Winter Activities in Syracuse

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February 1, 2019

Winter Activities in Syracuse
By Becca Malachowski, Arts and Leisure Editor ‘20

Rosamond Gifford Zoo: This Syracuse Zoo, which also happens to be open all year ‘round, is perfect if you’ll be watching kids over break, don’t mind the cold, or if you just happen to love animals (who doesn’t?). They have tons of events that you can typically find posted on their website including, “Holidays with the Animals” events and watching elephants play in the snow. They also have a unique gift shop full of zoo themed gifts for last minute presents, or a specific something for the animal lover on your list. Pricing for this activity varies based on a monthly basis, but it’s typically 9 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for kids.
Lights on the Lake: If you are in the mood for a traditional Holiday themed activity, then the annual Lights on the Lake event in Liverpool is for you. As one of my favorite type events from my childhood, this would be something I’d want to just round up all of my friends and go to. They have different types of light displays including Holiday displays, the Land of Oz, and a “Magic fantasy forest”. This experience will cost you 6 bucks on the weekdays and 15 on weekends (per car).
Ice Skating (Clinton Square): Forever the timeless classic, outdoor ice skating is back in season! One of the most popular places to experience this event would be Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. Nothing truly says quintessential Central NY winter (or winter in general) than freezing your butt off in the wobbly fun that you only do like, once a year. Admission is just 3 dollars, but if you want to add a skate rental it’ll be 6 dollars.
The Annual Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles: If you don’t mind driving in snow, or can get someone to drive for you, this would be a really cool thing to experience. The village of Skaneateles Puts on events every weekend starting the day after Thanksgiving and December 23rd as well. The events include shopping, food, live music, carriage rides and of course, live renditions of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”! If you want to get more information look no further than their super easy website. It’s relatively inexpensive to go, but prices vary based on what you do.
The MOST: If you are looking for a unique, but 100% indoor activity, then this would be great for you. The MOST (Museum of Science and Technology) Has tons of fun attractions that will give you something to do, and possibly educate you a little bit at the same time. The MOST have movie nights, a Planetarium, Dinomania, and fun exhibits that include things like rock climbing and trampolines. It’s a little more on the pricey side, costing about 20 bucks if you’re not a member (5 if you are).