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SyracuseUnited States of America

This city in Central New York’s Finger Lakes region offers college sports, summer sunshine and plentiful winter snow for year-round indoor and outdoor activities.

Enjoy fun-filled days of outdoor activities, shopping and cultural pursuits in the geographic heart of New York State. Syracuse has old roots as the primary supplier of salt for the United States. The modern presence of Syracuse University and numerous attractions give it a youthful vigor.

Kick-start your visit with outdoor activities at local parks. Spend half a day or more at Onondaga Lake Park. Walk along 7 miles (11 kilometers) of shoreline, rent a boat, visit the butterfly garden and play ball games on the sports fields. While you’re there, investigate the Salt Museum on the lake’s eastern shore to learn about the industry that built Syracuse.

Delve into the past at the Erie Canal Museum to learn about New York canals’ important role in American history. See how the 363-mile (584-kilometer) Erie route was built by hand.

Fill your shopping bags at Destiny USA, a massive six-story mall with more than 250 outlets. It also has attractions such as a mirror maze and the Canyon Climb Adventure, a suspended indoor climbing course.

Buy tickets in advance for an NCAA Division I college sports event inside the Syracuse University Carrier Dome. Join the college crowd to celebrate afterward at the Armory Square neighborhood.

Treat children to a visit to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park; it houses more than 700 animals, including elephants, tigers, bears and wolves. If you’re in the city in August go to the Great New York State Fair, with 12 days of rides, exhibits and entertainment. Check the fairgrounds website to see what events are happening at other times of the year.

Syracuse is 160 miles (257 kilometers) from Niagara Falls and 246 miles (396 kilometers) from New York City, with bus service from both locations. It has its own airport. Lake Ontario and the waterfalls, parks, hiking trails and ski slopes of the Finger Lakes region are about an hour away, offering swimming, skiing, hiking, fishing and autumn leaf-peeping.

Where to stay in Syracuse

Clinton Square which includes heritage architecture, a garden and a city

Downtown Syracuse

4/5Very Good!(720 area reviews)

Travelers come to Downtown Syracuse for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Carrier Dome and Landmark Theatre while you're in town.

Downtown Syracuse
Great place to play!

Lakefront

4/5Very Good!(60 area reviews)

While visiting Lakefront, you might make a stop by sights like Destiny USA and WonderWorks.

Lakefront
Carrier Dome which includes modern architecture

Eastside

3.5/5Good!(31 area reviews)

While visiting Eastside, you might make a stop by sights like Carrier Dome and Syracuse Stage.

Eastside
Carrier Dome which includes modern architecture

Southside

While Southside isn't home to many top sights, Carrier Dome and Armory Square are some notable places to visit nearby.

Southside
Rosamond Gifford Zoo which includes marine life

Westside

While visiting Westside, you might make a stop by sights like Rosamond Gifford Zoo and Burnet Park.

Westside

Top Hotels in Syracuse

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport
Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport
3.5 out of 5
400 7th North St., Liverpool, NY
The price is $78 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,129 reviews)

"It was clean. Was suprised that being a mini suite,did not include dishes ,eatware,pans ,paper towels,dish soap,etc.Pool was closed. Enjoyed the upgrade room. Over all pleasant stay"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
4 out of 5
100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY
The price is $103 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (647 reviews)

"We only stayed one night. It’s a cool building. Location was nice, we enjoyed the short stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA
Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA
3.5 out of 5
311-371 Hiawatha Blvd., Syracuse, NY
The price is $118 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)

"We stayed for one night on our way to Niagra Falls! It was a good stay and the location was perfect, in walking distance to Destiny USA Mall. We would recommend this hotel and would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA

Popular places to visit in Syracuse

Syracuse University
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Syracuse University

4.5/5(507 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around Syracuse University, a top university in Syracuse. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Carrier Dome
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Carrier Dome

4.5/5(288 reviews)

College basketball, football and lacrosse have never seen more enthusiastic crowds than those inside this stadium on the campus of Syracuse University.

New York State Fairgrounds
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New York State Fairgrounds

4.5/5(213 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to New York State Fairgrounds, a well-known attraction in Syracuse. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its acclaimed theater scene.

Landmark Theatre
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Landmark Theatre

4/5(71 reviews)

See Broadway musicals, comedy or rock shows at this beautiful and supposedly haunted 1920s venue just off Syracuse’s Armory Square.

Armory Square
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Armory Square

4.5/5(177 reviews)

Home to Syracuse’s highest concentration of bars and restaurants, this lively city square is the perfect place for a night out in Central New York.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo
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Rosamond Gifford Zoo

4.5/5(113 reviews)

Get inspired by playful otters, serene swans, fascinating elephants, sophisticated snow leopards and many more mammals at this beloved Syracuse institution.

Top things to do in Syracuse

Destiny USA Shopping Pass
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Destiny USA Shopping Pass

$15
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New York
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New York

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New York
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New York

$20
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of New York
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of New York

$10
Per adult
Syracuse Scavenger Hunt: At The Center Of New York State
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Syracuse Scavenger Hunt: At The Center Of New York State

$20
Per adult
Full Bahir Dar Tour, Lake Tana Monasteries and Blue Nile Fall
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Full Bahir Dar Tour, Lake Tana Monasteries and Blue Nile Fall

$204
Per adult

Reviews of Syracuse

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 26.522842639593907%
4 - Good
384
4 - Good 48.73096446700507%
3 - Okay
169
3 - Okay 21.446700507614214%
2 - Disappointing
21
2 - Disappointing 2.66497461928934%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6345177664974619%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

Very nice place but unfortunately for only one night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2020

I love Syracuse I live in Syracuse I just went to the resident inn downtown to get away I can find a restaurant I can find parties stores don’t have to drink and drive I can walk in go straight back to the hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Great restaurants. Walkable city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Destiny Mall is fun but parts of Syracuse are very unsafe.

4/5 - Good

J

Feb 28, 2020

Everything you need is within a very short walk from this facility

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Driving signage could be improved for those not familiar with downtown Syracuse area.

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