Syracuse, NY Attractions: Art, Musuems, Events

By Kelsey Robertson on June 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Wainwright Photography

Syracuse might be known as a college town, but it also offers a myriad of things to do when the school day is done. The heart of central New York state thrives with festivals and events, music and theater, historical and interest museums, and a well-renowned zoo.

Performing Arts

Laughing is involuntary at the Wise Guys Comedy Club. Choose the dinner-and-laugh option to enjoy the talent of local comedians while munching on stuffed mushrooms and Chicken Riggies. Also, there's no shortage of entertainment at the bar. Tarot card readings, magic and other bar-side antics keep you captivated until closing time.

Get in touch with your thespian side at the Syracuse Stage. Its repertoire includes classic, comedic and dramatic productions. Kid-appropriate plays are available every season.

Museums and Family-Friendly Activities

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is one of Syracuse’s biggest attractions. Known as one of best zoos in the state, Rosamond Gifford brings in animals and visitors from all over the world.

See science right in front of your eyes at the Museum of Science and Technology. Test out your scientific skills with hands-on exhibits and experience New York’s only IMAX Omnitheater.

Take part in the history of the Erie Canal at the Erie Canal Museum. This museum resides in the only remaining weighlock building in America, dating back to 1850. The museum displays canal documents and photographs, and educates visitors on the Erie Canal's influence on the history of central New York and the world.

Treat your eyes to contemporary art at the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse. Ceramics are a major theme, but various mediums and styles are also available.

Festivals and Events

International film lovers rejoice every October at the Syracuse International Film Festival, where the latest up-and-coming international films take the big screen in Palace Theater.

In addition to the New York State Fair, the Salt City also hosts community festivals such as the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. The fair celebrates the Westcott neighborhood's diversity with art, music, food and family-friendly activities.

Learn more about the Great New York State Fair.

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