Bored? Consider taking on 1 of these 5 hobbies

With the clouds clearing and the sun on the horizon, a warm summer in Syracuse is near. With it comes a variety of activities one can do in central New York — going on a long hike or picking up a new skill like sewing. Here are some hobbies to make a summer in Syracuse entertaining:


Get out your sneakers. Enjoy the warmth with a walk through one of the many trails in central New York. Hiking clubs in the area include the Adirondack 46ers and the Adirondack Mountain Club, which offers 200 outings every year, 40 of which take members through the Adirondacks peaks and trails. The club also offers Walking Wednesday, a hike of three to six miles through central New York for people who want to see what the club is about before becoming members.

The Onondaga chapter members can also participate in trail construction, maintenance and committees like the Conservation Committee to help protect lands across the state as ADK members. Trips include day hikes, weekend overnight hikes, backpacking, bicycling and mountain climbing.


You can dust off an old sewing machine at home or rent one for an hour or two to brush up on or pick up your needles this summer. For beginners, gatherings like The Sewing Cafe offer sewing supplies, classes and hourly machine rentals. The cafe allows patrons to bring their own projects to work on there and provides coffee and tea at no extra charge.

If you feel like embarking on a new project altogether, the Sewing Interest Group at the Women of the University Community at Syracuse University creates a new sewing project tailored to the group’s interests accompanied by wine and appetizers. In the past, the group made masks for Tiny Superheroes, a movement that made capes for children with disabilities.

Join a book club

If the year was too packed to read a book comfortably, joining a book club this summer may be the solution to polishing your reading habit. Most book clubs offer a laid-back atmosphere for a good discussion of…

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