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America's Best College Town

Travel and Leisure Magazine - 2014

Syracuse - Small City Feel with Big City Amenities

From downtown hot spots in trendy Armory Square to breath-taking hiking trails, art galleries to sporting events, you’ll find there is no shortage of things to do in and around Syracuse. It’s all here just waiting for you to discover in what Travel + Leisure Magazine named in 2014 as “America’s Best College Town.”

For those interested in the arts, Syracuse offers an opera company and regional theaters, along with numerous other opportunities to attend performances of comedy, puppetry and improvisation. Syracuse is also home to multiple museums, including the I.M. Pei-designed Everson Museum of Art. Recently renovated, the Landmark Theatre is now able to accommodate major Broadway show touring companies.

Get Out There!

Explore the Beauty of Central New York

The greater Syracuse area offers a rich mix of year-round recreational opportunities. Within 30 minutes from campus, you can swim in the emerald waters of Green Lakes State Park, bike along the old Erie Canal, golf at one of our many outstanding public courses, pick apples in the fall at Beak & Skiff Orchards, downhill ski at one of the several resorts, or snowshoe through the woodland trails of Highland Forest

Nightlife, Dining and Sports

At night, the city comes to life in Armory Square, which features dozens of shops, unique restaurants, pubs and boutiques. Additionally, Syracuse offers those with a sense of adventure a plethora of hidden gems in every part of the city – from the Irish Tipperary Hill to “Little Italy” on the north side to the bohemian village of Westcott Street, just a hop, skip and a jump from campus.

If spectator sports are more your speed, Le Moyne College boasts championship lacrosse, as well as baseball, basketball, soccer and other NCAA sports that are played on campus. Syracuse also offers other collegiate sporting opportunities and is home to a Triple-A professional baseball team, the Chiefs, and the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch.

Ready... Set... Shop!

No matter what you're shopping for, Syracuse has it all

Syracuse boasts a wide variety of shopping experiences. Located five miles from campus is Destiny USA, the sixth biggest mall in the U.S., with more than 300 traditional retail and outlet stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Just five minutes away, enjoy the convenience of the Fayetteville Town Center, which features restaurants and stores such as Target, Kohl's and L.L. Bean. And down the hill from the Heights, there are a variety of restaurants, shops and retail stores located on Erie Boulevard East.

"Syracuse earned top marks for things that fuel your typical university student. It was voted No. 1 for both pizza and hamburgers... No. 2 for coffee, and No. 4 for both food trucks and craft beer... and in the top 20 for its historic sites; start that sort of tour at Hanover Square, surrounded by buildings dating back to the Civil War era." - Excerpt from November 2014 Issue of Travel + Leisure Magazine, naming Syracuse as "America's Best College Town"