One of Utica's treasures is the Philip Johnson-designed Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St. (tel. 315/797-0000), with more than 20,000 works of art, including paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, DalĂ­, Mondrian, and Thomas Cole. Art and history buffs alike will be pleasantly surprised by the collection at Canajoharie's little Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd. (tel. 518/673-2314). Opposite the old Beech-Nut factory, the Arkell features artwork by Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, and Georgia O'Keeffe, along with some exhibits on Mohawk Valley history.

Especially For Kids -- Right on the shores of Oneida Lake is Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, on Route 13 in Sylvan Beach (tel. 315/762-5212), home of central New York's largest roller coaster. Granted, that's not saying much, but this is a fun little park, especially for younger kids, with bumper cars and boats, a slide, and plenty of games. Best of all, admission is free -- you just pay for your activities. A smaller spot for summer fun is the Peterpaul Recreation Park, 5615 Rome New London Rd., Rome (tel. 315/339-2666). At the Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo, 5135 Rome New London Rd. (tel. 315/336-1930), kids can touch a python or a porcupine. Speaking of zoos, Utica has the popular Utica Zoo, 99 Steele Hill Rd. (tel. 315/738-0472), along with the well-regarded Children's Museum, 311 Main St. (tel. 315/724-6129).

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