Chittenango is a quant, little town about 20 Minutes east of Syracuse. Mainly known for its agriculture infrastructure It’s kind of a one trick pony. Being known as the birthplace of Frank L. Baum, the author of the iconic series of children’s books and film adaptation, The Wizard of Oz they milk that notarity for all it’s worth. Their sidewalk lined with painted yellow brick to resemble the yellow brick road.
Sure, I’ve been to the beautiful, Chittenango Falls, visited The Wild ( an exotic animal petting zoo in the backyard of someone’s house, and attended the less that spectacular, Oz-Extravaganza. Even had the last of surviving Munchkins eat at my restaurant. But I wanted to see if there was more to this place other than “a blink and you miss it”.
I was armed with a 2 hours to kill, a jogging stroller, and a 2 year old that loves adventure as much as me. In reality…Get him a snack and he’s a happy camper.
I walked the main roads , back roads, and cute neighbors and I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by all the interesting little trails, shops, and eateries there are. I like to get out and start pounding the pavement when exploring an unfamiliar place as opposed to driving around or worse… Looking it up on the internet.
Before more short visit, I didn’t think I could last an hour here without getting bored…Now I’m confident I could fill at least a half a day comfortably.
Chittenango landing museum
All things Oz Museum
The creek walk (never knew existed)
Nichols Pond and Oxbow Falls ( never heard of)
Here some pics I took.
The “ozman” gets really into the spirit
Some areas are pretty beat up which adds to the mystique
Do you have any little town near you have have a little history to them?
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