We created a bucket list of this summer’s must-dos in Syracuse, NY. Check off the activities one by one and discover new adventures, signature Syracuse events, and all this region has to offer during the warmer months.

Syracuse, NY Summer Bucket List

  1.  Attend an outdoor concert or performance at one of many scenic venues in Onondaga County

  2. Walk, run, bike, blade or skate the trails at Onondaga Lake Park

  3. Enjoy a dinner cruise around Skaneateles Lake with Mid-Lakes Navigation

  4. Tour the streets of Syracuse using Veo bikes and scooters.

  5. Snap a photo with one of many Syracuse murals and public art throughout the city.

  6. Learn the history of the Haudenosaunee at Skä•noñh- Great Law of Peace Center.

  7. Rent a glass-bottom boat at Green Lakes State Park and paddle along the beautiful waters.

  8. Catch a Syracuse Mets game at NBT Bank Stadium and enjoy the many promotions and giveaways that they host, such as fireworks Friday, Kids eat free, or dollar day.

  9. Explore the outdoors of Syracuse, with plenty of trails from beginner to advanced to choose from.

  10. Dine outside in Downtown Syracuse on creative sidewalk patios with beautifully strung lights, live music, and tasteful cocktails.
  11. Grab some friends and sip on Syracuse at the many wineries or breweries in the Syracuse and Finger Lake Region.

  12. Tour the Erie Canal Museum or Camillus Erie Canal Park and learn the history of the famous waterway

  13. Order in a cup or a cone, delicious hard and soft-serve ice cream at one of Syracuse's many signature ice cream spots

  14. Attend a fun summer event like the Syracuse Nationals car show or the Great New York State Fair.

  15. Dine at the stops along the Upstate Eats Trail to find Syracuse classics like salt potatoes, Hofmann hotdogs, bold BBQ, and more.

  16. Try your hand at mini-golf at Fairmount Glen, Big Don's Wild River Mini Golf, or Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center.

  17. Visit Destiny USA for world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and indoor amusements. Try out the 2023 Destiny fun pass this summer!

  18. Learn Syracuse's history of the underground railroad at the Onondaga Historical Association then visit the Jerry Rescue Monument in Clinton Square

  19. View ceramics and world-class art exhibits at the Everson Museum of Art.

  20. Head to a food truck rally or rodeo and try a wide variety of food throughout Syracuse.

  21. Enjoy sand, sun, and shore at Jamesville Beach Park - or bring your furry companion and head to the dog park at their off-leash park.

  22. Taste your way around the world with vendors cooking up multicultural cuisine at Salt City Market.

  23. Attend Brew at the Zoo at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in August.

  24. See the one-of-a-kind "upside-down" traffic light and check out Irish pubs in Tipperary Hill, Syracuse's Irish neighborhood.

  25. See a rainy day movie on the new National Grid Exploradome at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and immerse yourself in space and time.

  26. Relax by the roses at the Dr. E.M. Mills Rose Garden on University Hill.

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