About Syracuse

From the fascinating Erie Canal parks that dot the east-west route of the historic canal, to our terrific fishing, gorgeous lakes and numerous scenic parks, to our wide variety of performing and visual arts - the Greater Syracuse area is a community that has it all!


Syracuse by the Numbers

Wondering just what distinguishes Greater Syracuse from the rest of the world? These facts will help you get to know us.

The Basics

The City of Syracuse is located in Onondaga County, in the geographic center of New York State.

Physically Speaking

Onondaga County - 780 sq. mi./2,020 sq. km
City of Syracuse - 26 sq. mi./67 sq. km


Rolling hills and flat plains


364-681 feet (110-207 meters) above sea level


  • Four seasons
  • Mean average temperature:
    • January: 24°F/-4°C
    • April: 46°F/8°C
    • July: 71°F/22°C
    • September: 62°F/17°C
  • Annual average snowfall: 114 inches/2.89 meters

The Epicenter of the Northeast

Driving distance from:

  • Albany, NY: 136 mi./219 km
  • Baltimore, MD: 299 mi./481 km
  • Boston, MA: 299 mi./481 km
  • Chicago, IL: 665 mi./1,070 km
  • Cleveland, OH: 330 mi./531 km
  • Hartford, CT: 236 mi./380 km
  • Montreal, QU: 248 mi./399 km
  • New York City, NY: 253 mi./407 km
  • Niagara Falls, NY: 253 mi./407 km
  • Philadelphia, PA: 255 mi./410 km
  • Pittsburgh, PA: 342 mi./550 km
  • Toronto, ON: 248 mi./399 km
  • Washington, D.C: 350 mi./563 km

Getting Here

Syracuse sits at the crossroads of two Interstate highway systems: East-West (New York State Thruway/I-90) and North-South (I-81).

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is served by several major airlines.

Getting Around

CENTRO is our local bus system. Ask about other special services to get your group around town.

Getting Hungry?

We'll surprise you with the fabulous variety of cuisine in the Syracuse area. View restaurants »

Local hospitality

Three major hotel clusters (Downtown, East and North) offer 2,100 rooms. In the entire county, there are 6,700 rooms. View accommodations »

Culture & Recreation

  • Take advantage of public access to the Erie Canal (constructed from Albany to Buffalo in 1825) and nearby lakes for cruises or walking and biking on adjacent trails
  • More than fifty state, county, and city parks and several nature centers
  • Forty golf courses (more per capita than any other area in the Northeast)
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, open year-round
  • Forty museums and galleries including the nationally known Everson Museum, designed by I.M. Pei
  • Syracuse Opera is the only year-round professional opera company serving Central New York
  • The Carrier Dome, home of Syracuse University athletics, is the only domed stadium on a college campus in the Northeast
  • The New York State Fair, the longest-running state fair in the country, annually attracts about one million people from throughout the Northeast
  • The Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) offers more than 200 exhibits and houses Upstate New York's only IMAX® Domed Theater

Want to know more?

Contact the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau

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