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Old 12-13-2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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New York State Fair - Syracuse

Have any of you been to the New York State fair with your RV?
If so where did you stay? I see that they have sites for $490, I'm guessing that is for the duration of the fair. I would like to stay two nights.

Is there overnight parking? Dry camping?
Or can you recommend a campground in the area?
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:17 PM   #2
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You are certainly planning ahead about the NY State Fair. It doesn't open for another 9 months (August)... I have not camped at any place close to Syracuse, but there are State parks and private parks in the area.

NY State Parks with Camping facilities.... page down till you find a location nearby....

Private parks in/near Syracuse... This only shows the fairgrounds in Syracuse, but there are towns nearby with RV parks. Select from the list.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Ed, we did find a state park within 20 miles away. Look like a lot of the sites are booked for the dates (it ends Labor day weekend) of the fair so we need to decide soon.

This is the time of year where we plan and book our vacations and weekends. It eliminates looking for a campground to "settle" for when all the better ones are booked. It also forces us to get out and take time off of work.

Thanks for the links !!
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:40 PM   #4
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The Villages at Turning Stone in Verona, about half way between Utica and Syracuse and just off the thruway. A tad pricey, but a great park. Good Sam.
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When I was at my sister in-laws last September I stopped by Green Lakes State Park to use their dump site and ended up driving around the area which seemed pretty nice.

It's a very short hop out of Syracuse and I was able to get propane on my way back into Syracuse.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:50 PM   #6
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There is a Camping World just up the road, where 690 and 90 intersect. You may be able to dry camp there. I camp at the fairgrounds all the time but just not when the Fair is there. We have 3-4 dogs shows a year at the site.
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Gene,

If you don't mind driving about an hour, we just camped at Robert Treman State Park in Ithaca. We used it as a base camp for college visits in the area. We drove from there to SUNY-ESF college which is right next to Syracuse U.

May be out of the way, but the sites were big with water and electric. Dump station is on the way in.

Good luck!
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Thanks Tom, sounds far!!

I visited Carrier in Syracuse for a seminar in August of 2000, one night we went to the fair. It was one of the largest I have ever seen. I think we would need two to three days to see it all so I would like to stay close.

Now that I have a Toad it will be possible to leave the motorhome at the campground and travel..

Are you in until the spring when you go to the keys?
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Gene,

Yes, we are wrapped up and put away until March. I have my list of 14 repairs/enhancements that need to be done in March so we are ready for the Keys trip where we intend to leave on March 30. Also have a Memorial Day weekend trip planned for Shenandoah RIVER State Park in VA.

After that may not use the MH much this summer as we have a 25th anniversary trip to Hawaii (can't drive there...) and a Scout canoeing trip to the boundary waters of MN.
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Green Lakes State Park is looking like the winner so far.

Sorry to see you not going out more but Hawaii will most likely make up for that.

I need to do a couple of things also to ours also, nothing like last year though.

Some additional places we are looking at for 2012 are, Sherando Lake in Virginia in May to visit my Nephew. 2012 will be his last year stationed in Charlottesville, VA with the DoD. Bonnaroo Music Festival in June. Virginia Beach for a long weekend. Bar Harbor in September.

We will be also looking to purchase kayaks for the purpose of doing photography.

Let me know if you need a hand with any repairs.
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This may help for "parking" your RV at the fairgrounds The Great New York State Fair :: August 23 to September 3, 2012 :: Syracuse, NY :: Parking & RV Parking Information We are from the Syracuse area but never have taken the RV to the fair. I have heard that you are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages into the fair even in your RV. How they figure out if you have any I do not know. Used to be you could drag a cooler around the fairgrounds. Must be they figured out how much they were losing in revenue from beer sales.

Green Lakes is a beautiful park. Reserve early, they fill up on summer weekends. Have not camped there since I was a kid though and that was in a tent so I can't offer much advice on RV camping there.

Have fun at the fair and welcome to Syracuse when you come. Be sure to have a meal at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
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Have fun at the fair and welcome to Syracuse when you come. Be sure to have a meal at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Another great restaurant in Syracuse is Danzer's. Great food and beer. I just LOVE the Red Rueben and hot German potato salad they serve. Don't be confused by the industrial area it is located in. It is worth the trip and very secure.
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Thanks for the recommendations.

I did see the camping at the fair but almost $500 is a little too high, esp we plan on staying a long weekend.

Also I have to watch the restaurant choices since my wife is a vegetarian.

Thanks again.
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Ditto on Danzer's, in fact, I used to go there when I went to SU oh so many years ago (60's). You don't stay in business that long if you don't do a good job.
My personal pick for camping would be The Villages at Turning Stone RV Park (and casino) which is at exit 33 on I-90 if you have a toad. Like everybody says, reserve early as that is a seriously busy week.
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