With the start of fall right around the corner, the thought of upcoming vacations may have crossed your mind. But with high gas prices and not a lot of vacation time left, your dream of getting away may be just that – a dream. That doesn’t have to be the case, though, especially for residents of Norwich and surrounding New York cities. Whether you’re looking to vacation with your family, friends or by yourself, consider planning a staycation and stay local while taking a break from your everyday life. Here are a few ideas for staycationing in Norwich.
Grab your clubs and head out for a fun and challenging day on one of these courses. Get a foursome together and make friendly wagers – closest to the hole, hole-in-one and overall winner. Some courses also offer up gorgeous views, so if you find yourself looking for your ball in the middle of the woods, at least you have a great view. Practice your golf swing and head out to play a round.
- Canasawacta Country Club: A challenging par 70 course, Canasawacta is open to the public. If you’re not happy with your golf game, you’ll be happy with the traditional and family-friendly atmosphere found in the clubhouse. 261 County Road 44, Norwich, NY 13815
- Gold Rush Miniature Golf: Fun for the entire family, Gold Rush has various themes in the mini golf course, such as western, pirate and cartoon. To make things more interesting, there are various elements that add to the fun, including a pond, waterfall and windmill. 4853 State Route 233, Westmoreland, NY 13490
Northeast Classic Car Museum
For car enthusiasts in the Norwich, N.Y. area, there’s the Northeast Classic Car Museum. This educational facility collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles which are related to the evolution of transportation. You’ll find more than 150 classic and vintage vehicles in the museum, dating from the early 1900s through the early 1970s. Additionally, you’ll find WWI and WWII airplane engines, videos and more. 24 Rexford St., Norwich, NY 13815
With the weather beginning to cool down, there is no better excuse to spend some time outdoors. Although all two square miles of Norwich is land, the Chenango River winds south along the eastern edge of the city, and the Canasawacta Creek flows south along the western border. Check out these outdoor activities:
- Bowman Lake State Park: For a relaxing local getaway, plan a camping trip here. Close to 200 campsites are located on the 660 acres of Bowman Lake State Park. The lake itself is 35 acres and stocked annually with rainbow and brook trout. If you’re not sure about committing fully to an outdoor adventure, you’ll be glad to know that the park provides hot showers and bathrooms. Other activities include a swimming beach, paddleboats, hiking trails and picnicking. 745 Bliven Sherman Road, Oxford, NY 13830
- Chenango Canal Nature Walk: Spend a day in Bouckville and hike five miles along the waters of the Chenango Canal. The trail runs from Woodman’s Pond to the corner of Elm Street and Canal Road. Fishing enthusiasts will be glad to know that the canal is a year-round destination for trout fishing, using artificial lures only. The canal is stocked with brown and brook trout. Route 20 and Canal Road, Bouckville, NY 13310
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