The gateway to the Finger Lakes region, Syracuse flourished in the 18th century as “The Salt City”. It’s now home to fascinating museums showcasing its industrial history and arts and science, as well as one of the most impressive theatres in the United States.
Things to do in Syracuse
See the American art collection of the Everson Museum, with its striking building designed by acclaimed architect I.M. Pei. Keep an eye out for Gilbert Stuart’s famous portrait of George Washington, as well as works by renowned abstract expressionist artist, Jackson Pollock.
Gain insight into the industrial history of Syracuse at the Erie Canal Museum, which is housed in a mid-19th-century building. It presents life along the Erie Canal through old photographs and historic artefacts, along with goods that were once transported along the waterway.
Delve into the world of space and energy at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology. In addition to its fascinating hands-on exhibits, it’s home to the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater.
Experience a Broadway show at the 1920s Landmark Theatre, which was one of the first great “Oriental-style” movie theatres built in the United States. It’s renowned for its lavish red and gold decor, together with large murals that have seen it listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Getting around Syracuse
Syracuse Hancock International Airport is 15 minutes’ drive from Syracuse and there are trains that travel across New York State from the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center. Buses access most corners of the city, with the downtown area compact enough to explore on foot.