The Central region of New York is a crossroads, dominated by the state's fifth-largest city, Syracuse, and the Mohawk River that flows eastward through this region. It borrows aspects from all of the surrounding regions to create a microcosm of New York as a whole: hills and rivers, cities and farms, hard work and recreation. Central New York is sometimes called the "Gateway to the Adirondacks" and is a natural starting point for fall foliage expeditions. It is also rich in history: The battle of Oriskany and the siege of Fort Stanwix figured prominently in the American revolutionary war.
- 1 Bainbridge
- 2 Cazenovia
- 3 Clay
- 4 Clinton — home of Hamilton College
- 5 Cooperstown — known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; also home to the Farmers' Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) library and the Ommegang Brewery, and has a pretty historic district
- 6 Cortland
- 7 Herkimer (and Ilion and Mohawk)
- 8 Little Falls
- 9 Norwich
- 10 Oneida
- 11 Oneonta — a town with a lovely historic district and two colleges
- 12 Oswego — a small city with important wartime history and legacy from the Revolutionary War to World War II, also home to a SUNY college
- 13 Pulaski
- 14 Rome
- 15 Syracuse — the major regional population, economic and cultural hub, home to Syracuse University
- 16 Utica — a city with some nice buildings from the industrial era and good cultural institutions for a community of its size
- A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 crosses the north of this area from 3:20PM local time. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Ohio then straddling the Canada–New England border.
Although lacking any true mountains, Central New York has miles and miles of marked and unmarked trails to explore. Two long distance trails, Finger Lakes Trail (FLT), and North Country Trail (NCT) transit the region.
- Sylvan Beach Amusement Park. - located in Sylvan Beach