Top 10 Things To Do in Syracuse, NY
Here at TrailwaysNY, we run buses from New York City (NYC) to Syracuse over a dozen times each day…so we know “The ‘Cuse” is a dynamic and diverse city filled with all types of adventures. Plan a visit to the economic and educational heart of central New York, and ride there in style on one of our bus lines! In addition to our route from New York City to Syracuse, we also offer buses from Albany to Syracuse, buses from Rochester to Syracuse, buses from Buffalo to Syracuse, and buses from Toronto to Syracuse. Here’s a rundown of our favorite things to do in Syracuse, NY and the bus schedules to deliver you there:
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- Bus from Toronto to Syracuse & Bus from Syracuse to Rochester
One of the ten largest malls in the U.S., and definitely the biggest shopping destination in New York state, Destiny USA is home to hundreds of stores, from tiny specialty boutiques to huge department stores and factory outlets. The enormous, sunlit interior also houses theme restaurants, family adventure museums, a comedy club, a 40 mph go-kart track, and even a multi-story ropes course. Day or night, Destiny USA offers nearly unlimited entertainment under one soaring roof.
Located in the city’s former armory building, this interactive science museum and play center offers captivating activities for all ages. Toddlers and kids will love Science Playhouse, a five-level fun zone of tunnels and tubes, while older visitors can catch an IMAX film, enjoy a planetarium show, or explore dozens of hands-on science exhibits and demonstrations. As a bonus, MOST is smack-dab in the middle of the renovated Armory Square, home to chic shops, friendly pubs and upscale eateries.
“The Hill” is the heart of contemporary Syracuse, offering a gorgeous architectural campus, the shops, bars, and restaurants of “M-Street,” and the year-round thrills of top college sports. The iconic Carrier Dome, the only domed stadium in the Northeast, seats nearly 50,000 fans and is home to NCAA Champion Orange basketball, as well as football, lacrosse, and world-class concerts from the likes of The Rolling Stones and Elton John.
Each August, the sprawling State Fairgrounds on the south shore of Onondaga Lake comes to rowdy, raucous life as America’s oldest state fair (first held in 1841) sets up for two weeks of good old-fashioned fun. The Fair offers endless amusements, from horse shows and livestock competitions to hundreds of places to eat and drink and buildings dedicated to everything from horticulture to conservation. The Midway is the place for carnival rides and games, the Native American village boasts art and tribal dances. Musical acts play for free every night.
Ranked among the top ten percent of zoos nationwide, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park provides homes for 700 animals, including African lions, penguins, and an extraordinary seven Asian elephants. The zoo is just the right size to enjoy in a single day, and combines a true dedication to both the care and welfare of the animals and to a fun and educational experience for visitors.
On Saturdays and Thursdays, this stadium-sized market focuses on the bounties of Central New York’s gardens and farms, while on Sundays the place transforms into a bustling and eclectic flea market, with deals to be had on everything from antique furniture and rare pop culture collectibles to cheaper items like books, toys and tools. Several unique food vendors also have stalls here, offering gourmet donuts and coffee, specialty hot dogs, and wine tastings. TrailwaysNY passengers can easily walk to the market, which shares a parking lot with the Regional Transportation Center.
For theater lovers, no visit to Central New York could be complete without a visit to Syracuse Stage. For 44 seasons, this nationally recognized theater has played host to the biggest actors, directors and designers in the business, who, together with the theater’s permanent staff of artists, offer everything from contemporary dramas to boldly re-imagined classics from Shakespeare.
Housed in an I.M. Pei-designed building that is a work of art in itself, the Everson’s 11,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and videos represent a unique and world-class collection of American art spanning over 200 years. The Everson is also home to one of America’s largest collections of ceramics, as well as one of the world’s first and largest collections of video art.
This one-of-a-kind museum, which first opened in 1962, preserves a fascinating chapter in New York State history: the era of the Erie Canal, which once stretched from Albany to Buffalo. The permanent collection tells the story of the canal with real artifacts, photos and paintings, audio productions, interactive displays and a replica of a canal line boat. But the crown jewel of the museum is the 1850 building itself, which for 30 years weighed every boat that traveled on the canal, and is the last remaining weighlock building in the U.S.
Entering the 2,800-seat Landmark Theater, completed in 1927, is like stepping back in time to the golden era of silent films. This fully restored, opulently-decorated movie palace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and frequently hosts world class musicians, standup comics, movie revivals, and the touring companies of Broadway musicals and plays. Even when nothing is showing, the theater itself is worth a visit as a breathtaking example of architecture, decorative art, and cinema history.