Erie Canal Museum
Tour the National Register Landmark Weighblock Building, restored to its appearance in the 1850's when it functioned as a canal boat weighing station. Board a 65-foot long canal boat to experience life and work on the Erie Canal and explore the history of Syracuse as it grew from swamp to city. Visit the Education Gallery filled with interactive exhibits, the re-created weighmaster's office and the orientation theater, with its overview of the adventurous history of the world's most successful canal.
Open seven days a week 10am - 5pm. Admission is free.
Before coming to Syracuse, all I really knew about it was that it was the home of Syracuse University and their relatively famous basketball team, the Orangemen. Legendary coach Jim Boeheim has been around for as long as I can remember and it was great to finally visit the home court of the team at the Carrier Dome. The campus itself sits high on the hill in downtown and has a few nice buildings and a small area of bars and restaurants called "The Hill."
From what I can tell, Clinton Square (seen on the second photo) is the historical hub of downtown Syracuse. There's a big monument in the middle of the square and in the winter time, there is an ice rink. Many events and festivals are also held in the square. Syracuse's tallest building, the State Tower Building is seen to the right of the monument in the second picture. The first picture was taken from my friend Gina's apartment and shows Syracuse University and the Hill.
Park Central Presbyterian Church
This church was organized in 1846, the current structure was occupied in 1875. In many ways when you "belong" here, you are part of something much larger than yourself .
We have MANY "features", not the least of these is the Word in prayer, sermons and music, in Sunday services at 10:30 am (during July and August 9:30 am)
Yes this is not truly an "unbiased" opinion, I am a member here AND I sing with a WONDERFUL group of people in the choir under the direction of Dr. Julie Pretzat, professor and chair of music at SUNY Oswego. There is a bell choir as well. If Worship = pray, sing, listen and act, together, then join us in Worship if you get to Syracuse on a Sunday. Our organist is SU Prof. Emeritus of Organ, Will Headlee
- Religious Travel
- Family Travel
The Erie canal Weigh Lock building
The Erie canal was one of the first "devices" that opened up westren expansion of the US. The fact that it went right through Syracuse where there was a branch to Lake Onterio via the Oswego canal made Syracuse the hub that it was, long before we ever thought about "networking".
There is a URL for the Erie Canal Museum but there are MANY site on the WEB about it as well. One of the most informative I have found is listed below.
The picture I have included here is a postcard of the weighlock when it was actually in use on the canal. If the steeple in the background looks vaguely familar, it is because that is Park Central Presbyterian Chuch, the same as my opening photo 100 years later!
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
If you like beer, try this
Go to the Middle Ages Brewing Company. It's a small microbrewery in the western part of Syracuse on this little side street. It's easy to miss because if's out of the typical "touristy" area of Syracuse (if there is such a thing!) It's gaining in popularity which is good to see. You can tour the Brewery, or you can just hang out in their tasting room which is open almost all the time. They let you taste whatever they have on tap that day, usually 5 or 6 beers. They sell all their beers in the gift shop and various other things like t-shirts, can openers, etc. They also sell gift certificates, and 1/2 gallon jugs (growlers). This is how I learned about them in the first place - a friend gave me a jug and a gift certificate for having it filled. I went and tasted the beers they had (and they have cool names like Grail Ale, Druid Fluid, and Beast Bitter) and got it filled up. The beer stays good in the jug for about a week.
- Beer Tasting
Visit "The Hill" -- Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a major employer in the city. Its place on 'The Hill" dates back to its founding in 1870. This old picture shows some of the buildings that remain today including the Crouse Music College on the right and the old Hall of Languages!
- Historical Travel
Syracuse University has a nice campus and some interesting architecture. There is also a small street with some restaurants, bars, and Syracuse memorabilia and clothing stores. If you plan on stopping in Syracuse, take some time to visit the University.
(I should have a picture on here soon)
Skating in Clinton Square
Listen to music while you ice skate in the heart of downtown Syracuse. If it's good enough for Actor Alec Baldwin, it probably is for you! (Alec was seen skating here on December 26, 2003 with his daughter, made front page in the local newspaper) Great Atmosphere!
- Road Trip
- Adventure Travel
Boat, Fish, swim, or jet ski during the summer. Snowmobile, and ice fish during the winter. As the largest inland lake in New York State, Oneida Lake is big enough for any activity. Two parks are located on the south shore in Cicero, a suburb of Syracuse, NY. Two mini islands located in the southwest part of the lake near Cicero also make the lake more scenic! A yacht and country club are also located in Cicero. Some homes overlook the lake. This is the lake you see if you travel north of Syracuse on Interstate 81. One of my favorite lakes in Upstate!
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
Onondaga Lake Park
This is a great park to roller bland, skate, bike, jog, walk or just relax looking at the Lake. The Syracuse Skyline can be seen across the Lake. You can catch a ride on one of the Trolleys on the parkway. Over a million people visit it each year and it is free!
- Sailing and Boating
- Hiking and Walking
Museum of Science and Technology
Known as the MOST by residents. It's located in the old Armory building that's the center of Armory Square (big shock there).
This is a hands on museum and very kid (and adult!) friendly.
It has an IMAX theater. There are usually 4 of 5 movies a day, and more on Saturday. There's a planetarium, too.
The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the winter.
Go shopping at Carousel Center...
Go shopping at Carousel Center
Huge shopping mall with some really great stores including Borders Books ( a huge 2 store book store with a really nice coffee shop),H&M,Kauffmans,Victoria's Secret,Guess,CompUSA,Lord Taylor and many more.
Presently negotiations are in the works to enlarge the mall to make it the biggest shopping mall in the USA....If it goes through...It will be called DestiNY USA www.carouselcenter.com
Built in 1758 to guard portage along a major transportaion route. The portage known as the Iroquois Confederacy which bridged the waterways between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes in Upstate NY.........Just a really neat place to visit.
A Must See activity in this...
A Must See activity in this area is the State Fair. Unfortunately it's seasonal so find out about it in advance and ck out the best of NY. Everything from science and horticulture to wild rides and fun houses.