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Lake Onondaga

Outdoor fun and one of the country’s largest shopping centers combine to make Onondaga Lake a popular family vacation destination.

Onondaga Lake is one of Central New York’s beloved natural features, once the site of the great peace that founded the Iroquois Confederacy. Formerly surrounded by brine springs, it was the center of the salt production industry that sustained the surrounding towns. Years of local activism have led to its restoration as a site for catch-and-release fishing, boating and shoreline relaxation. Visit today’s lovely parks and shoreline activities.

Explore Onondaga Lake Park along the eastern shore. Let your four-legged friend run wild and free at the dog park at the northern end of the park. Visit the Salt Museum and the Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center to learn about the history of the lake and surrounding area. Rent a quadricycle and pedal up and down the 2.6-mile (4.2-kilometer) bike path.

Walk over the bridge to nearby Long Branch Park. Once the site of an amusement park, it now hosts numerous festivals, from the Great American Antiquefest to the Scottish Games. Don’t forget your sled, saucer or toboggan in winter because Long Branch Park has a great sledding hill.

Shop, eat and have fun at Destiny USA, a mega-mall located at the southern end of the park. Pick up things from your favorite stores, enjoy a delicious lunch and take a ride on the center’s antique carousel. Have a race with friends at the indoor go-kart track or slow things down with a leisurely walk along the waterfront at sunset. 

Late summer brings the Great New York State Fair to the western shore of the lake, where the whole state comes for rides, entertainment and farm animal showings.

Fly to Syracuse Hancock International Airport and drive 20 minutes to Onondaga Lake. Rent a car at the airport for the best access to the lake and the surrounding area. 

Onondaga Lake and the Finger Lakes region are the perfect introduction to the charm of Central New York, so idyllic that you may never want to leave.


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Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport $78
Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport

Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport

400 7th North St., Liverpool, NY
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of NBT Bank Stadium, Central New York Regional Market, and WonderWorks. 5 Wits Adventure and Destiny USA are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Best Western Plus Liverpool - Syracuse Inn & Suites $72
    Best Western Plus Liverpool - Syracuse Inn & Suites

    Best Western Plus Liverpool - Syracuse Inn & Suites

    136 Transistor Pkwy, Liverpool, NY
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Liverpool, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hopkins Road County Park and Sainte Marie among the Iroquois. Onondaga Lake Park and Salt Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Syracuse North Airport, NY $77
      Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Syracuse North Airport, NY

      Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Syracuse North Airport, NY

      401 7th North St, Liverpool, NY
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Destiny USA and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Onondaga Lake Park. Landmark Theatre and The Oncenter are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Homewood Suites by Hilton Syracuse/Liverpool $101
        Homewood Suites by Hilton Syracuse/Liverpool

        Homewood Suites by Hilton Syracuse/Liverpool

        275 Elwood Davis Rd, Liverpool, NY
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Liverpool, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Sainte Marie among the Iroquois and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Destiny USA. Hopkins Road County Park and Onondaga Lake Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Staybridge Suites Liverpool Syra $113
          Staybridge Suites Liverpool Syra

          Staybridge Suites Liverpool Syra

          439 Electronics Pkwy, Liverpool, NY
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Liverpool, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hopkins Road County Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Destiny USA. Sainte Marie among the Iroquois and Onondaga Lake Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            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.

              Rodeway Inn & Suites $42
              Rodeway Inn & Suites

              Rodeway Inn & Suites

              430 Electronics Pkwy, Liverpool, NY
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Liverpool, this motel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sainte Marie among the Iroquois and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Destiny USA. Hopkins Road County Park and Onondaga Lake Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool-Exit 37 $113
                Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool-Exit 37

                Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool-Exit 37

                441 Electronics Pkwy, Liverpool, NY
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Sainte Marie among the Iroquois and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Destiny USA. Hopkins Road County Park and Onondaga Lake Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).