10 Best Things To Do In Oneonta, NY

things to do in oneonta new york

Oneonta, situated just south of Cooperstown in the Susquehanna Valley, is known as the “City of the Hills,” and it has diverse offerings in the arts, outdoor recreation, history and more. Catering to butterfly enthusiasts, BBQ aficionados, and soccer enthusiasts looking for complements to the Soccer Hall of Fame experience, a visit to the charming community of Oneonta will be one where travelers with a variety of interests will be satisfied. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Oneonta, NY!

1. Bear Pond Winery

Silver Tip Merlot & Oak Bear Chardonnay are back and as delicious as ever! Stop in for a tasting today!

Posted by Bear Pond Winery on Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Do you have the 'cold rainy Sunday blues?' We have the cure! Stop by the winery and grab a bottle of Holiday Bear...

Posted by Bear Pond Winery on Sunday, 7 May 2017

This is the best place for tasting wine in Oneonta. Once you come inside, the friendly staffs will welcome you. Not only the staff members but also the delicious wine will be waiting for you. Try their Vidal Ice Wine! Amazing!

The Bruiser (a combination of blueberry/blackberry wine) is also very good choice. It is only 15 USD for six selections. Very reasonable price! If you feel hungry, this winery has variety offerings of snacks. Don’t worry about bringing your kids to the winery, they have delicious shaved ice to serve them!

Bear Pond Winery

Address: 2515 State Highway 28, 13820 Oneonta, New York

Contact: +1 607-643-0294

Website: Bear Pond Winery

2. Delaware Otsego Audubon Soc. Sanctuary

Posted by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society on Sunday, 21 May 2017

Posted by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society on Wednesday, 26 April 2017

This is a place that those who love hiking will fall in love with. It is a little bit far away from the city but a worthy place to explore. Use your map to find the place. You will enjoy short hiking with your friends or your family. There are trails here for you to explore so don’t worry about being lost.

Delaware Otsego Audubon Soc. Sanctuary

Address: Grange Hall Rd. Spur, 13820 Oneonta, NY

Website: Delaware Otsego Audubon Soc. Sanctuary

3. Robert V Riddell State Park

Posted by Friends of Robert V Riddell State Park on Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Posted by Friends of Robert V Riddell State Park on Tuesday, 30 August 2016

This is another best place to escape from the crowd of the city. Whether you come in the winter or summer, this place offers you a great nature experience in any season. Once you enter the park, you will be surrounded by woods and pastures. The trails are easy to follow. Bring your dog and let him swim in the Schenevus Creek. Chill in the picnic area after the great hike!

Robert V Riddell State Park

Address: St Hwy 28 & Cty Hwy 7, Oneonta, NY

Contact: +1 607-432-2114

Website: Robert V Riddell State Park

4. Emmons Pond Bog

Posted by Mispa Haque on Sunday, 4 June 2017

Posted by Mispa Haque on Sunday, 4 June 2017

Emmons Pond Bog is a really relaxing place. Different from the other two, there are many ponds and bogs in this area. Enjoy wildlife in the middle of nowhere. Listen to the nature audio of the wind. Follow the trail markers to guide you from one pond to another. Don’t forget to wear your waterproof hiking shoes because the trail sometimes is exceptionally wet and muddy.

Emmons Pond Bog

Address: 2028 White Hill Rd, 13820 Oneonta, NY, USA

Website: Emmons Pond Bog

5. Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory

Paradise Tanager

Posted by Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory on Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A Morpho butterfly sits on a Jungle drum leaf.

Posted by Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory on Monday, 23 June 2014

For those who love animals, this conservatory is a great place to visit. You will see many creatures here, reptiles, birds, fish, turtles, and especially the butterflies. You will enjoy being surrounded by birds and butterflies. There are feeding areas and you may feed your fave animal. If you are in the area and have an hour to spend, I would give it a shot.

Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory

Address: 5802 State Highway 7, 13820-3654 Oneonta, NY +1 607-435-1147

Website: Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory

6. The Green Toad Bookstore

Stay classy with @penguinclassics 🕯

Posted by The Green Toad Bookstore on Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Head on down to Roots next Thursday for our PrideFest Open Mic Night! ❤️💛💚💙💜 Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1127350227408355/?ti=icl

Posted by The Green Toad Bookstore on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The bookworms will love this place for sure! Stepping into the store, you just get a relaxed, cozy feeling. The owner is wonderful, incredibly personable, and very knowledgeable. Not only will you find great books but unique gifts too.

There are a couple comfy chairs to relax and also a bathroom. There is a great coffee shop attached to this store. Find your fave book and have a seat on the sofa while you sip you arabica. Don’t forget to buy some souvenirs for your family in this place.

The Green Toad Bookstore

Address: 198 Main St, 13820 Oneonta, NY, USA

Contact: +1 607-433-8898

Website: The Green Toad Bookstore

7. Neahwa Park

Swimming lessons! Gorgeous day ☀️

Posted by Maureen Keller Seymour on Thursday, 22 June 2017

This park is a great place to gather and just feed the fish and ducks with your lovely kids. You will have fun with your kids and have quality time by playing together with your kids in the playground and pools. It is a great and well-kept park. Another plus from this place, there is soccer, football and baseball fields for all to use and a skateboard practice ramps. What a homey place to spend the day!

Neahwa Park

Address: Neahwa Place, 13820 Oneonta, New York

Website: Neahwa Park

8. National Soccer Hall Of Fame

Posted by Jennifer Rae Shirley on Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Posted by Jennifer Rae Shirley on Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, also in Oneonta. There is a place which is very interesting to visit, especially for the soccer lovers: National Soccer Hall Of Fame. You will discover the history of the hall, once you are inside. The Hall of Fame also possesses an archive of more than 80,000 items, which make up one of the largest collections of soccer artifacts and records in the world. The collection includes such rare pieces as the world’s oldest soccer ball (made in the USA) and both the 1991 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy. What a great trip!

National Soccer Hall Of Fame

Address: 18 Stadium Cir, 13820 Oneonta, NY

Website: National Soccer Hall Of Fame

9. The Wilber Mansion

Posted by Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) on Friday, 13 January 2017

Posted by Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) on Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Wilber Mansion on Ford Avenue in Oneonta houses the delightfully active Community Arts Network of Oneonta. CANO opens on “First Friday” every month, which features a new artist or artists, feted with wine and cheese parties and live music. This is a great hangout for lovers of the arts and anyone who enjoys something different. Go to the chili bowl fundraiser with 25 local chili aficionados offering their best for the price of the handmade bowl. Very interesting!

The Wilber Mansion

Address: 11 Ford Ave, 13820 Oneonta, NY, USA

Contact: +1 607-432-2070

Website: The Wilber Mansion

10. Learn scientific fun facts with your kids at the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

Science Discovery Center

Travelers who are preoccupied with kids during vacations and trips can have a handful sometimes, but when in Oneonta, New York, there’s a ton of kid-friendly activities to consider when planning your itinerary. Check out the interactive museum, the A.J. Science Discovery Center, where kids and kids at heart can enjoy a free tour around authentic and interactive exhibits that boast interesting and engaging scientific wonders. This museum is a keen advocate of STEAM bred programs for children and is a great way to expose kids to a fun way of learning new things. Established in 1988, this prolific science center actively continues to promote the maths and sciences, the arts, and technology through education and interactive engagement.

A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

Address: SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, 13820

Website: A.J. Read Science Discovery Center

Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays

Price: free admission

Enjoy the city of the hills

Old Post Office Oneonta NY Apr 10
Source: Photo by user Doug Kerr used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Whether you will spend your vacation with your family or your friends, the city of the hills is waiting for you. Book your tickets now, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Oneonta.

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