Visiting Syracuse NY – Day 1

On our first day in Syracuse, NY, we decided to learn as much as we could about the city by visiting the Onondaga Historical Museum. We were a little overwhelmed with the wealth of information about the history of the people, places, and things that make up Syracuse, NY. It was one of the best museums that we have ever visited since there were so many interesting exhibits to see, such as the Salina Street Exhibit. Salina Street was the heart and soul of Downtown Syracuse. The museum curators have managed to recreate the street with the use of shop artifacts and photographs of original buildings, shops, and businesses. It was as though we were transported to another era as the exhibit features buildings that date back to 1940-1980. Visitors are able to see the way things used to be and the way in Downtown Syracuse. After seeing the exhibit, we were curious as to how much the city had actually changed. So, we decided that we would head downtown after leaving the museum.

Downtown Syracuse didn’t look anything like it did in the 40’s. It has also seen a significant transformation since the 80’s. Despite the many changes to downtown Syracuse, there are still plenty of the older buildings still standing that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These buildings made for good photo ops. Since we didn’t want to just waste our afternoon wandering around, we decided that we would take advantage of the Historic Walking Tour, which actually started on the famous Salina Street at Clinton Square. After all that walking, we worked up quit an appetite so we decided it was time to grab lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.

After a day of learning about Syracuse and resting it for a bit, we decided to have some family fun by visiting Wonderworks at Destiny USA. Since there was so much for us to do, we had to narrow down our activities. We chose to visit the laser tag arena and try our luck on the World’s Largest Suspended Indoor Ropes Course, which is 70 feet tall, 3 levels, with more than 80 obstacles. If that doesn’t suit your fancy then perhaps you’ll enjoy laser tag, playing games or checking out some of the 100 fun interactive exhibits. One thing is for sure; you won’t be bored because there is something for visitors of all ages at Wonderworks.

Tired and hungry, it’s time to determine where we will go for dinner tonight. The good news is that if you are at Destiny USA, you don’t have to go far to find something to eat, as they offer more than 30 dining options. You can choose from fast food to a nice sit-down restaurant. If you have been out all day like our family, fast food will likely suit you just fine. We loved the fact that everyone was able to find something they wanted to eat before we turned in for the day.