Syracuse One of The Largest Cities near our Lake Front Cottages in the Finger lakes

Hi vacation rental blog readers! Last week, you heard a bit about the city of Rochester, just under an hour’s drive from Sodus, and all the fun things to do there. So, now we’ve covered one of the major upstate NY cities near Sodus; next up is a city in the opposite (more eastern) direction: Syracuse, NY.

The fifth most populated city in New York, Syracuse functions as a sort of “crossroads”, located in the central area of upstate NY. The city is home to a number of universities, including Syracuse University, Le Moyne College and SUNY ESF. About an hour from most of our lakefront Sodus, NY cottages, it’s easy to book a stay for a few nights and travel into the city for a college visit.

College visiting isn’t the only thing to do in Syracuse, of course. Check out the amazing Erie Canal Museum, the Everson Museum of Art, or the Museum of Science and Technology while you’re visiting. One of the reasons Syracuse is known as a “crossroads” is due to its proximity to the Eric Canal, and its role as a major crossing point for railroads back in the day — so there’s a lot of rich history there to be explored.

Take the kids for a day trip to Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo, where they can see over 700 diverse animals across 43 acres.There are a number of fun zoo activities to check out, for children and adults alike. (Who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the zoo?)

If you’re in the mood to shop, spend the day in Destiny USA: Syracuse’s huge shopping mall. It’s the sixth largest shopping center in the nation. A 2.4 million square foot, six-story tourist destination, the mall not only offers a wide variety of stores, but a number of restaurants and entertainment experiences as well. A built in movie theater, indoor go-kart track, Dave and Buster’s, bowling lanes, Wonder Works and an indoor play park are just a few of the entertainment options offered. Coupled with the shopping and restaurant selection — what more could you ask for?

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention what Syracuse is often most well-known for, at least for our sports fans out there — Big Orange Basketball. If you’re visiting during basketball season, stop by the Carrier Dome to see Syracuse University’s highly ranked basketball team in action.

And of course — the Great New York State Fair. If you’re planning a trip around late August and it coincides with the fair dates, you definitely don’t want to miss this yearly extravaganza.Open for 12 days at the tail end of each summer, the NYS Fair takes NY’s farming heritage and adds a twist of fun, food, rides, music and wacky exhibits and animals! See sculptures made of butter or sand, ride a camel or pet a manta ray, play carnival games and rides, and coo at the hundreds of cute animals there for the event.There’s nothing quite like the carnival-esque food and fun of the Vacation Rentals New York State Fair.

Of course, this is all just scratching the surface of things to do in Syracuse. To really get a feel for the city and find out what activities are worthwhile, you’ll just have to explore it yourself! Both Syracuse and Rochester are about an hour outside of Sodus — perfect for a day trip. Book a stay at one of our gorgeous lakeside Rental cottages Finger lakes for a relaxing stay, and make a trip to one of these cities for a day or two when you’ve had enough of the quiet. Then, come back when the sun sets for a campfire while the waves lap gently against the shore, and unwind. There’s no better way to get that perfect mix of fast-paced city life and the peaceful beauty of nature.

Thanks for reading, we’ll see you next week!

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