monitors the beautiful snow
covered trails. Trail Use: Ski Day Pass – $10; $5 child (15 & under) Ski Season
Pass: $25; $15 child (15 & under). Rental Shop open daily, snow conditions
permitting. Rentals available from 9am – 3pm, all equipment must be returned by
4pm. Skis, Boots & Poles package – $15 Adult all day; $10 child (15 & under) all
day; Individual Items (Skis, Boots & Poles) $7 per item. Call 315-683-5550 or visit
the park office at Skyline Lodge.

Beaver Lake Nature Center – 8477 E. Mud Lake Rd., Baldwinsville. Offers 7
miles of ski trails; all trails rated easy except Three Meadows Trail which is rated
moderate. Trails are one-way on weekends. Please note: Beaver Lake does not
rent skis, you need to bring your own. Cross-Country Ski Lessons are available by
appointment only. Nature Center’s trails open 7:30am – 5pm. Admission: $4 per
vehicle. For info: 315-638-2519.

Onondaga Lake Park – 106 Lake Dr., Liverpool. 315-453-6712. November –
March: 10am-5pm. Enjoy Cross Country Skiing on the Shoreline Trails, at the Long
Branch Loop, or the West Shore Trail. Bring your own equipment.
Oneida Shores Park – 9400 Bartell Rd., Brewerton. Enjoy Cross Country Skiing
on the McKinley Ridge Trail, approximately 3/4 mile long, marked with yellow
diamond trail markers, and traveling around the ridge between the Cicero Swamp
and the McKinley Reserved Area. It is a beginner level trail, with only two small
inclines to navigate. Trail access is from the parking lot at the West McKinley
Shelter parking lot. Free admission. Hours mid-Oct. – March: Sunrise – Sunset.
Info: 315-676-7366.

Sunnycrest Park – Hickok Ave. at Caleb, Syracuse. Did you know that Sunnycrest
Park is home to more than 2.5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails? When
enough snow blankets the park, the trails bring skiers along a loop that includes
Sunnycrest golf course and some wooded areas. Trails are maintained by the City
of Syracuse Parks Dept. Trails start at the Sunnycrest Ski Lodge (Hickok Ave.
entrance). Parking is available at the Ski Lodge and Ice Rink. Skiing is available
December to March, snow conditions permitting. Free learn-to-ski clinics 11:30am
on Sundays. Trail Hours: Trails open 7 days a week dawn to dusk, weather and
conditions permitting. Ski Lodge Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am – 4pm, when snow conditions
permit. February School Break: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 3pm. For information or
to verify Ski Lodge is open call (315)473-2674.
Four Seasons Ski Center – 8012 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Introduction lessons
avalible Thurs. & Sat. by appoitment only. Rentals for skis, boots, poles
& snowshoes available & also for use in other surrounding areas (Green Lakes
State Park, Beaver Lake, Highland Forest). Rental deposit required with rental fee.
Call for hours of operation and conditions: (315)637-9023 or visit website www.
fourseasonsgolfandski.com

SLEDDING and TOBOGGANING:
Highland Forest – 1254 Highland Forest Rd., Fabius. Daily, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Use
the 300′ long slope of Skyline Hill; please note the hill is unsupervised.
Long Branch Park – Liverpool. (315) 453-6712. Located just north of Onondaga
Lake Park, the 100′ sledding hill is open daily 10am-5pm, conditions permitting.
Note: sledding hill is not supervised.
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park – Cazenovia. A massive slope for sledders of all ages.
Town Of Van Buren Park – The hill in Baldwinsville is open daily to the public.
Strawberry Hill – Sullivan Park, 707 Legion Drive, Chittenango.

SNOWBOARDING, TUBING and ALPINE SKIING:
Four Seasons Ski Center – 8012 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. A variety of packages
and passes available. Skiing and Snowboarding Camps also available. Private
Lessons also available. For hours and conditions call (315)637-9023 or visit website
www.fourseasonsgolfandski.com

SKATEBOARDING:
Onondaga Lake Skatepark – 107 Lake Drive, Liverpool. The 16,900-sq. ft park
is concrete and is open to inline skates, skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes.
Come and test your skills on its features like the 8′ deep Liberty Bowl, 7 Stair
Gap, 4.5 ft. high Ledge, or 3.5 ft. high volcano. There are also quarter pipes, grind
rails,spines, hips and gaps to challenge every skater or biker. The facility is open
for anyone older than age 5. Helmets must be worn, and waivers (available at the
park) must be signed by a parent. All sessions are integrated. Outside temperature
must be above 45 and the skatepark must be completely dry. $3/session;
$35/monthly pass; $125/annual pass. Nov. 1 – March 31(off-season) hours:12pm
– 4pm. Info: 315-453-6712.

WILDLIFE VIEWING:
Rosamond Gifford Zoo – 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Daily 10am – 4:30pm.
Founded in 1914, the zoo is among the top 10% of zoos in this country as an
accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo is open
year round and is home to more than 700 animals of all shapes & sizes. Celebrate
“Snow Leopard Days” throughout February! Winter is a fantastic time to view
the animals where all of the outside exhibits feature animals that were chosen
for their ability to adapt to the region’s climate. For guests who prefer warmer
temperatures, 60% of the exhibits are indoors, making the zoo a great destination
even on cold and snowy days. “Snow Leopard Days” admission: $5 Adults(19-61),
$2.50 Seniors (62+), $2 Youth (3-18), Free ages 2 & younger. Veterans & Active
Military: Free with valid ID, Onondaga County FAVOR card, discharge papers or
another form of official military ID (also applies to immediate family members).
Group rates available. Info: 315-435-8511 or www.rosamundgiffordzoo.org

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