The Museum of Automobile History is the largest museum of its kind in the world -- but I don't think that's saying a whole lote. They say that there are over 10,000 objects on display devoted to the history of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles from the 19th century to the present. However, most of these are posters.
The collection is displayed in a 12,000 square foot area. Each of the two main galleries are filled right up to the 25-foot ceilings. So many of its displays are one-of-a-kind that any listing of the contents is a partial one. You'll see fine-art oil paintings and drawings by American and European artists, folk-art models, rare advertising (including a set of legendary Burma-Shave roadside rhyming signs), original photographs, Detroit styling models, autographs and letters, racing memorabilia, dealership and roadside signs, humorous prints, toys galore, Hollywood movie posters, unusual auto accessories and gadgets, colorful pedal cars, showroom posters, and even several presidential-car license plates. Cars are even in the air as visitors touring the galleries hear original radio advertisements and musical jingles for great cars. The museum is also on the move with video. Race footage, vintage television ads and historical documentaries run on a large screen, set on the back of a miniature truck.
The exterior is lined with an eye-popping set of 20 original full-color billboards (each one measuring 20 feet by 10 feet), long-lost ads for some of the greatest cars of the 1940's and 1950's.
Unique Suggestions: I guess if you're a car freak, you'll love this.
Fun Alternatives: Go to the MOST museum. Go to a pub. Go to the Carousel Center.
The new Shot Clock monument in Downtown's Armory Square district is a tribute to the fact that the Basketball shot clock was invented in Syracuse back in the 1950s I believe. The Monument is a nice replica of the original shot clock, and it counts down from 25 seconds, but still it's just a shot clock. Go read the plaque if you want to check it out. But it's not really that big a deal.
Unique Suggestions: Read the plaque.
Fun Alternatives: Check out the MOST nearby.
Tipperty Hill is an old Irish neighborhood that has the only Upside down traffic light in the country. The green is on top because the Irish kids kept breaking the red light until they put the Green on top.
Unique Suggestions: Go to Coleman's Pub & restaurant on Tipp Hill.
Well, I know alot of Central New Yorkers will hate me for saying this, but I really do not care for the Fair. Too crowded, lots of overpriced junk food, carnies harrassing you to play their carnival games to win some ugly stuffed animal,people selling junk, etc,etc. Actually,any event that is held at the fairgrounds seems to be very commercial and overpriced. Sorry, but that is just my opinion
Unique Suggestions: if you feel compelled to go, buy your ticket ahead of time, you can get it half price this way.
Fun Alternatives: I would suggest to attend one of Syracuse's many nice ethnic festivals ..for example....St Sophia's Greek festival in June, "A Taste of Italy" festival in September or Oktoberfest downtown in September