Guide to Syracuse
Famous for being a college town, Syracuse has lots to offer in terms of museums, nights out, and large-scale parks. A historic city, Syracuse has served as a major crossroads for two major periods in history: once when the Erie Canal was in full use, and then when the railroads became the major way of transportation.
Top Attractions in the City:
- Onondaga Lake Park: This park, located on the shores of Lake Onondaga, features impressive views as well as great outdoor activities. Go on a hike, practice your archery, or have a relaxing picnic.
- Catch a game at Syracuse University/ Carrier Dome: Syracuse University is known for its sports. Often entering the NCAA Championships, the basketball team is impressive to watch. Be sure to follow the season and catch an amazingly energetic home game!
- Rosamond Gifford Zoo: Placed in the top 10% of zoos in America, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, this place is a must visit on a trip to Syracuse. Opened in 1914, this was first an educational facility that over time turned into a zoo that advocates for conservation. Marvel at the animals and learn about the policies in place to protect endangered species all over the world.
Other Sights to See:
- Erie Canal Museum
- Everson Museum of Art
- Great New York State Fair
- Salt Museum
- Landmark Theater
- Clinton Square
Places to Stay:
- Downtown Syracuse offers the best deals on hotels. Staying in Downtown will allow you to be close to the action while also staying in accommodation that will be the best value for your budget.
- Alternatively, if you?re willing to splurge a little, stay in the Historic District at one of the many beautiful inns and bed-and-breakfasts. The WC Lipe Mansion is a gorgeous mansion that offers luxurious bedrooms and beautiful gardens.
Centro, the main transportation system of Syracuse and Onondaga Valley, offers an easy and accessible way of getting around the city. The Centro Transit Hub, located in Downtown Syracuse, is where you will connect with your buses coming into and out of Syracuse.
A one-day pass is $2.00 while an all-day pass is $5.00.
Being a college town, Syracuse will definitely not disappoint if you?re looking for a fun night out.
- Armory Square: Located in Downtown Syracuse, this square boasts an impressive array of bars, restaurants, and cafes. Dine at the most popular restaurant in Syracuse, Pastabilities, which offers amazing Italian food.
- Al?s Wine and Whiskey Lounge is a favorite amongst students, locals, and visitors. Enjoy a refreshing drink as you spend the night in conversation with friends.
- Marshall Street is the most popular area for students to come and grab drinks and food. If you want to relive your college experience, or are simply looking for an entertaining night out, head to one of the many bars and pubs that line this street!
- When you ask a local where the best shopping in Syracuse is, only one name comes to mind: Destiny USA. The largest mall in New York State, and the 7th largest in the country, you will certainly find what you?re looking for and more! Enjoy the standard fare of retail shops while also browsing the many outlet stores as well as local mom-and-pop shops.
Taking a Bus trip to Syracuse
Taking a bus trip to Syracuse has been found to be more beneficial, flexible, cheap, comfortable and safe than any other option. Ourbus is one of the Syracuse?s favorite bus services. There are so many benefits that come along with it too:
- Bus tracking service
- Free bottled water
- Free rescheduling
- Personal power outlets
- Free internet (Wi-Fi)