Onondaga Lake Park

Onondaga Lake Park

"The Central Park of Central New York"

The "Central Park of Central New York" is a 7.5 mile linear greenway, featuring four great trails - East Shore Recreational, Shoreline Walking Trail, Lakeland Nature and the West Shore - bustling year-round with social interaction, special events, waterfront picnics and the region's premier skate and dog parks. Wegmans Landing, a ten-acre venue, includes Wegmans Playground, a colorful mecca with climbers, swings, play houses and slides while the 16,000 sq. ft. concrete Onondaga Lake Skatepark, open to skateboarders, BMX bikers, and inline skaters, features the challenging Liberty Bowl, volcano, quarter pipes and fun boxes. Explore a bit of Syracuse history at The Salt Museum, built on the site of an original salt boiling block.

The area also features the Griffin Visitor Center with courts for shuffleboard, bocce, and volleyball. The Equipment Rental Shop offers bikes of all sizes and various recreational equipment. Shaded picnic areas, ballfields, waterfront lawns, table games, observation area, a fishing pier and the hub of the trail system can all be found here.

The north end of the Park is anchored by the Wegmans Good Dog Park, an award- winning haven providing a fenced waterfront playground where dogs of all sizes can run free, with sections for small and large canines. In addition, several picnic areas and shelters (available by reservation), Syracuse University and Syracuse Chargers rowing facilities and archery course are located in this area of the park.

Across the Long Branch Bridge is Long Branch Park, site of ethnic festivals, large group picnics and family reunions and along the west side of Onondaga Lake, the Haley West Shore, and newly added extension, and Lakeland Nature Trails.

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Ska•nonh Center

As of January 1, 2013, the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) took over management of the Onondaga County facility formerly known as "Sainte Marie among the Iroquois" located on the eastern shore of Onondaga Lake. The site is currently planning to repurpose the facility into a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Heritage Center named Skä•noñh Center – Great Law of Peace Center. Skä•noñh, is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning Peace and Wellness.

For more information, visit www.skanonhcenter.org.

Onondaga Lake Park

  • Archery

    Archery

    Onondaga Lake Park has archery Excelsior bales that are available for public use in the Willow Bay section.  Bring your own equipment and target.  Enter off of Long Branch Road.  The bales are on your left before the bridge.  Please: No broadheads.

  • Athletic Fields

    Athletic Fields

    The Parkside and Lakeside athletic diamonds are located in the Wegmans Landing section, and offer a beautiful, lakeside setting for softball and kickball usage April – October.  Organized usage is reservation only, and fields can be booked by contacting Homerun Softball & Baseball, LLC at (315) 807-9209 or visiting www.homerunsbsb.com.

  • Boat Launch

    Boat Launch

    The Onondaga Lake Park Marina features the only paved, public boat launch on Onondaga Lake. Click here for more information.

  • Bocce

    Bocce

    A popular ball sport in southern Europe for many centuries, Bocce has become popular around the world as an easy to play sport that anyone can participate in.  The two stone dust courts at Onondaga Lake Park are located directly outside the back door of the Griffin Visitor Center.  The courts are open to public use, and Bocce balls are available for rental at McKie’s Rental Shop for $1/half-hour.

  • Bike Trails

    Bike Trails

    Bike usage is permitted on the East Shore Recreation Trail between the Griffin Visitor Center and the Cold Springs section, as well as the West Shore Trail.  Bicycles are not allowed on the Shoreline Walking Trail.  For an “off-road” trail, utilize the Lakeland Trail located on the west shore of Onondaga Lake.  Please exercise extreme caution and prudent speed when riding your bike on these popular trails.

  • BMX

    BMX

    For adventurous BMX riders, the Onondaga Lake Skatepark offers 16,900sq.ft. of concrete ramps, bowls, stairs and quarter pipes to “get air” on.  Click here for more information. 

  • Canoeing / Kayaking

    Canoeing / Kayaking

    Park patrons are permitted to launch their personal recreation watercraft anywhere along the shore of Onondaga Lake within Onondaga Lake Park.  There is a dedicated canoe/kayak/rowboat public launch available next to the Syracuse Chargers Boathouse.  Click here for information about rowboat/kayak rentals,

  • Cross-Country Skiing

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Enjoy Cross Country Skiing on the Shoreline Walking Trail, the Long Branch Park loop or on the West Shore Trail.  Bring your own equipment.

  • Dogs Allowed

    Dogs Allowed

    At Onondaga Lake Park, dogs are allowed on the Shoreline Walking Trail but they are not permitted on the East Shore Trail (wheels only) during the peak season of April to October and they are not allowed on the Wegmans Trams.

  • Fishing

    Fishing

    Onondaga Lake has a surprising number of fish species present, and you never know what species you may end up catching next. Click here to learn more about fishing in Onondaga Lake.

  • Food

    Food

    Several food vendors operate mobile food carts within the park.  There are also many local eateries located right in the Village of Liverpool that offer a wide variety of food options to suit your tastes.  All are within a short walk of the park!

  • Historic Sites

    Historic Sites

    • Skä•noñh Center – Great Law of Peace Center
      Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Heritage Center
    • Griffin Visitor Center
      Griffin Visitor Center located in the Wegmans Landing section of Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, explains the 1928 foresight of community leader Joseph A. Griffin, whose ideas and leadership led to the creation of one of America’s top ten heritage parks.
    • Butterfly Garden of Hope
      Butterfly Garden for Hope along the Onondaga Lake Parkway is a beautiful memorial created and maintained by Hope for Bereaved volunteers. 
    • Long Branch Park
      Long Branch Park was a destination amusement park during the resort era of the late 1800’s and early 20th Century and the original home of the beautifully restored carousel of Syracuse’s Destiny USA (formerly known as Carousel Center.)
    • Mud Lock
      Mud Lock, located in the Cold Springs section near Wegmans Good Dog Park, Route 370, allowed passage to the Oswego Canal and was the site of the Mud Lock Tavern.
    • Salt Museum
      Discover the industry that created the City of Syracuse and supplied the entire nation with salt! 
  • Inline Skating

    Inline Skating

    Inline skates are permitted on the East Shore Recreation Trail between the Griffin Visitor Center and the Cold Springs section, as well as the West Shore Trail.  Inline skating is not allowed on the Shoreline Walking Trail.  Inline skates are available for rent at McKie’s Rental Shop.  Please exercise extreme caution and prudent speed when inline skating on these popular trails.  Click here for more information.

  • Marina

    Marina

    Spend a night or the summer at beautiful Onondaga Lake Park Marina. Click here for more information.

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic Areas

    There are two main public picnic areas within Onondaga Lake Park.  The Willow Bay area of the park offers dozens of picnic tables and charcoal grills amongst acres of beautiful trees along the northern shoreline of Onondaga Lake.  The Cold Springs area of the park also has picnic tables and charcoal grills available for public use, in a quieter setting along the shore of the Seneca River.  Click here for more information about shelter reservations.

  • Playgrounds

    Playgrounds

    Wegmans Playground
    The 35,000 sq. ft. area boundless playground is open daily and includes three large sections: Playhouse (2-12 yrs), Pre-School Age (2-5 yrs.) and School Age (5-12 yrs.).

    There are also three smaller playgrounds located in the Willow Bay and Long Branch Park areas of Onondaga Lake Park.

  • Rentals: Bikes & Skates

    Rentals: Bikes & Skates

    McKie Rental Shop is located next to the Griffin Visitor Center at the south end of the park.

    Weather Policy
    The rental shop will be closed if it is raining, below 52 degrees, 80% chance of rain or higher or high winds. Please call ahead to confirm the shop will be open, (315) 453-6718 or 6712.

    Bike & Skate Rental Rates

    Skates

    $8/2 hours
    $5/Junior & Lunch Special (up to 2 hours);
    prices include safety/protective gear

    Bicycle

    $5/hour
    Adult 3 Wheel: $7/hour
    Bike/Coaster with cannondale ("child seat"): $8/hour
    Tandem (built for 2): $10/hour
    prices include helmet

    Conference Bike

    Hold a meeting or have a party on this bike, it seats up to 7 people.
    Click here to learn more »

    6-7 people: $30/half-hour • $60/hour
    3-5 people: $5 / person per half-hour • $10 / person per hour

    Surrey Quadricycle

    2 pedal: $10/half-hour • $15/hour • $20/90 minutes
    4 pedal: $15/half-hour • $25/hour • $35/90 minutes

    Amtrykes

    Free

    Protective Gear

    $2 per piece or $5 for complete package ($10 deposit)

    Mastercard and Visa accepted. Prices as of April 2014 - all prices include tax and are subject to change. For info call (315) 453-6718 or 6712.

  • Rentals: Boats

    Rentals: Boats

    Daily • Memorial Day through Labor Day at the Marina • 11am - 5:30pm

    Renters must be 18 years old
    No rentals after 5:30pm • All paddlers must be off the water by 6:30pm
    Hours are weather permitting and subject to change

    Boat Rental Rates
    Row Boats & Kayaks
    (single & double - Sit-on-Top Style)

    $10 per hour
    $5 per hour - Seniors (62 & over)

  • Rentals: Equipment

    Rentals: Equipment

    McKie Rental Shop is located next to the Griffin Visitor Center at the south end of the park.

    Weather Policy
    The rental shop will be closed if it is raining, below 52 degrees, 80% chance of rain or higher or high winds. Please call ahead to confirm the shop will be open, (315) 453-6718 or 6712.

    Recreation Equipment Rental Rates

    Recreation Equipment

    Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball, etc.: $1/half-hour

    Mastercard and Visa accepted. Prices as of April 2014 - all prices include tax and are subject to change. For info call (315) 453-6718 or 6712.

  • Shuffleboard

    Shuffleboard

    A popular game involving cues and weighted discs pushed along a narrow court.  There are two shuffleboard courts located in the Wegmans Landing area of Onondaga Lake Park, directly outside the back doors of the Griffin Visitor Center.  Equipment rentals are available at McKie’s Rental shop for $1/half-hour.

  • Skateboard

    Skateboard

    Skateboard riders will be right at home at the Onondaga Lake Skatepark.  With 16,900sq.ft. of concrete obstacles to ride, the skatepark is the place to go for skateboarders in Onondaga Lake Park.  Click here for more information.

  • Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing

    Enjoy snowshoeing on the Shoreline Walking Trail, the Long Branch Park loop or on the West Shore Trail.  Bring your own equipment.

  • Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    Trails (Walking/Hiking)

    Four Great Trails at Onondaga Lake Park! Whether it's in-line skating, bicycling, walking or running, Onondaga Lake Park has the perfect trail for visitors of all ages. For more information, including mileage and parking, click here to download the Onondaga Lake Park map. Click here for detailed trail information.

  • Volleyball

    Volleyball

    A regulation sized beach volleyball court is located in the Wegmans Landing area and is open to the public for use, first-come, first-served.  The court can also be reserved ahead of time for $4/hour. 

  • Wellness Programs

    Wellness Programs

    The LiveWELL NEWLife fitness program offers a wide variety of fitness related exercises catering to park patrons of all ages and includes yoga, pilates, tai chi and light cardiovascular workouts.  This program is offered in the Wegmans Landing section Monday-Friday mornings, from early June – late August.

Onondaga Lake Park

April-October: 6am-sunset plus 1/2 hour
November-March: 6am-sunset

Onondaga Lake Park

Lake Drive
Liverpool, NY 13088T: (315) 453-6712
F: (315) 453-6764
olp@ongov.net