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Around Oswego

Formed in 1816 from the geographic area that was originally the homeland of the Onondaga tribe of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, Oswego is a picturesque lakeside community.

With over 200 years to cultivate a vibrant lakeside culture, Oswego has no shortage of fun! From lakeside ice cream to late-night movies, the question isn’t what to do, but where to start! 

Restaurants and Dining

Take in a variety of great cuisines including calzones, sushi, and so much more. Take a pizza tour of downtown and grab a slice from the many pizza places within walking distance! Or enjoy a cup of coffee from one of our charming cafes. Or maybe you’d like to sit down and enjoy some fresh seafood on the lake. Whether it's sit-down or take-out, you’ll never go hungry in Oswego.


Shopping is on in the Port City. Downtown offers stellar shopping for indulging in retail therapy. With a short bus trip via Centro, you can get anything you need. Browse handmade goods, curated books, and upcycle some fashion and decor. Why not stop by the weekly Farmer’s Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and much more? With so many good shops, how could you not?

Attractions Abound

A variety of attractions are powered by the Port City's 200-year history.

Entertainment and Art

Nestled on picturesque Lake Ontario, Oswego has proved a fertile spot for artists of all kinds. Enjoy a local troupe of talented actors and art at Fort Ontario Park, complimenting SUNY Oswego’s own performances and exhibitions. .

What’s next?

So what’s next? Hop on a Centro bus, drive or walk into the heart of Oswego and take in the vibrant city! The Oswego County Tourism Office has an up-to-date list of attractions and happenings all around Port City and the surrounding county. The question isn’t what to do, but where to start!