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Located along the Mohawk River, Utica is a city of approximately 60,000 residents in Oneida County, NY. Originally settled in 1758 as Old Fort Schuyler, it is now the county seat. The name Utica comes from an African city.
Interesting Facts: Utica holds the Guinness World Record for "Biggest Doughnut," achieved in 1993 when a local radio station and local bakeries prepared a 1.5-ton jelly doughnut. It has also appeared in the movies, as the setting for "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939) and the filming location for "Slap Shot" (1977). Actress Annette Funicello is/was a well-known Utica resident.
Utica is in the Eastern Standard time zone, and is located at latitude 43.100N, longitude -75.233W.
Historic routes: Erie Canal
Historic sites and museums: Children's Museum & Twirlers Hall of Fame, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
Utica College (1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13502) offers a wide range of academic programs, excellent faculty, and diversity of a large university, while at the same time providing students with the low faculty-to-student ratio and individual attention of a small college. Founded by Syracuse University in 1946, Utica College continues to grant the Syracuse University bachelor's degree in areas such as health care, criminal justice, public relations, journalism, business, and the liberal arts. Utica College was the first university in the nation to offer Economic Crime Investigation as a major. UC also offers the Utica College master's degree in education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, business administration, economic crime management, and liberal studies.
Hamilton College (198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323-1296) is a highly selective residential college offering its students a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. Chartered in 1812, it is the third oldest college in New York State and is named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, a charter trustee of the college's predecessor, the Hamilton-Oneida Academy.
Mohawk Valley Community College (1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501-5394) is the oldest community college in New York State, beginning operations in 1946. Approximately 30,000 individuals have earned degrees or certificates from MVCC.
Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (School of Art, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502). Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute is a prominent, regional fine arts center serving diverse audiences through three program divisions: the Museum of Fine Art, the Performing Arts, and the School of Art. The Institute is named in honor of the founders who established it in 1919 as a legacy for their community and the surrounding region.
State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology (PO Box 3050, Utica, NY 13599-4012). Established in 1966, SUNYIT offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology, professional studies, and selected liberal arts disciplines. The SUNYIT campus is a high-tech learning environment located on more than 800 acres of green lawns and woodlands in the Town of Marcy, just north of Utica.
The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology, at 311 Main Street, Utica, is a hands-on learning center with emphasis on local history, environmental science, the arts, and space science. The Museum also has an outdoor display of real train cars and engines.
Normal Museum Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday, closed (train outside is open)
Winter Museum Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00am - 3:30pm
Saturday, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Wednesday and Sunday, closed (train outside is open from 12pm to 3pm).
Sunday, closed (train outside is open).
Check our Calendar for our holiday schedule, days we may be closed for renovations, and special events.
$4.00 per person
Children under 12 months (1 year of age) Free
Members free (during special event programs, Members get a reduced rate)
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art. The Museum of Art offers 20 galleries featuring selections from the permanent collection and exhibitions of works from major collections worldwide. Find out about the more than 25,000 American and European 18th-, 19th, and 20th-century paintings and 19th-century decorative arts shown in the Philip Johnson-designed museum and Fountain Elms, a refurbished 1850s mansion and original home of MWPAI's founders.
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m;
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (315) 797-0000
Fax: (315) 797-5608
Museum of Art
310 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Founded in 1876, the Oneida County Historical Society (1608 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502, Tel. (315) 735-3642) collects and commemorates the history of Central New York in general and County of Oneida in particular. The Oneida County Historical Society offers a museum, historical and genealogical reference library, programs and book/gift shop in Utica's landmark former Christian Science Church. Opening hours are Tues-Fri 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and Sat 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the library is $5.00 for non-members.
The Stanley Theater opened September 10, 1928 and has been the premier showplace for Central New York ever since. Housed in a "Mexican baroque" building (with Moorish and art deco influences), the theater is home to the Broadway Theatre League, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Great Artists Series, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, and the Mohawk Valley Ballet. For event tickets, a tour, or information, call the Stanley ticket office at 724-4000.
The Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Utica Marsh is a unique urban wetland situated partly on the edge of the City of Utica, partly in the Town of Marcy, sandwiched between the Mohawk River on the south and the New York State Barge Canal on the north. The mixture of cattail wetlands, wet meadows, open water pools and flooded willows create a diverse marsh habitat that harbors a tremendous variety of plants and animals, especially birds.
Now the WMA 213 totals acres, has 2 observation towers, one handicapped accessible viewing platform, several trails complete with boardwalks over the wet areas, water control dikes, parking areas, a pavilion and car top boat launch site on the Mohawk River. A large parking lot and boat ramp are located on the Barge Canal just off the north west corner of the WMA and a bike trail passes along the marsh and barge canal on the north.
Get to Utica Marsh WMA by turning north off Route 5A (Oriskany Blvd.) onto Barnes Ave. There is a parking area at the end of Barnes Ave, down a little hill to the right, or the pavilion location is down a right-of-way lane to the right called Doucharm Road.
The Utica Symphony Orchestra is one of the few professional symphonies in Central New York, providing performances and outreach activities throughout Mohawk Valley. [505 Henry Street, Utica, NY 13502, Tel. (315) 732-5146, http://www.uticasymphony.org]
The Boilermaker 15K Road Race, run on the second Sunday in July, was established in 1976 by Earle C. Reed. The race began with just over 800 runners and a budget of $750. Now, the Boilermaker is the largest 15K in the nation with more than 10,000 runners. Each year, the race attracts top elite runners from all over the world, Olympians and world record holders. For more information visit www.boilermaker.com
America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk is a great opportunity to get some exercise, win prizes and serve the community. Even more importantly, it's a chance to raise money to support the American Heart Association's fight against heart disease -- our nation's number one killer.
Utica has a wide variety of bars, with many of the most popular being in the Varick St area of downtown. Although popular with residents year round, expect the bars around Varick St to be particuarly crowded during Saranac thursdays.
Varick St Bars:
The Electric Company, 700 Varick Street, 792-9271
Matt Brewery, Varick Street, 732-0022
Shamrock Pub, 601 Varick Street
Stiefvater Room, 618 Varick Street
Varick, 616 Varick Street, 724-7851
Gennessee St Bars:
257 Steakhouse and Saloon, 257 Genesee Street, 797-3452
The Auburn, 14 Auburn Avenue, 735-2649
Babe's Macaroni Bar and Grill, 80 North Genesee Street, 735-0777
Chatterbox Lounge, Genesee Street
The Devereux, 37 Devereux Street, 735-8628
Griffin's Pub, 226 Genesee Street, 724-5792
Space 26, A Martini Bar, 26 Bank Place, 735-4407
Hancock Airport (Syracuse) - the small regional airport in Utica is no longer in operation, however Oneida County airport (Oriskany) is still in use by charters and private avation, in addition to the airport in Rome, which has over a 10000 foot runway (at the former Griffis air base).
Amtrak out of Union Station, an historic train station in downtown Utica.
Utica is easily accessed from the New York State Thruway.
Munson-Williams Proctor Institute
Matt's Brewery Tour (brewer of Saranac, Utica Club, Matt's)