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Living in Central New York

Our campus overlooks the City of Syracuse in the heart of New York state. Discover amazing restaurants, historic architecture, nature and wildlife, the Finger Lakes, the Great Lakes and much more.

Things To Do in Syracuse and Central New York

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Syracuse experiences all four seasons, providing year-round activities and entertainment. Whether exploring performance venues and sporting events or enjoying outdoor spaces and wildlife centers, the area offers activities and cultural experiences for everyone.

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Most Populous City in New York State
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Glacially formed Finger Lakes of Central and Western New York are among the state's most beautiful lakes.
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Arts and Entertainment

Syracuse thrives as a regional entertainment hub, boasting museums, art galleries, performance venues and an array of annual events. Some favorites among our students are cultural and music festivals like Taste of Syracuse, Winterfest, Polish Fest, Greek Fest, NY State Blues Fest, the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival and the Great New York State Fair.

Discover the arts and entertainment scene
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Syracuse has a diverse culinary scene with global flavors. Neighborhoods offer tastes from Poland, Greece, Thailand, Mexico and beyond. Syracuse also has the Salt City Market, which serves as a cultural hub, showcasing dishes from around the world, including Ethiopian, Jamaican, Middle Eastern, Southern soul foods and more.

Explore dining options
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Syracuse is home to the eighth largest mall in America, Destiny USA, that sports familiar storefronts and a wing of discount outlet stores. If you step off campus or take a short trip downtown, you’ll find a wide variety of local boutiques and shops. Close to campus, you’ll also find supermarkets, small grocers and international food markets.

See shopping options
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Outdoor Activities

More than 170 parks and natural areas surround Syracuse. For those who want to escape into nature, the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park is just a two-hour drive northeast, and the Catskill Mountains are less than two hours southeast. And throughout the region, residents can enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, ice skating, swimming, apple picking, rafting, biking, camping and horseback riding.

Experience outdoor activities

No matter the season, my friends and I are always doing stuff outdoors. Some of my best memories at Syracuse have been made skiing at  Song Mountain, hiking at Green Lakes and having picnics in Thornden Park.

Gina Bouza ’22
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Outdoor Activities Organized by Syracuse University

Barnes Center at The Arch offers exciting ways for students, faculty and staff to enjoy outdoor recreation activities in all seasons. Discover outdoor adventure trips, the ski and snowshoe center, tennis and golf and more.

Day Trips

Whether it’s swimming in the gorges in Ithaca, exploring the lakeside shops in Skaneateles, visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, or going to Niagara Falls, Syracuse is surrounded by vibrant towns and tourist destinations that are perfect for a day trip.

Getting Around

There are many ways to get out and explore Syracuse. Many of the spots popular with students—including parks, restaurants and shops—are just a short walk or bike ride away from campus.

The campus shuttle has direct routes to Destiny USA, Tops Supermarket, Target and the downtown area.

Taxis and major rideshare companies operate in and around the city.

Other transportation resources can be found through Parking and Transportation Services.