Top Recommended Layover Activities:
1. Hanover Square Historic District
The architecture in Hanover Square dates back to the days when the Erie Canal ran through downtown Syracuse. Today, the square features an ornamental fountain and a recessed seating area, shielded from the hustle and bustle of the city. During the summer months, a daily lunchtime program presented by the City of Syracuse and Fleet Bank, “World in the Square“ features music, dance, and other entertainment. On Friday evenings in the summer, the Updowntowners host “Swingin' in the Square“ and “Dancin' in the Square“ with live music. Each February, Hanover Square is the focal point of the Winterfest celebration. Recently designated a Historic District on The National Register of Historic Places, Hanover Square now boasts a variety of retail shops, restaurants, bars and real estate.
2. Clinton Square
Clinton Square is the centerpiece of downtown Syracuse. It features a spectacular fountain surrounded by a plaza with outdoor seating. From June through October, Clinton Square hosts festivals almost every weekend, including Taste of Syracuse, Juneteenth, the Empire Brewing and Music Festival, the NYS Rhythm in Blues Fest, Jazz in the Square, Irish Fest, and Oktoberfest, to name a few.
3. Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd E., Syracuse NY, 13202 Phone 315-471-0593
The Erie Canal Museum is housed in the Weighlock Building and features exhibits on canals, canal life, and local history. It is also the site of the Urban Cultural Park Visitors Center.
4 Everson Museum of Art
400 Harrison St., Syracuse NY, 13202 Phone 315-474-6064
Designed by I.M. Pei and founded by New York's Metropolitan Museum founder, George Fiske Comfort, the Everson Museum of Art is a cornerstone of downtown Syracuse's cultural life. The Everson Museum features the works of American artists from the 18th century to present, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, and video. The Everson's ceramic collection includes works from around the world, from ancient Chinese burial objects to challenging, new works by contemporary ceramists. On the first Thursday of each month, the Everson Museum hosts First Thursday After Hours featuring live entertainment, a bistro-like setting, free hors d'oeuvres, and more.
5. Onondaga Historical Museum
321 Montgomery St., Syracuse NY, 13202 Phone 315-428-1864
Top Weekend Getaways And Day Trip Excursions:
1. New York State Fair (Last week of August through first week of September)
The Empire Expo Center, Syracuse, NY
With over 2 million visitors annually, the NY State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the country. It is easily accessible from the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90) exits 39 from the West and 34A from the East, and from Route 81, North and South. Just follow the signs to the Fairgrounds.
2. Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
411 Montgomery Street, Suite 40 - Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 424-8222 — Fax: (315) 424-1131
The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional resident orchestra serving the entire Central and Northern New York State region. Today an ensemble of national acclaim, the Symphony boasts 75 musicians and a conducting staff of international caliber, and performs 200 full-orchestra and chamber ensemble concerts throughout Central and Northern New York.
3. Syracuse Carrier Dome
Indoor sports facility, home of Syracuse University football, basketball, lacrossse, track and houses concerts.