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Enjoy fun-filled days of outdoor activities, shopping and cultural pursuits in the geographic heart of New York State. Syracuse has old roots as the primary supplier of salt for the United States. The modern presence of Syracuse University and numerous attractions give it a youthful vigor.
Kick-start your visit with outdoor activities at local parks. Spend half a day or more at Onondaga Lake Park. Walk along 7 miles (11 kilometers) of shoreline, rent a boat, visit the butterfly garden and play ball games on the sports fields. While you’re there, investigate the Salt Museum on the lake’s eastern shore to learn about the industry that built Syracuse.
Delve into the past at the Erie Canal Museum to learn about New York canals’ important role in American history. See how the 363-mile (584-kilometer) Erie route was built by hand.
Fill your shopping bags at Destiny USA, a massive six-story mall with more than 250 outlets. It also has attractions such as a mirror maze and the Canyon Climb Adventure, a suspended indoor climbing course.
Buy tickets in advance for an NCAA Division I college sports event inside the Syracuse University Carrier Dome. Join the college crowd to celebrate afterward at the Armory Square neighborhood.
Treat children to a visit to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park; it houses more than 700 animals, including elephants, tigers, bears and wolves. If you’re in the city in August go to the Great New York State Fair, with 12 days of rides, exhibits and entertainment. Check the fairgrounds website to see what events are happening at other times of the year.
Syracuse is 160 miles (257 kilometers) from Niagara Falls and 246 miles (396 kilometers) from New York City, with bus service from both locations. It has its own airport. Lake Ontario and the waterfalls, parks, hiking trails and ski slopes of the Finger Lakes region are about an hour away, offering swimming, skiing, hiking, fishing and autumn leaf-peeping.
Near Syracuse Hancock Airport in Liverpool, this smoke-free hotel is only 5 miles (8 kilometers) from downtown Syracuse and within 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) of Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome. Destiny USA is less than 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from the hotel.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Brooklawn Golf Course and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Palace Theater. Erie Canal Museum and Le Moyne College are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of International Masks and Puppets and Museum of Science and Technology. Erie Canal Museum and Everson Museum of Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from NBT Bank Stadium and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Onondaga Lake Park. Hopkins Road County Park and Central New York Regional Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Brewerton and Brewerton Speedway. Oneida Shores Park and The Greens at Beaumont are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Brooklawn Golf Course and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Palace Theater. Erie Canal Museum and Everson Museum of Art are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Community Folk Art Center, Erie Canal Museum, and Everson Museum of Art. Museum of Science and Technology and Syracuse University are also within 1 mi (2 km).