Onondaga County Parks

Spring Activities

Sweet...It's Maple Syrup Time

Nothing touts spring's arrival like sap flowing from the maple trees at Beaver Lake Nature Center. Each weekend in March, the center hosts "It's Maple Syrup Time" featuring interpretive tours through the sugar bush ending with a taste test... will you be able to tell the difference between pancake syrup and the real thing?! Don't miss the famous Pancake Breakfasts on Saturdays from 9am-12pm and be sure to visit the gift shop to stock up on maple goodies.

Central New York's "Central Park"

Spring is here and that’s means it’s time to get out and enjoy Onondaga Lake Park. The park has four great trails ideal for walking, running biking, blading and more: The East Shore Recreational Trail, the Shoreline Walking Trail, the West Shore Trail and the Lakeland Trail. The spectacular Wegmans Playground, located in near the Griffin Visitor Center, in the Wegmans Landing section of the park  offers fun for children of all ages and abilities.  For map and more information click here.

Wegmans Trams

  • Onondaga Lake Park
    2014 Hours
    May 10 - May 23:
    11:00 am - 7 pm
    May 24 - September 1: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    September 2 - October 13: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

A sure sign of spring is the traditional sight of the Wegmans Tram. The free trams are wheelchair accessible and run between the Griffin Visitor Center and Willow Bay making frequent stops along the way. Rides start at the top of the hour, Monday-Thursday and run every half hour Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Suggested Donation $1

Onondaga Lake Skatepark

  • Onondaga Lake Park:
    May - Labor Day: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    The 16,900-sq. ft park is concrete and built for inline skates, skateboards and BMX bikes. Come and test your skills on its features like the 8ft. deep Liberty Bowl, 7 Stair Gap, 4.5 ft. high ledge, or 3.5 ft. high volcano. There are also quarter pipes, grind rails, spines, hips and gaps to challenge every skater or biker. Admission to the Skatepark is $3 per session, $29 for a monthly pass, $99 for a season pass.

Salt Museum

  • May 10 - October 12: 1 - 6 pm Saturday & Sunday
    Discover how Syracuse earned it's nickname "The Salt City" through exhibits and artifacts in a reconstructed 1856 salt manufactory. The museum also has a gift shop. Free.

“Water” you waiting for?

The Oneida Shores Boat Launch, at Oneida Shores Park, offers your most accessible route to New York State's largest inland lake. Less than a mile off I81 in Brewerton, the paved launch provides multiple entry ramps for boats of all sizes, ample nearby parking, picnic facilities and restrooms.

Located midway along the lake's east shore, the all new Onondaga Lake Park Marina is a public facility operated by Onondaga County Parks. Due to its proximity to Syracuse and the greater metropolitan area, the Marina is a favorite spot for both recreation boaters and fishermen.

Canoe/Kayak Dock Open -

  • Beaver Lake Nature Center
    Weekends May 10 - June 22 then daily thru September 1: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Enjoy a leisurely paddle on you own across Beaver Lake. Explore the lake's edge and search for beaver lodges, turtles, herons and osprey. Rental rates are $10 per hour.


Fishing is a wonderful activity for the whole family or for those seeking solitude and thanks to Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, nearly 100 miles of local streams will be brimming with thousands of fish, including nearly 20,000 two year old brown trout averaging 15 inches in length. Best bets are Nine Mile Creek and Butternut Creek.

Public Fishing, Combination Shelter rental and fishing programs at Carpenter's Brook offer great opportunities to catch a big one for beginners. Visit Carpenter's Brook for more information.

Ready, Aim, Shoot!

Disc Golf Course Opens April 1

  • Jamesville Beach Park
    Featuring 18 challenging holes, this is a great combination of Frisbee and golf (and exercise!) According to the National Recreation and Park Association, Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and Central New Yorkers can easily get into the game!


These parks offer areas for practice, visitors must bring their own targets and equipment.

Ridin’ High…

Mountain Biking Season: May 1 - September 30

  • Highland Forest - Regular Park hours
    There is no better place to give your bike a workout than on the 20 miles of trails at the "Adirondacks of Central New York." Highland offers a mix of country road, mountain trail and backwoods adventure while opportunities for Off-Road Bicycling can be found on park roads and on fire lanes. Maps available at the Park Office located inside Skyline Lodge. Park admission is $3 per person.

Get away from it all…

Campgrounds Open

  • Oneida Shores Park
    Choose from 50 lakeview sites, 25 with power. Shaded grounds accommodate both tents and self contained RV's. Hot showers, restrooms, free beach and boat launch use make this the ideal get away spot.

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