Syracuse - Small City Feel with Big City Amenities

You'll find no shortage of places to explore around The Heights: 

  • Armory Square's trendy, downtown hot spots
  • Breath-taking hiking trails
  • Arts, concerts and shows
  • Sporting events
  • Food to satisfy every palate

It's all here waiting for you to discover! 

Arts & Entertainment

Syracuse is known for the variety and quality of its entertainment offerings. You'll be able to explore museums, art galleries, performance spaces and more. If you love the performing arts, you'll find  an opera company and regional theaters, plus the chance to enjoy performances of comedy, puppetry and improvisation. Fans of the arts will love exploring the . And if musical theater is your passion, the  hosts major Broadway show touring companies and concerts. Interested in more?

Get Out There!

Explore the Beauty of Central New York

You'll find recreational activities for every season in Central New York. Within a short drive from campus, you'll be able to explore the , swim in the emerald waters of bike along the , golf at one of our many outstanding public courses, pick apples in the fall at , downhill ski at one of the several resorts, or snowshoe through the woodland trails of . 

Nightlife and Dining

Get a taste of local, national and international dining options in Syracuse and Central New York. Whether you are looking for a diner, coffee shop, food court or fine dining experience, . At night, the city comes to life in . You'll be able to explore dozens of shops, unique restaurants, pubs and boutiques. Our tip? Be sure you explore the hidden gems in every part of the city – from the Irish Tipperary Hill to “Little Italy” on the North Side to the bohemian village of Westcott Street, just minutes from campus.

Explore Armory Square



Ready... Set... Shop!

Love to shop? You are in luck! Syracuse boasts a wide variety of shopping experiences. Located five miles from campus is Destiny USA, the sixth biggest mall in the U.S., with more than 300 traditional retail and outlet stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Just five minutes away, enjoy the convenience of the , which features restaurants and stores such as Target, Kohl's and L.L. Bean. And down the hill from the Heights, you’ll also find supermarkets, as well as small grocers and international food markets.

Our Students Share Their Local Favorites

Whether you are familiar with Central New York or new to the area, our students have some suggestions for you to try (you may even find a new favorite or two)

Night Spot Mully’s
The Hops Spot
Margarita’s Mexican Cantina
Sweet Treats Lyncourt Bakery
Glazed & Confused Donuts
Dewitt Bagels
Brunch Funk & Waffles
SkyTop Coffee
Crazy Daisy’s
Rise and Shine
Best Eats Pastabilities
Blarney Stone’s Wings
Salt City Market
Fitness Central Rock Gym
Outdoors Cazenovia Lake
Chittenango Falls
Delphi Falls
Shopping Wegmans
Destiny USA
Entertainment Landmark Theatre
Westcott Theater


"We love it when students from around the world flood back every autumn, bringing energy and optimism. We love that many stay to start businesses and careers or remember our quality of life and come back to put down roots. We love how young entrepreneurs enrich our work with innovation, insight, and invention." -听The Good Life CNY