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SyracuseUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Syracuse

Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA
Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA
3.5 out of 5
311-371 Hiawatha Blvd., Syracuse, NY
The price is CA $150 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Lakefront, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Destiny USA, Museum of Science and Technology, and Erie Canal Museum. Landmark Theatre and Everson ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,014 reviews)

"Great place to stay across the street from Destiny Mall. Room was nice as usual. We’ve stayed here 4-5 times over the past few years. The breakfast was a little wonky this time but we chalked that up due to COVID. The consistency between the two days we were there could have been better though. They ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA
DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse
DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse
3.5 out of 5
6301 Route 298, East Syracuse, NY
The price is CA $107 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Destiny USA, Erie Canal Museum, and Museum of Science and Technology. Landmark Theatre and Everson ...

4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"Refrigerator makes noise so I had to unplug it. Water didn’t drain in tub."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse
 Maplewood Suites Syracuse - Airport
Maplewood Suites Syracuse - Airport
3.5 out of 5
400 7th North St., Liverpool, NY
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of NBT Bank Stadium, Central New York Regional Market, and WonderWorks. 5 Wits Adventure and Destiny ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,071 reviews)

"Room was clean & spacious. Front desk staff were quick & courteous too."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Maplewood Suites Syracuse - Airport
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.

Vacation Rentals in Syracuse

Staybridge Suites Liverpool Syra
Staybridge Suites Liverpool Syra
3.5 out of 5
439 Electronics Pkwy, Liverpool, NY
The price is CA $126 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in Liverpool, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hopkins Road County Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Destiny USA. Sainte Marie among the Iroquois and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (306 reviews)

"my daughter and i liked the big parking lot to walk. we definately enjoyed the 2 bdrm room we had. my son has an interview in a couple of weeks so we will be staying with you again. your front desk clerk on 2nd shift on 9/20/2020, was great. he was very polite and helpful with directions outside ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

Staybridge Suites Liverpool Syra
Relaxing Retreat Near Syracuse | Free Breakfast + Business Center
Relaxing Retreat Near Syracuse | Free Breakfast + Business Center
Liverpool, NY
The price is CA $190 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in Liverpool, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hopkins Road County Park and Sainte Marie among the Iroquois. Onondaga Lake Park and Salt ...

Relaxing Retreat Near Syracuse | Free Breakfast + Business Center
Large Charming  2 Bedroom Upstairs Flat 3 blocks from downtown Auburn.
Large Charming 2 Bedroom Upstairs Flat 3 blocks from downtown Auburn.
Auburn, NY

This family-friendly Auburn apartment building is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Auburn Public Theater, Seward House Museum, and Willard Memorial ...

4.4/5Excellent! (15 reviews)
Quick and easy.

"Lots of room for a couple. A very short walk to an excellent brewery! Otherwise we were just in town for a funeral :/"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 16, 2020

Large Charming 2 Bedroom Upstairs Flat 3 blocks from downtown Auburn.
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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Reviews of Syracuse

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 15, 2019

Went to a couple of baseball games while there. Great little ballpark, lot’s of fun. Also try the legendary Dinosaur BBQ!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 1, 2019

Great location for shopping

4/5 - Good

Amal

Sep 2, 2019

Rosamond Gifford Zoo was an amazing experience.Very clean. Affordable price. Great stuff. Amazing views. Animals were well taken care. Worth the visit& price. The Storming Crabs Restaurant was also a big hit. Yummy seafood. Destiny USA was nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 21, 2019

Visible gift shops. Lovely place very clean and beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 7, 2019

Nice town, great outlet shopping (Destiny USA Mall). We will come again

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 2, 2019

Hope the city continues to improve. Lots of good things here!

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