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Clinton Square

Nestled in the heart of Syracuse’s downtown, this historic plaza is known for its civic mindedness, hosting countless festivals and a community ice skating rink.

The Erie Canal once ran through small but charming Clinton Square, named for DeWitt Clinton, the New York governor instrumental in bringing the canal to Syracuse. In the 19th century, this was the busiest place in all of Syracuse, home to both the city’s main marketplace and a passenger port. Enjoy the park that was built as a space for civic entertainment after the closure of the canal.

Let your kids play in the fountain during summer or lace up your skates and take a spin on the ice in colder months. Stroll down the esplanade to the 1910 Soldiers and Sailors Monument, originally erected for Onondaga County’s Civil War veterans but now honoring all U.S. military personnel. 

Learn about the Jerry Rescue at a monument on the western side, commemorating the 1851 event of Syracuse residents saving fugitive slaves from being returned to the South. Stroll around the edge and admire the architecture that gives the square its unique charm.

Clinton Square is Syracuse’s most popular spot for food festivals, concerts and gatherings. Fill your reusable bag with fresh New York produce on Tuesdays in the summer, when local farmers come in for the farmers market. Enjoy the quirky Bacon Festival. Clinton Square is also the perfect place to relax on your own or with friends; bring a picnic to one of the tables and cast your mind back to the days of the Erie Canal, when this area was packed with boats and sailors.

Find Clinton Square in the historic center of downtown Syracuse, a few minutes’ walk from Armory Square and a 10-minute drive from Syracuse Airport. A bus service connects Clinton Square to Syracuse University. Free street parking and metered parking structures are available nearby. The ice rink is open daily from the end of November to March, with skate rentals and variable admission prices. 

There’s always something going on in Clinton Square, especially in summer, so check out the local papers or stroll down to see what’s happening.


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Marriott Syracuse Downtown $103
Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Marriott Syracuse Downtown

100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Syracuse, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Onondaga County War Memorial, Landmark Theatre, and Everson Museum of Art. The Oncenter and Armory Square are also within 10 minutes.

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA $118
    Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA

    311-371 Hiawatha Blvd., Syracuse, NY
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lakefront, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Destiny USA, Museum of Science and Technology, and Erie Canal Museum. Landmark Theatre and Everson Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km). Syracuse Regional Transportation Center is 17 minutes by foot.

      Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor $119
      Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor

      Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor

      310 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of International Masks and Puppets, Destiny USA, and Armory Square. Carrier Dome and Syracuse University are also within 3 mi (5 km). Syracuse Regional Transportation Center is 30 minutes by foot.

        Quality Inn & Suites Downtown $63
        Quality Inn & Suites Downtown

        Quality Inn & Suites Downtown

        454 James Street, Syracuse, NY
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Landmark Theatre, and Armory Square. Carrier Dome and Syracuse University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Jefferson Clinton Suites $93
          Jefferson Clinton Suites

          Jefferson Clinton Suites

          416 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Syracuse, this historic hotel is steps from Museum of Science and Technology, Armory Square, and Landmark Theatre. Carrier Dome and Syracuse University are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square $118
            Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square

            Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square

            300 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Armory Square and Landmark Theatre. SUNY Upstate Medical University and Crouse Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Courtyard Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square $81
              Courtyard Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square

              Courtyard Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square

              300 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is steps from Museum of Science and Technology and Armory Square. Landmark Theatre and SUNY Upstate Medical University are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Scholar Hotel Syracuse $98
                Scholar Hotel Syracuse

                Scholar Hotel Syracuse

                1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Crouse Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University. Carrier Dome and The Oncenter are also within 1 mi (2 km).