Welcome to Syracuse, New York!
Known as the gateway to the Finger Lakes region and centrally located in the heart of New York State, Syracuse is home to many museums, cultural organizations, and parks. Below are just a few places to add to your visit.
Erie Canal Museum
Immerse yourself in the story of the Erie Canal’s pivotal role in American history. An engineering marvel built completely by hand, the canal was cut from 363 miles of inland wilderness, connecting Albany to Buffalo, and New York City via the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and beyond. This top-rated museum is housed in an original 1850 Weighlock Building. Discover treasured artifacts, maps, interpretive and interactive displays, plus a full-size replica canal boat with crew quarters, cargo and passenger areas awaiting exploration.
Everson Museum of Art
The Everson Museum of Art houses the most significant collection of American ceramics in the U.S. and debuts rotating exhibits ranging from Yoko Ono to Pollock. Designed by I.M. Pei, this museum also features a children’s interactive gallery and the Museum Gift Shop, as well as the new café Louise.
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (often referred to as the MOST) is a science and technology museum located in the Armory Square neighborhood of Downtown Syracuse. The Museum includes 35,000 square feet of permanent and traveling exhibits, Science Shop, and several programs and events. The MOST is located in the former Syracuse Armory. Permanent exhibits include: Innovation Station, Dino Zone!, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Upstate Medical University Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin Flight & Space, Science Playhouse, Technotown, National Grid Energy: Powering Our Future, Climbing Wall and Ham Radio Station. New in 2022 include a brand new domed theatre, planetarium, and media lab.
Onondaga Historical Association Museum & Research Center
Home to one of the nation’s largest regional collections, the OHA Museum celebrates the area’s events, architecture, sports legends, industries, transportation and recreation in five major themed areas. Permanent exhibits include “Freedom Bound: Syracuse & the Underground Railroad,” "Syracuse China: Fired Forms of the American Experience," and the free and virtual "History of Beer Brewing in Syracuse, NY."
Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center
The Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center is a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. The history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation and covers topics such as Creation, European Contact, The Great Law of Peace, and more. The Onondagas, or People of the Hills, are the keepers of the Central Fire and are the spiritual and political center of the Haudenosaunee.
Skä•noñh, is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning “Peace and Wellness.”
Parks and Recreation
Green Lakes State Park
Green Lakes State Park's outstanding features are its two glacial lakes surrounded by upland forest. Both Round and Green Lakes are meromictic lakes, which means that there is no fall and spring mixing of surface and bottom waters. Such lakes have a high potential for evidence of ancient plant and animal life. This park features a large beach, athletic fields, and 10 miles of trails for hiking.
Clark Reservation State Park
Clark Reservation State Park is a geologic wonder of the last ice age and a botanist's paradise. The park's natural features include rugged cliffs and rocky outcrops, woodland and meadow, a wetland and a glacial plunge basin lake in which the surface waters and bottom waters do not mix.
Fishermen can catch pickerel, bullheads and sunfish; while birdwatchers may observe cedar waxwings, kingfishers and woodpeckers. Guided nature walks leave from the Nature Center building, which also offers numerous exhibits. Hikers may choose from five trails, including the cliff trail, which has a ledge overlook 175 feet above the water.