Culture and Recreation
A rich heritage of culture and creativity:
From its humble beginning as the furthest
frontier border during the Revolutionary War and the most important
battle front in the War of 1812, to today with its historic museums,
concerts, festivals, farmers markets and art galleries, Oswego County
is a historical and cultural treasure that awaits you.
- 34 sites related to the Underground Railroad
Freedom Trail located throughout Oswego County.
- At the end of the Second World War, historic
in Oswego was used as an emergency refugee center for victims
of the Nazi Holocaust, the only one of its kind in the U.S. The
Safe Haven Museum now commemorates the plight of the inhabitants
of the refugee center.
- Productions such as Hansel and Gretel,
HMS Pinafore, The Magic Flute and Susannah thrill audiences of
seasons of fun:
No matter what
time of the year it is, it’s never hard to find something
fun to do in Oswego County. Within our borders, you’ll find
sandy beaches, vast forests, white water rivers and serene lakes,
community festivals, national attractions, and some of the most
spectacular fishing in the Northeast.
- Each year, Harborfest
brings more than 250,000 people to Oswego for four days of family
fun including awe-inspiring fireworks, a majestic tall ships battle,
entertainment stages, and more than 100 admission-free performances
and children's events.
- The waters and tributaries of eastern
Great Lake Ontario lure both veteran and novice anglers
with species such as walleye, coho and chinook salmon, steelhead
and brown trout.
- Oswego County is home to more than 10
of the most beautiful golf
courses and driving ranges in Central New York. Links vary
from par three courses to par fives.
- During a typical spring migration, 40,000
hawks may pass over Derby
Hill Bird Observatory in Mexico. In the spring of 1995, a
world-record 19,531 red-tailed hawks were counted between March
For more information about recreation, arts,
accommodations and culture in Oswego County, visit the Oswego
County Tourism website.