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Your Guide to the Holidays in Syracuse

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Syracuse

Syracuse is your spot for four-season fun. The gateway to the Finger Lakes region and centrally located in the heart of New York State, you’ll enjoy exploring our scenic outdoor parks, fantastic food scene, and our year-round festivals. Let us guide you on all the things to do, events, places to stay, food and drink options, music, history, and art – everything we love about the Syracuse, NY region!

 

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Ideally situated in the heart of New York State, and located within 300 miles of the largest cities in the Northeast, the Greater Syracuse region offers the perfect mix of urban and rural experiences for your next getaway. 

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Attractions

  • Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards
  • Clinton Square
  • Destiny USA
  • Erie Canal Museum
  • Everson Museum of Art
  • Green Lakes State Park
  • JMA Wireless Dome
  • Landmark Theatre
  • NBT Bank Stadium
  • New York State Fairgrounds
  • The Oncenter Convention Center
  • Onondaga Lake Park
  • Pratt's Falls State Park
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

Neighborhoods

  • Armory Square
  • Baldwinsville
  • Cazenovia
  • Fayetteville
  • Inner Harbor
  • Lafayette
  • Little Italy / Northside
  • Liverpool
  • Manlius
  • North Syracuse
  • Skaneateles
  • Strathmore / Southside
  • Tipperary Hill
  • Tully
  • University Hill / Syracuse University
  • Westcott
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Armory Square

A lively business and commercial neighborhood in Downtown Syracuse, Armory Square once began as a busy industrial area which is now home to a flourishing shoppingentertainment and nightlife district surrounding the city's former Syracuse Armory. A major hub of Downtown life, Armory Square hosts dozens of favorite restaurants, bars, coffee houses, boutiques and nightclubs. Check out the Shot Clock Monument as you make your way through this charming neighborhood, and connect to many other Downtown areas via the multi-use Onondaga Creekwalk.

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Baldwinsville

Located just west of the downtown Syracuse area, the Baldwinsville offers a quaint village setting alongside the banks of the Seneca River. Discover how a functional waterway lock system works, check out a concert at Paper Mill Island or just relax and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

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Cazenovia

Sitting on the southeast shores of Cazenovia Lake, this small town is home to beautiful views and fun for all. The Brewster Inn and The Brae Loch Inn are just two of the fantastic fine dining options available in town, while Owera Vineyards and Meier's Creek Brewery serve up wines and craft beverages for the adults in your group. Critz Farms is a great visit for the whole family, offering several u-pick fruits throughout the year as well as a kid's area and several special events. 

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Fayetteville

The eastern suburbs of Syracuse are home to gorgeous parks, including favorite Green Lakes State Park, plenty of golf courses, eclectic dining and stellar boutique shopping options. You'll find plenty of family-friendly activities, charming accommodations and miles of green space to discover.

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Inner Harbor

The Lakefront area of Syracuse is home to several unique neighborhoods, many within walking distance of each other and each showcasing restaurants, bars, breweries, hotels, trails and shops. Easily accessible from Downtown and major interstates, the up and coming Inner Harbor district is a sidewalk community within the former Barge Canal terminal and industrial quarter of the city. 

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Lafayette

Just south of Syracuse are gorgeous rolling hills and vast valleys to enjoy all year long. Take a drive along the historic Route 20 Scenic Byway and enjoy everything apple in the autumn at the famous Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards or the annual Apple Festival.

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Little Italy / Northside

Little Italy is a unique district within the city of Syracuse offering cuisine inspired by Italy, Asia, Europe and more. With a large immigrant population, Little Italy draws influences from its previously settled ancestors while expanding and embracing a multitude of cultures throughout the years. Close to Downtown Syracuse, visitors can enjoy the diverse shops and delicious dining options, bakeries, import markets, shops and salons.

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Liverpool

Liverpool borders the historic Onondaga Lake which invites visitors to bike, roll, stroll or run over 8 miles of trails. The village is home to classic Syracuse eateries like Heid's, Limp Lizard and The Retreat. 

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Manlius

Venture to the eastern suburbs of Syracuse and check out some of the small villages and town that have a great food and shopping scene. Manlius is just a short drive from Syracuse and is home to great brewpubs and pizza joints. 

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North Syracuse

Home to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, North Syracuse, is known for more than just a travel spot. Check out the wide variety of delicious dining options in the North Syracuse and slightly further Cicero/Clay area, or enjoy a beverage at one of the area's several breweries. 

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Skaneateles

Nestled on the shores of Skaneateles Lake (one of the cleanest lakes in the country) and considered the Jewel of the Finger Lakes region, the village of Skaneateles, Iroquois for "long lake," is the place to experience the beauty, luxury and hospitality of the Finger Lakes. Taking the number one spot on The Oprah Magazine's Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP list, you'll find quaint but affluent shops, stunning restaurants, charming bed and breakfasts, pristine colonial residences and the occasional celebrity sighting. 

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Strathmore / Southside

Parks, pubs, and much-loved bodegas — the South Side of Syracuse boasts an impressive catalog of city parks, international cuisine, taverns, corner stores, and beautiful historic homes. Discover the serene beauty of the Strathmore neighborhood's spacious parks, complete with stunning skyline views of Downtown Syracuse, and get a taste of some soul thanks to the South Side's fantastic food options.

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Tipperary Hill

Largely settled by immigrants from Ireland, the Tipperary Hill Neighborhood proudly showcases its Irish roots still to this day. Located on the West Side of the city of Syracuse, Tipp Hill is home to a number of Irish pubs, restaurants, and bars. This district is loaded with history, parks, festivals and the city's own Rosamond Gifford Zoo. If you happen to be in the area around the month of March, Tipp Hill knows how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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Tully

Just south of Syracuse are gorgeous rolling hills and vast valleys to enjoy all year long. Enjoy year-round views at nearby Labrador Hollow or Tinker's Falls or check out the myriad of activities throughout the year at Highland Forest. In the colder months, take advantage of Syracuse's healthy winter snowfall at Labrador Mountain or Song Mountain ski resorts.

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University Hill / Syracuse University

University Hill is the collegiate epicenter of Syracuse, NY. Home to Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University, this major educational and medical district of the city is also full of small businesses, fun bars and delicious restaurants, luxury hotels, cozy cafes and historic 19th century architecture. 

Whether you're in town for Family Weekend, an SU game, or to explore the multiple campuses and surrounding areas, The Hill is where you’ll discover the lively university culture and neighboring Downtown area.

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Westcott

Welcome to Westcott neighborhood, a vibrant and trendy community in the city of Syracuse. Eclectic, and funky, this neighborhood is home to a melting pot of fresh cuisine, quaint shops and the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. The perfect mix of contemporary and cool, Wescott is home to both locals and SU students and faculty residents. There are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries, and bars to showcase your day in #WestcottNation

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Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

Consistently voted as one of the best apple orchards in the nation, per USA Today's 10Best, Beak and Skiff is more than a u-pick orchard, it's the quintessential fall experience. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards and pick from a wide variety of apples, depending on the time of year. Once back on the main campus there's a variety of activities for children and adults alike. Everyone will love the wide selection of food items including classics like apple fritters, donuts, apple cider and more! Don't forget to stop into the 1911 Tasting Room for hard cider, spirits and mixed drinks, all made in-house. 

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Clinton Square

Historic Clinton Square in Downtown Syracuse, NY boasts a beautiful panoramic of architecture from the 19th & early 20th centuries. Once the city's original town center, Clinton Square is home to a stunning fountain park where the Erie Canal once ran through. Find trendy shops, salons, restaurants, pubs, and other small businesses surrounding this area.

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Landmark Theatre

An iconic piece of the downtown Syracuse landscape, the Landmark Theatre opened in 1928 in the classic Art Deco style of 1920's theatres. Originally billed as a Loew's the theatre has since earned a place on the National Register of Historical Places. Having undergone several renovations in the past few years, the Theatre has updated seating, a new marquee and more, all true to the style of the original architecture.

The Theatre has been host to many top-level national acts, including Jerry Seinfeld, Jackson Browne, Celtic Woman, Ray LaMontagne, and numerous Broadway touring shows, in addition to the many corporate and fundraising events held at the Theatre each year.

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Destiny USA

Destiny USA is a 2.4 million square foot tourist destination in Syracuse, NY that includes a strong mix of luxury outlet tenants, restaurants and entertainment.  New brands are continuing to open to create a unique and dynamic consumer shopping experience. New York’s largest destination of its kind with over 250 places to shop, dine and play. Ride the antique carousel, taste the variety of flavors from The Cheesecake Factory to Texas de Brazil, or have some fun at Dave & Buster’s. From retail and outlet brands like Apple, Nordstrom Rack, and Michael Kors to the world’s largest suspended ropes course at WonderWorks or a tropical destination at Margaritaville, there’s something for everyone at Destiny USA.

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Erie Canal Museum

The Erie Canal Museum located in Downtown Syracuse, NY, is dedicated to showcasing the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building, the last remaining structure of its kind, and to telling the incredible adventure story of the Erie Canal. Board a full size replica canal boat. Explore life in a canal town. Experience a part of history that played an imperative role in the growth and development of the United States. The Erie Canal Museum is a must-see for adults and children of all ages!

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Everson Museum of Art

The Everson is home to over 10,000 works of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, graphics and one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the nation. It was the first museum to dedicate itself to the collection of American art, to create a permanent collection of ceramics, to collect video art, to create a docent program and to hire the now internationally-known architect I.M. Pei to design its building, a sculptural work of art in its own right.

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Green Lakes State Park

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JMA Wireless Dome

Welcome to the Loud House! Although the Dome is most fondly known to football fans for its turf field, it is also a showcase for SU's nationally-ranked basketball team, the 11-time NCAA Champion men's lacrosse team, the women's lacrosse squad and the women's basketball team. In addition, the Dome's multi-purpose facility is adaptable to staging events ranging from the annual spring commencement to concerts featuring musicians such as Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel and ice shows such as the sold-out performance of former Olympic skaters.

The JMA Wireless Dome seats 49,057 for football and lacrosse and 34,616 for basketball, but has held sell-out crowds of higher attendance.

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NBT Bank Stadium

Home of the Syracuse Mets - enjoy America's favorite pastime in total comfort at one of the finest AAA ballparks in the country. NBT Bank Stadium, with 11,117 seats, is the home of the New York Mets affiliated Syracuse Mets of the International League.

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The Oncenter Convention Center

A three-city-block facility located in the heart of Syracuse, New York, The Oncenter, an SMG managed facility, has flexible meeting, convention, banquet and event space to accommodate groups and functions of all sizes.Since the opening of the War Memorial Arena in 1951, to the harmonious addition of the John H.  Mulroy Civic Center Theaters in 1975, to the building of the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center in 1992, the Oncenter has been the entertainment and conference preference of local, regional and National attendees.Whether you are interested in watching a hockey game, singing along with one of the Famous Artists Broadway shows, watching Disney on Ice, attending a car, snowmobile or ice fishing show, or planning your annual group conference, The Oncenter welcomes you.

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Onondaga Lake Park

The "Central Park of Central New York" is a 8+ mile linear greenway, featuring four great trails - East Shore Recreation, Shoreline Walking Trail, Lakeland Nature and the West Shore - bustling year-round with social interaction, special events, waterfront picnics and the region's premier skate and dog parks. Wegmans Landing, a ten-acre venue, includes Wegmans Playground, a colorful mecca with climbers, swings, play houses and slides while the 16,000 sq. ft. concrete Onondaga Lake Skatepark, open to skateboarders, BMX bikers, and inline skaters, features the challenging Liberty Bowl, volcano, quarter pipes and fun boxes. Explore a bit of Syracuse history at The Salt Museum, built on the site of an original salt boiling block.

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Pratt's Falls State Park

Scenic trails leading to a 137' waterfall beckon visitors to bring a well-stocked picnic basket and a sense of adventure. This geological wonder, formed by retreating glaciers, was the site of Onondaga County's first mill operation in 1796. Picnic opportunities abound. In addition to hiking, Pratt's Falls is popular for archery. 

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The accredited Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is home to more than 700 animals and is a special place where species, many of them endangered, are nurtured and celebrated. Among others, the zoo’s animal collection includes Asian elephants, Amur tigers, snow leopards, Humboldt penguins, a variety of primates, many species of tropical birds and fish, and the only giant Pacific octopus in upstate New York! Indoor and outdoor exhibits, an amazing gift shop, Honeybee Café, variety of special events, education programs for all ages, school break zoo camps, animal demonstrations and encounters, on-site catering and event venues guarantee an entertaining, educational and memorable visit for all.

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St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

The beautiful and picturesque St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview is Central New York’s premier destination to see today’s biggest stars in a world-class, outdoor amphitheater. Located along the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, NY, this all-new state-of-the-art facility comfortably seats 17,500 avid music lovers. The venue welcomed its seventh season in 2022 with the performances from top country, rock and rap artists. 

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New York State Fairgrounds

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