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Welcome to Syracuse, NY


Syracuse is a city in Onondaga County and the fifth-largest city in New York State (after New York City, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers). Alternately known by the nicknames of “Salt City” for its salt-mining industry and “The Cuse,” Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County. Syracuse is centrally located in the county and bordered to the north by Salina, to the east by Dewitt, to the south by Dewitt and Onondaga and to the west by Onondaga, the village of Solvay and Geddes. Onondaga Lake is immediately northwest of the city, and Onondaga Creek flows through downtown Syracuse.


Since Syracuse is a major city, you’ll find all kinds of places to go for shopping, dining and entertainment. For grocery shopping, Syracuse has Wegmans supermarkets on Onondaga Boulevard, James Street and West Genesee Street. Syracuse also has five Tops Friendly Markets stores (on West Genesee Street, Nottingham Road, 1st North Street, South Salina Street and in Shop City Plaza). The city also has dozens of smaller stores. For retail, Syracuse is the home of several shopping malls, including Destiny USA, a 2.4 million square foot destination that includes Carousel Center. Other retail centers include Shopping Town Mall, Marshall Square Mall, Shop City Shopping Center and Valley Plaza Shopping Center. West Genesee Street also has a Target store and a Walmart store. 

Recreation & Entertainment

Syracuse has museums like the Museum of Science and Technology, the Erie Canal Museum and the Everson Museum of Art. Destiny USA, a huge shopping center, has attractions like a Regal Cinemas theater, the Amazing Mirror Maze, Canyon Climb Adventure and laser tag. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has more than 700 animals on 43 acres.

Transportation & Traffic

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) goes through Syracuse heading east-west and intersects with the north-south Interstate 81 in Syracuse. Interstate 690 runs east-west through Syracuse, and Interstate 481 forms an eastern loop around the city. Other major highways here include U.S. Highways 11 and 20. Syracuse Hancock International Airport is in nearby Salina. Rail service includes three Amtrak lines.

Pros & Cons

Syracuse is a big city but, with just under 150,000 residents, not too big. You’re at the northeastern end of the Finger Lakes region here, and Onondaga Lake (which is not a Finger Lake) is just northwest of the city. Syracuse University is well-regarded, and its sports fans are rapid. You’ll find plenty of entertainment, dining, and shopping options here – Destiny USA claims to be one of the largest shopping areas in the country – as well as professional sports, museums and theater. Winters can be long and brutal, as Syracuse is known as one of the snowiest cities in the country. If you enjoy ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing and skiing, that can be a plus.