If you're planning to visit the city of Syracuse in upstate New York with your spouse and children, it's a good idea to have some activities planned that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you're in town for a couple days or you're just passing through for a handful of hours en route to a different destination, there are a number of family-friendly activities that everyone can get excited about. Here are some things to tentatively plan to visit while you're in Syracuse.
If you and your family enjoy attending live sports, Syracuse will give you a variety of options regardless of the time of year you visit. All summer long, the minor league Syracuse Chiefs are in action, allowing you to watch budding baseball stars at less money than you'd spend to see a major league game — and have a hot dog and some popcorn as you enjoy a sunny day watching America's pastime. During the winter, the Syracuse Crunch hockey team, a minor league franchise, also presents affordable family fun in an exciting environment. At different times of the year, you can take in some collegiate sports. Syracuse has a number of universities, but the University of Syracuse and its recognizable orange uniforms in a wide range of sports will keep the family entertained.
Whether it's a rainy day and you don't want to be outside or you're the type of family that simply enjoys the combination of fun and learning, Syracuse's many museums will provide hours of entertainment. The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology has exhibits that the whole family will enjoy, and several interactive displays that will allow your kids to use their hands. The Erie Canal Museum provides a glimpse into the past and present stories of this important waterway in the area, while the Everson Museum of Art is perfect for art-loving parent tourists and also has hands-on opportunities for the kids.
There are a number of ideal attractions in Syracuse for the family that enjoys spending time in nature. Webster Pond is a place where fishing enthusiasts gather alongside those who enjoy picnicking or taking a nature walk, while the Dr. E. M. Mills Rose Garden offers breathtakingly beautiful rose bushes. The New Onondaga Lake Visitors Center at Geddes Lakeshore is a spot in which your family can enjoy a hike, take a picnic or rent some bicycles and enjoy the many trails surrounded by nature.