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Top Things To Do In Syracuse

New York State pride certainly extends south of NYC to Syracuse. The geographic heart of New York State, this city is defined by three things: basketball, barbecue, and bodies of water. The nearby Erie Canal and the southern tip of the Onondaga Lake extend into Syracuse. This makes it a hotbed for boating, kayaking, swimming, and sightseeing. Travelers will enjoy the adventurous spirit of this northern city. Here are some of the best things to do in Syracuse.

Adventure is around every corner in Syracuse. Count down the 24-second shot clock at a basketball game. Bike the greenway at a local park. Tour a museum to better understand the unique culture of Syracuse.

Here are some of the best things to do in Syracuse:

  • Experience great American adventure at the Erie Canal Museum
  • Put on your thinking cap at Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
  • Discover a masterpiece at the Everson Museum
  • See a film at Landmark Theatre, which was once one of the first silent movie theaters in the country
  • Watch as birds take flight at the aviary inside the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
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"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
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Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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$5.00
Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
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Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
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Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
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$40.00 $28.00
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07/17/20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m.: One General-Admission Ticket
John Cleese: Why There Is No Hope Virtual Show on August 2 at 3 p.m. EST
John Cleese: Why There Is No Hope Virtual Show on August 2 at 3 p.m. EST
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08/02/20 at 3 p.m. EST: Virtual Show Live Stream and 2-Day Access. Buy One, Gift One (Voucher Code Can Be Used 2 Times)

Trips to Syracuse are only complete after attending a basketball game. Once done, devour steamy barbecue brisket at a local festival. Cheer on the home team from stadium seats.

Popular attractions near Syracuse include:

  • Cheering on the Syracuse Orange basketball team at the Carrier Dome
  • Partying on the block downtown at a local arts festival
  • Checking out the vast ceramics collection at the Everson Museum
  • Finding the only existing upside-down traffic light and learn its story in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood
  • Exploring more than 240 retail options at the Destiny USA shopping center

Whether you’re a night owl or just looking for a night on the town, Syracuse has a plenty of things to choose from. Spend the night dancing at a trendy lounge downtown. Test your wits at a local trivia event.

Nighttime activities near Syracuse include:

  • Dance from dusk till dawn at Orbis Lounge
  • Share fresh plates of meats and veggies at Laci’s Tapas Bar
  • Hang out at Empire Brewing Co. with a flavorful craft beer in hand
  • Play trivia at Coleman’s Irish Pub
  • Groove to a night of live jazz at Bistro Elephant

Travelling with kids is a special kind of adventure. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do with kids in Syracuse, such as museums, science exhibits, and zoos. The city offers many area attractions for families with varied interests.

Family-friendly things to do near Syracuse include:

  • See a live puppet show at the Open Hand Theater International Mask & Puppet Museum
  • Explore over 100 hands-on science exhibits together at Wonderworks Destiny
  • Become best friends with a lion at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • Fish for rainbow trout at one of five privately owned ponds at Spring Ponds Fishery
  • Discover area arts and culture at the Community Folk Art Center at Syracuse University

There’s plenty of things to do in Syracuse, even when it rains. The city offers indoor golf, movie theaters, and plenty of delicious restaurants to explore on a day in.

Syracuse things to do indoors include:

  • Thrilling yourself with an IMAX showing at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology
  • Spending an afternoon rock climbing at the indoor Central Rock Gym
  • Playing a simulated game of golf at Par’s Indoor Golf
  • Sipping on a classic milkshake in retro digs at Modern Malt Syracuse
  • Relaxing your muscles with a swedish massage at Anthony’s Bodyworks Studio

Lace up those hiking books and hit the trails in Syracuse. There’s an outdoor activity for every season and plenty of places to enjoy it. Swim in the lake or snowshoe through the forest.

Here are some active things to do in Syracuse:

  • Tee off at Green Lakes State Park’s 18-hole golf course
  • Stop and smell the roses at Thornden Park
  • Walk the lush courtyard and admire the fountain at Columbus Circle
  • During winter, snowshoe through 660 acres of snowy wonderland at Beaver Lake Nature Center
  • Soak up the sun and swim in the Schiller Park community pool