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Old 01-26-2008, 06:21 PM
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Lots of recreational choices, as Syracuse is near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, very close to the Finger Lakes, a Great Lake, the Adirondacks and there are many large, beautiful lakes in the Syracuse area. Such as Skaneateles Lake, (which is only 10 miles West of Syracuse), Otisco Lake, Oneida Lake (the largest inland lake in New York State), Onondaga Lake, Cross Lake, Jamesville Reservoir, and Cazenovia Lake.

Onondaga Lake Park is one of the better parks. Seven miles of shoreline are used for family picnics or other outdoor recreation. The jogging, biking, and walking trails that run alongside the lake are very popular with locals. Eventually the trail will loop the lake and extend all the way to Downtown Syracuse and beyond.

The New York State Fair is the biggest local event of the year. Attracting nearly one million people annually. If you are into golf, the Syracuse area has close to 50 golf courses. Plus a PGA Championship is now held every September in nearby Turning Stone Casino Resort, only 45 minutes away from Syracuse.


Name the sport and it most likely has an active following in Syracuse. Professional, College or amateur, participatory or spectator, Syracuse has a sport for the most avid enthusiast.

The SU Orange Football Team play in the 50,000 seat Carrier Dome on the SU Campus. The Syracuse Orange play in the Big East Conference and often bring in highly ranked teams as their opponents. You can be part of the excitement at the Dome or watch the game on TV networks like ESPN.

The SU Orange Basketball Team is often played before crowds of 30,000 or more. In fact, Syracuse holds the attendance record for a on campus college basketball game, which was 30,199, set in 2005. Under the direction of Coach Boeheim the Syracuse Orange won the NCAA National Championship in 2003. Games are often on TV. ESPN even holds "College Game Day" at the Carrier Dome occasional.

The SU Orange Lacrosse Team has won the NCAA National Championship nine times over the last 25 years. Fans pack the Carrier Dome every year expecting to win it all again.

Hockey? Syracuse’s AHL team, the Syracuse Crunch have been thrilling crowds for years.

The Syracuse Chiefs, a AAA baseball team and the farm club of the Toronto Blue Jays, play in Alliance Bank Stadium, the area’s state-of-the-art outdoor facility which is located on the City's northside off Interstate 81.

With its abundance of lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds, fishing is a major participatory sport in the Syracuse area. Fishing derbies draw thousands of entrants from all over the country. And the harvest is good, judging by the reports of salmon, trout, and bass catches in recent years. The Salmon River located just north of Syracuse is widely known for it fantastic salmon runs each fall, and lately is known for its excellent steelhead and brown trout fisheries. In 2008 the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series is coming back to Oneida Lake.

Boaters have excellent opportunities to enjoy the water by sailing, power boating, canoeing, rowing, jetskiing, and wind surfing. While Lake Ontario is better suited for large boats and yachts, pilots of smaller craft favor the less-intimidating bodies of water that decorate the landscape like Oneida Lake. Swimming at several area beaches, like Onieda Shores and Jamesville Beach; is a popular pastime during Syracuse’s enviable summers, and rivers and streams challenge the whitewater rafters. Water enthusiasts do not abandon the waterways in winter; rather, they take advantage of the frozen conditions to enjoy ice fishing, iceboating, ice skating, and snowmobiling. With over 9 large lakes in the region, you'll be able to find the right lake for any activity.

Winter offers more for the outdoor aficionado. Snow skiing (both downhill and cross country), sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snowboarding, even just a leisurely walk through the softly falling snow prove irresistible to nearly everyone. Only a half hour away, Labrador Mountain, Song Mountain and Toggenburg Mountain are the largest public ski facilities in the Syracuse area.

Several race tracks ring the area, with dirt auto racing at Brewerton Motor Speedway and Weedsport Motor Speedway, and horse racing at nearby Vernon Downs Race Track.

Things to do: (not a complete list)

Miniature Golf

Big Don's Wild River Mini Golf, Cicero
Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf, Camillus
Golden Bear Golf, Clay
Putt Putt Golf and Games, DeWitt
Mr. Putter's, Skaneateles
Hickory Hills, Clay
Gus' Sports Complex, Cicero
Four Seasons Golf, Fayetteville

Ice Skating

Cicero Twin Ice Arena, Cicero
Clinton Square Ice Rink, Syracuse
Lysander-Radisson Ice Arena, Lysander
Sunnycrest Rick, Syracuse
Meachem Ice Rink, Syracuse
Burnet Park Ice Rink, Syracuse
Allyn Ice Arena, Skaneateles
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Enclosed Regional Malls

Carousel Mall, Syracuse
Great Northern Mall, Clay
Shoppingtown Mall, DeWitt


Oneida Shores, Cicero
Syracuse KOA, Lysander
Wigwam, Schroeppel
Cross Lake Park, Cato


St. Marie among the Iroquois, Salina
Fort Brewerton, Hastings
Fort Ontario, Oswego

Tennis Courts

Clay Park South,Clay
Radisson, Lysander
Clay Park Central, Clay
Enders Road, Manlius
Heritage Park, North Syracuse
Thornden Park, Syracuse
Sunnycrest, Syracuse
Schiller Park, Syracuse
Upper Onondaga Park, Syracuse
Meachem Park, Syracuse
Kirk Park, Syracuse
Burnet Park, Syracuse

Outdoor Swimming Areas

Oneida Shores, Cicero
Green Lakes State Park, Manlius
Jamesville Beach, Jamesville
William Park, Cicero
Kennedy Park, North Syracuse
Duerr Park, Salina
Electronics Park, Salina
Richfield Park, Salina
Burnet Park, Syracuse
Camillus Pool, Camillus
Cavalry Club, Manlius
Van Buren Central Park, Van Buren
Drumlins Swim Club, DeWitt
Frazer Park, Syracuse
Gertrude Street Park, Geddes
Gillie Park, Camillus
Kirk Park, Syracuse
Lincoln Park, Syracuse
McKinley Park, Syracuse
Upper Onondaga Park, Syracuse
Schiller Park, Syracuse
Solvay Pool, Syracuse
Sunnycrest Park, Syracuse
Thornden Park, Syracuse
Wilson Park, Syracuse

Indoor Swimming Pools

Gold's Gym, Clay
North Area YMCA, Clay
East Area YMCA, Manlius
Southwest Community Center, Syracuse
Onondaga Community College, Onondaga
YMCA Downtown, Syracuse


Salt City Billiards, Clay
Cap's Cue Club of Onondaga, Syracuse
Michelle's Billiard Cafe, Van Buren
Korky's Billiard Room, Camillus


Bowling Green Alleys, North Syracuse
Flamingo Bowl, Liverpool
Lakeview Bowling Center, Liverpool
Strike N Spare Lanes, Salina
Sports Bowl, Baldwinsville
Thunderbird Lanes, Syracuse
Syracuse Bowling Center, Syracuse
Solvay Recreation Alleys, Geddes
Marvellus Lanes, Marcellus
Green Lakes Lanes, Manlius
Fremont Lanes, East Syracuse
Creno's Bowl-Mor Lanes, East Syracuse
Astro Lanes, East Syracuse
Boulevard Bowling, DeWitt
Cool Catz Family Bowling Center, Syracuse

Farmer's Markets

CNY Regional Market, Syracuse
East Syracuse Farmer's Market, DeWitt
Syracuse Downtown Farmers Market, Syracuse
Manlius Farmer's Market
Camillus Farmers Market
Skaneateles Farmers Market
Liverpool/Bayberry Plaza Farmers Market

Rock Climbing

Big Don's, Cicero


Big Don's, Cicero


Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona

Full Service Spas

Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles
Skana the Spa at Turning Stone, Verona

Art and Cultural Entertainment

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse
Syracuse Opera, Syracuse
Syracuse Stage, Syracuse
Armory Square Playhouse, Syracuse
The Redhouse, Syracuse


Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse


Museum of Science & Technology, Syracuse
Erie Canal Museum , Syracuse
Salt Museum, Liverpool
Everson Museum, Syracuse
Mask and Puppet Museum, Syracuse
Sainte Marie among the Iroquois Living History Museum, Liverpool
Onondaga Historical Association Museum, Syracuse

Trails and Hiking

Beaver Lake Nature Center, Lysander
Green Lakes State Park, Manlius
Highland Forest, Fabius
Onondaga Lake Park, Salina
Oneida Shores, Cicero
Pratt's Falls, Pompey
Old Erie Canal State Park, DeWitt
Jamesville Beach, Jamesville
Clark Reservation, DeWitt
Camillus Erie Canal Park, Camillus
Chittenago Falls State Park, Chittenago

Roller Rinks

Action Sports and Skate, Salina
Skate-N-Place, Syracuse

Skate Board Parks

Onondaga Lake Park

Dog Parks

Good Dog Park, Salina

Ski Resorts

Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center, Fayetteville
Labrador Mountain Ski Area, Truxton
Song Mountain, Tully
Toggenburg, Fabuis


Paintball Park, Canstantia
Extreme Action Sports, Van Buren
CNY Paint, Hastings
Headrush, Van Buren

Movie Theaters

Regal Great Northern Mall, Clay
Regal Carousel Center, Syracuse
Regal Shoppingtown Mall, DeWitt
Hollywood Theater, Salina
Westcott Cinema, Syracuse
Palace Theater, Syracuse
Paris Cinema I & ll, DeWitt
Manlius Cinema, Manlius
Brisol IMAX Omni Theater at the MOST, Syracuse

Golf Courses

Drumlins Golf Course, DeWitt
Lake Shore Yacht & Country Club, Cicero
Country Club of Syracuse, Lafayette
Radisson Greens Golf Club, Lysander
Green Lakes Golf Course, Manlius
Westvale Golf Course, Camillus
Camillus Country Club, Camillus
Skaneateles Country Club, Skaneateles
The Midlakes Club, Skaneateles
Cazenovia Golf Club, Cazenovia
Skyridge Golf Course, Chittenango
Rogues Roost Golf & Country Club, Bridgeport
Pearl Lakes Golf Course and Driving Range, Skaneateles
Woodcrest Golf Club, Chittenango
Beaumont Golf Club, Cicero
Poolsbrook Golf Course, Manlius
Hickory Hill Golf Course, Clay
The Pompey Club, Pompey
Foxfire at Village Green, Van Buren
Ironwood Golf And Country Club, Van Buren
Northern Pines Golf Club, Cicero
Orchard Vali Golf Course, Lafayette
West Hill Country Club, Camillus
Seneca Golf Club, Van Buren
Links At Sunset Ridge, Marcellus
Old Oak, Manlius
Wa-Noa Golf Club, Manlius
Arrowhead Golf Course, Manlius
The Cavalry Club, Manlius
Tuscarora Golf Club, Marcellus
Onondaga Golf & Country Club, DeWitt
The Links at Erie Village, Manlius
Pine Grove Country Club, Camillus
Lyndon Golf Course, DeWitt
Liverpool Golf & Country Club, Liverpool
Brooklawn Golf Course, DeWitt
Butternut Creek Golf Course, Jamesville
Lafayette Hills Golf & Country Club, Lafayette
Tanner Valley Golf Course, Syracuse
Popes Grove Golf Course, Geddes
Tecumseh Golf Club, DeWitt
Sunnycrest Park Golf Course, Syracuse
Bellevue Country Club, Syracuse
Burnet Golf Course, Syracuse
Beaver Meadows Golf Club, Phoenix
The Club At Caughdenoy Creek, Central Square
Greenview Country Club, West Monroe
Glenwood Golf Course & Driving Range, West Monroe
Orchard View Golf Course, Central Square
Riverside Country Club, Central Square

Major Annual Festivals and Events

June Taste of Syracuse
June Balloon Festival
June Ozfest
June Syracuse Area Music Awards
June Cicero Fesival
June Polish Festival
June Juneteenth
June Jewish Festival
June Greek Festival
June Jazz Festival

July Arts and Crafts Festival
July Antiquefest
July Syracuse Nationals
July NYS Rhythm & Blues Festival
July Middle Eastern Cultural Festival
July Harborfest
July Jazz in the Square Festival
July Antique & Classic Boat Show

August CNY Scottish Games
August Syracuse Latino Festival
August JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge
August/Sept New York State Fair

September Irish Festival
September Festa Italiana
September Celebrate Baldwinsville
September Oktoberfest
September Parade of Homes

October Apple Festival
October Fright Night at the Fairgrounds

November Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament

December Lights on the Lake
December Dicken's Christmas

February Winterfest

March St. Patrick's Parade

April Syracuse International Flim & Video Festival

Jun/Jul/Aug Island Fest
Jun/Jul/Aug Renaissance Fair
Jun/Jul/Aug Party in the Plaza
Jun/Jul/Aug Dancin in the Square

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Old 01-26-2008, 09:27 PM
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Great post, Bella. We are so glad we found this area and could not be happier.
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:41 AM
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Fantastic post, Bella! This helps me out a lot! Thank you!!
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:55 AM
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Bella, this post made my day! I can hardly wait to move after reading this list. Thanks so much!
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:07 AM
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Not to mention....when summer hits in Syracuse there is literally too much to do. We party pretty hard in the warm weather..
Jazz Fest, Italian Fest, Party in the Plaza, Art on the Porches, I could go on and on....too many festivals every weekend..something for everyone. Never a dull weekend.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Sue Boyle CBPP View Post
Not to mention....when summer hits in Syracuse there is literally too much to do. We party pretty hard in the warm weather..
Jazz Fest, Italian Fest, Party in the Plaza, Art on the Porches, I could go on and on....too many festivals every weekend..something for everyone. Never a dull weekend.
You're right about that!

Searching for a business venture anyone? The Syracuse area needs a Golf Dome! The old Golfers Dome in Clay just closed down....reason given: the land was too valuable. I hear Wegmans wants to build a new grocery store there. Now the closest golf dome is at Turning Stone Resort about 30 miles away.

Syracuse could also use a pro-soccer club!

The old franchise named the Syracuse Salty Dogs Football Club lasted only a couple years. Not from lack of interest or fan support. In fact, the Syracuse pro-soccer games had higher attendance than the Syracuse Chiefs baseball games. I have pictures to prove it too. :>) Hey, that's an idea. Another photo thread coming up soon.....
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This should be a sticky.......
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Old 08-05-2016, 05:29 AM
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I believe within the metro, there is a small skiing facility in Camillus and just outside of the metro area in Cortland County is Greek Peak.

If I'm not mistaken, I believe that there is a skateboard park in Chittenango as well. Chittenango also has the Yellow Brick Road Casino and the Wild Animal Park Zoo.

Pass Arboretum in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood is kind of an unofficial dog park location.
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