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Syracuse

Travel Guide
Clinton Square which includes heritage architecture, a park and a city

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

Crowne Plaza Syracuse, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
701 E Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Fully refundable
The price is CA $130 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Downtown Syracuse, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Community Folk Art Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Landmark Theatre and Armory ...
3.9/5Very Good! (965 reviews)
"We liked that the location was convenient. There were two rooms left in the city and so we stayed here. It was quiet even though it was downtown. The breakfast was gross. We got the homemade hash and the few pieces of corned beef that was in there was either all grizzly or full of fat. Both my husband ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

Crowne Plaza Syracuse, an IHG Hotel
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
4 out of 5
100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $171 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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! (894 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 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 CA $174 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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! (146 reviews)
"Beautiful."

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 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.
Private Cottage With Full Kitchen, Wifi, Patio, 2 Miles From Lake Village
Private Cottage With Full Kitchen, Wifi, Patio, 2 Miles From Lake Village
Skaneateles, NY
The price is CA $155 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated on a lake, this cottage is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from SCA Bog Trailhead and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Skaneateles Lake. Bishop Guppy Farm Trailhead and Guppy Falls ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Cute and quiet place to stay!
"Really cute place to stay and the drive into town isn’t bad at all. We had everything that we needed and more. The bed and couch were really comfortable. The only thing that could be improved is the cleanliness (especially bathroom)."

Reviewed on Jul. 17, 2021

Private Cottage With Full Kitchen, Wifi, Patio, 2 Miles From Lake Village
Luxurious 3 Bedroom, Pet Friendly Home. Walk to Village!
Luxurious 3 Bedroom, Pet Friendly Home. Walk to Village!
Skaneateles, NY
This family-friendly Skaneateles vacation home is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Skaneateles Historical Society and Skaneateles Lake. John D. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Skaneateles Memorial Day Holiday
"Very pleased with the quality of the property and owner. One of the best property rentals we have had the opportunity to enjoy!"

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Luxurious 3 Bedroom, Pet Friendly Home. Walk to Village!
Skaneateles House Close to Village
Skaneateles House Close to Village
Skaneateles, NY
Situated in Skaneateles, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Skaneateles Lake, John D. Barrow Art Gallery, and White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room. Skaneateles ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Bright, clean, newly renovated ranch!
"This house was spacious and very accommodating for our family visit to Skaneateles. Well equipped kitchen with LG appliances, very comfortable beds and linens, large back deck and washer/dryer on the main level. Two miles from town. The house is on a heavily traveled road but the backyard is quiet ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2021

Skaneateles House Close to Village
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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