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City Guide: Syracuse

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At the heart of this vibrant city is Syracuse University, bringing championship athletics and some of today's biggest names in music to "The Dome." But it is the city's thriving downtown and deep cultural heritage that entice visitors to return time and again. Downtown's unique districts, including Armory and Clinton Square, come alive with the captivating energy of high-quality dining, including the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, diverse music, and historic architecture. Venture just outside the city to escape into the breathtaking natural wonders of New York's landscape, including crystal lakes and wondrous waterfalls.

Syracuse showcases an impressive array of captivating annual events, including: The Great New York State Fair, Syracuse Jazz Fest, Taste of Syracuse, Crawfish Festival, and Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival.

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  • National Geographic's Green Guide named Syracuse "One of America's Top 20 Green Cities"
  • The Great New York State Fair, which started in Syracuse in 1848, is the longest running State Fair in the country.
  • The Erie Canal in its century long existence contributed more to the growth of Syracuse than anything in its history.
  • The 24-second shot clock, used in all NBA games, was invented by Danny Biasone, the late owner of the Syracuse Nationals. Following the 1953-54 season, he invented the clock to try and speed up the game and prevent teams from stalling. Head to Armory Square in downtown Syracuse to watch the clock tick for yourself!

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getting there

By Train

Amtrak to Syracuse Station at 1 Walsh Circle. Taxi service is available from the station to downtown attractions.

By Car

By car, Syracuse is 2.5 hours from Albany and 2.5 hours from Buffalo, 4 hours from NYC, 4.5 hours from Montreal, and 5 hours from Boston.

By Bus

Take Trailways or Greyhound to Syracuse Bus Station located at 1 Walsh Circle.

Getting Around

By Bus

The Centro bus system provides public transportation around the city and Onondaga County as well as special routes for large events like the NYS Fair. Bus routes and times can be found on the Centro website

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Check out Visit Syracuse for more information.