Visit Syracuse Official 2023 / 2024 Visitor Guide - Accessible

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Find your outdoor adventure, favorite eats, music, live theatre & more in Onondaga County of FUN! VISIT SYRACUSE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE CENTRAL NEW YORK AND FINGER LAKES REGIONS
2023 / 2024

Welcome To Syracuse


Inside these pages you’ll feel the charm, beauty, and adventure of our welcoming community, where you’ll experience a mosaic of customs and people, contributing to a year-round variety of artistic, cultural, historic, outdoor and sporting activities.

Savor our food and beverage scene, guaranteed to please, and pleasantly surprise, any palate, downtown and around town. Enticing options range from nationally-acclaimed restaurants and local hidden gems to cozy cofee shops and alluring breweries and distilleries.

Our festivals and events pay tribute to everything from classic cars to arts & crafts, worldly traditions to music from all genres, and live performances from Beethoven to Broadway.

With a burgeoning flm and TV industry showcasing the charm and fascination of Upstate New York, you might even encounter a celebrity or two!

We can’t wait to welcome you!

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Discover Syracuse along one of our many trails, with your family & friends, or with your signifcant other, and see what Syracuse is all about

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No matter the season, we’ve got you covered. Explore the history of our area & our surrounding counties, and plan your trip & bucket lists by season

Where to stay

Explore Onondaga County accommodations by scanning here.

46 Arts + culture

Museums, theatre, concerts, art & more — Syracuse has all the entertainment, no matter what you’re into

50 Food + drink

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, even brinner, we have the hottest foodie spots to feed your soul

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Budget Bites + Entertainment

Every November through January, the whole family can enjoy Lights on the Lake at Onondaga Lake Park Experience the spectacular lights show on a Monday or Tuesday for a discounted rate of $6 per vehicle

free to see syracuse

Syracuse is your ultimate spot for four season fun, and if you’re looking for ways to explore the area on a budget, check out our cheat sheet of free and budget-friendly things to do on your own or in a group

E.M. MILLS MEMORIAL ROSE GARDEN . Come June, this rose garden is in full bloom. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cup of cofee, a surprise engagement session or just to soak up the sun. Located in Thornden Park near Syracuse University, this garden is run

kicked of by a gorgeous freworks display over the Syracuse Inner Harbor. entirely by volunteers.

the erie canal museum . Immerse yourself

The Onondaga Historical Association . Formed in 1862, OHA’s main purpose as a museum is to preserve the historical, genealogical, scientifc and literary material related to Onondaga County. While donations are welcome, these exhibits are free to see.

in our area’s historic heritage through interactive displays, original artifacts and audio narratives that educate visitors about the canal that shaped Syracuse. The museum is housed in the historic

The Northeast s largest free annual outdoor jazz fest is right here in Syracuse. The 2023 Syracuse Jazz Fest takes place in Clinton Square and welcomes top acts like Gladys Knight and Herbie Hancock. The 3 day festival is entirely free to attend.


Visiting in the summer? Most weekends are packed with cultural fairs that draw in big crowds to Syracuse. Crawfsh Fest , Festa Italiana and Taste of Syracuse are just a few of the free to attend events you ll fnd in Syracuse.

Onondaga LAKE PARK . With waterfront views, Onondaga Lake Park is free to park and enjoy all year long. With over 7 miles of trails, playgrounds, pavilions, skate and dog parks, you’re all set for a

Syracuse Weighlock Building dating all the way back to 1850! Admission is by donation only. relaxing or active day — dealer’s choice!

Dickens Christmas. Transport yourself

Murals around the city. Walk, bike, scooter and spend your time discovering many magnifcent murals around Onondaga County.

Armory Square is flled with beautiful interactive pieces that are fun for the whole family. Explore the culture of our city through painted scapes and portraits.

Winterfest Fireworks . Fireworks in the winter? Yes, believe it — every February Syracuse celebrates Winterfest with amazing drink contests, food crawls, ice sculptures, fun events and it’s

back in time — to the 1800s to be exact — during the Holiday Season with Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, NY. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th, you can interact with characters

from the classic Christmas tale while you prance around stores, restaurants and the village of Skaneateles itself.

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Total eclipse in the heart of New York

Visit Onondaga County on April 8, 2024 and you’ll experience a historical event first-hand — the 2024 total solar eclipse! Syracuse and Onondaga County are in the path of totality, meaning the moon will completely cover the sun, making the city go dark at 3:23 p.m. for about 1 minute and 24 seconds in downtown Syracuse.

With our impressive variety of venues, Syracuse is the ideal destination to make this celestial event your most memorable one yet. Get an extra dose of education and take the kids to the Museum of Science and Technology or hear the sounds of the @kevin_bruff

wild at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo . Choose a historic spot to

pair with this historic event. The Erie Canal Museum , Clinton Square and the Everson Museum of Art are some of the most iconic and historic spots in the city. Since the darkness only

short time, pair it with some fun time at Destiny USA

for shopping and entertainment or Upstate Medical University Arena at the War Memorial for big hockey action on the ice (Go Crunch!). Be one with nature and explore one of our many parks such as the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park , the Onondaga Creekwalk (a fantastic multi-use trail to take in the

the best city skyline view.

This event is happening just before dinner, so why not make some reservations or hit up a local restaurant you won’t find

anywhere else? Sample out-of-this-world barbeque at Angry

Smokehouse , go for the Harvest Moon salad at Bull & Bear Roadhouse , get a half moon cookie at Lyncourt Bakery , or a

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cosmic cocktail at Peacock Bar and Grill . Sample flavors from around the planet at Salt City Market on historic Salina Street. This new food hall and public market serves up everything from cakes to cocktails, with multi-ethnic menus featuring everything from Vietnamese to Ethiopian, Burmese, Middle Eastern and more. And with plenty of hotel accommodations for you to enjoy, you’re all set to make the most out of your 2024 solar eclipse experience too.

Totality in Syracuse will be totally worth it. You won’t have another chance for an event like this in the United States for at least another 20 years! Book your stay and get ready to play.

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happy trails

Whether you’re a wine afficionado, ghost-hunter, craft brew enthusiast, amateur historian or on the hunt for a good deal, there’s a Syracuse trail leading the way to a few of your favorite things

eat, sip + savor syracuse, one trail at a time

Map out your self-guided Sip On Syracuse beverage tour & sample local craft beers, wines, ciders & spirits from over 24 breweries, wineries, distilleries & cideries. Make a day of discovering the beautiful murals that bring downtown Syracuse to life or discover deals and discounts at local businesses with one of our many passport options

trek this trail if you ♥ craf t be v erages

The craft beverage scene is booming in the Syracuse region! Follow the Sip on Syracuse Beverage Trail and discover 25 unique local spots for beer, wine, spirits and more. From stouts to sours, reds to whites and everything in between, there’s more than just creative craft beverages, and many can be found in some pretty spectacular locales. Hit the slopes at Song Mountain and then warm up at ONCO Fermentations , specializing in small batch brewing and mixed fermentation beers. In the fall, check out one of the top apple orchards in the nation and enjoy a fresh hard cider or crafty concoction with 1911 Established beverages at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards . Head into Talking Cursive Brewing Company for an urban vibe and enjoy a beverage across from the historic Art Deco Niagara Mohawk Building. And don’t forget the gateway to the Finger Lakes wine region starts right here at Anyela’s Vineyards , offering breathtaking views of Skaneateles Lake.

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trek this trail if you ♥ haunted attractions

The statewide Haunted History Trail of NYS features over 80 frightening, creepy locations, with five of them found right here in Onondaga County. From the ghostly haunting of the Landmark Theatre thanks to resident spirit Clarissa, to the eerie sounds surrounding the abandoned munitions plant at Split Rock Quarry, discover the spooky side of the Syracuse area. Just beware of what’s around the corner on this otherworldly adventure.

trek this trail if you ♥ arts + culture

Explore history, arts and the outdoors while following one of the region’s uniquely Syracuse walking tours. The Downtown Committee of Syracuse offers two self-guided expeditions. Discover historic landmarks, monuments and architecture with the Historic Walking Tour. Alternatively, the Public Art Tour focuses on urban art, murals and sculptures, highlighting 50 unique pieces throughout downtown. Experience more downtown history with the Syracuse Freedom Trail . The 11 stops on the trail are marked by blue informational signs and commemorate the history of the Underground Railroad, abolitionist and African-American historic and cultural sites in the city.

trek this trail if you ♥ deals + discounts

Your favorite coupon cutter will love the discount options that several of our local entrepreneurs have packaged together. Check out the 2023 Wandercuse Passport for deals and discounts at local businesses, including BeeKind , Parthenon Books , Far Shot , The Curd Nerd and more! The ultimate foodie can even bundle this passport together with the Eat Local NY Card , offering $5 discounts on purchases of $25 or more at participating restaurants. With nearly 100 participating restaurants within the Syracuse area, that adds up to a lot of savings! Don’t miss out on the deals at Destiny USA — offering both a Winter and Summer Fun Pass, there’s no better way to check out all the retail, dining and entertainment options available all in one place.

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Spend some time with the one you love and explore Syracuse, simultaneously! From intimate dinners to latenight drinks and some unique activities in between, we’ve got you covered when looking to make a big impression on your next date night

Dinner. School and Vine is the perfect spot to bring your special someone. Enjoy classic American dishes balanced with Italian and Asian inspirations.

This vine-covered former schoolhouse located in Jamesville ofers an intimate date night setting for any couple. Whether a frst date or an anniversary celebration, The Cider Mill ofers the perfect setting for both couples or family and friends. Featuring an outdoor patio and frepit for the warmer months, the Cider Mill’s catering arm, Diamond Catering, was the

go-to for celebrity chef Anne Burrell’s wedding, so you know the food is top notch!

Celebrate 50 years at Syracuse

2024 season. As CNY’s premier professional theatre, Syracuse Stage features new plays as well as classics and musicals.

Or an activity. Skip dinner and head to Vince’s Gourmet Imports for an Italian-inspired cooking class. Learn how to make anything from pasta to chicken piccata and chicken riggies or even desserts like cannolis. The best part? Meal classes conclude with a family-style dinner and dessert!

End with a nightcap. Enjoy an intimate setting, small bites, and creative cocktails at Tallman And a show.

Cocktail Club in Armory Square. Having a quiet dinner in Skaneateles? Don’t call it a night without stopping by Lakehouse Pub. A favorite for locals, this cozy spot ofers classic pub fare, craft beverage options and a bevy of live entertainment. Double Your Fun! Come See Our Miracle Twins Yaad and Tukada J. RYAN MCMAHON II COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROSAMONDGIFFORDZOO.ORG | SYRACUSE, NY OPEN DAILY 10 AM - 4:30 PM | (315) 435-8511 BeeKind Syracuse, NY Handmade soy candles, local food, health & beauty, handcrafted jewelry, seasonal decor, and more! 118 milton ave Syracuse NY 13204 Located on historic Tipperary Hill 315-299-6073

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family friendly fun

Syracuse was named one of the Top 25 Places to Live for Families in the US in 2022 + 2023, and we couldn’t agree more. Discover some of the top things to do with your family while in town — it might just make you want to move here!


Check out The Hops Spot in Armory Square for family dining. Featuring a huge game room and a variety of poutine options (think fancy, smothered French fries), keep the kids entertained and device-free at this popular downtown location. For older children and teens, head over to Three Lives , home to a rotating selection of arcade games as well as Xbox consoles. Even their menu items are game-inspired! For dining across the region, stop into any one of the several Tully’s Good Times locations. Serving up the “Best Chicken Tenders on Earth,” they’re a guaranteed crowd pleaser for any picky eater.


For the family with a sweet tooth, head to Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen or the Ice Cream Stand when out in downtown Syracuse. Or check out Sugar Blossom Cake Shop in the Liverpool area for decadent desserts, including cookies, macarons and cookie sammies. For a classically Upstate NY treat, head to Harrison Bakery for a half-moon cookie or go with the fan favorite — an extra large chocolate chip cookie!



Learn something new on your visit to the area at one of our several fun and educational attractions. Step into the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (The MoST) for a lesson across the STEM disciplines. Stop by their Innovation Station and discover inventions unique to the Syracuse area, travel back in time at The Dino Zone exhibit or learn about space or wilderness with an educational film at the National Grid Exploradome. Learn about the industry that made the Syracuse area what it is today at the Erie Canal Museum , where they’re commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal’s construction through 2025. Located in downtown Syracuse, this unique historical center is housed in the 1850 National Register Weighlock Building, the only remaining structure of its kind. Discover how the Erie Canal transformed New York State and made it a center of trade and commerce for the entire nation.


If your family loves all things outdoors then Syracuse is the spot for you! Enjoy educational activities at Beaver Lake yearround. Learn how to snowshoe in the winter or discover the lake via canoe or kayak during the warmer seasons. Green Lakes offers nature walks, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course, a beach in the summer and beautiful foliage in the fall. Rosamond Gifford Zoo is another popular spot for any age, and now more than ever as the zoo’s Asian elephant, Mali, welcomed twin baby elephants in November of 2022! Making history as the only known surviving elephant twins in the United States ever, visitors of all ages can experience the magic of these magnificent “little” wonders in their outdoor elephant preserve. Little ones will love the play options at the Wegmans Playground at Onondaga Lake Park , while older families can make use of the parkway with bike or skate rentals available on-site. Don’t miss out on Four Seasons Golf + Ski Center in the eastern suburbs of the city. Offering skiing, snowboarding and tubing during the winter months, it then becomes a warm weather attraction, featuring adventure mini golf, soccer, batting cages and a driving range.

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best fests

Syracuse is a city that loves to celebrate! From our ethnic and cultural festivals to weeks-long fun at the great New York State Fair, we even created a holiday to kick off another holiday (check out Green Beer Sunday)! Check out some of our top annual events by month & head to for our full event calendar


• NYS Sportsman Expo

• Skaneateles Winterfest


• Syracuse Winter Fair

• Syracuse Winterfest

• Green Beer Sunday


• Shamrock Run

• St. Patrick’s Day Parade

• Syracuse Half Marathon

• CNY Brewfest


• Syracuse Fashion Week

• Syracuse Wine Festival


• Food Truck Battle

• Crawfsh Festival

• Salt City Horror Festival

• Mountain Goat Run


• NYS Blues Festival

• St. Sophia Greek Cultural Festival

• Syracuse Jazz Fest

• Syracuse Polish Festival

• CNY Pride Parade & Festival

• Taste of Syracuse

• Juneteenth Celebration


• Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

• Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

• BriteVibes Festival

• Syracuse Nationals

• Skaneateles Antique & Classic Boat Show


• Skaneateles Festival

• St. George Macedonian

Ethnic Festival

• CNY Scottish Games & Celtic Festival

• Syracuse Festival Latino

• Great New York State Fair

• Brew at The Zoo

• Syracuse Bacon Fest

• Macedonian Ethnic Cultural Festival

• CNY Brewfest


• Irish Festival

• Golden Harvest Festival

• Festa Italiana

• CNY Klez Fest


• Lafayette Apple Festival

• Syracuse International Film Festival

• Westcott Street Cultural Fair

• Syracuse Bavarian Oktoberfest


• Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

• CNY Wine & Chocolate Festival

• New York State Craft Brewers Festival


• Festival of Trees and Lights

• Lights on The Lake

• Dickens Christmas

• Gingerbread Gallery

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The Cheer, The Charm The Good Taste of Ireland Located on Historic Tipperary Hill 100 S. Lowell Ave., Syracuse, NY 13204 315-476 1933 • 24 | 25



Soak up the sun in Syracuse all summer long. Clear your schedule because summer in Syracuse is jam packed + full of fun.


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autumn vibes

Fall in love with Autumn in the Central New York region. Experience fresh air, fresh picked fruit, and fresh baked goods all season long.


Scan for all-season inspiration

Hot for Syracuse! Visit during any weekend and you’re sure to come across a fantastic festival or cultural celebration. Dive into NYS Blues Fest, Taste of Syracuse , or commemorate Juneteenth and the Fourth of July — check out our best fests (p. 23) and plan to hit up your favorite one.

Lakeside symphonies. A concert can be found around any corner in Onondaga County. From big name acts at St. Joseph’s Amphitheater at Lakeview and Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville, to smaller settings such as The Retreat in Liverpool, or the Coleman’s patio in Tipperary Hill.

Have a blast in the SYR. See Syracuse sparkle and catch freworks at a Syracuse Mets game, take a boat on picturesque Skaneateles Lake , dance like nobody’s watching at Hanover Square Thursdays or at Syracuse Jazz Fest.

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Hello, gourd-geous PUMPkin up the fun in views. Foliage takes on a fall. Tim’s Pumpkin Patch ofers diferent defnition when you see U-pick pumpkins, seasonal the leaves change in Syracuse. cocktails and live music during Loop around Onondaga Lake to the autumn months. Bring the leaf peep. Bike, ride, run or skip kids and the whole family to The through Onondaga Lake Park Pumpkin Hollow for fresh baked in the cool crisp air. Bird watch foods, games and a petting zoo. during the change of seasons at Highland Forest or Beaver Lake

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We apple-solutely love autumn. Lafayette Apple Fest is a regional tradition, U-pick apple orchards such as Navarino Orchards and Adams Acres , and enjoying hard cider from 1911 Established / Beak & Skiff are all fall activities that can’t be missed.

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winter wonders

We know winter in Syracuse, and we’re all about embracing it. With a diferent event every day in December, we invite families, couples, groups of friends and everyone in between to come experience the wonderful days of winter in Onondaga County.

@camillebnisich spring it!

Spring is never the same in Syracuse. Some warm, some cold — still, there’s lots to do during any visit!

The orange goes green.

Holiday haze. Light up Clinton Square with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Menorah Lighting in downtown Syracuse. Enjoy the classic tales of a Dickens Christmas throughout the Village of Skaneateles. Hop in the car and prepare to be wowed with Lights on the Lake at Onondaga Park .

Winter wonderland. Warm up at Winter Fair — all the fun of the great New York State Fair, but indoors at the Expo Center! Hit the slopes at Lab Mountain, Song Mountain or Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center with skiing, snowboarding or tubing fun. Show of your twirling skills at the Clinton Square Ice Rink Lace up for the Lake Effect Half Marathon

Blizzard brews. Discover breweries and hop around the county for some of the fnest craft beers. Brunch with the girls at Board and Bar Charcuterie downtown, or A.W. Wander & Seneca Street Brew Pub in the suburb of Manlius. Dine with wine at the Tallman Cocktail Club


St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just one day in CNY, celebrations kick of the last Sunday of February with Green Beer Sunday. Pound the pavement for Tipperary Hill’s 4-mile Shamrock Run and raise a pint at one of the many Irish pubs throughout the city on St. Pat’s Parade Day. Jammers Sports Bar, the historic Landmark Theatre , Clinton Street Pub , SKY Armory and more participate in St. Patrick’s Day Festivities. And don’t forget mint milk from one of the many local Byrne Dairy convenience stores — yum!


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crazy daisies

Spring into action. Enjoy a break with the family at the Museum of Science & Technology or take a trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo ! Swing by Rise N Shine Diner for sweet eats the kids will love. Test your skills and rock climb at Central Rock Gym , or take on the obstacles at Warrior Factory Syracuse End the perfect day by catching a Syracuse Crunch hockey game at the Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial.

Bloom baby, bloom.

Explore Franklin Square as the cherry blossoms hit full bloom. Create the perfect bouquet at Crazy Daisies or partake in another one of their crafty events. Sycamore Hill Gardens ofers 40 acres of diverse greens and spring fowering bulbs. The apple trees at Beak & Skiff show of delicate blooms before their fruit matures.


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your syracuse bucket list by season

Whether a full time Syracusan or visiting for a long weekend, events, fun times, delicious foods & relaxing drinks await all year long. Next time you’re in need of ideas, you should SYR-iously consider some of these bucket list items

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Test your kids’ Ninja skills @ The Warrior Factory Syracuse

The 4-mile Shamrock Run takes over Tipp Hill — will you conquer the hills, or will they conquer you?

Kick of festival season when you attend the annual Crawfsh Fest in early May

Eat your way through the Food Truck Battle @ the NYS Fairgrounds

See cherry blossoms in charming Franklin Square

Catch Opening Day @ historic NBT Bank Stadium with the Syracuse Mets

Start the season with a cone or sundae from Gannon’s Ice cream


Pick your own apples @ O’Neill’s and Adams Acres Farms

Cozy up to the fre pits after you choose your perfect pumpkin @ Tim’s Pumpkin Patch

Get spooked @ Fright Nights with 5 haunted houses to conquer

Attend Apple Fest for homemade apple pies, pancakes, ciders and more

Find Oktoberfest throughout Onondaga County @ the many breweries

Mangia! @ La Festa Italiana on the streets of Syracuse

Swim + picnic with the fam @ Jamesville Beach

See gorgeous blue waters in a glass-bottom kayak @ Green Lakes State Park

Dance all night to star-studded line-ups @ The Amp

Dine + dance @ St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival in June

Savor the CNY favors @ the annual Taste of Syracuse fest

Participate in a pierogi-eating contest @ Polish Fest

Jam out to Syracuse Jazz Fest

Watch your favorite artists @ New York State Blues Festival

Rev your engines @ the Syracuse Nationals


‘Tis the Ski-son to hit the slopes @ Lab or Song Mountain

Skate with friends & loved ones @ the Clinton Square Ice Rink

Celebrate the season with holiday décor @ Le Melange

Warm up @ Hot House Brewery with a craft beer or wine

Participate in chili- & chowder-cookofs @ Syracuse Winterfest every February

Watch the bald eagles soar @ Onondaga Lake — our national bird heads to CNY every winter for our extraordinarily warm water in such a cold climate

Broadway is done right in Syracuse — head to the historic Landmark Theater for the touring Broadway shows


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Go Orange! A hoops game is the perfect night out in Syracuse @ the JMA Wireless Dome

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stories in history

Syracuse is a city rich in history. From the origins of democracy with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to salt-mining and the Erie

Canal, the stories of Syracuse are many. Discover some of our lesser known historical tales and visit Syracuse to unearth some of your own

The flying elephant

Did you know that the classic story of Dumbo originated in Syracuse? “Dumbo: The Flying Elephant” was written by Helen Aberson Pearl (Helen Mayer) and her husband Harold Pearl before being sold to another Syracusan, Everett Whitmyre, who suggested they sell the story to Walt Disney. Disney quickly gave the couple an ofer agreeing to publish the story and make it into a movie. A third collaborator on the project, Helen Durney was also a Syracuse native. Durney is believed to have created the original sketches and illustrations for the story. Durney’s papers, including drawings related to Dumbo, can be found at Syracuse University in the library archives.

Long-lost friends

The beloved children’s book illustrator and author, Eric Carle, was born right here in Syracuse, NY! Author of the world-renowned story, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Carle, fondly remembered his childhood days in Syracuse. In fact, Carle hoped his book “Friends” would help him fnd a friend he knew from Syracuse when he was three years old, before his family moved back to Germany when he was six. Eventually in 2015, another Syracuse native and author, Sean Kirst, helped Carle fnd and reconnect with this childhood friend, Flo. Just recently a sign was installed outside Carle’s childhood home on John Street in Syracuse.

The daughter of Jermain Lougen, once hailed as the “Underground Railroad King,” Dr. Sarah Lougen Fraser was a local African-American leader in her own right. In 1876, Lougen became the first African-American female graduate from Syracuse University’s Medical College and one of the first four AfricanAmerican female doctors in the nation. By 1883, Lougen had moved to the Dominican Republic and became the first female physician in the history of the Dominican Republic. Lougen eventually moved back to Syracuse, settling on Wescott Street while continuing to practice. She later moved to Washington, D.C. to be with her daughter. She is remembered locally through the Dr. Sarah Lougen Fraser Center, Upstate Medical University’s children’s health clinic located on Salina Street. Find out more about the Lougen family with the Freedom Bound exhibit at the Onondaga Historical Association . Considered the epicenter of the women’s rights movement, the Finger Lakes region celebrates trailblazers such as Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Iroquois matriarchs who paved the way toward a brighter future for women across the country. Celebrate the forward-thinking female pioneers of the region by exploring historic landmarks and destinations through Brave Women FLX ’s recommended sites (


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County. Onondaga Historical Museum & Gift Gallery 321 Montgomery Street Syracuse NY 13202 W-F 10-4, Sat-Sun 11-4 Military Museum at the Oncenter War Memorial 800 South State Street Syracuse, NY 13202 Daily, 10-2 Richard & Carolyn Wright Research Center 321 Montgomery Street Syracuse NY 13202 W-F 10-4, Sat 11-330 Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway Liverpool, NY 13088 W-F 10-4, Sat 11-4 Regional Aviation Museum at Syracuse Hancock Intl. Airport 1000 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13212 Daily 430AM-10PM The Brewseum at Heritage Hill 3149 Sweet Road Pompey, NY 13138 W-F 12-9, Sat-Sun 11-8
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To the east, Madison County ofers up lakes, fne dining, gaming, vino and more. With the kids?

Conveniently located right of the New York State Thruway (I-90) & a short drive from Syracuse is The Wild Animal Park of Chittenango, an incredible animal adventure park where families can get up close and personal with exotic wildlife. Immerse yourself in more waterfall wonders with Chittenango Falls & Delphi Falls parks — both open to the public and both equally impressive. Feeling lucky? YBR

Casino & Sports Book features the largest sports book in New York State, with 400+ Vegas-style slots and 14 classic tables, as well as indoor golf, dining, virtual gaming, bowling, restaurants, bars, live music & more. In Cazenovia, stroll the quaint main street and grab a bite and a pint at the Lincklaen House, a charming 19th century landmark featuring a fullservice restaurant, Seven Stone Steps basement tavern, outdoor dining and brick-oven pizzeria.


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To the west, discover “History’s Hometown” and visit the homestead of abolitionist & Civil War hero Harriett Tubman. The Seward House Museum is the historic home of William Henry Seward, NYS Senator, Governor of NY, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Johnson administrations.

Known as “Broadway in the Finger Lakes,” The Rev Theatre Company at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, is a magnet for artists of the highest caliber.

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Travel north to the shoreline of Lake Ontario, one of the fve Great Lakes, and experience the machine that produces our beautiful “lake efect,” creating the snowiest region east of the Rockies, perfect for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and crosscountry skiing. The legendary Salmon River attracts anglers from around the world. You don’t have to be a pro to join the fun, as all are welcome — just don’t forget your fshing license.

Head south to Cortland County where snow lovers will want to visit Greek Peak Mountain Resort, complete with 50 trails to board, ski or tube. And if visiting in the summer, get in on all the action at their Outdoor Adventure Center with a mountain coaster, zip lining, high ropes and a bounce house. Add in Cascades Water Park and the year-round fun never ends! The Center for the Arts of Homer is a unique event venue located on historic Main Street in Homer, New York. Well known for hosting national music concerts, this creative community also features flm screenings, a community theater program as well as showcasing artwork by regional, national and international visual artists within their art gallery. If you’re looking for something a little diferent and love stumbling upon unique art in the summertime elements, enjoy whimsical metal sculpture, pottery, garden art and furnishings at Frog Pond Farm Folk Art Gallery in Little York, NY. The Ferro family has been creating art of all mediums, and here you can peruse through enchanted gardens and quirky art displays.

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Welcome to the neighborhood



Dubbed “The Neighborhood Within the City,” Eastwood is a charming residential district with plenty of cafés, places to eat, parks to play and streets to stroll. Walkable and charming, spend a day exploring this revitalized district and you’ll find everything from books to brews to coffee beans and boutiques.

Kick off the day with a latté, pastry or breakfast sandwich at Café Kubal or The Cracked Bean Roastery & Café for all kinds of pastries, buns, sweet breads, cakes, scones, quiche & coffee, located next door to the historic Palace Theatre

Hiero’s is where it’s at when it comes to premium bites and brews. Pop in for their artisinal Cuban sandwich or Italian Panini and pair it with a pint of your new favorite craft beer. Kofta Burger is a new American eatery featuring a Middle-Eastern-inspired menu. Bite into their hot Falafel Smashburger on a Challah bun and taste the Fatteh Nachos. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to luv handlz frozen yogurt shop, or Fifi’s Ice Cream & Sweets , both conveniently located along walkable James Street.

In the mood to scour unique boutiques and specialty shops? Swing by The Curd Nerd for delicious cheeses, charcuterie, cocktail elixirs and delicacies. Marketplace on James is an eclectic and diverse gift shop with a mix of vintage pieces, artisan and community gifts all in one place. And if you’ve got a green thumb or appreciate all things plants, Found Things Plant Shop is a must-stop for you — all the sprawling greenery, rare tropical flora and hard-tofind species you’ve been looking for.


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Hanover Square


Twinkling lights, cobblestone walkways and roads, romantic dining and a bubbling fountain — charming, right? That’s Hanover Square. Recognized as the first commercial district in Syracuse and listed on the National Register of Historic Districts with its 17 landmark buildings, Hanover Square is an attractive and historically significant neighborhood with everything from cafés to pubs and loft living, restaurants, shops, salons and more. Check out the famous Erie Canal Museum for a glimpse into Syracuse’s rich waterway history and how it shaped our city.

Grab a morning or early afternoon bite at Water Street Bagel Co. , everyone’s favorite local wood-fired bagel shop downtown (we highly recommend The Maple or The Western ). Looking for one of the top-rated dinners in Syracuse? Eden is an entirely wood-fired, upscalecasual dining experience in Hanover. With a mission to highlight the best farmers, brewers, distillers and foragers in New York State, Eden’s rotating menu is ideal for those interested in new and unique food and drink pairings. Summer sweet corn ice cream anyone? (Thank us later). Recently remodeled, The Fish Friar is the best when it comes to fresh seafood straight from Maine with top notch po’ boys & craft brews to boot.

Looking for a pint? Hit up The Evergreen for a wide array of craft beverages and eats, Maxwell’s for a younger vibe with outdoor seating, or Wolff’s Biergarten for all the soccer games and cold beers. If you’re more interested in taking the night caps back to your accommodations, swing by the new niche wine store The Communion — a wine and spirits institution and event space featuring hard-to-find wine selections and tastings.

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Pronounced “Skinny-atlas,” this picturesque Finger Lakes village sits cozily along the crystal clear waters of Skaneateles Lake. Taking the number one spot on The Oprah Magazine’s Charming American Towns You Haven’t Heard of But Should Visit ASAP list, it’s a must to get on the water, stroll the charming main streets, shop, sip and savor all this village has to ofer.

Bring your boat for a cruise along the touted “Gem of the Finger Lakes,” or make it a group excursion aboard a Mid-Lakes Navigation guided boat tour.

With dozens of eclectic spots to dine, scope out Gilda’s a hot spot for brick-oven pies and pints with girlfriends. The Patisserie is tucked behind the historic Sherwood Inn with the best bread, fne pastries, specialty cookies and pies. Elephant and the Dove has phenomenal Mexican food with an equally impressive ambience, and its classy sister, The Krebs, features an upscale modern American menu in a stunning setting. The original Doug’s Fish Fry is a featured stop on the Upstate Eats Trail with fresh seafood and seasonal ice cream sundaes!

If you’re in need of retail therapy, amazing shopping options range from antiques to fne jewelry, leather goods to clothing boutiques and more. There’s even a shop to pamper your pooch. Do your holiday shopping while you step back in time and enjoy the much-loved, village-wide, Dickens Christmas live theatrical performances.

For information on everything Skaneateles, including year-round special events, visit or call 315.685.0552.

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summer, fall, winter or spring — couples embrace the elements in Syracuse to make their own dream wedding

Engaged and planning your big day? Congratulations! Whether you’re an area resident or planning a destination wedding and returning home, we’ve got the expertise, hotels, venues and everything else you need for your special day.

Pick your perfect venue

. Looking for a rustic, industrial, modern or classic venue? Indoors, outdoors, with summer sunsets or stunning snow falling? No matter the season, there’s a reason couples flock to Syracuse for their nuptials. Home to 50+ picturesque wedding venues within the city and outlying rural areas, you’re sure to find the perfect venue to say “I do.”


Arlington Acres : an authentic rustic event & barn wedding venue nestled among the rolling hills just south of the city of Syracuse

marriott syracuse downtown : in the heart of downtown Syracuse & restored to its Roaring 20s grandeur, this historic hotel boasts over 300 guest rooms, Grand Ballroom, bars, restaurants and stunning décor

Sinclair of Skaneateles : nestled in the Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles, this timeless renovated chair factory offers indoor & outdoor spaces

SKY armory : a versatile, urban / chic venue in Armory Square downtown, accommodating 50 - 900 guests

timber banks golf club + marina : a breathtaking backdrop & expansive views, this allinclusive location is a hidden wedding venue gem

Vendors for every couple

. Have a particular budget in mind or maybe an unconventional idea for your special day? Syracuse is home to a large network of planners, photographers, videographers, florists, entertainment, bakeries, bridal shops & more. Reach out to the professionals who know the local wedding industry inside and out. Show them your inspiration for the day, tell them what makes your relationship meaningful, and entrust them to make your vision a reality.



Biscotti Café + Gelateria : voted Syracuse s best bakery & cake shop

glazed + confused : an out-of-the-ordinary donut shop downtown with quirky designs and flavors

sugar blossom cake shop : this sweet shop bakes up wedding cakes, cookies, pastries, bars & more the sweet praxis : this vegan bakery constructs cakes embellished with florals that emulate watercolor paintings, as well as custom designs

Crave dessert studio : crowned best cupcakes in Syracuse in 2018, this minority-owned bakery has all the festive favors you’ll ever need

Accommodations + things to do

. Planning to secure a hotel block or looking for ideas on fun things for your guests to do while they’re in town? Visit Syracuse is happy to assist! With a wide range of hotel options, there s surely a perfect fit to ensure a warm and welcome stay. In fact, you may want to encourage your guests to book an extra day or two to experience Anyela s Vineyards , Heritage Hill Brewery or Seneca Street Brew Pub to eat, drink and be merry. Adventurous types will love Chittenango Falls or Baltimore Woods , history fans will step back in time at the Erie Canal Museum , art enthusiasts will be thrilled to visit the Everson Museum , and Destiny USA is a must-stop for shoppers.

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A world of arts + culture is waiting for you to explore

Immerse yourself in Syracuse’s stories of community and culture. Take a self-guided tour through the concrete canvases covering Downtown. Sing along with the casts of Broadway touring shows. Move and groove to live music with star-studded line-ups from the biggest names in the industry. Engage with exhibits at art galleries and museums. Whatever your vibe, embrace it with our vibrant arts and entertainment scene.

Wonder walls

. Some of the best artwork is free to see throughout Onondaga County. Syracuse’s city street art has exploded over the past few years thanks to dozens of local and national artists. Check out city street art and interactive murals to get a real taste of our community and history — scan the QR code to view the map of Syracuse city murals and find other unexpected gems along the way.

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Syracuse Shakespeare-in-the-Park welcomes its 20th season of outdoor summer theater. Catch a Broadway show at the historic Landmark Theatre in downtown Syracuse. Syracuse Stage is a premiere professional theater on Syracuse University’s campus, ofering an array of classic and modernized shows throughout the year. Redhouse Arts Center is an independent arts complex presenting year-round flm, music, fne arts and theater to the Central New York region. Catch a show at the Manlius Cinema, a quaint art theatre in operation for over 104 years and counting.

amp up the fun

St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview invites big names, national acts, and award-winning artists to perform on the shores of Onondaga Lake. Terrifc views, brews, foods and tunes are waiting for you. Chris Stapleton, Shania Twain, Foreigner and others are all headed to The Amp for the 2023 summer season.

musical memories

Paper Mill Island overlooks Seneca River in Baldwinsville and ofers groovy tunes, cover bands and local artists — on an island! Kegs Canalside in Jordan welcomes Academy-Award-winning country names with both indoor and outdoor venue options.

captivating culture

Symphoria, one of only two musician-led cooperative orchestras in the country, transforms string music into an experience of a lifetime. Many professional musicians travel from all over the world to celebrate their passion for the classics in CNY. Skaneateles Festival is a 4-week festival showcasing sounds of string, classics and vocals overlooking scenic Skaneateles Lake. Experience the timeless beauty of the human singing voice through the spectacle of live theatre with Syracuse Opera. Fully-staged performances delight audiences with both world-class singers and local talent, traditional productions, imaginative new interpretations and innovative contemporary works.

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Come August, Syracuse shows its New York pride as we host the great New York State Fair through Labor Day Weekend. This 13-day celebration stretches across 365 acres, ofering fun for every person. Fabulous food, delicious drinks, magnifcent Midway carnival rides, sculptures made from butter…can you see it all in just one day?

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From light bites and scenic sips to flling foods and creative cocktails, we make it easy to discover a delicious day out .

breakfast, brunch + brinner

Searching for that perfect blend of brunch and board? Hit up Board & Bar Charcuterie on Water Street next to Clinton Square, where you can sample everyone’s favorite brunch favors — a Griddle Board complete with pancakes, wafes, French toast and other faves, the Breakfast Poutine Board with all the ingredients to make the perfect brunchy poutine, or the ultimate Chicken & Wafer Board, loaded with chicken thighs, sweet potato wafes and all the fxings. For those who crave a more confectionary start to the day, scope out Modern Malt downtown or in Cicero. Serving up Bacon & Banana Pancakes, B.B. King Blueberry Bourbon pancakes, and their notorious Barney Rubble Fruity Pebble-crusted French toast. Rise N’ Shine Diner in the Westcott district is also known for their breakthe-internet breakfast indulgences and boozy brunch beverages. Nothing says brunch like Huevos Nach-cheros, breakfast burritos and bottomless mimosas, and that’s exactly what you’ll fnd every Saturday from 11:30a3p at XO Taco . Try a breakfast burrito or breakfast taco too and pair it with your favorite Mexican-style craft cocktail.

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hidden b’fast gem

Touted as one of Syracuse’s best kept brunch secrets, the Wolf’s Den is an LGBTQ-friendly bar and restaurant serving up what customers call “the best hidden brunch in the city,” with mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, specialty cocktails and a menu made entirely from scratch. BONUS : Locals rave about the desserts so be sure to save room for the sweets.

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Pork + Knife is downtown’s new kid on the block, with a farm-to-table lunch menu incorporating house-cured meats by classically-trained chefs. If you’re looking to grab something fast without compromising quality, hit up Darwin on Clinton downtown. Ingenius combinations stack up in every sandwich, and their soups and sides are equally inventive. Located on historic South Salina Street, Epicuse ofers fresh heat & eat meals, deli items, baked goods, cheese & charcuterie, produce and groceries. If Mexican is your jam, you’re in luck because Ponchito’s Taqueria not only has two locations (downtown + Eastwood), but they serve up the biggest and the best burritos you’ll ever have. New to the Westcott neighborhood’s culinary scene is Lobster Babe, where patrons can taste unique lobster roll favors such as pumpkin honey, kimchi and Calabrian chili.


Brand new to Syracuse’s upscale dining scene, Lalalu is an enchanting dining experience featuring an innovative Italian menu and incredibly photogenic dishes. Conveniently located in East Syracuse next to Interstate-90 (I-90) , Lalalu ofers everything from antipasto to seafood, Italian street tacos, pizza, and of course, all the pasta. Enjoy a romantic dinner under twinkling city lights at Francesca’s in Little Italy. This charming spot features its famous outdoor patio in the warmer months, which is an exerience in itself, in addition to an incredible Italian menu. In the heart of the Westcott neighborhood is Saint Urban, where patrons will fnd an upscale wine and food menu guided by the seasons and classic wine regions, all while incorporating the freshest ingredients with new menus every month. If you’re with the kids and looking for an afordable and delicious meal, try Spaghetti Warehouse near Destiny USA, or Tully’s Good Times with multiple locations throughout the Syracuse area and home to the Best Chicken Tenders on Earth® (that’s right, so good they’re a registered trademark).


Middle Ages Brewing Company is Syracuse’s oldest craft brewery featuring British-style and American ales. Their taproom is open seven days a week with at least 24 beers on tap and lots of live music and food trucks. New this year, Middle Ages opened up a large upstairs event space with an occupancy of 400, full service bar and incredible live music stage. Ofering panoramic views of the lake, Anyela’s Vineyards in Skaneateles is a wonderful place to kick-of or wrap-up the weekend with a glass of savory Finger Lakes wine and vineyard views. Just north of the city, Full Boar Craft Brewery & Tap Room proudly brews their own creative craft beers and supports local by selling New York State ciders, wines and pre-mixed cocktails. Drink among the faura and fauna and ferns at Hot House Brewing at Barone Gardens in Cicero, featuring American style ales and a full-service bistro for small bites, sandwiches and more.

top sweets spots

For over 100 years, Hercules Candy & Chocolate Shop has specialized in chocolate-covered goodies, brittles, hard candy and flled ribbon candy — they’re a must-stop when in the city. With over 50K views on on average per video, even their YouTube viewers know what’s up. And the Chocolate Pizza Company is where you go to sample a sweet slice of Syracuse. Whether sending a taste of home to friends or savoring for yourself, this is the ultimate when it comes to hands-down good choclate.

hidden nightcap gems

An old standby for premium steaks and one of the best bar areas in the area, especially during the colder months, the Scotch N’ Sirloin is where you go to grab a pint or a glass of fne wine while sitting around the massive copper-domed indoor frepit. BONUS: Looking for some Key West vibes in Central New York this summer? Check out The Winds of Cold Springs Harbor Marina in Baldwinsville — their Tiki Island Bar & Grill is known to have the best Jimmy Bufett vibes in the area.



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on the Upstate Eats Trail

The Upstate Eats Trail is a foodie’s dream. Even if you’re not a foodie but you’re looking for amazing regional classics while in Upstate New York, this 225-mile trail is where it’s at. Just be sure to have an empty stomach before you hit the road.


ROADHOUSE. The ultimate when it comes to iconic Syracuse foods, the salt potato is a starchy staple reminiscent of summertime in Central New York. Thanks to the salt springs lining the southern shores of Onondaga Lake, Irish immigrants boiled potatoes in the briny water and voila, the infamous Salt City spud was born. WHAT TO

ORDER : Loaded Salt Potatoes piled high with pulled pork, bacon, cheddar, sour cream and chives at Bull & Bear Roadhouse , the Kimchi Potato at Kasai Ramen , the ‘Cuse Salt Potato Pizza (their best seller!) at Toss & Fire Pizza

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Hofmann hot dogs @ Heid s of Liverpool

HOFMANN HOT DOGS @ HEID’S OF LIVERPOOL. The best franks you’ll ever eat. Period. Since 1879, the Hofmann Sausage Company has been making the tastiest German franks, all-beef hot dogs and coneys (AKA Snappy Grillers). Typically a summer treat, you can find these franks at local food truck round-ups, stadium concessions, street fairs, ice cream stands, even at the new Hofmann Dog Haus at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. But Heid’s is the place to go for that nostalgic bite you remember. WHAT TO ORDER : The Mixed Double (frank + coney) at Heid’s , with a side of onion rings, French fries and fried pickles.

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ALL THE BBQ @ DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE. We know, we know. This isn’t Kansas City or Memphis, but Syracuse holds its own when it comes to America’s favorite smoky, slathered and slow-roasted cuisine. It’s impossible to mention BBQ in Syracuse without bragging about the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que , voted Best Barbeque in America in ABC’s “ Good Morning America Weekend ” poll, arguably the city’s most famous foodie stop. There’s plenty more saucey, smoked goodness to enjoy throughout the area, including fabulous brisket and pulled pork to savor at Bull & Bear Roadhouse, Limp Lizard and a handful of food trucks around the city too! WHAT TO ORDER : Go big or go home — Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac & Cheese & the Family Stylin’ Bar-B-Que Combo Plate with a side of mac & cheese at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que . Still hungry? Share a plate of the Créole Deviled Eggs and bring some sides home for later.


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Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub is in the Irish neighborhood of Tipperary Hill, but you’ll feel like you’re in Ireland. Grab a pint of Guinness and raise a glass to a pub — and neighborhood — that stands apart. WHAT TO ORDER : The Beef O’Flaherty , beef stew and corned beef and cabbage

Doug’s Fish Fry is all about delicious, hand-battered food. Located in the village of Skaneateles, Doug’s serves fresh fish dinners year-round. Just about everything on the menu is made in-house. WHAT TO ORDER : The Fish Dinner with a side of onion rings, and save some room for the tastiest local fruit sundaes during the summer months — just make sure you save some for the rest of us!

Those are just the Syracuse stops along the Upstate Eats Trail! Plan an extra few days to taste the garbage plate in Rochester, sponge candy and hot wings in Buffalo, and spiedies in Binghamton. Take pictures while you enjoy the food and tag # UpstateEatsTrail to share your adventures.

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more Iconic Syracuse foods to try now

and where to find them

While the Upstate Eats Trail showcases the best of the Syracuse food scene with our world-famous BBQ, salt potatoes, hot dogs and more, there’s even more honorable foodie mentions to sample! Whether you’re looking to take on the ultimate gastro challenge or you’re reminiscing about the Half Moons from back home, check out these other signature Syracuse dishes and where to find them.

Half-moon cookies

. A fluffy vanilla (or chocolate) cookie, flipped over and topped with half vanilla frosting and half chocolate — if you know it, you love it. Different from Downstate’s “black & whites,” which are flat and typically topped with fondant or royal icing, the half-moon is a Central New York treasure. Hailing from Utica originally, this sweet treat can be found all over bakeries in Syracuse.

WHAT TO ORDER + WHERE : the classic Half-Moon Cookie at Harrison Bakery or Lyncourt Bakery, a “Full Moon” (all white frosting) at Green Hills Farms grocery store in Nedrow.

Mac + cheese.

Okay, we can’t take credit for what is likely the entire world’s favorite food combo, but Syracuse does it right when it comes to mac and cheese. Whether you prefer it plain, über cheesy and gooey, or with some lobster mixed in there, several establishments throughout the area have taken the classic recipe and made it even more mouth-watering.

WHAT TO ORDER + WHERE : Cool Dorito Mac or Chipotle French Toast

Chicken Bacon Waffle Mac at Loded , a Double Mac side at Dinosaur BarB-Que or everyone’s favorite lunch side of Buffalo Mac & Cheese at Darwin downtown.

the frittata @ mother’s cupboard

Frittata . Though it’s not just a Syracuse thing, we’ve earned the right to brag about our famous frittatas. This scrambled concoction of eggs, potatoes, pepperoni, peppers, sausage, hash browns, onions and broccoli was made even more famous when Travel Channel’s Man v. Food host Adam Richman took on the 6-pound frittata challenge at Mother’s Cupboard during his Syracusecentric episode. WHAT TO ORDER + WHERE :

“The Whole” Frittata at Mother’s Cupboard , the Meat Frittata at Finally Ours Diner on Onondaga Hill.

Chicken riggies . An ItalianAmerican tradition that was cooked up in nearby Utica, NY, chicken riggies are a staple throughout kitchens in the greater Syracuse area. A perfect blend of rigatoni pasta, chicken, peppers and a spicy tomato and cream sauce, there are dozens of places to sample this savory specialty, many with their own take (and varying levels of heat) on the

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original recipe. WHAT TO ORDER + WHERE : Chicken Riggies at Pastabilties, Francesca’s Cucina or The Preserve

But wait! There’s more!

Voted ‘Best Burger in New York State’ by the state’s Beef Council for over five years, Ale ‘N’ Angus Pub is conveniently located within the city’s Convention District and is right next door to The Oncenter & The Oncenter War Memorial (where the Syracuse Crunch hockey team call home). This long-standing establishment is home to the best burgers. In. The. State. Try out the Hot & Smokey Candied Bacon Burger (voted Best Burger in New York State in 2021), the Power Play burger (Best Burger winner for three years) and it’s def worth it to give their Ultimate Pretzel Melt sandwich a sample — two salted pretzels jam-packed with bacon, ham, cheddar and provolone cheese, pressed and seared. And don’t forget about the Beef On A Weck burger topped with roast beef, cheddar & horsey mayo, yet another Best Burger winner in 2019.

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Head to one of the region’s 100+ parks, lakes and greenspaces for a variety of boating, biking, hiking and outdoor adventures


Choose between a number of trails and experience cedar forest views, rocky terrain, smooth paths and whatever else the adventure-seeker in you desires. The Old Erie Canal State Historic Park ofers a 36-mile trail for biking, walking, horseriding and snowmobiling. The entire Canal stretches 351 miles, connecting Bufalo to Albany, where many visitors experience the waterway via recreational watercraft in certain areas. Mimicking the route of the Erie Canal, the newer Empire State Trail is a 750-mile bike and foot pathway that not only connects Bufalo to Syracuse and Albany, but also extends north from Albany, through the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks to the Canadian border and south to New York City through the Hudson Valley. Check out over 7 miles of lakeside trails at Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool, touted as “Central New York’s Central Park.” Here you can run, walk, bike, skate or relax with waterfront views. This park is dog-friendly, complete with a playground for kids of all sizes, so bring the whole family for a day of fun in the sun.


Come winter, we don’t hibernate in Syracuse. Whether you ski, snowboard, or snowskate, hit the hills of Song Mountain Resort and Labrador Mountain — with combined options of over 40 trails and board parks, it’s a trip that won’t disappoint. Enjoy the magic of the snowy season at Highland Forest with horsedrawn sleigh rides on winter weekends. This county park is also perfect for an afternoon of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding through the forest.

Being the land of snow, serious sled enthusiasts can discover hundreds of miles of snowmobile & ATV trails among the rural woodlands just south of the city or along the Erie Canal


For an extra challenge, mountain bike throughout Green Lakes State Park, which ofers 28 trails spanning nearly 30 miles of dirt access roads, single-track wooded terrain and narrow bouts. If urban biking is your preference, rent VEO bikes and scooters to easily maneuver downtown Syracuse. Discover city murals, historic buildings, monuments and an array of food and drink options.


Accumulate your steps while taking in the views of Syracuse, no matter the season. During the winter months, snowshoe through Beaver Lake Nature Center, or wait for spring blooms and summer sunshine to discover 9 miles of serene trails. Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville ofers fve hiking trails, including the clif trail, with a 175-foot ledge overlook above a small lake that was formed from glacial ice during the last Ice Age. Upper Onondaga Park is a picturesque community park ofering amenities such as a public swimming pool, recreational courts, playgrounds, and an arched stone bridge overlooking Hiawatha Lake, an ideal spot for a quaint stroll or photoshoot.


Jamesville Beach State Park + Green Lakes State Park. Dip your toes in or go full send with relaxing days by the water at any of Onondaga County’s natural water amenities. Both of these popular spots ofer kayak and canoe launch areas, as well as miles of hiking and snowshoeing.

You don’t have to be in the water to enjoy it. Oneida Shores, Onondaga Lake and Oneida River all ofer boat launches and allow for a perfect day out to fsh, relax or celebrate the season!

Did you know Skaneateles Lake is one of the cleanest bodies of water in the United States, and is known as one of the most beautiful bodies of water globally? Come visit and see for yourself. Schedule a boat cruise with MidLakes Navigation or cruise the waters solo.

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Syracuse is a big sports town. From introducing the world to the 24-second shot clock to greats like Ernie Davis, sports are synonymous with Syracuse. In town for a game? Learn a bit more about our favorite local teams and what to do before or after a game!

It’s a home run. The Syracuse Mets are a hometown favorite and the Triple-A baseball team of the New York Mets. The Mets call the recently renovated NBT Bank Stadium home. The regular 2023 home season runs from April 4, 2023 through September 24, 2023.

Pre/Post-game : grab a hotdog and fries at Syracuse staple Heid’s of Liverpool .

Face-off fun.

The Syracuse Crunch are the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dropping the puck at the Upstate Medical University Arena, the Crunch have been a mainstay in the Calder Cup playoffs over the last several years, making the field for the 2021-22 season as well.

Pre/Post-game : a favorite among locals, Ale N’ Angus Pub was also voted Best Burger in New York State by the NY Beef Coucil! Or test your own skills on the ice at the outdoor Clinton Square Ice Rink

College game day.

Syracuse fans love their college teams! In addition to supporting the semi-pro leagues in town, area residents cheer on their college and University favorites, including the 2022 NCAA Division I men’s soccer champions of Syracuse University. Local teams include the Syracuse University Orange , Division II LeMoyne College Dolphins and the NJCAA Onondaga Community College Lazers .

Pre/Post-game : Syracuse fans can grab a slice after a game at Varsity Pizza , a mainstay on The Hill. Or visit Beak & Skiff , just a short drive from the OCC campus, to pick some apples while taste testing their (hard) ciders.

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