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Syracuse NY is located in the geographic center of the state of New York, within 350 miles of every major metropolitan area in the Northeast United States. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, the Syracuse Metropolitan Statistical Area covers 3,400-square-miles and is comprised of four counties, Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego. The city of Syracuse, which is located in Onondaga County, is the major metropolitan center of the region. It is thus called the “Crossroads of New York State.” Two major Interstates intersect here – the east west New York State Thruway (I-90,) and the north south Interstate 81. The city has an altitude of between 364 to 681 feet, but just a few miles south of town; the hills rise to approximately 1,500 feet. The changing seasons of Syracuse means magnificent autumns with fall harvest festivals, pumpkin patches and antiquing along the colorful country roads outside the city limits. Wintertime brings snow and a perfect playground for all kinds of winter sports. Spring and summer is time for fishing and boating, swimming and camping. Or, you can also take in a NCAA Division 1A football or basketball game – all of this and much more is available in the city of Syracuse.

Rolling hills, flat plains, and many lakes and streams surround Syracuse. The hills to the north stretch for about 30 miles until they meet Lake Ontario, and the Finger Lakes region begins approximately 20 miles southwest of the city, with Oneida Lake being about eight miles to the northeast. This gives Syracuse a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as boating and fishing, swimming, hiking and biking and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in wintertime. There are also more than 40 golf courses located in the Syracuse area. Nearby Green Lakes State Park has campsites and cabins, picnic areas, boat rentals, hiking, biking and nature trails. Altogether, more than 50 state, county and city parks are in the area, as well as a 13 million-dollar zoo featuring over 1,000 animals. Syracuse is also a city of culture, as well as a recreational center. You’ll find museums and galleries, the symphony, theater, opera and ballet. There are seven enclosed shopping malls in Syracuse, and over 400 restaurants, including 90 upscale, fine dining establishments. You can take a dinner cruise on the New York State canals, or visit the Erie Canal Museum. Spend a day touring this historical city, including the waterfront and marina district, Griffin Stadium athletic fields, The Salt Museum and Long Branch Park. Other interesting things to do include touring the Cedarvale Maple Syrup Company, the Middle Ages Brewing Company, Ltd., or the Plainville Farms, a favorite of children. There is so much to see and do in this city, you could spend weeks and probably not see it all. But take your time and explore – Syracuse, New York has something for everyone and is a city with an uncompromised quality of life and an impressive range of cultural and recreational amenities.


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