Syracuse – Things to do with your Team

Syracuse has served as a major junction in America’s history a few times since its founding.  Because of its location along the Erie Canal and railway system, Syracuse has continued to grow and evolved into an active city full of tourist friendly activities.

Most notable for its university, Syracuse University, one of the largest malls on the east coast, and the biggest domed college stadium in the country, Syracuse provides plenty of options for you and your team.

The only issue you and your team will run into when traveling there is that you won’t have enough time to check out everything that will interest you.  That means is you will have to take another trip to Syracuse at some point to explore everything else the city has to offer.


Destiny USA

Destiny USA may be a mall, but it is not your average mall.  Over 26 million guests visit the mall every year and shop in its 250 stores spanning multiple floors.

Yes, it has the big food court, and the chain stores that you expect at malls, but Destiny USA raises the bar much higher than that.  Destiny USA houses the world’s largest indoor rope park!  Canyon Climb Adventure has an awesome ropes course with 80 elements, 35 platforms, and at its highest point, reaches 70 feet.

If you have a need for speed, the mall also has a go-karting track with cars that reach up to 45 mph.  Test your driving skills at RPM Raceway on their quarter-mile track.

Destiny USA even has some mirror mazes to get lost in.  Amazing Mirror Maze puts you sense of direction to the test with their trail of mazes.

Destiny USA is a fantastic stop for you and your team to make while you spend some time in Syracuse. 9090 Destiny USA Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204


Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Interested in stopping at a zoo during your stay in Syracuse?  Then check out Rosamond Gifford Zoo.  This circular-shaped zoo houses a surprising amount of animals for its size.

Some of the amazing animals you can expect to see are Snow Leopards, African Lions, and Andean Bears.  You’ll also be able to view various kinds of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

The zoo’s admission prices are extraordinarily cheap and the staff is friendly and informative.  You and your team are sure to have a great time at Rosamond Gifford Zoo. 1 Conservation Pl, Syracuse, NY 13204


NBT Bank Stadium

Relax and enjoy America’s national pastime at NBT Bank Stadium.  Home of the Syracuse Chiefs, NBT Bank Stadium will provide your team with a fun minor league baseball experience.

The Chiefs typically play later in the day, so this would make for a great night activity.  The ballpark is maintained and cleaned well, and they have all the fan favorites food-wise.  On some nights, there are firework shows following the games.

Make sure to contact the stadium if you have a group of 15 or more for a group discount. 1 Tex Simone Dr, Syracuse, NY 13208


Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf

Voted “Best Mini Golf” in Syracuse time and time again by Syracuse New Times readers, Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf is a beautifully maintained golf course and garden.  Upon first glance, you won’t expect such a wonderfully landscaped garden to also be a mini golf course.

Fairmount is open from 10 a.m. to midnight, which means it’s an easy activity to fit in whenever you have a little free time.  Your team will have to divide up a bit since they only allow groupings of up to four to help alleviate wait times. 210 Onondaga Rd, Syracuse, NY 13219


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Carrier Dome

While you and your team are in Syracuse, try and head to the Carrier Dome for a Syracuse University sporting event.  Carrier Dome is the nation’s largest domed college stadium.  Even though the stadium seats 49,250 people, the venue feels very intimate and makes you feel like you’re a part of the action.

The university’s football, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams all play at this stadium.  Cheer for Syracuse’s sports teams and be a part of the orange nation at the Carrier Dome. 900 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13244


5 Wits Syracuse

Inside of Destiny USA, 5 Wits Syracuse is a challenging, puzzle-filled escape room that will stump your team and make them work together if they want to overcome the obstacles.

5 Wits gives you and your team the option of four escape room themes.

Deep Space leaves you stranded on an abandoned spaceship and forces you to pilot through asteroid fields, repair the ship, and stop an evil artificial intelligence.  Can you pilot the ship back to Earth?

Drago’s Castle lets you live out your medieval fantasy of being a knight, fighting a dragon, and saving the princess.

Espionage puts you in the shoes of a spy who must break in to an enemy’s headquarters.  Watch where you step, because you don’t want to set off the laser alarm.  With your team, you must hack computers, uncover the information you were assigned to find, and escape, undetected.

Finally, Tomb, places you in an ancient Egyptian tomb.  Will you be able to solve the Pharaoh’s riddles, or will the tomb be your eternal resting place as well?

Remember to inquire about group discounts for groups of 15 or more. 9090 Destiny USA Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204


Beaver Lake Nature Center

Traveling and playing in a tournament can be exhausting.  At times you and your team will want to catch your breath and relax a little bit.  At Beaver Lake Nature Center, you can do just that.  Hike or walk on one of their many trails and loosen up after a game.

The nature center is home to a lot of wildlife.  You will most likely encounter herons fishing in nearby streams and hear the sound of bullfrogs as you walk by.

Beaver Lake Nature Center also has picnic areas, so you and you team can stop there for lunch. 8477 E Mud Lake Rd, Baldwinsville, NY 13027


Regal Destiny USA Stadium 19 IMAX & RPX

The name of this theater is an indication to how big it is.  Regal Destiny USA Stadium 19 IMAX & RPX is a massive movie theater with as many as 13 movies playing at one time.  With that many choices, you won’t have a problem picking a movie the whole team will agree on.

The seats are comfortable, and you have the choice of regular theater, IMAX, or RPX, which stands for Regal Premium Experience.

If you and the team want to catch a movie after you’re done playing for the day, this is the place to do it. 9586 Destiny USA Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204


You and your team will have a great time in Syracuse while you visit for your tournament.  The city has a variety of entertaining activities to do and a lot of attractions to see.  You can certainly make an entire day out of going to Destiny USA alone, but then you’d miss out on a lot of the other fun things Syracuse has to offer.