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About Syracuse

Syracuse is in the center of New York state and any member of the local committee will be happy to make recommendations to extend your visit and enjoyment of this beautiful region.

Visitors to Syracuse are often surprised to find the conveniences of a big city and the comforts of a small town. Syracuse offers an enviable combination of outstanding quality of life and affordable living. A visit to our university puts you in the heart of New York’s fourth-largest city.

SUNY Upstate Medical University is part of the dynamic hub known as “University Hill” and our campus is adjacent to that of Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environment and Forestry. Upstate’s main campus, with its four colleges, expanded research facilities and Upstate University Hospital, is just four blocks from downtown Syracuse.

The city offers a rich cultural life including professional theater, an opera company, several museums, cultural festivals and the historic Armory Square district with many boutiques and unique restaurants, including the noted Dinosaur Barbeque.

People living in Syracuse are known for the way they embrace the four seasons with year-round recreational opportunities. Hiking, cycling, golfing, swimming, boating, fishing, and tennis are among the most popular summer and fall sports. Many lakes, parks, and golf courses are within a few minutes of Syracuse. Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is home to more than 900 animals and one of the nation’s leading breeders of Asian elephants. A great place to live, Syracuse is affordable and the quality of life makes it one of the top ten communities to raise a family, according to Parenting Magazine.

It is easy to expand your visit to include other notable areas:

Within a 90-minute drive are the Finger Lakes region (producing world famous wines), the Thousand Islands, Lake Ontario, and Adirondack Mountain vacation areas.

Within a half-day drive of Syracuse is New York City, and the Canadian cities of Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls. New York City is also accessible by bus and train from Syracuse.