The Erie Canal Museum preserves the rich history of the Erie Canal and enlightens visitors about its impact with exhibits and programs. From 1825 until 1917, the Erie Canal ran through downtown Syracuse where Erie Boulevard now sits, and, as a nautical passageway, helped several cities grow and flourish throughout the state. The museum preserves the canal's legacy and hosts several attractions for children and adults, including the newly renovated children's nook, which features books, a puppet theater, puzzles, and interactive areas. A full-size replica canal boat allows visitors to experience life as a canaller without having to take obligatory night shifts on the sea-monster watch.
When Utica Zoo opened its gates 98 years ago, three fallow deer comprised its entire animal population. Today, visitors can traipse the zoo's walking trails to view more than 200 animals, including alligators, bald eagles, zebras, and an African lion. The zoo also provides a safe haven for threatened species such as snowy owls and mexican spider monkeys. Staff members guide tours and conduct presentations, allowing visitors to get a close look at animals.
Not many establishments offer the chance to see a Steven Sondheim musical, catch a concert, take a theater workshop, and eat an organic salad in one place. But at Red House Arts Center, all of these things flourish. Founded and renovated by a group of local artists, the center beckons visitors to fully immerse themselves in the arts, whether they’re watching an experimental-theater performance, strolling the halls of the second-floor art gallery, or pouring a bucket of house paint on themselves in the lobby.
Master framer Kate Backus Alibrandi leads Gallery One Fourteen Art and Framing with skills honed through experience and a seasoned artistic eye. Each painting, portrait, or prized curling jersey begins its journey to hangability with an in-store consultation. Preservationists advise art holders on the most aesthetically pleasing matting and border to complement pieces while keeping in mind each individual's budget and project timeline. Although prices range from $80 to $600 depending on each frame's required materials and size, the picture warden will always quote a project's cost before locking images away. Sports-jersey framing with linen matting ranges from $250 to $350 for a 30"x36" project, and 24"x30" art prints cost around $160 to frame. Post-framing, Gallery One Fourteen's team offers professional installation for an additional charge to create a pristine mantel inside your home or bomb-shelter recreations of your home.
Clasped between Saguaro National Park and the Ironwood Preserve, Double R Ranch appears as though it were plucked straight from the frames of an old Western movie. The windswept grounds stand as a gateway to the thousands of untouched acres that quietly stitch together the Northwest side of Tucson. The ranch gives visitors a chance to explore that land with horseback rides and birthday parties. It also offers weekend getaways and RV hookups to city-dwellers in need of an escape from the crowds and door-to-door minivan salesmen that come with urban living. Double R also accommodates guests who have their own horses with overnight stabling services.
At Adams Eden, summer camp isn't just for youngsters. The family-owned establishment welcomes adventurers of all ages to its 328 acres of undulating greenery where activities on land and air abound. Anyone with day passes can partake in hiking, boating, and volleyball, or explore the mountain meadow maze. Overnight guests have their pick of lodgings that include a sprawling lodge, a cozy cabin, a rustic platform tent, or camp sites equipped with fire pits and picnic tables.
After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.