The Syracuse vicinity of New York is swanked by the stellar Rosamond Gifford Zoo which is located at Burnet Park in Syracuse. The zoo site is a great recreational avenue for all ages and encompasses a massive land cover of 43 acres (17 hectares). The zoo houses more than 700 varied animals. It was opened for public viewing in 1914. Post its strategic renewal, the zoo was re-opened in 1986. A distinct highlight is the U.S.S. Antiquities Aquarium which boasts of exhibits that include insects, aquatic life, reptiles and much more.
The Erie Canal Museum is dedicated to the Erie Canal; a major transportation hub during the Civil War. Post-war, the canal usage depleted as the road and rail network expanded. This was followed by severe destruction of the Greek Revival style Weighlock Building, which housed the canal boat weighlocks. After major protests by the locals, this historic building was restored and a museum showcasing the history of the canal was founded here. Today several tourists come here to explore the United States history and the canal's instrumental role in it. The museum hosts various exhibitions and events associated with the same subject.
Built in the 19th century, Clinton Square is steeped in history, and was originally the town center back in the day. Today, the busy area in downtown is used for major cultural events such as benefits, marathons and festivals.
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology is a popular tourist destination in Syracuse. Locally known as MOST, it makes for a perfect family outing that combines education with fun. The museum complex houses IMAX theater, exhibition halls and much more. Interactive displays, playhouses, a variety of exhibits and collections give the kids a hands-on experience and encourages them to learn more about science and technology. At the theater, you will surely enjoy the movies that are screened on the 70mm screen, complete with a hi-tech sound system in place. MOST can also be hired for private events and functions; private screenings at the IMAX theater can also be arranged.
A lively mall with excellent facilities for the visitors, the Destiny USA is a wonderful place to be with your family or group of friends. The mall offers a wide array of shopping options and eateries. The mall also houses several entertainment options. For more information, please visit the website.
Founded in 1897, the Everson Museum of Art was established with the mission of promoting American art forms with no particular restriction or parameter. The structure of the museum itself represents creativity and architectural excellence. It comprises a vast collection of paintings, drawings, and other art forms that add up to almost 11,000 objects. Apart from the permanent collection, it also hosts temporary exhibitions that give the visitors an idea about innovation in the world of contemporary art.
The Lost Horizon, a cozy live-music venue is more akin to a nightclub than what you might imagine as a concert hall, but that only heightens the intimacy of this music venue. Founded in 1976, it is a premier and frills-free destination for music lovers and has hosted some of the most happening bands and artists in the music scene such as Neil Young, Guns N Roses, Foo Fighters and Soundgarden.
Palace Theater - Syracuse originally built in 1922 is one of the oldest surviving independent movie theaters in New York. Started by local businessman Alfred DiBella, the ownership was passed on to Frances DiBella and since 2004 is owned by Michael Heagerty. Apart from hosting movies, both latest and classic, Palace Theater - Syracuse also hosts a wide range of concerts, lectures, fundraisers and many other social, private, community and social events on a regular basis. The popular Scare-A-Con Film Festival is hosted every year at this historic venue drawing a large crowd from across the country. This independent theater till date stands as the historic and cultural pride of the city.
Situated across East Genesee Street, the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society or MMUUS is a religious and community organization. Its aim is to strive for communal peace and focus on spiritual growth. Named in the honor of Rev. Samuel Joseph May who worked for the betterment of women and social rights, MMUUS is truly committed to its mission. Throughout the year, it hosts lectures, concert series, community events and other activities that help its cause. For more details, call ahead.