This August, I moved into my dorm at Syracuse University, hoping to study Advertising and Information Studies. Since my first day on campus, I have made it a point to explore all that Syracuse has to offer. While it is far from any major metropolitan city, this small urban area nestled on a hill in beautiful Onondaga County still has plenty to see, eat, and do.
Syracuse is a city in the midst of expansion. Two new hotels, a Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn, just opened in the quaint neighborhood of Armory Square. Stay at one of these properties and you are in the heart of downtown Syracuse. Armory Square is home to the Museum of Science and Technology as well as a myriad of shops and dining options to satisfy any set of taste buds. Grab delicious Italian food at Pastabilities or try New York favorites at the Empire Brewing Company.
If you need to do some shopping, the square has you covered, with quaint boutiques as far as the eye can see. If you miss your larger department stores, or are traveling with the kids, make sure to check out Destiny USA. Destiny is one of the largest malls in America, complete with over ten restaurants, a comedy club, a Dave and Busters, an IMAX theater, go karts, rock climbing, and tons more.
Of course, as a Syracuse University student, I have to recommend taking a stroll around campus at night. Start at the regal Hall of Languages and make your way towards Crouse College, the gorgeous Carnegie Library, and perhaps grab coffee on the quad. Bird Library serves up some of the best coffee on campus at Freedom of Espresso, so make sure to get your caffeine fix while you’re there.
Overall, I could not recommend Syracuse more. It is a beautiful, charming, and energetic city that always offers something new to try. For more about Syracuse, keep checking us out. Make sure to share your Syracuse experience in the comments below.