Not to be confused with the destination in Italy, Rome in New York is a rustic little town that represents history, natural beauty, and northern courtesies. Famed for the frontier days that led to the American Revolutionary War, the city is a well-developed reminder of both European and American histories.
There are settlements to see and explore, mountains to scale and adventure on, and plenty of nightlife that Upstate New York is famed for. Enjoy every kind of atmosphere in Rome, from the quiet and peace during an afternoon of hikes and exploration, to the bustle of an inner city that crawls with party-goers, minglers, and romantics.
Family-friendly and small enough to get through in a matter of 2 hours, the Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo is a much-loved destination for animal lovers to Rome. Family-owned and operated, the zoo has garnered big attention for their collection of wildlife, such as lemurs, kangaroos, baby goats, and peacocks. There are deer to pet, ponds of ginormous fish to feed, and lots of animal facts to learn. Kids will have a blast, especially in the autumn when pumpkins, hot chocolate, and tractor rides are regularly on the schedule. There is also a small playground with a classic ball pit and a specific play area for toddlers.
Come explore Rome, NY where battles of the American Revolution were fought
For history bugs, the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site is the place where one of the bloodiest fights of the American Revolution was fought. Marked by a huge monument, the site is open for 6 hours every day, and there is often a line to see the monument. The battlefield spans 70 acres with plaques and smaller monuments and structures around the grounds. Learn about the biggest battle of 1777, while taking a leisurely stroll over green grassy hills under a bright blue Rome sky. There are picnic areas and plenty of shaded benches, so bring a lunch and reflect on a bit of American history.
Come tour the 'fort that never surrendered.' Constructed on an old trail connecting Wood Creek and the Mohawk River, the path served to move people traveling from the Atlantic Ocean toward Lake Ontario. Known as the Oneida Carrying Place named by arriving Europeans, nations fought to take control of the Mohawk Valley and the Oneida Carrying Place. In 1777, Fort Stanwix successfully held off a delayed siege waged by British, Canadian, German, Loyalist and American Indian warriors and troops. With several battles including Oriskany, Saratoga and Bennington, the fort protected the area until 1781 when it was abandoned.
Delta Lake State Park is a must-see for nature lovers, fishermen, and swimmers. In the wintertime, the hills turn into perfect snowy slopes for all kinds of wintry fun, like snowmobiling and snowboarding. In the spring and summertime, the park is warm and pleasant, with a lakeside camping area for those that want to nap under the stars. The lake is swimming with fish of all kinds and sizes, so fishermen are sure to have some luck with their rods and reels. For nature buffs, there are hiking trails, scenic paths that are beautiful in autumn, and shaded picnic areas.
While in Rome, check out the Erie Canal Village, fashioned after a mid-1800's village settled along the Erie Canal. Located in the area where ground was broken to create the canal in 1817, guests enjoy a boat ride on a portion of the canal. Onsite, there is a railroad and the Harden Carriage Museum featuring horse drawn carriages. Housed in a former cheese factory is the New York State Museum of Cheese. You'll also have an opportunity to visit the Canal Museum showcasing the timeline and construction of the Erie Canal. Find a gift shop, snack bar and other stuctures here including a print shop, a school house, blacksmith shop, and general store.
On that note, if you plan on staying for a few nights, pick one of the best hotels in Rome, New York. The hotels include Wingate by Wyndham Rome, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn, and The Inn at the Beeches.
Wingate by Wyndham Rome
On Dart Circle, the Wingate by Wyndham Rome is a huge, classic hotel that caters to every kind of traveler and guest, from families with all-aged children, to business professionals, honeymooners, and weekend vacationers. The hotel boasts over 600 onlieve reviews that pinpoint the accommodations as either very good or excellent. Some of the amenity highlights include a swimming pool and hot tub, courteous, speedy customer service at the front desk, free hot breakfasts of waffles, sandwiches, and fresh-brewed coffee, and spacious, thick-walled rooms with queen-sized beds and free high-speed internet. This is the kind of hotel you stay in if you want a little peace, quiet, and luxury during your travels through Rome, NY.
Other accommodations include a workout room with updated fitness equipment, free parking for guests, and a business center with internet access and company meeting rooms. If you want classic New York cuisine, take a chance on La Roma Pizzeria for dinner. Start with an antipasto salad, build a custom pie from your choice of favorite, fresh ingredients, and end with some delicate, homemade, chocolate-drenched cannoli.
Seated on Floyd Avenue, the Hampton Inn has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence after garnering over 250 positive reviews from satisfied past guests. Some of the pinpointed highlights from travelers include a knowledgeable, helpful staff at the front desk, a delicious complimentary, hot breakfast, a nice outdoor lounge area with a fire pit and mini bar. Beautiful views overlooking Rome can be enjoyed from the top-floor balconies.
This hotel is nestled within the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, which makes it a beacon for business professionals. However, the hotel is also family-friendly, and Hampton Inn arranges fun activities for families in the summertime. Craving some relaxation and an awesome cup of coffee? Stop at Spresso’s Coffee House for a perfect cup of tea or a delicious vanilla-flavored latte.
On South James Street sits the Quality Inn, a budget hotel with excellent accommodations and basic, pleasant amenities. If you want to stay somewhere that feels the most like home, this is the place. Their accommodations include free parking for guests, a fitness center with modern workout equipment, an on-site café, and an outdoor swimming pool. Room-wise, guests are greeted with a high-tech air-conditioning systems, comfortable double beds, and free high-speed internet. If you have some downtime, take a trip to the Rome Historical Society and Museum on Church Street. Walk through spacious aisles of historic American exhibits that showcase amazing artifacts from Native American cultures and the Civil War.
The Inn at the Beeches
Constructed alongside Turin Road on Route 26, The Inn at the Beeches is a Rome favorite, with many positive online reviews and excellent guest experiences. Fresh-baked cookies greet you at the front desk, while an on-site restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options at affordable prices. Other amenities include a huge indoor swimming pool, a mini bar and lounge area, free high-speed wireless internet, and a banquet room for celebrations. The Inn is situated on 52 acres of lush estate, so you don’t have to stray far to get a healthy dose of nature. If you feel bored, simply take a walk across the green hills and small forests that beautify the hotel grounds.
There's also an onsite conference center with ample meeting space to acommodate just 10 people or 800. Flexible areas offer small rooms for private business meetings, and larger spaces for conferences, expos, and weddings. Plus, you'll have access to copying services, stamps, a fax, shipping and delivery services, free shuttle service to the Oneida airport, and concierge services. Host your next meeting here!
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