Spring Break is our opportunity to take a big step back from the stress of the semester and indulge ourselves with some well-deserved relaxation. Taking a break and a deep breath is a state of mind, it doesn’t matter where you physically are! Even if you’re staying in Syracuse instead of flying to a magazine cover-worthy destination, take this as a sign to treat yourself to something fun.

Light the Yard Game Show

Join Orange After Dark on Friday, March 8, for a game show experience that connects Syracuse University students with the vibrant city of Syracuse. The lineup includes crowd-interactive games, media showcases and artistic performances. To attend, be sure to have your Syracuse University I.D. and RSVP on ‘Cuse Activities.

Syracuse Spotlight Event: Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Join Orange After Dark on Saturday, March 9, for a trip to the local zoo! The indoor experience features the following exhibits: USS Antiquities, Diversity of Birds, Adaptation of Animals and exhibits in the Social Building. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo even has a banquet hall where you can build your own taco and enjoy beverages and desserts. Have a fun evening with friends while you familiarize yourself with one of the City of Syracuse’s most popular attractions!

Work Out at the Barnes Center

The fitness center at the Barnes Center at The Arch will be open with adjusted hours during spring break! Get a workout in without the stress of having to go to class or do homework afterward. The Barnes Center pool, climbing wall, esports gaming room and the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion will also be open for limited hours during spring break.

Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks

Running from March 1-14, Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks celebrates the restaurants that have made Syracuse into a culinary destination. Participating restaurants will offer two-course lunches for $15 or less, three-course dinner options for $40 or less and other snacks from participating businesses. Use some of the break to check out that restaurant downtown you’ve always wanted to try, or save some money by grabbing a meal at one of your favorite dinner spots.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Rochester Americans

Did you know that the City of Syracuse is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s affiliate team, the Syracuse Crunch? During Spring Break, you can enjoy a true Upstate New York hockey experience as The Crunch battles it out with the Rochester Americans at home in the Upstate Medical University Arena on Saturday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 13.

No matter where you spend your Spring Break, The Peel hopes you have a fun, safe week!

Written By Esteban Quiñones ’24, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications