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HamiltonUnited States of America

Colgate University finds a picturesque home in this charming village in upstate New York filled with friendly residents and students. 

Originally inhabited by members of the Iroquois Confederacy, Hamilton remains a sacred place to members of the Oneida Indian Nation. White settlers developed the area after the Revolutionary War and turned it into a bustling farming community not far from the Great Lakes.

Today, the village is home to Colgate University, a nationally recognized liberal arts college. The students lend liveliness and energy to the small but bustling downtown area, ensuring that there’s always something fun to do. Stroll past the stone buildings of the pretty campus. West Hall, the first building, was built by the students themselves. Learn something new at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology, with thousands of archaeological artifacts from around the world. Appreciate culture at the Picker Art Gallery, which is free to enter.

Find Hamilton’s heart in a walk around its nationally recognized historic district or stroll along a trail that follows the now-abandoned O&W Railroad tracks leading to and from the town. View early industrial history when you walk along the original Chenango Canal towpath, once home to the canal ultimately made obsolete by the railroad. Play a round or two at the Seven Oaks Golf Course, a favorite with locals and visitors alike.

Bring a picnic to the Village Green and watch the students and townspeople go to and fro. Don’t be afraid to strike up a chat, since Hamilton was recently named by Forbes as one of America’s friendliest towns. In the summer, shop for fresh local produce and other products at the weekly farmers market. In September, celebrate the anniversary of the Great Chocolate Train Wreck, when a train de-railed and spilled chocolate all over the town. Today enjoy music, fun and, of course, chocolate.

Drive to Hamilton from Syracuse, New York, in about 1 hour. Regional and international connections are available from Syracuse International Airport.

Top Hotels in Hamilton

Colgate Inn
Colgate Inn
4 out of 5
1 Payne St, Hamilton, NY
The price is $139 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Situated in Hamilton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Community Memorial Hospital and Colgate University. Earlville Opera House and Rogers Environmental ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)

"Excellent is the only word I can use! Staff was attentive and friendly. Room was immaculate and soooo comfortable. Honestly perfection!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Colgate Inn
Spacious and Comfortable; Located 1.5 Miles From Downtown Hamilton and Colgate
Spacious and Comfortable; Located 1.5 Miles From Downtown Hamilton and Colgate
Hamilton, NY

Situated in Hamilton, this apartment building is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Colgate University and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Community Memorial Hospital. Earlville Opera ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect spot

"Excellent lodging—highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

Spacious and Comfortable; Located 1.5 Miles From Downtown Hamilton and Colgate
Ashling Acres
Ashling Acres
3.5 out of 5
2688 Johnny Cake Hill Road, Hamilton, NY

Situated in Hamilton, this guesthouse is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Colgate University and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Community Memorial Hospital. Earlville Opera House ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"Immaculate. Zen like atmosphere. Best night sleep ever. Trying to come up with excuse to go back ASAP ."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Ashling Acres
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hamilton

Spacious and Comfortable; Located 1.5 Miles From Downtown Hamilton and Colgate
Spacious and Comfortable; Located 1.5 Miles From Downtown Hamilton and Colgate
Hamilton, NY

Situated in Hamilton, this apartment building is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Colgate University and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Community Memorial Hospital. Earlville Opera ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect spot

"Excellent lodging—highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

Spacious and Comfortable; Located 1.5 Miles From Downtown Hamilton and Colgate
Renovated Farmhouse, Prime Village Location
Renovated Farmhouse, Prime Village Location
Hamilton, NY

Situated in Hamilton, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Community Memorial Hospital and Colgate University. Earlville Opera House and Rogers Environmental ...

5/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Perfect in every way

"Another wonderful Football weekend spent in this perfectly located and beautiful home."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Renovated Farmhouse, Prime Village Location
Spacious Home on Quiet Side Street in Downtown Hamilton
Spacious Home on Quiet Side Street in Downtown Hamilton
Hamilton, NY
The price is $446 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Hamilton, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Colgate University and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Community Memorial Hospital. Earlville Opera House ...

5/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Dropping off daughter to college

"Clara is the best hostess you could ask for. Her lovely home has lots of amnesties & personal touches. Couldn’t have been more perfect & she is so responsive & so kind. Thank you so much 😊"…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Spacious Home on Quiet Side Street in Downtown Hamilton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Hamilton

Turning Stone Casino
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Turning Stone Casino

4.5/5(342 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Turning Stone Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Verona? While in this romantic area, find time to visit its casinos.

Chittenango Falls State Park
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Chittenango Falls State Park

4/5(3 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Chittenango Falls State Park, a lovely green space in Cazenovia. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the casinos in the area.

Old Erie Canal Historic State Park
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Old Erie Canal Historic State Park

Walk, bike or ski along the historic path of the Erie Canal in this long, beautiful and well-maintained park east of Syracuse.

Top things to do in Hamilton

Destiny USA Shopping Pass
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Destiny USA Shopping Pass

$15
Per adult
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of New York
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of New York

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New York
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New York

$20
Per adult
Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of New York
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Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of New York

$10
Per adult
Syracuse Scavenger Hunt: At The Center Of New York State
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Syracuse Scavenger Hunt: At The Center Of New York State

$20
Per adult
Seneca Lake Wine Tasting & Tour
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Seneca Lake Wine Tasting & Tour

$167
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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