Life in Syracuse

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Syracuse is the center of a medium-sized metropolitan area located in the scenic center of New York State. The area is a wonderful place to enjoy outdoor activities, great dining, wonderful shops, and close proximity to major cities. Syracuse is 5.5 hours from NYC, 4 hours from Toronto and Montreal, and 6 hours from Boston. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Syracuse as 4th in the Nation for being one of America's Best Places To Raise a Family. This portion of our website is designed to give newcomers to the area, as well as those of us that have lived here for awhile, a place to go in search of things to do during your free time. Enjoy!

You can learn more about the region in US Airways magazine, which called Syracuse the "Emerald City" in it's September 2007 feature PDF document For an excellent place to start your search for a night on the town, a quick bite to eat, or other activities around the City of Syracuse go to:

Outdoor Activities and Sporting Events

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Syracuse was recently ranked #17 in's top 100 fun cities in America with high impact and low impact sports ranking #4 and #7, respectively, in the nation. The area offers excellent boating, hiking, biking, and skiing in the nearby Finger Lakes region, the Adirondack and the Catskill Mountains, and Lake Ontario. Syracuse University's top-level collegiate sporting events are a major Syracuse recreational activity. Whether you like winter sports, summer evenings on the beach, a day of golf, or a night of professional baseball, there are many outdoor activities available year-round. Here are just a few.

New York State Parks | Syracuse Chiefs AAA Baseball | PGA golf tour | Syracuse University Orangemen | Song Mountain Resort Labrador Mountain | Syracuse Crunch Hockey | Great New York State Fair


Many restaurants, nightclubs and bars are within walking distance. Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse, includes many bars, microbreweries, and eateries to choose from. Marshall Street on the SU campus is also a lively scene at night.



The cultural activities in Syracuse include a professional symphony orchestra and opera company, chamber music groups, several top-notch music and film festivals (classical, blues, and jazz), and a world-renowned repertory theater, as well as art and history museums.

Everson Museum of Art | Erie Canal Museum | Syracuse Stage | Landmark Theatre


There are many accommodations that are very close to University Hospital. A partial listing of hotels available within 15 minutes of the hospital include: Genesee Grande Hotel | Parkview Hotel | Econolodge University/Downtown |Renaissance Syracuse Hotel | Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel

The Greater Neighborhood

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Syracuse is 5.5 hours from NYC, 4 hours from Toronto, and 6 hours from Boston. Close proximity to each of these cities make them great destinations for weekends off! Some closer destinations for "daycations" include:

  • Adirondack State Park—A beautiful area to kayak, hike, ski, and enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Finger Lakes Region—enjoy beautiful lakes and the top wineries in New York State.
  • Thousand Islands—The Thousand Islands is a pristine resort community surrounded by Lake Ontario, the Adirondack Mountains and the mighty St. Lawrence River.
  • Cooperstown, NY—Another hidden gem. Home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer’s Museum, Ommegang Brewery, and several great shops and eateries.
  • Utica, NY- 1 hour away. Home of the Saranac Brewery, the Munson Williams Proctor Art Museum, and the Stanley World Stage. Also some of the best family-owned Italian restaurants and pizzerias in New York.
  • Several Lakes (including great Lakes) are in close proximity for water activities—the great Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake, Onondaga Lake, and Skaneatles Lake and Resort


Syracuse is easily accessible by a variety of transportation means. It is located at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-90 (east-west) and I-81 (north-south). Syracuse's Hancock International Airport is served by six major airlines with approximately 200 passenger flights arriving and departing daily. Greyhound and Trailways provide inter-city, inter-state bus service passenger service while CENTRO services the city and suburban areas. Amtrak provides rail passenger service from the new William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center.