Syracuse Daily Life Tour, Syracuse (Self Guided)

Daily life in a city is always very busy, and Syracuse is no exception. On this tour you will visit some of the most frequented places in Syracuse, places where people go to work, study, eat, and relax. Take this tour to visit some of the many interesting places in Syracuse, and experience life as residents of Syracuse do.
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Syracuse Daily Life Tour Map

Guide Name: Syracuse Daily Life Tour
Guide Location: USA » Syracuse (See other walking tours in Syracuse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: AlexanderA
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Westcott Theater

1) Westcott Theater

The Westcott Theater used to be a cinema until 2008 when it was transformed into a live music venue. It can accommodate up to 700 people. The theater features local, regional, and national artists, representing all genres of music. In 2010 the theater began hosting comedy troupes and screening movies. The theater has a bar where you can order just about anything you could possibly want to drink.
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Thornden Park

2) Thornden Park

Thornden Park is a 76 acres (31 ha) is the second largest in the city after Burnet Park. It was purchased by the city in 1921 and has become a favorite wedding location in the Syracuse park system.

The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 as part of the Historic Designated Landscapes of Syracuse, New York.

One of the more popular attractions in the park is the E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden, dedicated in 1924 on 2 acres (8,100 m2) at the southwest entrance to the park, across Ostrom Avenue from Syracuse University. Since 1970, the Syracuse Rose Society has maintained the garden in cooperation with the City of Syracuse Department of Parks. Currently, the garden hosts 368 different varieties of roses (3850 plants in all) that surround a central gazebo.

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Syracuse University

3) Syracuse University

Syracuse University, commonly referred to as Syracuse, 'Cuse, or SU, is a private research university. Its roots can be traced back to Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1832, which also later founded Genesee College. Following several years of debate over relocating the college to Syracuse, the university was founded independent of the college in 1870.

Since 1920, the university has identified itself as nonsectarian, although it maintains a relationship with The United Methodist Church. Syracuse was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1966 but withdrew its membership in 2011 due to diverging views in evaluating criteria between the University and the AAU.

The campus is located in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, east and southeast of downtown, on one of the larger hills. Its large campus features an eclectic mix of buildings, ranging from nineteenth-century Romanesque structures to contemporary buildings. SU is organized into 13 schools and colleges, with nationally recognized programs in information studies and library science, architecture, communications, business administration, public administration, engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Rock of the Marne Monument

4) Rock of the Marne Monument

The Rock of the Marne Monument was built by famous sculptor Roland Hinton Perry. It is dedicated to the men of the 38th Infantry/3rd Division of the U.S. Army. Men in this division fought in World War I in the Second Battle of the Marne on July 15, 1918. Fellow soldiers fighting in the trenches in France raised the money to build a monument to their fallen comrades, but when they returned to the United States they lost a great deal of what they had raised when exchanging French francs and German marks into U.S. dollars. They asked Congress to provide the remaining funds they required so that they could complete the monument, and the government complied. The monument is located in Billings Park at the intersection of South Salina Street and South Warren Street.
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Onondaga County Public Library

5) Onondaga County Public Library

The Onondaga County Public Library resulted from the merger of the Onondaga Library System and the Syracuse Public Library. The Syracuse Public Library opened in 1905 on Montgomery Street, and the Onondaga Library System was organized in 1962 to serve Onondaga County. In 1976 these two organization combined to form the Onondaga County Public Library. The library is currently funded by both the city and the county and also receives grants from the state.
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The Mission Restaurant

6) The Mission Restaurant

The Mission Restaurant is located in a historic building, which was constructed in the 1840s. It originally served as the Syracuse Wesleyan Methodist Church and later as a way station on the Underground Railroad. The basement of the building has a tunnel that was used by church members to help fugitive slaves hide from their pursuers. Today the building houses The Mission Restaurant, which serves a combination of Mexican, Southwestern and South American cuisines. The restaurant is open Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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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.