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Living In Onondaga County

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Onondaga County and Central New York are at the center of it all when it comes to cultural, culinary and recreational opportunities. It’s also an exceptionally affordable place to live, work and play. Onondaga County and all of its amenities make it a great place to build a career and enjoy a high quality of life. It’s the ideal place to grow as an individual or raise a family.

Our Community

Downtown Syracuse is the beating heart of arts, culture, food and entertainment in Central New York, but there are plenty of places to experience life to the fullest in Onondaga County from the suburbs to rural communities. We have more than 70 parks and recreational areas for the outdoor adventurer or 40-plus cultural events for fun. And our location is close to New York state’s best: the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, Finger Lakes wine country, Niagara Falls and New York City for those who love to explore.

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Area attractions

Enjoy the scenic views and entertainment at the Empower FCU Amphitheatre at Lakeview on Onondaga Lake.

Onondaga County is home to one of the largest malls in the country, Destiny USA. In addition to a shopping destination, visitors have access to a wide variety of entertainment and dining options.

Local family-friendly attractions include the Great New York State Fair, The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and the hands-on Museum of Science and Technology (The MOST).

Recreation & outdoors

Central New York is a prime location for all season activities. Within Onondaga County, experience the ultimate lake life on Oneida Lake, the largest lake within New York State.

The county is also considered part of the Finger Lakes Region, home to beautiful Skaneateles Lake and Otisco Lake. In addition, enjoy an abundance of scenic trails, waterfalls, and parks within the area.

The transition from summer to fall features scenic foliage and activities such as apple picking, while winter hobbies include skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating.

Sporting events

Syracuse University and Le Moyne College compete at the Division I level. Notably, the Syracuse Orange is famous for its high-profile basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer teams.

Syracuse Mets baseball is a top source of entertainment in the warmer months, and the Syracuse Crunch hockey team thrills all winter long.

Arts & Culture

The arts are a big part of the leisure scene here in Onondaga County. Throughout the year, there are 40+ festivals and cultural events hosted by the community.

The historic Landmark Theatre in the heart of downtown routinely draws thousands to Broadway shows and live music performances.

For art enthusiasts, the Everson Museum of Art showcases a number of high-profile exhibits for viewing.