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.
- Historical Travel
- Family 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!
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
See a Salty Dog Soccer Game at P&C Stadium
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!
- Family 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
Burnet Park Zoo
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
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.
Red House 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!
- Theater Travel
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Visit Dougherty's Masquerade
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.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
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