Syracuse - Small City Feel with Big City Amenities

From downtown hot spots in trendy Armory Square to breath-taking hiking trails, art galleries to sporting events, you’ll find there is no shortage of things to do in and around Syracuse. It’s all here just waiting for you to discover!


Arts & Entertainment

Syracuse is know for the variety and quality of its entertainment offerings and is home to museums, art galleries, performance spaces and more. For those interested in the arts, Syracuse offers Symphoria, an opera company and regional theaters, along with numerous other opportunities to attend performances of comedy, puppetry and improvisation. Syracuse is also home to multiple museums, including the I.M. Pei-designed Everson Museum of Art. Recently renovated, the Landmark Theatre hosts major Broadway show touring companies and concerts. Interested in more?

Get Out There!

Explore the Beauty of Central New York

The greater Syracuse area offers a rich mix of year-round recreational opportunities. Within 30 minutes from campus, you can explore the finger lakes, swim in the emerald waters of Green Lakes State Park, bike along the old Erie Canal, golf at one of our many outstanding public courses, pick apples in the fall at Beak & Skiff Orchards, downhill ski at one of the several resorts, or snowshoe through the woodland trails of Highland Forest

Nightlife and Dining

Get a taste of local, national and international dining options in Syracuse and the Central New York area. Whether you are looking for a diner, coffee shop, food court or fine dining experience, Syracuse has a variety of restaurants that will satisfy your craving. At night, the city comes to life in Armory Square, which features dozens of shops, unique restaurants, pubs and boutiques.Be sure to take some time and explore the hidden gems in every part of the city – from the Irish Tipperary Hill to “Little Italy” on the north side to the bohemian village of Westcott Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from campus.

Explore Armory Square

Ready... Set... Shop!

Syracuse boasts a wide variety of shopping experiences. Located five miles from campus is Destiny USA, the sixth biggest mall in the U.S., with more than 300 traditional retail and outlet stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Just five minutes away, enjoy the convenience of the Fayetteville Town Center, which features restaurants and stores such as Target, Kohl's and L.L. Bean. And down the hill from the Heights, you’ll also find supermarkets, as well as small grocers and international food markets.

"We love it when students from around the world flood back every autumn, bringing energy and optimism. We love that many stay to start businesses and careers or remember our quality of life and come back to put down roots. We love how young entrepreneurs enrich our work with innovation, insight, and invention." - The Good Life CNY