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Immerse Yourself in the Arts on a Bus Rental in Syracuse

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Syracuse, New York

Syracuse is the seat of Onondaga County and is home to close to 150,000 people. It is a city where you can lose yourself in the arts while also enjoying other attractions. So why not get on a bus rental in Syracuse and explore the city conveniently, comfortably and luxuriously?

A 24-passenger mini bus rental in Syracuse is perfect for small groups.

Syracuse is an amazing destination for all types of visitors. So get on a 24-passenger mini bus rental in Syracuse, New York and explore these sites:

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Syracuse, Entertainment & Amusement Parks

WonderWorks (Syracuse, NY 13290) bills itself as an amusement park for your brains. You can see science-related exhibits here, where you get to experience an anti-gravity chamber, an illusion gallery and many others. It also challenges you with a big indoor ropes obstacle course. Or you could play laser tag, video games and paintball at Fun Warehouse.

Arts & Culture

Syracuse, Arts & Culture

Syracuse has the best art galleries in the state. Do you know what progressive art is? If not, then head on ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery (Syracuse, NY 13202) to find out. These are artworks that speak of social justice and changes in culture. Meanwhile, the Community Folk Art Gallery features the artworks from artists that come from ethnic groups in the region, as well as African American artists. Echo exhibits and sells handmade goods and crafts, as well as art exhibits.

Also, the Everson Museum of Art is housed in a building that is an artwork in itself, having been designed by world-famous I.M. Pei. Here, you could find more than 11,000 art pieces, including sculptures, graphics, drawings, paintings and ceramics. Another powerhouse when it comes to visual arts is the SUArt Galleries where you get more than 10,000 square feet of space for great art exhibits. This is where you find the Warehouse Gallery, which houses see contemporary arts from artists the world over.

Young artists, meanwhile, take center stage at the Museum of Young Art.

Photography lovers and those who want to learn, would have fun at Light Work, where they can learn more about photography as they tour the facility or attend the photography classes that they offer.

Spark Contemporary Art Space and Badlands, on the other hands, combines a performance space, artists' studios and a gallery all in one place.

Other visual arts related venues you should visit include:

  • Armory Art Associates
  • Clayscapes Pottery Inc.
  • Contemporary Gallery
  • Edgewood Galleries
  • Gallery One Fourteen Art & Framing
  • Genet Gallery (Syracuse, NY 13244)
  • Joan Lukas Rothenberg Art Gallery
  • Lowery Art Gallery
  • Lucas Gallery
  • Point of Contact Art Gallery
  • Red House Arts Center
  • Stone Harp Studios
  • Westcott Community Center
  • Wilson Art Gallery

Performance arts. Civic Morning Musicals is the state's oldest performance group, and one of the oldest in the entire country. They perform at the Everson Museum as well as other venues. Meanwhile, Gifford Family Theatre has been producing family-friendly stage productions for six seasons now. Syracuse Stage is the foremost professional theater group that attracts a little less than 100,000 people every year, while The Talent Company has been putting out excellent theater shows for close to 25 years now.

Also, for more than 70 years, the Famous Artists Broadway Series has brought the best touring Broadway productions into Syracuse. The kids will surely enjoy the interactive comedy plays put out by the Magic Circle Children's Theater.

You should also hear the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus, which is an all-female acapella show choir, as well as the world-famous Syracuse Children's Chorus. Then there is the Syracuse City Ballet, which performs world-class ballet productions such as Swan Lake and Cinderella at the Mulroy Civic Center.

Other groups based in Syracuse include Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Co., Appleseed Productions, Rarely Done Productions, Society for New Music, Syracuse Children's Theatre, Wit's End Players, Vineyard Institute of the Arts, and the Syracuse Chorale.

Several notable venues are in the city including the Palace Theatre, which is a 1922 landmark that has a modern sound system and equipment. You can watch concerts, movies, plays and other events here. Then there is Salt City Center for the Performing Arts and the Westcott Theater & Performing Arts Center.

Festivals. The city is unofficially called the "the City of Festivals" because there are several events and festivals that you could enjoy here no matter what time of year you visit. Some of the best festivals here are:

  • Central New York Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
  • Jazz in the Square
  • Juneteenth Celebration
  • La Festa Italiana
  • Latin American Festival
  • M&T Jazz Fest at OCC
  • New York State Blues Fest
  • St. Sophia Greek Festival
  • Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
  • Taste of Syracuse
  • The Great New York State Fair
  • The Great Syracuse Oktoberfest
  • The Syracuse Irish Festival
  • The Syracuse Nationals Car Show
  • The Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade

Restaurants & Shopping

Aside from the choices you have when it comes to art and art galleries, Syracuse also has great flea markets and antique shops that you can visit. Check out:

  • Antiques, Trinkets and Treasures
  • Behind the Iron Gates Antiques
  • Brian's Custom Framing, Antiques & Art (Syracuse, NY 13208)
  • CNY Regional Farmers Market, the longest running farmers market in the region
  • Dacia of NY
  • Dalton's American Decorative Arts
  • Eureka Crafts
  • Lilac House Antiques
  • Mustard Seed Antiques
  • Serendipity Antiques
  • Syracuse Antiques Exchange

If you get hungry, then you should not miss Dinosaur Bar-b-Que, which is a landmark in itself and which serves the best BBQs anywhere in the region. Or try out some of the award-winning items on the menu of Lemon Grass. Other restaurants you should try include:

  • Asti Caffe
  • Chorong House Restaurant (Syracuse, NY 13210)
  • Copper Top Tavern
  • Dark Horse Tavern
  • Darwin
  • Dosa Grill (Syracuse, NY 13214)
  • Eva's European Sweets
  • Gentile's Restaurant
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
  • Pastabilities
  • Riley's (Syracuse, NY 1320)
  • Sparky Town
  • Tang Flavor

If you love food, you will certainly appreciate Sampling Syracuse Food Tours, which takes you to the best food places downtown. Over the course of three hours, you will be walking downtown and stopping at the best restaurants in the area.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Drumlins Restaurant & Golf Course (Syracuse, NY 13224) is a subsidiary of Syracuse University. The golf course comes with a great restaurant as well as opportunities to play tennis, or go swimming. Meanwhile, Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf (Syracuse, NY 13219) offers you the best miniature golf experience in the city and is awarded as the best by various newspapers and magazines, including Best Miniature Golf Course in Syracuse by the Syracuse New Times.

Other golf courses you could go to in the city, include:

  • Burnet Park Golf Course (Syracuse, NY 13209)
  • Pope's Grove Golf Course
  • Sunnycrest Golf Course
  • Tanner Valley Golf Course
  • Tecumseh Golf Course

While you are in the city, be sure to catch the games of the Syracuse Orange, Syracuse University's sports teams. They usually have games at the Carrier Dome and other sporting venues on campus. Meanwhile, you can catch the Syracuse Chiefs play at the Alliance Bank Stadium.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Syracuse, Historical Sites & Landmarks

Syracuse also caters to history buffs. This is where you could find:

  • Daniel Parrish Witter Agricultural Museum, where you could learn about New York State's agricultural past.
  • Erie Canal Museum, where you could ride an authentic canal boat and explore the past with hands-on and interactive exhibits that they have.
  • George and Rebecca Barnes Home, which gives you a glimpse into the lives of European Americans in the area that were associated with the Unitarian Church and the Syracuse Railroad.
  • Harriet May Mills House, the home of Harriet May Mills who was a known advocate of women's right to vote.
  • Jerry Rescue Monument
  • Landmark Theatre
  • Onondaga Historical Association Museum & Research Center, where you can see the largest collection of artifacts and memorabilia in the entire region.
  • Solvay/Geddes Historical Society Museum, where you could learn more about the farming past of Solvay and Geddes.
  • Webster Pond

Syracuse also has other museums that touch on other topics, such as:

  • Empire State Theater Musical Instrument Museum
  • Fire Museum of Syracuse
  • Land of Oz Resource Center
  • Memorial Hall Veterans Gallery
  • Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology
  • Ner-A-Car Motorcycle Museum
  • Open Hand Theater / International Mask & Puppet Museum
  • Shrine & Museum of Saint Marianne Cope (Syracuse, NY 13208)

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Syracuse, Parks & Outdoor Activities

There are a lot of beautiful parks in Syracuse and these parks offer different outdoor activities. You can play softball, broomball, volleyball and lacrosse at these parks.

The city also has great aquatics programs at city-operated pools: Valley, Southwest, Max Newman, and Huntington. However, during summer, you can go to these parks for some water fun as well:

  • Burnet Park
  • Kirk Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Mckinley Park
  • Onondaga Park
  • Schiller Park
  • Thornden Park
  • Wilson Park

There are other things to do from hiking to biking to having a picnic at the city's parks. Check out some of the best parks in the city:

  • Armory Square
  • Bakers Playground
  • Onondaga Geddes Playground
  • Columbus Circle
  • Comfort Tyler Park
  • Cummings Field
  • Firefighters Memorial Park
  • Franklin Square Park
  • Grace & Messina Playscape
  • Homer Wheaton Park
  • James Pass Arboretum
  • Leavenworth Park
  • Libba Cotton Grove
  • Ormond Spencer Park
  • Roesler Park
  • Sheridan Park
  • Spirit Of Jubilee Park
  • Stone Throwers Park
  • Ward Bakery Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • White Oaks Park

Zoos & Aquariums

Syracuse, Zoos & Aquariums

Check out the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (Syracuse, NY 13204), which houses tigers, lions, elephants, penguins, red pandas, monkeys and more than 600 other animals that you could visit any time of the year. You should also check out the exhibits, the seminars and the demonstrations. Get yourself a souvenir at the gift shop as well!

Other Points of Interest

One of the unique things you can find in Syracuse is the upside down traffic light that you find on Tipperary Hill. Be sure to learn about why the lights are upside-down when you come here!

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