When your eye is caught by something captivating, it's hard to look away. Such is the case with many of the attractions that you'll find in Syracuse. Whether it's a compelling and interactive science exhibit, a deeply detailed artistic creation or a picturesque view of nature, you will most definitely be visually enticed (as well as intellectually challenged) by all that you see. In fact, not only will your eyes be treated, but the rest of your senses as well. So be prepared to have fun while learning something interesting when you spend time experiencing the various attractions in Syracuse.
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology
is considered to be one of Syracuse's premier attractions. The five-level facility features several fun and educational experiences that include exhibits about light and sound, rocks and minerals and cells and bacteria. If those aren't enough interactive fun, you can try to make your way up the climbing wall, walk into a giant heart and brain, or attempt to make your way through a maze. More stunning visuals await on the screen of the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater, which is the only domed IMAX facility in the region. And if all these adventures make you hungry, you can stop into the cafe for a quick bite before resuming your activities.
Address: 500 South Franklin Street, Armory Square, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 425-9068
Syracuse's Landmark Theatre
truly lives up to its name. This venue originally opened its doors in 1928 and stands as New York's last remaining Depression-era cinema that is still in operation. The theater became popular for its double bill of a movie and a live show. Facing problems in 1977, the foundering venue was rescued by investors who got it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, not only can visitors enjoy the latest in concerts, plays and other great live entertainment, they can also tour this classic, Thomas Lamb-designed theater attraction.
Address: 362 Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 475-7979
In addition to being a venue filled with some truly compelling interactive exhibits, the Erie Canal Museum
is filled with some deep history of the area. It all began back in the 1800's when “weigh lock” buildings were located along the length of the canal to determine the toll that boats would pay to pass through between Albany and Buffalo. This museum is located at the halfway point between the two, and it is even more dramatic as it is housed in an authentic National Register Landmark weigh lock building. In addition to the aforementioned exhibits and attractions, there are also several fascinating artifacts and audiovisual presentations that tell the story of the canal's hard-fought construction.
Address: 318 Erie Blvd E Rte 5, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 471-0593
Visiting Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois
is like watching a history book come to life. Be transported back to the 1600s when the local Iroquois tribe invited the French to build a mission on the banks of Onondaga Lake. The site is now a living history museum that features an interpretive center with actors in period costumes who talk about what their lives are like at the mission in 1650. They also demonstrate daily activities of the time that include carpentry, blacksmithing, cooking and more.
Address: 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088 - MAP
Phone: (315) 453-6768
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo
has much to teach visitors about the many species of animals found all over the world, but also teaches an equally fascinating lesson about biodiversity. The goal of biodiversity is that all animals live with plant life that is found in their natural habitat. Among the 900 creatures that make their home here, you'll find lions, tigers, bears, and monkeys, just to name a few. The zoo is also a leading breeder of Asian elephants. Additionally, the facility has garnered much attention for attractions like its impressive bird habitat, beautiful waterfowl pond and a “touch zone” where visitors can get up close to goats, sheep and elephants.
Address: 1 Conservation Plaza, Burnet Park, Syracuse, NY 13204 - MAP
Phone: (315) 435-8511
Syracuse's nickname as “The Salt City” is just one of the stories you'll uncover when you visit the Salt Museum
. The facility was built with timbers from an actual 19th century salt warehouse. The venue explains how in the mid-1800s, “boiling blocks” were used to boil salt water and evaporate the brine which left the salt behind. Syracuse went on to become the national leader in the production of salt, and the museum traces the many aspects of this unique area history. Visitors can see artifacts and attractions like wooden barrels, kettles, a saltworkers “neighborhood” and a full-scale reproduction boiling block.
Address: Onondaga Lake Parkway, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY - MAP
Phone: (315) 453-6712
Be prepared for your senses to be stirred when you walk into the Everson Museum of Art
. Ever since it opened its doors in 1968, this facility has become internationally respected for its extensive collection of ceramic art. In addition to the ceramics, the museum also houses an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century American art that includes work by such notable figures as Jackson Pollock and Andrew Wyeth. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up a souvenir or two to remember this attraction. Also, there's a great cafe that offers refreshments as well as a comfortable place to relax.
Address: 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 - MAP
Phone: (315) 474-6064
Nature and history intertwine to create something special at the Camillus Erie Canal Park
. This 300-acre park is located between Albany and Buffalo, at the midpoint of the Erie Canal. The expansive area features seven miles of trails that are used for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding in the warmer months of the year and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter. Also, don't miss the chance to stop into Sim's Store Museum which is a replica of an actual canal-side store that can be found in the center of the park.
Address: 5750 Devoe Road, Caimillus, NY 13031 - MAP
Phone: (315) 488-3409