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Syracuse Area Information and Attractions

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Local Information and Tourist and Recreational Activities in the Area

Fairs, Markets & Events:

Central New York Regional Market
For more than 60 years, the Central New York Regional Market has provided popular retail (farmers market and flea market) and wholesale operations on its 61-acre site just north of downtown Syracuse. The market brings the finest produce from local growers and distributors while providing a convenient and centralized location for buyers.

Winterfest, Syracuse, NY, Mid-Winter Annually
From the center of downtown Syracuse to senior centers throughout Onondaga County, everyone joins in the celebration. Kids will be kids, even when they're middle-aged. And there are not age limits when it comes to enjoying the bursting blooms of the colorful Winterfest pyrotechnic display or the culinary delights created by hundreds of hands. What a Party!

Central New York Maple Festival, Marathon, NY
A tapping of maple trees, some as old as the area itself, has been a tradition in Cortland County from the days of Indian culture. Through the years, maple syrup production has provided income for area farmers, and has grown with the times and the increasing technology.

Coors Light Balloon Fest, Jamesville Beach Park, June Annually
A record number of special shapes will take to the air with dozens of other hot air balloons. Plus... national class music acts, a children's stage, amusement rides and a fresh water beach are all key ingredients of this annual event. The Balloon Fest provides great opportunities to see up close, learn all about and even take a ride on the ten story high balloons piloted by experts from throughout the Northeast. Music buffs of all ages will enjoy the variety of sounds featuring oldies, jazz, rock & roll and more. See the glorious takeoff of the balloons at 6-7:30pm each day and 6am on Saturday & Sunday (weather permitting).

AnnualSyracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, is the largest and most prestigious show of its kind in the area. The festival has been ranked by Sunshine Artist magazine as one of the top 60 fine art shows in the nation. This spectacular 3-day showcase by some of the country's most talented artists, craftspeople, and entertainers is centered on historic Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse. More than 70,000 visitors will shop and browse among the art and craft exhibits and enjoy a wide variety of music, multicultural performances, summer refreshments, and participatory activities.

New York State Rhythm 'in' Blues Festival

Skaneateles Festival
Since 1980, the Skaneateles Festival has brought world-class musicians to this charming lakeside community for five weeks of chamber music, chamber orchestra and children's concerts in the late summer. The informal setting, innovative programming and community involvement make this an especially nurturing spot for performers who are eager to return again and again, and who are warmly embraced (and fed and housed) by the Festival audience. And the listeners, in turn, are richly rewarded by breathtaking, one-time-only performances by ensembles which have just been formed this week in this magical place.
Week night chamber music concerts are held at the intimate St. James Episcopal Church, in the center of the village on the lake front, where at intermission the audience can stroll through the adjacent park and purchase lemonade and cookies from children's sidewalk stands. On Saturday evenings, the audience totes picnics and spreads blankets on the lawn at Brook Farm, a private estate, to enjoy orchestra concerts under the starry sky.

New York State Fair, Late August-Early September
The Empire Expo Center's single largest event, the Fair, is a 12-day, summer showcase of the best of New York State's agriculture, entertainment, education, industry and technology. 1-800-475-FAIR

Syracuse Festival of Races
The Syracuse Festival of Races™ is a collection of running and walking events.


Onondaga County Parks

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park, Syracuse, NY
The adventure never ends at Syracuse's #1 family attraction. Whether it's the three lion cubs who made their debut at the zoo in February of 2001, the Niagara Mohawk Rainforest exhibit which opened in the Summer of 2000 or the newest member of the elephant family, Preya, born in February of 2000, something exciting and new is always happening at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.

Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville, NY
This 600 acre park is dedicated to discovering the great outdoors. Whether it is maple sugaring in the spring, the Wildlife Art Weekend at Beaver Lake & canoeing in the summer, the Golden Harvest Festival in the fall, or cross-country skiing during the winter, Beaver Lake has something for everyone.

Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville, NY
Rugged cliffs, beautiful ravines and rocky outcrops and a glacial lake where the surface waters and bottom waters do not mix describe this unique natural wonder. Clark Reservation is open year-round offering hiking, fishing, bird watching and nature center.

Highland Forest, Fabius, NY
Over 20 Miles Of Year Round Trails Cross country skiing, orienteering, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and the Pioneer Museum are prime attractions at "the Adirondacks of Central New York." The oldest county park contains more than six square miles of rugged forest terrain detailed in free maps available at the park office; a self-guided Nature Trail is the perfect introductory hike.

Jamesville Beach Park, Jamesville, NY
OnTrack train excursions create a nostalgic way of visiting the clear cool waters of Jamesville Reservoir and sparkling Butternut Creek. A great place to cool off and try paddle boats, water skiing and trendy wave boards. Acres of groomed lawn and shaded grounds offer prime locations for cookout sites, large parties and special events. The fishing is great too!

Letchworth State Park, Castille, NY
The legend of Mon-a-sha-sha is haunting, tragic and beautiful. It is the story of a young Seneca bride who perished, with her child, in the great cataract known today as the Letchworth Gorge. Their spirits are said to live today in the elusive white deer of Letchworth State Park, a 17-mile stretch of grey-green canyon. Vivid green in springtime, radiant red in autumn, this "vale of the three falls" is aptly called The Grand Canyon of the East.

Pratts Falls, Manlius, NY
Scenic trails leading to a 137' waterfall beckon visitors to bring a well-stocked picnic basket and a sense of adventure. This geological wonder, formed by retreating glaciers, was the site of Onondaga County's first mill operation in 1796. Picnic opportunities abound. Also popular for archery and cross-country skiing.

Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, NY
The gorge at Watkins Glen is the best-known in the Finger Lakes region. The one-and-one-half-mile-long trough was scoured by glaciers, creating 19 waterfalls and 300-foot shale and sandstone cliffs.
Foot trails follow the rim of the gorge, some of them blazed centuries ago by Native Americans. Many steep trails have stone steps and pass through caverns behind the waterfalls. The park is an excellent place for backpackers to pick up the Finger Lakes Trail, which traverses the state.

Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY
Women's Rights National Historical Park commemorates the First Women's Rights Convention and the early leaders of the women's rights movement in the United States. Historic sites included in the park boundaries: 1840's Greek Revival home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, organizer and leader of the women's rights movement, the Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women's Rights Convention, Declaration Park with a 100 foot long waterwall engraved with the Declaration of Sentiments and the names of the signers of the Declaration, the Hunt House, home of Jane and Richard Hunt, the site where the idea for the First Women's Rights Convention was conceived, and the M'Clintock House, home of MaryAnn and Thomas M'Clintock, site where the Declaration of Sentiments was drafted.


Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY
The Erie Canal Museum (ECM) is a private, nonprofit corporation founded in 1962. It is housed in the 1850 Weighlock Building, where canal boats were weighed during the days when they traveled through the center of Syracuse on the Erie Canal. A gallery full of participatory exhibits gives visitors a look at canal life and promotes hands-on- learning. The Museum has three special exhibits each year that draw on its nationally renowned artifact collection and historical research. Museum tours and specialty programs for all age groups are developed to entertain as well as educate. A variety of school programs are also offered by the Museum.

The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Within twenty years of its founding the Everson made three character-setting decisions under the leadership of Fernando Carter, the second director of the museum.   In 1911 it declared that it would seek to collect only American art, the first museum anywhere to do so. During Carter's time (1910-1931), the Everson acquired many of the 19th century paintings in its collection, as well as American impressionist and tonalist works of the early 20th century. The second decision was the purchase in 1916 of a small group of porcelains from world-renowned art potter, and Syracuse resident, Adelaide Alsop Robineau. And the third was the decision to collect representative works by regional artists, a tradition that still continues. Today, the Everson has a permanent collection of 8,000 objects.

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY
Fenimore Art Museum, the showcase museum of the New York State Historical Association, features changing exhibitions that explore the history and themes of America's finest art. An elegant 1930s mansion overlooking Otsego Lake, Fenimore Art Museum was built on the site of novelist James Fenimore Cooper's home. It became the headquarters of the New York State Historical Association in 1945 at the invitation of philanthropist Stephen C. Clark, Sr. Over the years, the Historical Association's collections of fine art, folk art, and American Indian art have grown to represent and illuminate our cultural heritage and to celebrate America's artistic traditions and history. The addition of the American Indian Wing in 1995 and the renovation of galleries within the original building has enabled the museum to showcase its extraordinary collections and to display traveling exhibitions of exceptional quality.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Syracuse, NY
Experience Science to the MAX at MOST! Located in downtown Syracuse's historic Armory Square, the MOST features the Bristol Omnitheater, New York State's only IMAX Dome theater, the Silverman Planetarium, as well as 27,000 square feet of hands-on activities and exhibits for visitors of all ages. Honestly, we've got the most hip-hop'n hands-on science exhibits in town. That means you can touch, turn, press, push, imagine and discover what science is all about with your own two hands. Sound cool? Read on and explore What's New at the MOST and What's Coming Up to help you experience science to the MAX at MOST!

The New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens, NY
The Civilian Conservation Corps played a significant roll in the development of the present day Gilbert Lake State Park. On this, the sixty-seventh anniversary of the CCC’s establishment in Gilbert Lake, the Central Region would like to remember and honor their fascinating story.

The Salt Museum at Onondaga Lake Park, Syracuse, NY
Discover the industry that created the City of Syracuse and supplied the entire nation with salt! Explore the site of an original boiling block where brine (salt water) was turned into what was then considered one of the country's most precious commodities. See the actual kettles, wooden barrels and other equipment that were used in this fascinating process which came to an end in the 1920's. The museum, located on the shore of Onondaga Lake, is full of dynamic exhibits and artifacts. Constructed from timbers taken from actual salt warehouses, it provides an old time rustic experience during your visit.

Sport Halls of Fame:

International Boxing Hall of Fame, Canastota, NY
Our mission is to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of those who excelled and provide an educational experience for our many visitors.

National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Located on Main Street in the heart of picturesque Cooperstown, New York, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the country's major tourist destinations and is surely the best-known sports shrine in the world. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game's treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan's "Field of Dreams" with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation.

National Distance Running Hall of Fame, Utica, NY
Every Sport has a place where legends are honored, where memorabilia brings forth feelings of nostalgia and where sports' greatest stories can be told and retold. On July 11, 1998, a hall of fame was established to honor the sport of distance running. The National Distance Running Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the athletes who have made contributions to the sport of distance running, contributions that have brought distance running fame and recognition. From the sport's top runners and most decorated athletes to those who pushed the sport's barriers and eventually broke them, the Hall of Fame honors their talents, initiative and drive.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, NY
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, across from the historic Saratoga Race Course, the oldest operating track in the country.

National Soccer Hall of Fame, Oneonta, NY
Established in 1979, the National Soccer Hall of Fame has housed an extensive archive of memorabilia associated with soccer in the United States for almost 20 years. Founded in Oneonta, New York, the Hall of Fame is an organization committed to preserving the history and sport of soccer in the United States.