Are you staying in Syracuse for the summer and wondering how to make the most of it? Well, look no further! Syracuse has a vibrant summer scene packed with exciting activities and events to keep you entertained. Read on for a rundown of some must-do experiences!

Outdoor Concerts and Performances

Dive into the local music scene by attending an outdoor concert or performance at one of Onondaga County’s scenic venues. Venues like the Empower FCU Amphitheater and Beak and Skiff have full lineups of concerts and performances throughout the summer months, and with other parks abd amphitheaters around the area, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to groove to live tunes while you soak up the summer vibes!

Dinner Cruise on Skaneateles Lake

Treat yourself to a magical evening aboard a dinner cruise with Mid-Lakes Navigation. Glide across the pristine waters of Skaneateles Lake while indulging in delicious cuisine and taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. It’s the perfect romantic outing or family adventure!

Glass-Bottom Boat Rentals at Green Lakes

For a unique aquatic experience, rent a glass-bottom boat at Green Lakes State Park. Paddle along the crystal-clear waters and marvel at the underwater world beneath your feet. It’s a fantastic way to explore the beauty of nature while staying cool on a hot summer day!

Syracuse Mets Games

Catch the excitment of minor league baseball by attending a Syracuse Mets game at NBT Bank Stadium. With promotions like Dollar Thursdays, Fireworks Fridays and Kids Eat Free Family Sundays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Cheer on the home team and savor the classic ballpark atmosphere all summer long!

Food Trucks

Calling all foodies! Don’t miss out on the culinary delights served up at the many local food trucks all summer long. Explore a diverse array of cuisines, from gourmet burgers to artisanal tacos, and satisfy your taste buds with every bite. The Syracuse Food Truck Association kicks off the summer season with their annual Food Truck Battle at the New York State Fairgrounds, taking place this year May 10-11, and hosts weekly #SYRFoodTrucks Takeover events in the parking lots of local malls, breweries and businesses around Central New York throughout the summer months. Food truck events are a deliciously fun way to sample the local food scene!

Annual Summer Events

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit of summer by attending iconic events like the Syracuse Nationals car show or the Great New York State Fair. From classic cars to carnival rides, these gatherings offer endless entertainment and unforgettable memories!

So there you have it—a curated list of summer activities to make your stay in Syracuse unforgettable. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation or good eats, the city has something for everyone. So go ahead, embrace the sunshine and create lasting memories in the heart of Central New York!

Written By Elijah Brown ’24, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

This article is for reference purposes only and is not deemed an endorsement by Syracuse University.