Nov 22nd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Attracted to “The Heart of NY”

Seniors, have you been to Syracuse NY?  I did not know where Syracuse was until I worked for Winnebago delivering their RVs all across the country.  A friend and I drove one to Syracuse and we enjoyed the city very much.  Syracuse derives its name from Siracusa, a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily. In 2010 the city population was 145,170, and its metropolitan area had a population of 742,603. It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over a million inhabitants.

Syracuse is well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex and, directly west of the city, the Empire Expo Center, which hosts the annual Great New York State Fair that first took place in 1841. It is the oldest and one of the largest state fairs in the country with approximately one million visitors annually, ranking third behind Minnesota and Texas.

The city has functioned as a major crossroads over the last two centuries, first between the Erie Canal and its branch canals, then of the railway branch.  Today, Syracuse is located at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 90, and its airport is the largest in the region.

Syracuse is home to Syracuse University, a major research university, as well as several smaller colleges and professional schools. In 2010 Forbes rated Syracuse 4th in the top 10 places to raise a family and that is reason enough for seniors to want to see why.

Hills, Valleys and Streams Attracts Seniors

Syracuse is a city of hills, valleys, lakes and streams. The city sits on the shores of lakes Onondaga and Ontario, within 20 miles of the beautiful Finger Lakes region. Syracuse offers big-city amenities with a small-town feel: a symphony orchestra, an opera company, professional sports teams, museums and art galleries.

Planning a summer trip? You won’t want to miss the aforementioned Great New York State Fair at the Empire Expo center. Planning a winter trip? Bundle up – Syracuse is renowned for its snowy winters. Syracuse hosts many great festivals throughout the year.

The city honors many cultures with festivals that showcase traditional heritage from different countries making them educational and fun experiences. The Paradise Market is an 80,000 square foot indoor shopping experience like you have never seen. It’s open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday all year round.  Inside and always out of the weather, Paradise is home to over 230 business.

Order a guide to the city that is loaded with ideas and fun. Treat yourself to world-class pampering at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in the quaint Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles. Go back in time at the Erie Canal Museum and Onondaga Historical Association. Shop until you drop at Carousel Center and the boutiques in downtown Syracuse.

Your options for fall fun are endless! For a great night out take in the Wise Guys Comedy Club then take in the Erie Canal Museum.  One recent visitor wrote…”This little museum is worth the trip! It explodes with information presented in an attractive way. It has many interactive exhibits as well as a great children’s area where they could dress up and “play” on a ship going through the weigh lock. We learned many facts about the Erie Canal as well as “famous” Syracuse people and inventions. ”

There are several four and five star attractions for seniors to consider during a visit.  Principal among Syracuse’s attractions is the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), which is located in an old armory and filled on three levels with terrific interactive science exhibits, science demonstrations, simulator rides that will entertain both youngsters and their parents, a cool domed IMAX theater (I love them, don’t you too?), and a planetarium.

Yahoo Travel keeps getting better and better with good information for senior travelers. Their site on Syracuse has hotel listings, information on the Hancock International Airport, videos and more.  Mapquest is cool as you can view the city neighborhoods, live traffic as well as a great satellite view from the air.  Lastly today I leave with Wikitravel’s version of how to get to Syracuse, getting around in the city, on foot and more.  It is very helpful. Go Orange!  jeb

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