In the middle of indoor fun this winter

Published: Feb 11, 2015

In the middle of it all

New York's central region is well-lined with museums, performing arts centers, bustling downtowns and plenty of spots for R&R. Tour of Saranac Brewery in UticaThe "Village of Museums," Cooperstown is the home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Fenimore Art Museum, craft breweries and storybook inns. Treasure hunters know this region for its antiques, and gamers head here for casino fun. Whatever your taste, New York's central region has your flavor.

Play some games

When the gaming bug bites, Vernon Downs Casino & Racing in Verona has the cure with video gaming, live entertainment and yummy dining, plus 767 gaming machines for your itchy fingers, including in-house progressives, penny machines and video poker. New York State's only casino resort, Turning Stone offers slots, bingo, poker, keno and more games for grown-ups. Add lush lodgings, live shows and seductive spa treatments for a sure win.

Find hidden treasures

Forget the malls, let's find something unique. Craft lovers and antique hunters can't stop prowling Binghamton's Antique Row, Oneonta's Route 7 Antique Corridor, and Middleburgh's Artisan's Gallery where Schoharie Valley crafters offer handmade treasures. Do some power-browsing in January when Utica's annual Mohawk Valley Antiquefest draws antique dealers far and wide to show you their collectibles, artworks, furniture and carpets, estate jewelry, postcards and more treasures you'll never find at a retail store.

Family stops to love

Next door to the Binghamton Zoo in Ross Park, the Discovery Center has 30 play-and-learn exhibits that children can dig, drive, fly, perform and paint their way through. A short hop south of Utica, the Family Fun Factory dishes up arcade games, bounce houses and playrooms to exhaust even the most energetic brood.

Take in a show

Stanley TheaterNow in its 45th season, the Cooperstown Concert Series turns up the thermostat with acts like The Gibson Brothers, Tartan Terrors and Wild Ponies. Visit Hamilton's Palace
for drama by touring companies and by their own Palace Players. Built in 1928 as a movie palace, Utica's lavish Stanley Center for the Arts hosts live theater, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, Mohawk Valley Ballet, and top acts from Tony Bennett to Jerry Seinfeld. You may also take a guided tour of this architectural marvel featuring gilded cherubs, marble Renaissance lions, twisted gold columns and twinkling stars in a pink-hued, vaulted ceiling.

View some very fine art

Art galleries dish up an eyeful. In Binghamton, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts displays an ever-growing collection of contemporary art, including abstract works and photography, post-modern contemporary realism, photorealism, drawings and sculpture by emerging and established international artists. Utica's Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute has a list of exhibits longer than its name, including "In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows," an exhibition of stained glass angels created in 1902 in the renowned studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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