Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool

Onondaga Lake Park is a 7.5 mile linear greenway located on the shores of Onondaga Lake, immediately west of Syracuse, New York. Most of the park lies in Liverpool.The park offers miles of shoreline nooks and crannies that provide options for family picnics, including developed areas in Willow Bay and Cold Springs. It has long been the park of choice for many special events, sporting competitions and festivals and attracts over one million visitors each year.The park is also home to the Salt Museum, East Shore Recreation Trail and West Shore Trail.HistoryOnondaga Lake Park has a legacy of history reflecting 500 years of community growth and has long been the park of choice for many special events, sporting competitions and festivals.Park activitiesActivities at the park include team sports, in-line skate lessons and bicycle-built-for-two rentals. Additionally, archery, boating, bikes and skates and kickball are popular activities in the park. The park also has paved, vehicle free trails and offers free outdoor wireless internet in the Griffin Visitor Center area.There is a tram that shuttles visitors between the Willow Bay Cafe and the Salt Museum. The suggested admission is $1 per visitor and $1 per tram ride.Cold Springs Mud LockThe Cold Springs Mud Lock, constructed in 1828, is located next to the old Erie Canal near a stone dust trail that leads to a small bridge over the lock. The Mud Lock was originally built out of wood, however, was rebuilt in 1836 using stone. The current lock was constructed by the Work relief program in the 1930s. At that time, the footbridge was also added.
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  • Nice picnic and cookout by the lake. Parking lot was blocked off close to our picnic sight, but it was worth the extra walking! We enjoyed watching families of geese march past us to go to the lake.....  more »
  • Onondaga Lake Park is a great place to relax and enjoy a walk with the family and pets. Then when you are done with your walk, it just a short, short distance to Heid's Restaurant for some fantastic....  more »
  • This lake's great. There is free parking, climbable trees, biking trails, grassy areas for picnic, playground for the kids, bike and surrey rentals. The area feels peaceful and calm. There are residential areas that line the bike trail that give the trail a homey vibe. There is a separate trail for walkers/roller bladers vs. bikers so it's safe for everyone. I do not recall if there is fishing or swimming at this lake. There is also a Salt Museum here.
  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! The playgrounds look exciting for kids (we happened to be without ours). A very useful and well maintained park. Large!! We rented a 2 seater bike and rode lots of the park! A very romantic, peaceful and blissful way to spend an afternoon!! Thoroughly enjoyed it!!

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