Because Otisco is such a wide-open, rural town, you’ll have to travel a short way for most shopping needs. Smaller grocery stores nearby include the Lakeshore Grocery in the hamlet of Marietta (about 8 miles northwest) and the Nice n Easy Grocery and Aldi’s, both in Tully (about 9 miles southeast). For larger grocery stores, the closest Wegmans supermarket is on Onondaga Boulevard in Syracuse, about 15 miles north; the closest Tops Friendly Markets store is on Fennell Street in Skaneateles, about 16 miles northwest. For retail shopping, Tully has smaller stores like a Dollar General. For major retailers, the best bet is to head to Auburn in Cayuga County, about 23 miles northwest, where you’ll find the Finger Lakes Mall as well as stores like Walmart and BJ’s Wholesale Club. The enormous DestinyUSA shopping and entertainment complex in Syracuse is about the same distance to the north.
Students who live in Otisco attend the Tully Central School District, which has an elementary school and a high school. The closest hospitals all are a bit of a drive from Otisco; the Syracuse hospitals are at least 20 miles northwest, Cortland Memorial in Cortland County is about 22 miles south, and Auburn Community Hospital in Cayuga County is about 23 miles northwest. The area library is the Tully Free Library.