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Oswego Travel Guide and Activities

Discover a “Great City on a Great Lake!” Oswego is a small city of only 18,000 residing on the beautiful waterfront of Lake Ontario. Astonishing sunsets and centuries of history and architecture bring charm to this small college town, where the State University of New York at Oswego has claimed numerous college sports championships.

5 things to see

  • Fort Ontario State Historic Site
  • Oswego Harbor and Lighthouse
  • Lake Ontario Beaches & Sunsets
  • Richardson-Bates House Museum
  • SUNY Oswego Laker’s sports event

5 things to do

  • Winter: skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling
  • Summer: boating, swimming, jet skiing, hiking, camping
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Oswego Speedway
  • Visit Niagara Falls


The summer months of Oswego are warm and sunny with average temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures dip below freezing with snow fall on a regular basis. Winter clothing and gear are essential! Spring and fall feature comfortable temperatures in the 50-60s Fahrenheit range.


Currency: $ (US Dollars) Credit/debit cards are accepted at most places, however some small shops/restaurants only take cash.

Public holidays falling on a weekday

1, 2 January, 19 January, 16 February, 25 May, 3 July, 7 September, 12 October, 11 November, 25 November, 27 November, 25 December

Telephone Country Code



110 V; 60Hz - 2 flat-pin plug or third round pin are used

Tap water

Tap water is safe unless there is a sign to the contrary.


If you have an emergency, then you can call 911 for an ambulance, fire department, or police department from any telephone. You can also call the school’s emergency phone number at 1-315-312-5555.

Make sure that the doctor you are visiting accepts your health insurance. If the doctor has any questions about your insurance protection, ask him or her to call the insurance company directly.

We do not recommend going to the emergency room unless it is a major emergency. Emergency room visits are extremely expensive in the United States.

Public Transport Info


For Visa information please read Applying for a Visa in USA

Cost of Living

Cup of Coffee $1.80
Large Pizza $15
Dinner for 2 $40
Monthly rent: 1 bedroom $700 + utilities
Movie Ticket $8.50
Bottle of Coke $1.80
Dozen Eggs $2.50

Other Useful Information

Driving Age

The legal driving age in New York is 16. Adult students can apply for a driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Most rental companies require that you be at least 24 years old with an international driving license, a second form of identification, and a major credit card.

Alcohol Age

The legal age for purchasing and/or consuming alcohol in the US is 21. Most places will ask for identification.

Smoking laws

Smoking indoors is illegal. To buy cigarettes, you must be 18 years of age or older, and must present identification. New York State Law permits smoking a minimum of 50 feet from entrances of buildings. SUNY Oswego has adopted a smoke-free campus policy.


All EC students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay in the U.S.