Syracuse, NY

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

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

Collegian Hotel & Suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Collegian Hotel & Suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3.5 out of 5
1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
The price is $103 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Syracuse University and Crouse Hospital. SUNY Upstate Medical University and Carrier Dome ...
3.8/5 Good! (371 reviews)
"The staff was wonderful. Front desk and the young man in the restaurant were very professional and friendly. I was very disappointed that the restaurant was NOT open for dinner and there was no little store on site for me to purchase snacks or drinks. The coffee shop that you advertise was NEVER ..."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Collegian Hotel & Suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Good location. Clean. Close to airport."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
4 out of 5
100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY
The price is $127 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (966 reviews)
"Great location and decent restaurant. Was only there for a night due to cancelled flight. When I looked up hotels w shuttle service this place came up however should have looked more closely bc there is no shuttle service which cost me another $30 one way! That was disappointing! Consider shuttle ..."

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cozy Cape Cod  sleeps 9!
Cozy Cape Cod sleeps 9!
Syracuse, NY
The price is $135 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Eastside, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Thorndon Park, Syracuse University, and E.M. Mills Rose Garden. Syracuse VA Medical Center ...
Cozy Cape Cod sleeps 9!
Gorgeous private villa best location in armory square
Gorgeous private villa best location in armory square
Syracuse, NY
The price is $425 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in Downtown Syracuse, this historic apartment building is steps from Museum of Science and Technology and Armory Square. Landmark Theatre and Clinton ...
Gorgeous private villa best location in armory square
ExecLoft.2015 Near SU and CARRIER DOME
ExecLoft.2015 Near SU and CARRIER DOME
Syracuse, NY
The price is $192 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated in Syracuse, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Palace Theater and within 3 mi (5 km) of ArtRage Gallery and Brooklawn Golf Course. St. Joseph's ...
ExecLoft.2015 Near SU and CARRIER DOME
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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