10 Best Visitor Experiences
Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:00 AM by Visit Syracuse Staff
Discover some of the top visitor-rated attractions and destinations in the Syracuse region. While some, like the Great New York State Fair and the Syracuse Mets, are seasonal activities most can be enjoyed year-round!
Just a few minutes north of Downtown Syracuse, Onondaga Lake Park is the most visited park in Central NY! Check out the skate park near the Wegmans playground, rent rollerblades or take out a Surrey Quadricycle bike for a relaxing ride around the lake. Please note that rentals are not available during the winter months.
Shopping, dining and entertainment so big, it needed its own zip code! Immerse yourself in more than 240 retail options, luxury dining, live music and more. Enjoy an exclusive Savings Program with your AAA/CAA cards; show your card at one of two convenient guest services locations to receive hundreds of dollars in deals. Don't forget to ask about the Fun Day pass.
Considered among the top 10 percent of zoos and aquariums in the nation, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to more than 700 animals. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZ), meaning it must abide by the highest standards in animal care, education and visitor experience.
"Tipp Hill" was settled by Irish Erie Canal workers and later Irish immigrants; cultural pride led to the world's only upside-down "Green-on-top" traffic light. The neighborhood features scenic parks, architecturally striking churches and, of course, the popular pubs, including Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub which sports a tiny leprechaun door to the right of the entrance.
Thrilling rides, games of chance, free concerts and a celebration of culture and agriculture - the New York Stake Fair has it all! The number one reason people come to the Fair: the food. Dozens of vendors, creative (often fried) dishes, a food truck competition and Taste NY highlight the best products made and grown in New York State. The Fair hosts special promotions each day and on opening day and Labor Day, admission is just $1. The Fair runs mid-August through early September.
This cool museum is housed in the last existing American Weighlock Building (circa 1850). Discover treasured artifacts, maps, interpretive and interactive displays and walk through a full-size replica canal boat with crew quarters, cargo and passenger areas.
Built in 1928 during the heyday of silent films, the Landmark retains much of its gilded grandeur and is listed on the United States Park Service National Register of historical Places. The theatre hosts top-level national musical and comedy acts as well as numerous Broadway touring shows. Due to COVID-19 the Landmark Theatre is not currently hosting any shows or visits.
Discover Downtown Syracuse in a unique and delicious way! This three-hour walking tour includes stops at award-winning restaurants where participants sample local fare and learn about the people and places behind the dishes. Guides will also share some fun facts about Downtown Syracuse's history, architecture and culture. Due to COVID-19 the Sampling Food Tours are currently on hold.
The popular farmers markets on Saturdays feature fresh produce, sauces, meats, flowers and other artisan goods from Central NY and all over New York State. On Sundays, check out the Flea Market for amazing antiques and more.
Don't miss the AAA Team of the New York Mets! Each seat at NBT Bank Stadium offers a great view of the game. A full-service restaurant with an outside patio, concessions like Hofmann's hot dogs and special promotions every day of the week make a day at the ballpark an affordable, family-friendly outing. The Syracuse Mets typically play from April through October. Due to COVID-19 the 2020 season was cancelled. Stay tuned for 2021 season information.
The Onondaga Historical Association Museum is a free public-access museum that covers the rich history of Onondaga County. Featuring permanent exhibits such as Onondaga County: The Heart of New York and Freedom Bound: Syracuse & The Underground Railroad, as well as temporary exhibits covering the women’s suffrage movement, Syracuse sports and the arts.
Spice up your life with the new Syracha’cuse Market and Tasting Bar located in the Village of Camillus. Offering their own award winning gourmet hot sauces and spicy specialties as well as local foods and gifts from across Central New York, stop by and pick up gifts for yourself or out-of-area friends and family!