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Syracuse
Travel Guide

Clinton Square featuring a city, a garden and heritage architecture

This city in Central New York’s Finger Lakes region offers college sports, summer sunshine and plentiful winter snow for year-round indoor and outdoor activities.

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.

Where to stay in Syracuse

Collegian Hotel & Suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Collegian Hotel & Suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3.5 out of 5
1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
The price is £73 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Crouse Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. Carrier Dome ...
4/5Very Good! (215 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay close to downtown."

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

Collegian Hotel & Suites, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
4 out of 5
100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY
The price is £101 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Downtown Syracuse, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Onondaga County War Memorial, Landmark Theatre and Everson Museum of Art. The ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (833 reviews)
"This is a beautiful hotel. Historic in nature, but with all of the amenities that one would expect of a modern, upscale hotel. The staff was outstanding, especially Daryl in Valet Services, and Abagail at the Front Desk. Our room was spotless and very comfortable. The only concern was the property ..."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Embassy Suites Syracuse
Embassy Suites Syracuse
3.5 out of 5
6646 Old Collamer Road South, East Syracuse, NY
The price is £104 per night from 18 Jul to 18 Jul
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brooklawn Golf Course and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Palace Theater. Destiny USA and Old Erie Canal Historic ...
4/5Very Good! (116 reviews)
"The hotel staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The pictures don’t do this place justice it is absolutely beautiful and the rooms are very spacious will be staying here every time I’m in the area. And looking into some of their other locations as well."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Embassy Suites Syracuse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Luxury Log Cabin in the Woods on Skaneateles Lake
Luxury Log Cabin in the Woods on Skaneateles Lake
1619 Basin Brook Lane, Skaneateles, NY
This Skaneateles cabin is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Skaneateles Lake, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Otisco Lake and Song Mountain Resort. Cortland Country ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Beautiful place
"My friends and I went to have a quick getaway weekend. The place is hard to get to but once you’re there, it is beautiful."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Luxury Log Cabin in the Woods on Skaneateles Lake
Duck Lake Campground
Duck Lake Campground
2 out of 5
11040 Duck Lake Rd, Red Creek, NY
Nestled on the beach, this Red Creek campsite is within 20 mi (32 km) of Weedsport Speedway, Cayuga Lake and Fair Haven Beach State Park. Sodus Bay and Lake ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Quiet and family friendly. Few rowdy campers but nothing too crazy. Fishing was great! The oldest (7 years old) caught his biggest fish ever, a 20-21 inch bowfin!"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2018

Duck Lake Campground
Waterfront, Rustic Cabin, Great Swimming, Own Dock, Raft
Waterfront, Rustic Cabin, Great Swimming, Own Dock, Raft
Doody Lane, Tully, NY
Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 4 mi (6.4 km) from Song Mountain Resort and 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from Otisco Lake. Homer Center for the Arts and Jamesville ...
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Great getaway!
"Enjoyed our stay. Great value and great spot."

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2020

Waterfront, Rustic Cabin, Great Swimming, Own Dock, Raft
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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