If you are in the Syracuse, NY area, you certainly want to stop in and shop at the Carousel Center. This shopping mall is enormous and there are very few like it. Its goal was to create a massive shopping and entertainment experience for visitors. It is right next to Onondaga Lake on the eastern edge.
While most of the stores are on two floors, this Mall is actually seven-stories tall. Most of the stores, however, are only on three floors, and in the basement. Everything above that level is offices or theaters - all 17 of them. Altogether, there are more than 150 stores.
The largest stores in the Mall are called anchor stores. At the present time, these stores are Best Buy, JC Penney's, Macy's, the Sports Authority, Bon Ton, Lord & Taylor, and H&M. In addition to this great selection, some other large stores would have to include Old Navy, Borders, and the DSW Shoe Warehouse.
Many stores feature clothes for all members of the family, or for particular ones. Women have many choices and are sure to find some good deals going on most any time of the year. They can shop at places like the Ann Taylor Loft, bebe, Cache, 579, Deb Shop, Forever 21, Gap, Hot Topic, and many more. Motherhood Maternity and Victoria's Secret will take care of other needs. Accessory stores are also plentiful. Apart from the large department stores, there are 15 other stores that sell shoes for women or for all members of the family.
Children are certainly not left out in the specialty stores. There are many that provide clothes, toys, and other things that are just for the young ones. Among them you will find the Disney Store, The Children's Place, Pottery Barn Kids, Toyland, and at least ten other ones.
When it comes to specialty stores - there are plenty. Many services are available including hair styling, nails, salons and spas. Glasses and contacts can be ordered, as well as a place to get your picture taken. If you want a place to exercise, you can get in shape at Bally Total Fitness. Other stores will provide you with music, games, electronics, cell phones, books and guitars.
Nearly anything you could want to eat can be found in the food court or in their many restaurants or snack shops. Fast food includes favorites like Subway, Taco Bell, Johnny Rockets, Chicken Now, and Arby's. Several sit-down restaurants can provide you with a more relaxed atmosphere and a good opportunity to slow down. This includes the Japan Cafe Grill, Cajun Cafe, Ruby Tuesday, and Sbarro. For a little pick me up or snack, several coffee shops are available including a Dunkin' Donuts, and many others.
When you visit the Carousel Center in Syracuse, NY, you can make a day of sightseeing in the area. There are many activities nearby that the whole family will enjoy. Several theaters have plays going on, there are movies in the Mall; or for the teen set, they may enjoy Headrush, which offers paintball, BMX, motocross, and skateboarding.