Things to do

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Destiny USA

9090 Destiny USA Drive
Syracuse, NY 13204 

Phone: 315-466-6000

DestinyUSA is New York State’s largest shopping, dining and entertainment mega-plex. A premier destination when visiting Syracuse and Central New York, Destiny USA combines all the stores of your favorite shopping mall with outlet and factory stores offering 30-70% discounts. Spend the day exploring one of the widest selections of retail brands anywhere, in one of America’s top ten shopping destinations. Destiny USA also offers dining options to suit any taste, including more than a dozen sit-down restaurants, a food court and snacks.  Drive a race car, climb a ropes course, navigate the mirror maze, bowl a few games, golf, or see an I-Max movie. It’s a full day of fun and excitement.

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The Carrier Dome: Syracuse University

900 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 12344

Phone: 1-888-366-3849

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve seen the Carrier Dome on TV and watched it transform into “The Loudhouse.” The fabulous 50,000- seat facility is home for the Syracuse University Orange NCAA Division I football, basketball and lacrosse teams. It is the largest domed stadium in the Northeast, and the largest on-campus basketball arena. Whether it’s football, basketball or lacrosse, watching a game in the Dome is a must during your stay in Syracuse. That’s not all, with three semi-professional teams in Syracuse there’s a game happening no matter the season. Whether it be the Syracuse Chiefs (A-league affiliate of the Washington Nationals), the 2017 Calder Cup Finalist Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay NHL affiliate) or the Major Arena Soccer League’s Silver Knights, there’s something for everyone in Syracuse.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

246 W Willow Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Phone: 315-476-4937

Recently voted Best Barbecue in America in ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend” poll, try some of the Dinosaur’s Wango Tango Habanero BBQ Sauce, Mojito Marinade, maybe some Garlic Chipotle Pepper Sauce to get the sensation. Funky wall art and weekly lineups of blues musicians have made this, the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a national favorite.

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

One Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204

Phone: 315-435-8511

Considered one of the best mid-sized zoos in America and home to more than 700 animals, the zoo offers year-round fun for children and adults. Experience the new Asian Elephant Preserve, home to the zoo’s herd of seven elephants, including little Chuck, who was born in July 2008. The half-mile outdoor trail offers views of penguins, wolves, tigers, bears and more. Indoors, visitors will see lions, primates and an open-air aviary that showcases dozens of birds.