This month, we are featuring a town I know well.

Camillus was established in 1799, taking its name from Marcus Furius Camillus, a Roman general (it’s actually the only town in the country with that name, according to its website).

Today, Camillus is full of history. Here are a few places you should add to your itinerary:

Museums and Historical Sites

The Wilcox Octagon House, Camillus, New York.Wilcox Octagon House
The Wilson Octagon House is “one of the few octagon homes left in the Eastern part of the United States that is restored and has public access to all of its levels,” per its website. Tours are available on select Sundays from April to November.
Where: 5420 W Genesee St.
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Parks and Nature Centers

Camillus Erie Canal Park
Another place where you can see history firsthand is Camillus Erie Canal Park. Families can visit the Sims’ Store Museum or go on a narrated boat tour (it includes a ride over the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct) – plus there are more than 13 miles of trails that are open year-round.
Where: 5750 Devoe Road.
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Camillus Park
Not to be confused with Camillus Erie Canal Park, this town park’s grounds include a playground and a wooded trail system. During Central New York’s warmest months, families can also cool off at the splash pad.
Where: 1 Pool Road.
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Veterans Memorial Park at Gillie Lake
A playground and a beach are among the park’s features. Make sure to also set aside some time to visit School House #1. It was open from 1855-1942, and was moved to the park in 1999, where it was repurposed into a museum.
Where: 2260 Sands Road.
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Sports and Recreation

Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf
This isn’t exactly in Camillus (it is located nearby, in Fairmount), but your kids are sure to love this 18-hole miniature golf course. Its obstacles include a pinball machine, windmill, barn, and castle – and there is a concession stand on site.
Where: 210 Onondaga Road (Syracuse).
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The Warrior Factory
If your child or teen is a fan of American Ninja Warrior (or even if they’re not), this is a must-visit destination. Guests can try obstacles from the show, including a spider climb, rings, and warped walls, during an open play session or sign up for a ninja warrior class.
Where: 170 Township Blvd., Suite 20.
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Other family-friendly attractions in Camillus include: Camillus Forest Unique Area; Camillus Ski Hill; Movie Tavern; and Shove Park.


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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