The 10 Best Things to Do in Oswego, United States

March 6, 2018 Oliva Fomby

Oswego /ɒsˈwiːɡoʊ/ is a city in Oswego County, New York, United States. The population was 18,142 at the 2010 census. Oswego is located on Lake Ontario in north-central New York and promotes itself as "The Port City of Central New York". It is the county seat of Oswego County.
Restaurants in Oswego

1. Ontario Orchards

7735 State Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126-6702 +1 315-343-6328
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Ontario Orchards

A unique farm market with fresh local produce, delicious baked goods from our on site bakery, cheeses, hard cider, craft brews, local honey, NY maple syrup, greenhouses, perennials, a living nursery, gifts and treats for the whole family. We have a wide variety of goods all in one place!

Reviewed By Christina R

We took our daughter to SUNY Oswego and needed to waste some time while she was involved in activities. We stopped in at what appeared to be a produce stand but it was so much more! We found baked goods, local products like Canale's pasta sauce, snacks and candy, indoor and outdoor plants, gifts, dog treats and more. We were able to put a little gift bag together for our daughter that she truly enjoyed!

2. Fort Ontario State Historic Site

1 E 4th St, Oswego, NY 13126-1233 +1 315-343-4711
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Fort Ontario State Historic Site

Reviewed By CharismaJ2 - Melbourne, Florida

Thanks to Tripadvisor, we stopped here to visit and were not disappointed. We have seen many forts like this one and we enjoyed learning about Fort Ontario's history. They have done up many of the rooms with flair, adding some mannequins to give it life. Nice job. Nominal fee to get in. Worth the stop.

3. Safe Haven Museum

2 E 7th St, Oswego, NY 13126-1197 +1 315-342-3003
Excellent
81%
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5 based on 44 reviews

Safe Haven Museum

Reviewed By Margaret P - Oswego, New York

I had heard stories from my parents regarding the refugees being housed at Fort Ontario, but until my visit, I didn't know the exact extent of it all. Wow, just doesn't cover it.........very emotional and informative. If you visit Oswego, it's a must see! If you live in Oswego and haven't been there, what are you waiting for? You won't be sorry!

4. State University of New York Oswego

7060 State Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126-3501 +1 315-312-2500
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
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4%
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5 based on 45 reviews

State University of New York Oswego

Reviewed By RonL40 - Utica, New York

Graduate here so we're both a little biased. But SUNY Oswego is situated in one of the prettiest campus sites in New York. Great place for a walk by the shore, especially during the spectacular sunsets. Beautiful place to visit.

5. Breitbeck Park

Between W. 8th and Ontario Streets, Oswego, NY 13126 +1 315-342-8136
Excellent
63%
Good
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Breitbeck Park

Reviewed By Carl P - Oswego, New York

This is the place to go for a panoramic view of Lake Ontario and the Oswego Harbor. The iconic West Pierhead Lighthouse is right in the middle of the scene and there are paved trails for walking and skating, as well as benches for just enjoying the view. It's also the heart of the annual Harborfest festival.

6. H. Lee White Marine Museum

West 1st Street Pier 1, Oswego, NY 13126 +1 315-342-0480
Excellent
48%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

H. Lee White Marine Museum

Reviewed By DZ07 - New York

The museum at the end of the pier is full of information you may not know about life on the water, and has a lot of interactive displays. There are several moored boats that you can tour with a guide.

There is a trip offered taking you out to the lighthouse. The trip is worth it because the views from the lighthouse are amazing, but it is a very disorganized process.

7. Oswego Speedway

Jimmy Shampine Drive, Oswego, NY 13126 +1 315-342-0646
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Oswego Speedway

Reviewed By DIzyk - Oswego, New York

The Oswego Speedway is great place to take the entire family for some summer fun on a Saturday night! Everyone can sit and watch together then stop and see the cars and drivers inn the pits when the races are done for the night.

8. Richardson-Bates House Museum

135 E 3rd St, Oswego, NY 13126-2608 +1 315-353-1342
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Richardson-Bates House Museum

Reviewed By Robert R - Rome, Italy

Takes you to the lifestyles of the Richardson family who were rich and left a mansion full of their period late 19th century mostly. It is meticulously maintained and the tour offered takes one back to the early days of Oswego. It has limited hours and days so check.
This is ideal for both the casual sightseeing stop and the serious historian,

9. Oswego Railroad Museum

56 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126-1512 +1 315-806-2193
Excellent
80%
Good
10%
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10%
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Oswego Railroad Museum

Reviewed By Robert M - Oswego, New York

We took a little guy, almost 2, here again this Christmas and he absolutely loved the place. Multiple train set ups that are very well done will give you about an hour of entertainment. The volunteer staff are very informative on anything to do with trains both real and model. Worth the trip, great for people of all ages.

10. Oswego River

Oswego, NY 13126
Excellent
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Oswego River

Reviewed By Angel R - Houston, Texas

During the months from September to December, the local town folks come to watch or fish as the salmon, brown trout, and steelhead come rolling in from Lake Ontario. Off the boardwalk are restaurants, and just a few blocks away are some famous deli's that serve outstanding subs. Your choice! Watch or Fish. Either way its enjoyable.

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