This month, Family Times is introducing a new feature, Explore CNY, which will highlight some of the family-friendly activities in local towns.

Our first stop is Baldwinsville.

Located about 20 minutes north of Syracuse, it is home to parks, u-pick farms and historical sites.

Parks and Nature Centers

Beaver Lake Nature Center
Beaver Lake Nature Center’s nine trails wind through wetlands, meadows, a bog and more (and they are open year-round).
Where: 8477 E. Mud Lake Road.
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Community Park
Community Park’s newest addition, an accessible playground, opened in the fall. Families can also take a walk on one of its nature trails or spend some time on the water (there is a kayak launch at the park).
Where: Lions Parkway.
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Lysander Park
Lysander Park’s grounds include pickleball courts (rental equipment is available), a playground, a 0.75-mile trail, a life-size checkerboard, and a spray park, which has 24 features.
Where: Smokey Hollow Road.
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Abbott Farms
During a visit to Abbott Farms, families can pick their own strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples and pumpkins (depending on the time of year) or attend one of its family-friendly festivals.
Where: 3275 Cold Springs Road.
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Reeves Farms
Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Reeves Farms offers u-pick strawberries and blueberries during the summer months.
Where: 1220 W. Genesee Road.
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Hickory Hill Golf Center
Families can play a round of mini golf (the course includes water and a cave), then grab some homemade ice cream.
Where: 3451 State Route 31.
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Three Rivers Athletic Complex
Three Rivers Athletic Complex offers open skate sessions – and it houses a pro shop and the Overtime Sports Bar & Grill.
Where: 2725 W. Entry Road.
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Museums and Historical Sites

Erie Canal and Lock 24
A trip to Baldwinsville wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Erie Canal and Lock 24 (the latter opened in 1910 and is still operational today).
Where: Water St.
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Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum
Are you interested in history? Learn more about Baldwinsville at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum (fun fact: the building dates back to 1879).
Where: 46 Canton St.
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Paper Mill Island
The outdoor amphitheater hosts numerous concerts and festivals. Upcoming events include: Seneca River Days (June 9-10) and a performance by the Zac Brown Tribute Band (June 23).
Where: 136 Spensieri Ave.
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Read the June issue of Family Times to see what town we feature next!





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Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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