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July 2 Sightseeing Activities – Manlius, NY

We spent 3 days and 2 nights in the East Syracuse, NY area.

We awakened at 5:15 am on Sunday, July 2 (day 2 of our weekend getaway).  We were both showered and dressed for the day by 6:45 am. Complimentary breakfast began at 7:00 am. We were among the first to show up for breakfast. I made myself a waffle and topped it with strawberries (so delicious!).  Bob had eggs, sausage and a pastry.  Cranberry juice and coffee (Bob) and tea (me) completed our breakfast.

After breakfast we set off to do some sightseeing in the area. We were looking forward to seeing new places, as we had not spent time in this area before.  The map shown below gives a general idea of our sightseeing route.

Sightseeing Map

I say a general idea, as we told the GPS not to put us on any highways.  Our main sightseeing goals were: Chittenango Falls State Park, Verona Beach Lighthouse and Green Lakes State Park (in that order).

Our first stop was not planned.  As we passed through Manlius, I noticed a pretty park located along NY State Route 92.  We drove right by the park and onto another road. Bob turned around, when I politely asked him to do so.  We both enjoyed the beauty of Swan Pond, both the upper and lower ponds.

_LG22336Upper Swan Pond

_LG22337Upper Swan Pond

_LG22315Swan Family at Upper Swan Pond

We walked around Swan Pond in a counter clockwise direction.  It wasn’t long until we realized there was an upper and lower Swan Pond.

_LG22342This gazebo overlooks Lower Swan Pond.

_LG22338Viewing (or Fishing?) Platform on Lower Swan Pond

_LG22339Looking Across Lower Swan Pond from the Viewing Platform

We walked around Lower Swan Pond.  We enjoyed the wildlife that we saw during our walk.

_LG22320We saw a squirrel, with a strange-looking tail.
The squirrel was gathering nuts and hiding them.

_LG22323We saw a cute, fuzzy baby duck.

_LG22326We saw an adult duck.

_LG22334We saw a juvenile bird in a tree.

The highlight of our walk around the pond, though, was spotting the bird in my next photograph.  A woman, who told us she works at the nearby TOPS Market and comes to the park daily, led us to this bird.

_LG22333Belted Kingfisher

I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the anonymous TOPS Market worker who pointed out the Belted Kingfisher to us!

We returned to Upper Swan Pond and our car to continue our sightseeing drive.

_LG22345This is a parting shot of Upper Swan Pond.

This was a stop not planned.  We spent 45 minutes here, admiring Swan Pond and its inhabitants.  It was time well spent!

My original thoughts, when preparing the outline for blog posts related to our East Syracuse NY weekend getaway, was to include all of our sightseeing stops on day 2 in one blog post.  I changed my mind.  This post will be the first of four blog posts about our second day in the East Syracuse NY area.

4 Responses to “July 2 Sightseeing Activities – Manlius, NY”

  1. Eileen

    Hello, looks like a nice day of sightseeing planned. I like the swan pond. The swans and ducklings are so pretty. I also love the kingfisher photo. Great post and photos. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

    Reply
  2. Rose

    What a great place to chance up on…it would be a destination if not too far. Or if I came by there again, I would be wanting to stop!

    Reply

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