Plan Your Bicentennial Conference Visit

If you have never been to Utica, New York, or haven’t been here in a while, you are in for a great visit! The city’s neighborhoods are making a comeback and there are many new coffee shops and eateries to visit along with some of our most popular attractions.

Bagg's Square Neighborhood

This neighborhood, nestled between Oriskany Street and the train tracks, is where Utica began. The Erie Canal bordered it on its south end and it was the city’s hub for hospitality, entertainment and commerce for almost two centuries.

Today, it is an up-and-coming destination where first floor storefronts and upper floor loft apartments are popping up left and right.

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Historic Timeline Mural

Bagg's Square Historic Timeline MuralHistory lovers – Bagg’s Square is home to a new, 80 foot long historic timeline mural that captures 200 years of people, places and events that shaped the neighborhood. It’s a must see! It is located on the John Street ramp on the east side of the neighborhood near Kids Oneida and the Utica Children’s Museum (use 310 Main Street as the address) – there is public parking right in front of the mural.

Oneida County Public Market

321 Main Street (located outside in the REA Wing)
Held on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm outside historic Union Station, this popular market features a multitude of vendors carrying everything from meat and vegetables to cheeses, handmade goods, breads and more.

Union Station

321 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501
Constructed from 1912-1914, Union Station is ranked one of the most beautiful train stations in the country. It is well worth it to stop by to view the impressive interior!

To explore another active part of the neighborhood, take a short walk down to Lower Genesee Street where you’ll find:


Erie Canal Half Marathon
This popular race will be taking place on Sunday, May 21st. It starts right from Bagg’s Square near Commercial Travelers and the course follows the Erie Canal Path out to the lock in Marcy and back.

Delta Dam, Canal Aqueduct and Locks
Construction of Delta Dam began in 1908, which displaced the Village of Delta for the creation of a reservoir for the New York State Barge Canal. Today visitors can see the large masonry dam, aqueduct and locks from the Black River Canal. Located 10 miles north of Rome on Route 46.

The Rome Historical Society
200 Church Street
Rome, NY 13440
Open Tuesday - Friday 9am - 3pm
and Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Formed in 1936, the Rome Historical Society operates a 3,700 square foot museum with both permanent and rotating exhibits. These exhibits are based on their collection of more than 40,000 items, carefully preserved in 8,400 square foot artifact storage. The William E. Scripture Research Library is home to more than 10,000 archived books, documents, photographs, and paper records to aid curious genealogists, home and business owners, and seasoned historians alike.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
311 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Founded in 1919, MWPAI is one of Utica’s true gems with a renowned permanent collection and impressive, diverse exhibitions. Free to the public. (Special exhibitions may require a fee).
Current exhibition: Crazy Quilts – Art in Pieces
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Utica Zoo
1 Utica Zoo Way
Utica, NY 13501
The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 100 years. The Zoo has grown from its small beginnings with three fallow deer in 1914, to its present collection of 99 species of animals on 40 acres. Visit the sea lions and the red panda along with monkeys, camels, lions and more!

F.X. Matt Brewery
830 Varick Street
Utica, NY 13502
Home of Saranac beers and soft drinks, the family-owned F.X. Matt Brewery is one of the oldest in the country and is right in the heart of Utica’s Brewery District. One of visitors’ most favorite things to do in the city is take the tour of the brewery. They are offered Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Their 1888 Tavern is now open to the public as well and you can visit Thursday, Friday or Saturday from noon – 8pm. And don’t forget their awesome gift shop!

4 Elements Studio
730 Broadway
Utica, NY 13502
This unique studio is open to the public and features some beautiful pieces. It is an old school, so the artist studios are nostalgic with chalkboards and gorgeous wood work. There’s usually a great exhibition up, along with the artist’s pieces which are always on display. They are open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm. Easy parking in City Hall parking lot.

Places to Stay

Here are a few suggested places to stay that are close to conference activities as well as the canal and Utica’s best attractions.

Hotel Utica
102 Lafayette Street
Utica, NY 13502
(The Canal Society of New York has a block of rooms reserved at a special rate of $139. Please make sure to tell the hotel staff that you are part of the Canal Society weekend program.)

Radisson Hotel – Utica Center
200 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502

Hampton Inn
172-180 N. Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502

Fairfield Inn & Suites
71 N. Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502

Best Western Gateway Adirondack Inn
175 N. Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
23 Wells Avenue
Utica, NY 13502-2521

Rosemont Inn Bed & Breakfast
1423 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501

Places to Eat

If there’s one thing Utica is know for, it’s the FOOD! We have a wide array of restaurants from Italian favorites to cuisine ranging from Global, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and so much more.

A Utica Restaurant Guide will be available for download soon. Please check back.