Flights to Syracuse
Syracuse is situated in the centre of the state of New York and it’s the fifth largest city in the state. Incorporated as village in 1825 Syracuse still features a good selection of historical buildings, as well a museums and culture.
About 9 kilometres (5 miles) outside of Syracuse is the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (airport code: SYR), the largest airport in the region. There is no public bus service so you’ll need to hail a cab or rent a car from the airport. Flights to Syracuse have two transfers from South Africa, and connection cities vary by airline. British Midland goes through London and New York, and so does Virgin Atlantic. Iberia Airlines’ flight to Syracuse stops first in Madrid and then also in New York City.
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The Tourist Attractions in Syracuse:
Everson Museum of Art
Focusing solely on American art the Everson Museum of Art presents an ideal opportunity to see American art at its best, from a variety of genres. It has one of the largest collections of pottery in the United States, plus art, ceramics, video, sculptures and paintings that go to form the 11,000 strong collection. You’ll even find furniture here; a collection of Arts and Crafts Movement period furniture.
As well as the collection inside, the purpose-built building in which the museum is housed is considered to be a work or art itself with its striking, modern architectural style.
Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology
The Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (often called MOST) is also housed within a striking building, though this one was not purpose-built. MOST is situated within the historic former Syracuse Armory Building. Inside you’ll find many exhibits relating to science and technology, plus an IMAX cinema.
Other Syracuse Museums
Syracuse is not short of museums and in addition to the two above there are several others of interest to visitors. The Erie Canal Museum is one. Here you’ll find out about the history of the Erie Canal, one of the elements that was crucial to Syracuse’s expansion as a city. The International Mask and Puppet Museum is another one to visit, while the Onondaga Historical Association Museum focuses on the history of Syracuse region.
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Situated in Burnet Park in Syracuse the Rosamond Gifford Zoo has nearly 1000 animals including species from around the world. There are also more local species, and the Wildlife Trails through the zoo are popular as visitors get to see animals like the grey wolf and the bald eagle. There is an aviary, an aquarium and a domestic animals exhibit here too.
When Should You Visit?:
Thanks to the humid continental climate experienced in Syracuse the weather is humid throughout the year with relatively high rainfall, and very high snowfall. Syracuse is actually well known for its snow, which falls in large quantities from December through to March and April. If you want to experience several feet of snow then visit Syracuse during the winter, otherwise the summer months are best for warm weather sightseeing. July has an average high of 28C while January has an average high of 0C.