Syracuse is bursting with Central New York landmarks and attractions ready to be explored! Established in 1825, Syracuse is the fifth largest city in the state and rich with heritage. Mix up your trip with history and fun at these popular city spots!
Rated as one of the most popular sites in Syracuse, Clinton Square is brimming with history and activities. Dating back to the mid-1800’s, Clinton Square was our country’s influence for the ‘modern city.’ Located directly downtown, this area is full of historical buildings, monuments, and a tribute fountain to the Erie Canal that paved its way. Clinton Square is known for hosting a variety of events, including fundraisers, festivals, free concerts, and farmers markets. There is always something going on here for visitors to enjoy!
If you feel strange about visiting a cemetery for entertainment, don’t! With its picturesque scenery and funerary architecture, Oakwood Cemetery was designed for visitors seeking serenity. Built in 1859, Oakwood Cemetery spreads over 160-acres of hills, streams, valleys, and antique timbers. You can admire the Victorian monuments, study the lush landscape, or even participate in a Ghost-walk held by the Onondaga Historical Association. Oakwood Cemetery is open to the public and encourages you to stroll through on your next Syracuse visit.
NBT Bank Stadium
Deemed one of the most exceptional minor league arenas in the nation, NBT Bank Stadium is a favorite among New York baseball fans. NBT Bank Stadium is the proud home of the AAA affiliate to the Washington Nationals: the Syracuse Chiefs. The stadium is publicly owned with a capacity to fit 11,117 fans! Whether you are watching the game from the grand stands, luxury boxes, or banquet hall, NBT Bank Stadium is an affordable and enjoyable destination for a family fun day at the ballpark.
For those seeking a historical destination with more than just sightseeing, Armory Square is the place! This small neighborhood hosts a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment, including a science museum in the former Syracuse Armory! Beginning as an industrial district in 1804, renovations to the area in the 1980’s brought an influx of business back to a severely neglected community. Located on the west side of downtown, the revitalized Armory Square is packed with attractions to keep you busy. With buildings in the square dating back to 1872, you will love the balance of historic and modern architecture in this unique area of Syracuse.
The Palace Theatre
Family owned and operated since 1922, The Palace Theatre is a fantastic destination for exclusive events in Syracuse. Initially built as a small neighborhood movie theatre, the building was renovated to its current state in 2004. While still maintaining its architectural integrity, The Palace Theatre now serves as a unique venue for community celebrations and gatherings. The theatre is most popular for hosting film festivals, live music, and fundraisers, with private rooms available for special occasions. Check out the website for schedules and tickets available for upcoming shows and events!
Syracuse has a lot of history to learn about. Check out these stops, and let us know if you have any other favorites!
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