Places to Visit/Things to Do
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology is a popular attraction in downtown Syracuse. MOST (abbreviated name for the museum) features around 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with the Science Shop and a planetarium. MOST is especially popular with kids, as it features many hands-on exhibits and displays. The Museum of Science & Technology also features the only domed IMAX theater in the state of New York. Established in 1981, MOST is still serving the tourists and the community. They are open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, with the IMAX movies during the same days. They are also open on some major holidays, but closed on July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Sunday. A combined package for the exhibits and the IMAX theater is $17 for adults and $15 for kids aged 2 to 11 and for seniors older than 65.
The Everson Museum of Art is another popular attraction in Syracuse. The museum focuses on American art and its styles, with many famous American paintings, sculptures, and more. When visitors arrive, they notice the architecture of the building. Everson was actually built by famous architect, I.M. Pei, in a contemporary style. The galleries and the museum’s shop is open from noon to 5 pm on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Thursday, they’re open from noon to 8 pm, and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. On Monday and Tuesday, the Everson Museum of Art is closed. Admission for adults is $8, $6 for seniors above 65 and students, and free for members, kids 12 and under, and military members with ID.
One of the top attractions in Syracuse is the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. It’s among the 10% of the best zoos, and its also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It was founded more than 100 years ago back in 1914. The history of the zoo has great impact as well. It began as a tiny educational facility, but now comprises of more than 43 acres, with various types of animals. From lions to penguins, the zoo features hundreds and hundreds of animals. They also have a wildlife trail and a bird sanctuary. Rosamond Gifford Zoo is open 362 days of the year, only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. They open at 10 am and close at 4:30 pm every day. General admission for adults is $9 and $5 for kids aged 3 to 17 and seniors over 62. Entrance is free for kids 2 and under as well as active military personnel.
The Carrier Dome is the sports structure on the campus of Syracuse University. It’s the largest of its kind on any campus, as well as the only domed stadium in that part of the country. The sports like football, basketball, and lacrosse for Syracuse University are held in the dome, but other major events go on too. Concerts, Olympic champion ice skating shows, and much more go on here. The best way to visit the Carrier Dome is to come during major events and games. For the game schedules, you might want to stay updated with the Dome’s website.
Onondaga Lake Park is a 7.5-mile greenspace next to Onondaga Lake, with most of the park in nearby Liverpool. The park offers plenty of perfect spots for a family picnic or even just to relax on the shoreline. If you’re looking for activities within the park, look no further. The park has boating, archery, sports fields, and plenty of hiking trails. From April to October, the park is open from 6 am to half an hour past sunset; and from November to March, they’re open from 6 am to sunset. There is no admission to enter the park, but certain amenities and events may cost you money.
Best Way to Tour Syracuse, NY
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Best Places to Shop/Eat
- Destiny USA –Destiny USA is your one stop, all you can shop destination. The six-story is not only the largest of its kind in Syracuse, but in the whole state of New York. Size-wise, Destiny USA is the seventh largest mall in the United States. The large mall features over 250 shops, dining options, and entertainment options.
- Armory Square – Armory Square is one of Syracuse’s most vibrant shopping neighborhoods. Many of its shops and eateries are composed of the brick and mortar style buildings. From amazing restaurants to unique boutiques, Armory Square has it all.
- Texas de Brazil – Texas de Brazil may be a familiar name, and its also one of the most popular restaurants in the city. According to tripadvisor, the American steakhouse is rated the #1 fine dining restaurant option for 2019. Texas de Brazil is a chain of the expensive restaurant, so you may have one in your own city.
- Lemon Grass Restaurant – Lemon Grass is another popular dining option in Syracuse. The Asian-Thai fusion takes the #2 spot for fine dining restaurants in Syracuse for 2019 according to tripadvisor. If you like Asian or Thai food, you must stop at Lemon Grass.
- ApizzaRegionale –You might’ve guessed it because the title, but the ApizzaRegionale is a popular, Italian restaurant in Syracuse. The restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes, as well as tasty pizza. It is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Syracuse by tripadvisor for 2019.
Have a Great Time in Syracuse!