Syracuse Cultural Tour, Syracuse (Self Guided)

Syracuse is a city with a long history and a well-established culture. In order to get acquainted with and understand a city and its residents, it is important to visit some of its cultural institutions. Syracuse has many theaters, cinemas, and art galleries for you to explore. Take this tour to discover the city's vibrant cultural scene.
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Syracuse Cultural Tour Map

Guide Name: Syracuse Cultural Tour
Guide Location: USA » Syracuse (See other walking tours in Syracuse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: AlexanderA
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Syracuse Stage

1) Syracuse Stage (must see)

Syracuse Stage is a professional non-profit theatre company. It is the premier professional theatre in Central New York. It was founded in 1974 by Arthur Storch, who was its first artistic director. The company grew out of the Syracuse Repertory Theatre that was founded in the mid 1960's by founders Marlow Burt, Robert B. D'Angelo and Rex Henriot.

In the early 1990s, Tazewell Thompson was artistic director. Robert Moss also has been artistic director. In 2007, Timothy Bond became artistic director.

Each year, it offers several productions, including one collaboration between Syracuse Stage and the drama department of Syracuse University.

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Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

2) Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company is a non-profit organization that was established in 1982. This performing arts company is part of the College of Arts and Sciences' African American Studies Department at Syracuse University. The company owns and operates the Black Box Theater, a performance venue that showcases plays highlighting the diversity of African American traditions.
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Oncenter Complex

3) Oncenter Complex (must see)

The Oncenter Complex is an exhibition, convention, and entertainment facility. It consists of three venues, which collectively can host any kind of event. The venues include the Convention Center, the War Memorial Arena and the Civic Center Theater. A variety of art exhibitions, concerts, trade shows, and other events of both regional and national importance are held here throughout the year.
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Civic Center Theater

4) Civic Center Theater

The Civic Center Theater is home to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Syracuse Opera. The Syracuse Opera is the only opera in upstate New York that operates year-round. It produces three main operas per season and frequently collaborates with the Syracuse Opera Chorus and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1961 and quickly became a fully professional, resident orchestra. Today it employs 80 musicians and performs concerts in central and northern New York. The box office for both the Syracuse Opera and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra are located at 411 Montgomery Street at the Mulroy Civic Center. The office is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
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Landmark Theater

5) Landmark Theater (must see)

The Landmark Theatre, originally known as Loew's State Theater, is an historic theater from the era of "movie palaces". Designed by Thomas W. Lamb, it is the city's only surviving example of the opulent theatrical venues of the 1920s.

Originally named Loew's State Theatre, it opened on February 18, 1928, and offered double bills of famous vaudeville stage acts and first-run films. During the Great Depression and World War II it continued to do good business, as theater patrons escaped for a few hours into its plush grandeur. However, by the 1970s, the theater suffered from low attendance and was in disrepair. Eventually it closed, and was in danger of demolition. In 1977 a group, Syracuse Area Landmark Theatre, or SALT, was formed to preserve and renovate the venue. Still open today, the Landmark offers concerts and other performances, is available for weddings and other private parties, and continues to sponsor fundraisers to support its activities.

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The Red House

6) The Red House

The Red House is a cultural center that was established in 2001. The building purchased for the center needed major renovation, so in 2002 a campaign was launched to gather the resources for this project. In July 2004 the center opened to the public. The Red House hosts theatrical performances, film screenings, concerts, art exhibitions, and other events. To date, the Red House has hosted more than 500 cultural events.

Walking Tours in Syracuse, New York

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Travel Distance: 0.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Syracuse Landmarks Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Syracuse Museums and Art Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Syracuse for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Syracuse has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Syracuse, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.