With everything from small towns to big cities, the central region of New York State offers visitors a wide variety of experiences-cruise the Erie Canal, tour a Revolutionary War fort, walk through an underground cave, mine for diamonds, or try your luck at a roulette table! There are three Amtrak stations in Central New York: Amsterdam, Utica, and Rome. Take a look at what you'll find near them.

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Fort Stanwix | Central NY | New York By Rail
 

Fort Stanwix National Monument celebrated its 40th anniversary as a national monument and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Step into the Visitor Center, and observe demonstrations of 18th-century military life.



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Turning Stone Resort Casino, home to three premier golf courses, will host the 49th PGA Professional National Championship, June 26-29. An Oneida Indian Nation property, the resort also features four hotels, two spas and a 1,200-square foot gaming floor.



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Opening this summer, the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook is a pedestrian bridge and park over the Mohawk River that will reconnect Amsterdam's south side neighborhoods and Erie Canalway Trail with the north side's Riverlink Park and the city's downtown.



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The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute will be the only venue for a special exhibit, The World Through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photography, with large-scale photos by renowned National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry—on view until Dec.



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An "urban winery," Mohawk Valley Winery has opened in Utica, offering hand-crafted reds, whites, blush and specialty selections. Meet the winemakers, view the tank room, visit the tasting room for a flight of five or enjoy happy hour at the wine bar.



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The Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley contains a collection of 25,000 artifacts showcasing Amsterdam's past through natural history, industrial, Victorian and multicultural exhibits.




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The Adirondack Scenic Railroad departs on several scenic excursions from the Utica station. This year's calendar includes several Beer and Wine Trains and Soda Fountain Lunch Trains, the Family Halloween Train and of course, the Polar Express.




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Old Fort Johnson | CentralNY | New York By Rail
 

Since 1888, Old Fort Johnson, the former residence of Sir William Johnson during the French and Indian War. Today, seasonal tours of this national Historic Landmark describe the social, cultural, military and industrial past of the Mohawk Valley.



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Capitol Theatre | CentralNY | New York By Rail
 

Built in 1928, the historic Capitol Theatre is a 1,788-seat performing and visual arts space with its original Möller theater organ. There are more than 100 shows per year, including silent and classic movies, live theatrical productions, musical concerts and dance.



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Utica Zoo | CentralNY | New York By Rail
 

Open year round, the Utica Zoo is home to 200 animals representing 85 species from around the world, including zebras, monkeys, red pandas, wolves and alligators. Family favorites include the children's petting zoo, camel feedings and sea lion shows.



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Erie canal Cruises | CentralNY | New York By Rail
 

Erie Canal Cruises offers daily seasonal sightseeing cruises through Lock 18 at Jacksonburg. The 90-minute narrated cruises on the Mohawk River runs May through October.




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Griffis International Sculpture Garden | CentralNY | New York By Rail
 

The Griffiss International Sculpture Garden in Rome is an impressive outdoor collection of public works in various media. Of the 20+ modern pieces on display, several are interactive, some offer seating as part of the design, and others are lit using solar power.



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At the Herkimer Diamond Mines, you can prospect for 500-million-year-old quartz crystals, and keep what you find. The diamond-like geometrical gemstones rate 7.5 on a hardness scale and can measure between one to eight inches long.



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