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Syracuse, New York offers a diversified choice of cultural activities, including many museums, historical centers, art galleries, concerts, the symphony, opera, theater, and ballet. Among the many facilities and opportunities that contribute to the city’s quality of life are the following:

The nationally acclaimed Everson Museum of Art, located in downtown Syracuse and designed by I.M. Pei. This museum features artists from the 18th century to the present.

Camillus Landing Erie Canal Park is a 300-acre park with seven miles of navigable canal and towpath trails. At "Camillus Landing," the Lock Tender's Shanty Museum and the Sims Store Museum are authentic replicas of actual buildings filled with true artifacts and memorabilia of the Erie Canal era. Picnic areas, flower gardens, boat rides and nature trails are available.

The Erie Canal Museum and Village. The Village is an outdoor living history museum where a reconstructed 19th century settlement sits on the site where, on July 4, 1817, the first shovel full of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal. The village is actually home to three museums, The Erie Canal Museum, the Harden Museum and the New York State Museum of Cheese. The Erie Canal Museum tells the story of the canal from the first proposals all the way to the emergence of the Barge Canal System in 1918. In addition to the museums, other structures can be viewed at the site, such as Bennett's Tavern, the Blacksmith Shop, Railroad Station, Print Shop and Ice House; Settler's House, Crosby House and Canal Store.

The Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology includes a Bristol IMAX Omnitheater, hands-on exhibits and activities for the whole family, and live demonstrations.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park houses over 1,000 animals and traces the origins of life from 600 million years ago. You can hike the “Wild North,” and discover how animals and people have been interacting for thousands of years. The park includes a restaurants and gift store.

The Sainte Marie among the Iroquois is a living history center that combines learning and fun. Visitors step back in time to the historic 1657 meeting of the native Iroquois and the French on the shores of Onondaga Lake. Experience period blacksmithing, cooking, carpentry, and a native fishing village and indoor exhibits.

Syracuse also offers plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities in over fifty city, state and county parks and nature centers. Visitors enjoy the five-mile, paved recreational trail that runs adjacent to a beautiful marina and boat launch, a picnic area, and the beautiful Long Branch Park. In-line skates and bicycles are available to use on the trail, and a riverfront concession stand offers grilled sandwiches, ice cream, candy and drinks. Nightly dinner cruises that travel through historic Baldwinsville Lock to Onondaga Lake where you’ll see a spectacular view of the Syracuse skyline are also available in the city. Syracuse has over 40 golf courses in the area, the fishing is superb in the surrounding lakes and rivers, and cross-country and downhill skiing are available at nearby resorts.


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