Syracuse city life
Syracuse is one New York state’s largest cultural hubs, being a Mecca for the performing arts and especially music. The world-famous Syracuse Jazz Festival attracts numerous participants, as do the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz in The Square Festival. The city is also a place where Polish-American culture is honoured through the Polish Festival. Syracuse Stage theatre behaves like a stepping stone for many prospective Broadway plays, as well as an alternative destination for numerous concerts, including of the heavy metal, hardcore, ska and punk rock varieties.
Out of the many special landmarks and tourist attractions, the main must-see destinations are:
- Everson Museum of Art
- Erie Canal Museum
- Spark Contemporary Art Space
- International Mask and Puppet Museum
- Point of Contact Gallery
For outdoor sports fans, there are over 170 parks, fields and recreational areas in and around the city, with the largest being Burnet Park and golf course, Rosamond Gilfford Zoo, Thornden Park and many pools and ice rings. Syracuse is also home to large sports teams which play in the national leagues in baseball, hockey or indoor soccer.
International atmosphere in Syracuse
Syracuse is a tolerant, multicultural city with significant African-American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian-American communities, not to mention the large international student population. The city’s population is very young, with a third between the ages of 15 and 24 and 20% under the age of 15. English is generally widespread, with other languages such as Hindi, Polish or Spanish being spoken in local communities.
Syracuse has cold winters with heavy snowfall, approximately 115.6 inches (294 cm) a year, while summers are very wet, gathering about 41.54 inches (105.51 cm) of rain annually. Average temperatures for July hover at 82 °F (28 °C), while January averages at 31 °F (-1 °C).