Life in Syracuse

Life in Syracuse, New York


Located 250 miles northwest of New York City, Syracuse, New York, is a crossroads of culture that offers a variety of restaurants, shops, destinations, and unique experiences. Nearby are the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, the Thousand Islands, and the Adirondack Mountains. New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Montreal, and Washington, D.C., are all less than half a day’s drive away. With a metropolitan population of more than 700,000, Syracuse is an important educational, commercial and medical center.

Once known for salt, industry, and a prominent role in the Underground Railroad, this plucky mini-metropolis is a colorful fusion of distinctive neighborhoods, year-round festivals, plentiful parks, professional sports, destination shopping, and a thriving art, music, and social scene.


There’s always something to do

  • Stroll down to Marshall Street on the edge of campus to grab a bite to eat with friends or watch an away SU game.
  • Head to Armory Square to enjoy one of the many boutiques, cafes, and coffee shops.
  • Visit Green Lakes State Park and do some hiking or cross-country skiing while you look for Dead Man’s Reef.
  • Check out a performance at Syracuse Stage, one of the city’s numerous arts and entertainment venues.
  • Take a drive to the lakeside village of Skaneateles (“skinny-atlas”) for some light shopping and relaxation.
  • Indulge in a helping of Utica greens and chicken riggies in Syracuse’s Little Italy.
  • Visit Destiny USA, the sixth-largest shopping center in the country. With more than 260 retail venues, this mega-mall also features an indoor go-cart track, a mirror maze, IMAX and RPX movie theaters, a ropes course, and more than 30 places to eat.
  • Venture to the Tipperary Hill neighborhood for an authentic taste of Ireland.