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Amtrak Train Stop: Syracuse Station (SYR)

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Whether you see it as an eco-friendly "Emerald City," or home of the Syracuse University Orange, there are many shades of Syracuse. Enjoy the shopping, dining, history, arts, and outdoor recreation on this stop along the Erie Canal.


The Skä-noñh—Great Law of Peace is a new Native American museum that lets visitors experience the culture of the Haudenosaunee people. Exhibits portray the Skä-noñh creation story, and their contributions to the U.S. Constitution and women's suffrage. More information:
From SYR Station: 2.6 miles car


Lakeview Amphitheatre is central New York's newest destination to see the biggest stars in an outdoor music venue. There's seating for up to 17,500, and a spacious lawn perfect for enjoying performances under the stars. More information:
From SYR Station: 4.7 miles car


Branch, a new winery at Destiny USA, has opened as a satellite location of Bellangelo, a Seneca Lake winery. Try Finger Lakes wines in the New York State craft beverage parlor, and visit farm-to-table mercantile. More information:
From SYR Station: 0.4 miles car; 8 minute walk



Destiny USA is the sixth largest shopping center in the U.S., with 2.4 million square feet of entertainment and dining options, and 260 retailers. Family fun includes indoor go-kart racing, laser-tag, WonderWorks, and a suspended rope climbing course. More information:
From SYR Station: 0.7 miles car; 12 minute walk
The Armory Square district of downtown Syracuse is a true example of urban renaissance. Originally settled in 1804, this National Historic District is now known for unique shopping, luxury dining, and vibrant nightlife. More information:
From SYR Station: 2.5 miles car
The history of the Erie Canal Museum is told in the original 1850 building where canal boats were weighed. Learn about this 363-mile engineering marvel by exploring a full-size replica canal boat and other exhibits. More information:
From SYR Station: 2.4 miles car



Onondaga Lake Park, "The Central Park of Central New York," features the Salt Museum, the Griffin Visitor Center with shuffleboard, bocce and volleyball courts, a 16,000-square foot skate park, four trails, dog parks, and a giant playground. More information:
From SYR Station: 3.1 miles car
Founded in 1914, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to more than 700 animals, including the recent additions of lions, bison, and red wolf. In addition to 43 acres of outdoor habitats along the wildlife trail, there are indoorexhibits with nocturnal animals, birds, and marine life. More information:
From SYR Station: 3.8 mile car
Designed by I.M. Pei, the Everson Museum of Art has an extensive collection of ceramic, an art video collection, paintings by American artists, and more than 200 sculptures. Upcoming exhibits Responsive Eyes and Majestic Mountain | Shining Sea. More information:
From SYR Station: 3.4 mile car



The Carrier Dome
3.8 miles, 8 min. drive
It's a big presence on the campus of Syracuse University and a major player in entertain­ment for the entire region. Seating 50,000, the Carrier is the only domed stadium in the northeast. SUsports are a big draw, fielding football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse teams that have garnered national championships. The women's lacrosse team has also become a contender, having competed in eight NCAA Tournaments. When the crowd isn't roaring for a touch­down or a basket the Dome often resounds with top musi­cal acts, ranging from country to hip hop.

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Destiny USA
0.5 miles, 1 min. drive, 9 min. walk
When a shopping complex is this big-2.4 million square feet, 260 retail venues and an entire level dedicated to entertainment- you've got to call it a destination. It's not just the shopping, ranging from luxury boutiques to off-price outlets, that's drawing upwards of 20 million visitors a year. There's dining, dancing, movies, music, Wonderworks-a kind of amusement park for the mind-and even a go-cart track. No wonder Destiny USA is the premier entertainment destination for the Syracuse area.

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Erie Canal Museum
2.4 miles, 5 min. drive 
Housed in an original 1850 building where canal boats were weighed, this fascinating museum tells the story of this 363-mile long engineering marvel and the people who built and traveled it. The sculpture above commemorates the boys (hoggees) and mules who pulled the canal boats.
Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) 
2.6 miles, 6 min. drive 
With interactive exhibits that take you from underground caves to a jet cockpit, a giant kinetic sculpture, IMAX movies, a planetarium and a science playouse inside a climbing maze, MOST has become a Syracuse favorite for kids of all ages.
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo
3.4 miles, 10min. drive 
"Moose," the Fennec fox kit (native to North Africa) was born last spring, joining more than 700 other animals in residence at the Zoo. Those big ears help keep him cool. Check the website for a schedule of animal demonstrations and up close encounters. 
Everson Museum of Art
3.0 miles, 5 min. drive 
Within its I.M. Pei designed building, The Everson houses a remarkable collection of American ceramics, paintings by American artists and more than 200 sculpture. Gallery talks and performances are offered throughout the year.

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