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Syracuse, New York: USA small city family getaway

About Syracuse and Central NY

SUNY Upstate Medical University is in the city of Syracuse, in Central New York State.

Syracuse is often called "the Crossroads of New York State" because of its central location and because two main interstates (I-90 and I-81) cross here. The area is a region of rolling hills, flat plains, lakes, and streams. It is an affordable place to live, with a reasonable cost-of-living compared to other metropolitan areas in the state. Local schools offer high quality education to students of all ages, from elementary to college. While many residents live downtown, others take advantage of short commute times and live in the surrounding suburbs.
About Syracuse

Family Fun

The city proper has a mix of offerings, nearly all of which are within walking distance of each other. The Creek Walk connects Armory Square to the Inner Harbor and Onondaga Lake. The Everson Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Technology are great places to spend a few hours. Syracuse is home to the Syracuse Crunch, AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and to the Syracuse Mets, the AAA minor-league affiliate of the New York Mets. Syracuse University athletics always draw big crowds to the Dome.

SU dome game

Within 30 minutes (note: some of these are seasonal)
Abbott Farms 
Beak & Skiff
Navarino Orchard
New York State Fair
Pumpkin Hollow
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
The Wild Animal Park
Tim's Pumpkin Patch

Within the region (note: some of these are seasonal)
Cornell Botanic Gardens 
Midway Drive-In 
Six Flags Darien Lake 
Strong National Museum of Play
Utica Zoo 
Water Safari

pumpkin patch

Resources for parents

One factor that attracts residents to our program at SUNY Upstate is the affordability. The Syracuse area offers many different housing options within a reasonable commute to the hospital campus, four-season activities, and excellent schools. We are fully supportive of resident parents (and residents who become parents during training). We have cultivated a list of local daycares and pediatricians that we recommend. In addition, we adhere to the American Board of Pediatrics statement on Absences from General Pediatrics Training.

Upstate Child Care Center 
County North 
Children's Beginnings 
Childtime Syracuse
Childtime Liverpool (branch 1)
Childtime Liverpool (branch 2)
Small Wonders
True North
North Area YMCA
Shining Stars
Learn As You Grow

Upstate Pediatric and Adolescent Center
Brighton Hill Pediatrics
Buckley Road Pediatrics
Child Health Care Associates
Pediatric Associates
Riverview Pediatrics

Good Eats

The area has many enjoyable restaurants to please any foodie. Some of the residents' favorites:
Apizza Regionale 
Biscotti Café 
Café 407 
Crazy Daisies 
Dinosaur BBQ 
Dosa Grill 
Francesca's Cucina 
Gannon's Ice Cream 
Habiba's Ethiopian Kitchen
Kitty Hoyne
Lemon Grass 
Meier's Creek Brewery 
Oh My Darling 
Otro Cinco 
Red Chili
Rise N Shine Diner
Saltine Warrior
Stella's Diner 
Strong Hearts
The Evergreen
The Fish Friar 
The Retreat 
Vietnamese Noodle House 
Peds Residents at Restaurant

Central New York and Beyond

The region is ready for you to explore. To the north we have the Thousand Islands region on the St. Lawrence River. To the east, the Adirondacks. You can travel along the Seaway Trail, which leads from the Thousand Islands Region in the north to Buffalo in the west. Don't forget about the Finger Lakes region, known for its international award-winning wineries.

Thousand Islands

The Great Outdoors

The city and the surrounding region offer a vast assortment of activities year-round to suit everyone's wishes and hobbies. Within 30 minutes of downtown, residents can access downhill and Nordic skiing, golfing, snowmobiling, ice skating, swimming, boating, hiking, and other family-friendly activities.

Adirondack Mt climbers

Getting here

Syracuse is easy to get to via different modes of transportation. Air, bus, and rail terminals are within 15 minutes of downtown.
Syracuse Hancock International Airport 
Regional Transportation Center 

Additional Syracuse links

History of Syracuse 
Visit Syracuse 
The Good Life CNY 
Visitor's Guide 

Local media