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Syracuse Family Activities

by Jane Rodda, studioD

Syracuse, New York serves as the main hub of activity for the central part of the state. With its continual expansion and focus on creating family-friendly attractions, you will have an easy time finding things to do with the family. It has a tremendous amount of snowfall each year and is home to the nationally recognized sports teams of Syracuse University, making it a fun place to visit all year round.

Fun Centers

Families can go bowling together at Bowl Mor Lanes. It has a smoke-free environment with open bowling, league bowling, extreme bowling on the weekends and a full service snack bar. At Surf City Family Fun Center, you can putt through the mini golf course, race each other around the go-kart track, see how high you can climb up the rock wall, take turns spinning around in the gyroscope Spaceball ride and spend some time in the arcade. Younger kids can enjoy the silly swings and the bounce house.

Wildlife and Waterways

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo features more than 700 animals within a naturalistic and adventurous environment. It has a submarine cave to walk through and see the marine life, a diversity of birds aviary, a lion corridor, a dark area for the nocturnal animals and several Asian elephants. For an interesting step back in history, take the family to the Erie Canal Museum. It chronicles the significance of the Erie Canal beginning in the early 19th century. It has many artifacts and exhibits housed within the last standing weighlock building.

Fun Science Discovery

The Museum of Science and Technology features a tremendous amount of hands-on exhibits and activities for young and old to enjoy. Visitors can get into the cockpit of a fighter jet and simulate flight, walk through a life-sized, naturalistic cave, witness the operation of a giant kinetic sculpture and view 3-D shows in the theater. Wonder Works is a discovery center where everything appears to be upside down. Guests enter the inversion tunnel to align with the inside of the building. It has 4-D shows, hurricane simulators, an anti-gravity chamber, light and sound displays, and much more.


The city of Syracuse is steeped with parks and open space for families to enjoy. Webster Pond is in a natural setting with a pond for fishing and hiking trails. Meachem Field has sports fields, a community pool and a medium-sized playground. Lincoln Park consists of a large playground, tennis courts, open fields and a splash pad. Onondaga Park is one of the largest in the city with 67 acres of recreational space including picnic areas, playgrounds, a swimming pool, splash pad, sports courts, fields and a lake.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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