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    Visit Dougherty's Masquerade

    by Dunesque Written Jan 16, 2014
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    This unique costume shop is an interesting experience which is worth a stop while you are on your way through Syracuse. Located in Shoppingtown Mall on the east side of the city, (off of Erie Boulevard,) this costumer has hundreds of costumes for rent or purchase, an interesting selection of wigs, hats, corsets, and costume accessories, and a large selection of theatrical and special effects makeup and cosmetic supplies. During the Halloween season, this store is a must. Interesting and unique.

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    Red House Arts Center

    by alliejvilla Written Jul 25, 2013
    The Redhouse Arts Center

    The Redhouse is a nonprofit multi-arts center located in the Armory Square district. The Redhouse offers live theatre performances (plays and musicals), classes and camps for kids, film screenings, live music, and much more.

    As a student of Syracuse University from California, I never thought I would get the opportunity to perform again after high school. I heard about auditions at The Redhouse for Hairspray last winter, and fell in love with the place. Productions at The Redhouse are fresh, exciting, entertaining, and inclusive. It's awesome that they work with actors of all different backgrounds- from professional actors to performers with disabilities.

    I highly recommend The Redhouse to anyone looking to see a great show or just hang out at the cafe!

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    Carousel Mall, PTC No. 18

    by Upstate1NY Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    PTC No. 18 Carousel

    Carousel Mall has a merry -go-round aka a Carousel.
    It is a beautifully restored 1909 Carousel that has traveled the US to land in it's current home. Go be a "kid again" and ride the merry-go-round with your kids or grand kids, your "someone special" or just dream a little dream of "who ever" and ride by yourself. BUT RIDE, you will enjoy!
    The ladies in charge have a neat little booklet they will give you, here is part of the intro:
    PTC No. 18
    A Carousel With A Past
    Carousel No. 18 was the eighteenth carousel ever made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC). Originally carved and manufactured in 1909 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, PTC No. 18 had an eighty-one-year journey before finally coming to Carousel Center on October 15, 1990.
    The 42 horses on PTC No. 18 were all hand-carved by Leo Zollar, PTC's master carver. According to company re-cords, it took a year to complete the carving, for which Mr. Zollar was paid $1000.
    The carousel was then shipped to amusement parks in Louisville, Kentucky; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Erie, Pennsylvania.
    In the mid- I920's, after refurbishing, it was brought to Long Branch Park in Syracuse, New York, where it stayed for fifteen years (even after the park closed in 1938). In 1941, it was purchased for Rose-land Park in Canandaigua, New York.
    PTC No. 18 was Roseland's third carousel-and its last. It ran at Roseland for 43 years until the park closed, forever on Labor Day-September 2, 1985.

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    Carsousel Mall

    by Upstate1NY Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the mall

    OK, so now you are starting to think, How provincial is this fellow, Upstate1NY, anyway??

    Well if the name of the city, Syracuse, sounds familar, it might be because Syracuse University is located here.

    They play football, Lacross and basketball in the Big East, several years ago they went to the NCAA "final four" and WON in basketball! Thet have actually won national titles in Lacross more often that in basketball or football. That is not as strange as it might seem, Onondaga County is named for the Native Americans, The Onondaga Nation, who lived here and played Lacross from before recorded history began for this area!

    So there are MANY other things to do here, I am only talking about things you might not have heard about already!!
    Carousel Mall has stores, of couse, computers, computer parts, cameras, TV's, clothing, music and MUCH more but it also has a food court, the merry-go-round, meeting rooms for lectures, and theaters; so it can be a real "source" for many things in your life (there is no basketball court or football field, BUT P&C stadium for the local AAA basebal team, The Sky Chiefs is nearby!l As well as the regional wholesale produce market, that duing the summer has a "farmers market" open to the public on Saturdays

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    Sainte Marie among the Iroquois

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sainte Marie among the Iroquois or commonly known as the "French Fort" was once a French Mission located on the shores of Onondaga Lake. Now its a history museum. Its a nice place to spent a couple hours.

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    Village of Skaneateles

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Skaneateles Lake just west of Syracuse, NY

    The Village of Skaneateles attracts people from all over the country in the summer months. What do they do? They enjoy the upscale atmosphere, the quaint historic streetscapes lined with shops/restaurants, and the beautiful view of Skaneateles Lake. There are also boat tours on the Lake.

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    Onondaga County Court House

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Onondaga County Court House

    This palace-like structure opened in 1907 after five years of construction. It is home to the court of the County of Onondaga. This is the fourth Onondaga County Court House, as the third was finally torn down in 1967, after its constrained spaces had been replaced 60 years earlier!

    The Fourth CH was actually planned for a larger area on Clinton Square, but when the land could not be acquired, it was finally built on a much smaller lot. Rather than redesign the entire building, only the front steps were redesigned, making them very steep and dangerous in icy conditions.

    President Theodore Roosevelt testified in a court case at this building in 1915.

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    The tallest building in town

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The 75 year old State Tower Building has only 23 floors, but remains the tallest building in Syracuse. When I was growing up it was the ONLY tall building in the city. But it is good to see that it is surviving, while Hotel Syracuse is not:(

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    The Onondaga County Savings Bank Building

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This brooding picture of the OCSB Building belies its current appearance. My father's office was in this building until they built what we referred to as "the egg crate" next door. Needless to say we had our savings accounts here:)))

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    Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is one of the oldest parks in Syracuse, dating from the 1820s. It was renamed to Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park in 1972. It includes a number of monuments, including the Philip Eckel Monument, to a former fire chief, and the Hamilton White Monument.

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    Syracuse Salt Museum

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Syracuse Salt Museum

    Gives the history of what made Syracuse such an important stop along the Erie Canal over 100 years ago...Salt! Salt found near Onondaga Lake create many jobs and a boom in Syracuse. Therefore, it developed into a large city. Some people still call Syracuse the Salt City because of this.

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    See a Salty Dog Soccer Game at P&C Stadium

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    P&C Stadium, Syracuse, NY

    I love going to see the Salty Dogs Soccer team play at P&C Stadium! It is very fun because the crowd gets into the game. They play music during the game to get players and fans pumped up.

    Syracuse's professional soccer team is in the A-League, the second highest division after Major League Soccer. Syracuse plays teams from cities like Toronto, Montreal, Rochester, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. 2004 will be the second year of professional Soccer in Syracuse. Syracuse had the third highest attendance for the League in their first year.

    Everyone should try it even if you don't like soccer. You may be surprised how much fun they make attending games! The most popular game in the world now has a place in Syracuse!

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    Burnet Park Zoo

    by kooka3 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Go check out the zoo! They completely renovated this about 15 years ago; the animal enclosures are huge and well designed. The zoo has a great elephant breeding program, and they've had about 4 babies born in the last 10 years or so. It's one of the few places where elephants are being successfully bred in captivity.

    Hours are from 10am - 5 pm, I think.

    Admission costs: $6 for adults, discounts for kids, students, and seniors. Off peak (winter) costs $1-2 less.

    If you're in Syracuse in the beginning of June, go to Brew at the Zoo - it's a big fundraiser for the zoo and is worth the price! In addition to being able to check out the zoo, you get all sorts of beer, food, coupons, fun. There are about 20 stations around the zoo with beer to try from different breweries. It's a great way to try some new stuff!

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    Boxing Hall of Fame

    by davecallahan Written May 14, 2007

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    The International Boxing Hall of Fame was established in the 1980s to honor the greatest names in boxing. Over 190 pugilists are remembered with photos and busts and plaques in the new building. Included in the commemorations are some of the famous referees and announcers and sports casters that helped to make international boxing the popular sport it is today.

    Every June, the list of inductees gets longer as a special event is held to enshrine the newest members. The proceedings cover three days and the price for attending any one day is in the hundred dallar range.

    The gift shop is pricey but besides tee-shirts you can buy autographed apparel actually used by famous boxers. We get a commemorative mug as a souvenier of each of the places we visit.

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    Onondaga Lake Park area

    by davecallahan Updated Jan 28, 2007

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    Nice family park(s) area of northwest Syracuse,NY. Easily accessible from NY Thruway (I-90) via exit 38 to Oswego Street south (NY57). On Oswego Street you will find Onondaga Lake Park and Long Branch Park and the Salt Museum and St. Marie of the Iroquois all within a few miles. There are also several restaurants and small shops on Oswego Street.
    Long Branch has(had) small amusement area, walking trails, picnic area and playground. Onondaga Park has the Salt Mine Museum, a skate park (cement ramps), picnic areas, a tour-shuttle, walking/riding paths and several playgrounds. St. Marie of the Iroquois is a two story building housing a museum and artifact center for Iroquois Indian history. Well kept and informative with a small Indian village behind and up the hill from the main building.

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