Syracuse Travel Guide

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Syracuse Highlights

  • Pro
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     CNY is a nice area to live in, 5 hours or less from Boston, NYC Philidelphia, Toronto or Montreal 

  • Con
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     Cold, long winters with lots of lake effect snow! 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's more than what you see from the Highway! 

Syracuse Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Carousel Mall, PTC No. 18

    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...

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Syracuse Restaurants

  • Best Veggies and Coffee

    I really liked this place. The food was good, which was a surprise to me because I usually don't like vegetarian food. (I had come in for coffee and ended up with the powerburger. I wish all vegan food tasted like that.)There's parking and wifi. The atmosphere is diner-friendly and informal. I was actually served by the owner, who was very pleasant...

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  • Excellent Thai food with great service

    We stopped here because they were advertising lunch specials -- $4.95 for any dish on Monday - Thursday from 11-3 (price is $7.95 for lunch specials Friday - Sunday). We figured we couldn't go wrong for that price. We couldn't believe how fantastic the food was! The servings were huge -- I ended up with enough leftovers for a second meal -- and it...

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  • Great barbecue

    I've been here twice now on both of my visits (in 2005 and 2006) and both times the food and atmosphere have been great. The service was a little spotty, but the place is always very busy, so the servers are stretched a bit thin. Expect a wait of 20 or 30 minutes at all hours as this place is very crowded. The first time I was here, we had a...

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Syracuse Nightlife

  • Dirty, dirty games

    Daniel Jack's was pretty dead the night we were there, but it was sort of nice to get away from some of the louder clubs in the Armory Square area. It didn't take long for Gina and Kim to take their drinks to the far end of the bar and start playing dirty games on this machine. If you know what I'm talking about right now, you're a sick puppy.

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  • Classic Movie Theaters in Downtown...

    The original Loew's State movie theater was taken over and restored in 1977 as the Landmark Theatre.http://www.landmarktheatre.org/.The picture is of the RKO Keith Theater, which is no longer extant alas!

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  • Awful Al's Whiskey & Cigar Bar

    When Awful's opened a few years ago, it seemed odd to focus on a small niche market of cigar smokers. However, since New York passed a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, this bar has realized a huge advantage over the competition... this is the only bar in the county where customers can smoke indoors. Because the bar was established prior to...

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Syracuse Transportation

  • Buses!

    Most people use buses to get around Syracuse, others use cars but not many, if there are car drivers you will see a lot of cars parked along the road because there aren't parking lots for most of the shops. The buses are either on time or very late. A good feature the bus has is that some of them have lifts if you are disabled .Also students in...

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  • Onondaga Lake Park Tram

    The free tram service at Onondaga Lake Park runs the length of the park from the Wegmans Playground in the south to Long Branch Park in the north. If you park at the northern end of the Park and want to get to the southern end, then take the tram. Or if you park at the southern end of the Park and want to get to the northern end, you can take the...

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  • Oh the Er-I-E is a rising...

    The Erie Canal ran though Syracuse until it was filled in the early 20th century and became Erie Blvd. Be sure to visit the The Erie Canal Museum in the1850 Weighlock Building. It was in this building that the barges were weighed as they passed through Syracuse on the canal..The tip title comes from the version of "The Erie Canal Song" that I...

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Syracuse Shopping

  • THE place to buy almost anything...

    Carousel Mall is located at the south end of Onondaga Lake, on the north side of Syracuse directly accessible from Interstate 81 from the south bound lane and from Hiawatha Blvd. from the north bound lane. Like they say YOU CAN'T MISS it if you tried!!It is BIG but it has an reasonable aesthetic quality so it is not a blemish on the skyline.It is...

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  • Nice Mall in Eastern Suburbs

    Anchors: Target, Kohl's, P&C Foods, T.J Maxx, Stickley Furniture, Thomasville Furniture, Panera Bread, and Jo Ann Fabrics.

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  • Biggest Power Strip Mall in Northern...

    This shopping center has many retail stores. Home Depot, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Price Chopper, TJ Maxx, Kohl's just to name a few. Restaurants include Panera Bread, A&W, Hooters, and McDonalds.

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Syracuse Local Customs

  • New York State Fair

    This is really in Geddes, NY which is a suburb of Syracuse.Several stages of live music playing country, rock and ethnic arrangements (state and national celebrities). 4-H style agricultural and animal displays and judging; bake-offs and jelly/jam contests. There are rows and rows of gaming booths for kids and adults ("com'on up 'n win a bear")....

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  • Parking Meters w/out Heads

    When I first drove my father around Marshall St., he exclaimed, "Good Lord, it's right out of "Cool Hand Luke!" Someone's cut the heads off all the parking meters!" Everyone in the car chuckled and exclaimed "What we got heere is a failure to communicate!" Yes, the meter steel poles still stick up out of the ground by the parking areas, but the...

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  • The Great New York State Fair

    The Great New York State Fair is located in suburban Syracuse during two weeks at the end of August and the beginning of September. The local custom is that after the State Fair ends, summer is over and Fall has begun. Even though the official end of Summer is about the 3rd week in September, not the 1st week.

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Syracuse Warnings and Dangers

  • Use Common Sense

    I was born in Syracuse and lived there for almost 18 years. It's a pretty safe city, however caution should be used in certain areas. The South/Southwest side of the city is pretty sketchy at night, especially in Onondaga Park...there have been murders there at night...most if not all related to drugs or something of the sort...not just random...

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  • How to avoid crime near SU

    While I was at SU as a grad student I was shocked, but a bit releaved to see that the University would send out "Alerts" to crime which had occurred near or on the campus. Invariably, crimes will occur anywhere, but the close locale of SU to some of the seedier areas, combined with just bad judgment and sheer stupidity of the victims makes a few...

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  • caution

    Like any metropolis, Syracuse has good sections of town and bad sections. Some places are fine during the day, and deadly (literally) during the late night.The best thing to do is to check with the motel staff and ask them if there are any sections of town that should be avoided. In any case, please practice good safety procedures while in the...

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Syracuse Tourist Traps

  • Automobile Museum

    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...

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  • Syracuse's Shot Clock Monument

    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...

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  • Tippery Hill- Upside down traffic light

    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. Go to Coleman's Pub & restaurant on Tipp Hill.

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Syracuse What to Pack

  • Winter Gear

    Bring long underwear in the winter, good waterproof boots, a down parka and understand that if you have expensive boots, the salt (used on roads and sidewalks) WILL cause damage to your boots. Thermal "LL Bean" boots work well, since they have a rubber area which isn't attacked by the salt, but the stitching will eventually be effected.

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  • Packing List

    M.Q. Camera on Hawley St. can take care of all your professional photo needs. Otherwise, there are many places with 1-hour film development, including Eckerd, CVS, Wegmas, Walmart, etc. Bring sunscreen in summer. While it's freezing in winter, hot and muggy days characterize summer. Expect 80-90 degrees with 80-90% humidity in August.

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  • Packing List

    you will want to have a good size bag if you gon in the winter, you will need a lot of clothes. if you go to syracuse in the winter time make sure that you pack sweaters, turtlenecks, heavy coats, mittins, hats and scarves. in the summer you can get away with shorts and a light jacket.

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Syracuse Off The Beaten Path

  • Highland Forest

    Onondaga County Department of Parks and recreation has a delightful "bag of tricks" to enhance your stay, visit or residency in Central New York. Highland Forest in southern Onondaga County provides a variety of year-round recreation opportunities but it is best known locally for its cross-country skiing. Snow being a major facet of CNY winter...

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  • Beaver Lake Nature Center

    Here is an unbelievable site. Beaver Lake has all manner of natural flora and fauna, "critters" large and small, wiley and cute. A lake to paddle your kayak or canoe on (or rent one of theirs; they have lifejackets, paddles, canoes and kayaks) There are hiking trails to wood lots, fern "grottos", wild flowers, with birds, bees and other wild life...

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  • Sainte Marie among the Iroquois

    Locally known as the "Old French Fort", the "mission" Sainte Marie among the Iroquois recognizes one of the first attemps to establish a permanent European presence in what is now Central New York.The original fort is LONG gone though excavations have unearthed what may be foundation work from that. A CCC project in the 30's built what was claimed...

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Syracuse Sports & Outdoors

  • SU , The Carrier Dome, et al

    I was uncertain just where to put a tip on watching SU sports teams.It certainly would fit "local customs"if the catagory "Must See" still existed it would fit there,It almost fits "Tourist Trap" also!!,But then again it might be a "Warning or Danger" (some people become addicted!)But seeing as there is a slot for "Sports Travel" we will name this:...

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  • Syracuse Crunch AHL Hockey

    If you are into Hockey, check out Syracuse's AHL Hockey team at the War Memorial in downtown Syracuse.

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  • Ice sailing on Cazenovia Lake

    .Just because it is winter and the lake is frozen over doesn't mean you have to give up sailing. At least not in Central New York! .This picture was taken at the foot of Cazenovia Lake along SR 20. It was difficult to catch the iceboat as it was moving so fast!

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Syracuse Favorites

  • web view

    http://www.syracuse.com/clintoncam/index.ssf?videoThis is the link to a web cam of stream video looking at Clinton Square.

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  • neighborhoods

    Syracuse has 26 neighborhoodsBrighton... residential area with several small commercial stripsDowntown... Armory Square is the main retail and dining area of Downtown Syracuse Eastwood(the village within the city)... retail stores along James Street Elmwood...Far Westside... includes the Irish-heritage area called Tipperary HillHanover Square......

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  • Friends and a concert

    My last trip to Syracuse was one big party of a weekend. Friday night, my flight arrived at 9 and we were out in Armory Square bars till the wee hours. Then on Saturday it was fine dining and the Billy Joel concert followed by more partying on the Syracuse campus and then back in downtown. It was my first Billy Joel concert, which was great, but I...

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