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Best things to do in Syracuse

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bus Station
“The second most touristed mall in all of Us & Canade this is one of my favorite spots! You can spend an entire day and not see it all. ”
37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“All the rave in downtown Syracuse; you can get your hands dirty here with their classic ribs. ”
33 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Destiny USA is one of the largest malls in America. You can easily spend a day experiencing Wonder Works, or racing indoor go carts. There is a rope course to test your fear of heights. There are many restaurants to choose from. Eat at Texas De Brazil or P.F Chang's and wash it down with a drink from the Gordon Biersch Brewery. If the University life is what you want to experience, you can shop and eat on Marshall St or relax at the rose garden in Thornden Park. You can catch a show at the Syracuse stage or the Landmark Theater. If you want to experience the beauty of Central New York, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful sight than at Clark Reservation, Pratts Falls, or Grean Lakes State Park. There are also many ski resorts and mountain bike trails just a short drive away. Whatever you are into, you are likely to find it close by. ”
26 locals recommend
University
“Explore the beautiful campus at the university if it's not already on your to-do list. The bustling atmosphere gives off an incredible energy during the school season.”
20 locals recommend
Museum
“John Lennon and Yoko Ono once had pieces hanging here! Affordable entry, incredible art, and the building is artistic too!”
13 locals recommend
Plaza
“Armory Square is an area of downtown composed of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and stores”
25 locals recommend
Cinema
“IMAX theatre, 35,000square feet of exhibits, planetarium, science playhouse”
13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of my go-to places to eat out. Located in the Westcott area, it has a good selection of Americanized Mexican food. They have a standalone bar as well if you just want some margaritas.”
16 locals recommend
Zoo
“Lions, elephants & penguins are among the animals at this 43-acre zoo with wildlife trail & aviary.”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Another Syracuse Stable for Italian fare. Try the hot sauce and daily fresh bread!”
13 locals recommend
Route
“With being one of the largest malls there is plenty of stuff to do in 1 location. You can enjoy shopping at a wide range of stores and outlets, along with a ton of restaurants that will serve any craving. If your looking for entertainment there is live music, bowling, mystery rooms, mirror mazes, movies and lots of other choices. ”
12 locals recommend
History Museum
“ One of a kind building in the world. Weighted canal barges on the Erie Canal.”
7 locals recommend
Stadium
“This may very well be why you're here to begin with; check out the stadium for the big SU sporting events and shows while you're in town. It's home to the SU basketball, lacrosse, and football teams.”
10 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“An exceptional land form with woodsy hiking trails about 30 minutes from the house. One trail along stone outcroppings traces the outline of a glacial plunge basin lake some 200 feet below you. ”
7 locals recommend
Café
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“Westcott’s signature coffee shop is open til midnight and has an amazing atmosphere for relaxing or knocking out some work. A must-visit for coffee lovers. They’ve additionally got an assortment of baked goodies.”
12 locals recommend
Bar
“oThe title pretty much sums it up, and it’s just what you might imagine; a classy lounge with a sort of private drinking club vibe.”
10 locals recommend