Life in Syracuse

Clinton Square fountain in Syracuse, New York

Located 250 miles northwest of New York City, Syracuse 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., all less than half a day’s drive away. With a metropolitan population 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 catch 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 R&R. 


  • 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 Irish meal.