1. It's Not Your Typical College Town

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Syracuse is home to Syracuse University, but with the fifth largest population in the state, this is not just a college town. Syracuse is everything and more.

2. A State Fair To End All State Fairs

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More than 100 years ago, New York held its first state fair in Syracuse, which attracted thousands attendees. Since then, the Syracuse State Fair has become an annual tradition that has evolved into something much more than an ordinary state fair. Children of all ages flock to the carnival rides and the cotton candy stands. And get ready, because the fair lasts for 12 straight days and contains agricultural showcases, live concerts and even some education exhibits.

3. We Have Italian Roots

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They didn't name a neighborhood in Syracuse Little Italy without reason. In the late 1800's, Italian immigrants settled in the Northern Syracuse area, which was officially awarded the title, "Little Italy" in 2003. Holding true to its name, Little Italy is home to delicious Italian bakeries, pizzerias, bars, cafes, salons and clubs, all with a strong Italian influence.

4. You'll Want To Raise Your Family Here

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In 2010, Syracuse was rated by Forbes as one of the top ten places to raise a family. In 2007, Fortune Magazine dubbed Syracuse as one of the top ten places to own real estate. And in 2005, Money Magazine named the city one of the best places to live. How can so many big name publications be wrong?

5. There's Nothing "Erie" About Syracuse, Except For The Canal

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Erie Canal stretches for over 300 miles and connects New York City to the Great Lakes. Many Syracuse parks and trails line the canal, including the Jordan Canal Park and the Erie Canalway Trail, and these areas play host to many festivals and provide great opportunities for entertainment.

6. We Believe In Freedom

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A trail, known as The Freedom Trail, runs through Syracuse and was a part of The Underground Railroad. This trail is steeped in historical stories and is built from the footsteps of the many men, women and children who used the trail to escape from the South to New York searching for freedom from their slavery titles.

7. It's Always A White Christmas

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Syracuse is known for heavy snowfall thanks to its cold, yet humid climate. If you're okay with shoveling snow, making snowmen, and sucking on icicles, then you'll fit right in.

8. We Don't Mind Sitting Outside For Music

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The M&T Syracuse Jazz Festival is held each summer in Syracuse and is a free, outdoor festival that celebrates jazz music. Parking is not free, but you do get to enjoy the free music while basking in the warm sunshine.

9. We Dedicate A Festival To The Polish

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The Polish Festival in Syracuse is a festival dedicated to celebrating the heritage of the Polish. This festival has plenty of Polish sausage because it wouldn't be a Polish celebration without it! Enjoy genuine Polish music, dancing and a few words from a celebrated Polish speaker.

10. We Are Quite Shakespearean

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The Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, held annually, commemorates William Shakespeare and his brilliant works. The festival also has activities year-round including an acting workshop for children.

11. We Take Time To Enjoy Art And Culture

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Everson Museum of Art is a modern building with hundreds of art exhibits. The museum aims to inspire other artists and educate those who desire to learn more about art.

12. History Runs Deep

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The Erie Canal Museum displays and preserves documentation about the canal and is open to the public for viewing. It's a subtle reminder of the nature of Syracuse and how the city began. The museum prides itself on educating the public on how the canal has affected the city's past, present and future.

13. There Are Many Parks On Erie Canal

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Onondaga Lake Park is quoted as being the most popular park in Central New York. This park has got it all including boat rentals, archery, fishing, biking, kickball fields, a skate park, and a dog park.

14. You Won't Need A Car

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Syracuse has several Amtrak lines that run through the city, making transportation from one place to another a breeze.

15. Life Around Here Is Exotic

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to several species of birds, reptiles, mammals, fish and invertebrates. The zoo has a wide-range of special programs and activities for kids including Meet the ZooKeeper and birthday party rentals.

16. We Believe Laughter Helps You Live Longer

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Wise Guys Comedy Club hosts Open Mic nights every Wednesday where comics can try their best at getting laughs out of the crowd. This is the best place to retreat to after a long, hard day. Wise Guys boasts comedians like Chris Kattan and Drew Carey and continues to add names to its list.

17. We Believe in Destiny

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Destiny USA is a shopping and entertainment center in Syracuse with stores like Abercrombie and Fitch and entertainment like GlowGolf. It's a well-known shopping center in Syracuse that draws crowds from all over Up-State New York.

18. The City Was Built With Flavor

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The Salt Museum in Syracuse is a part of the Onondaga County Parks system and tells the story of how Syracuse has evolved. Syracuse is built on an industry of salt, which eventually gave way to other means of economic growth. But it is salt that truly gave Syracuse its start, and the museum stands to recognize this fact.

19. Walking A Creek Is Normal

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The Onondaga Creekwalk is notably the most beautiful trail in the city of Syracuse. The trail runs from Onondaga Lake shore to Armory Square District in downtown Syracuse. While walking this trail you will almost forget you're near the city.

20. Education Isn't Boring Here

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The Museum of Science and Technology hosts IMAX shows including nature documentaries other educational experiences. The museum also hosts its own science fair where teams compete on science projects.

21. We're Passionate About The Arts

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The Red House Arts Center is a non-profit organization that produces interdisciplinary arts and provides community art education. The Center's goal is to get the word out about the importance of art and its effect and impact on the community and it works to inspire others to take part in the arts.

22. Avoiding The Mainstream With Underground Arts

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Rarely Done Productions is an alternative performing arts company that focuses on independent works and things you wouldn't normally see in a mainstream company. It provides a refreshing take on today's performing arts culture.

23. A Good Night On The Town Includes Opera

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Syracuse Opera prides itself on colorful and moving productions that are unlike any other opera experience in Syracuse (if there is another opportunity for such an experience). Every season, Syracuse Opera produces three different shows and offers public opera education through the Resident Artists Program, providing both opportunity to see opera and to become a part of opera.

24. Syracuse Has Got Your Back

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Syracuse has its own Neighborhood Watch community focused on reducing crime and creating a safe, livable environment for families.

25. A Historic Venue Makes The Performance More Memorable

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The Landmark Theater is a breathtaking venue with historic woodwork and grand décor. It hosts a range of shows and events including performances by the Moscow Ballet.

26. We're Not Afraid Of Heights

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Sure, the State Tower Building is no Sears Tower, but at 23 floors, it's still pretty tall. In fact, it's the tallest building in Syracuse.

27. We Stay On Our Toes

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Thanks to two local boxers, a Boxing Hall Of Fame was founded in nearby Canastota. One can view inductees, learn about the art of boxing and browse the gift shop for boxing memorabilia. Syracuse takes pride in its humble, sturdy spirit and holds special events and activities celebrating the sport of boxing. During the month of June, Syracuse rejoices in Induction Weekend where new inductees are introduced into the Hall of Fame.

28. Ice Skating Is A Common Past Time

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Skating in Clinton Square is the perfect way for any local to past the time and enjoy the season. Clinton Square offers free skating on Monday nights, although remember, children are not allowed on the rink by themselves after dark and security guards will start carding after sunset. This makes the rink feel that much safer for families.

29. A Warm And Fuzzy Heart

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The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse is devoted to taking care of homeless animals and helping them find their forever homes. The Alliance also engages in animal rescue from dangerous homes and environments. Syracuse even has a Division of Dog Control where residents can directly issue complaints about noisy or violent dogs. It's nice to know the city keeps the safety of its residents and pets a priority.

30. It's Ok To Pamper Yourself Every Once And A While

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With massage parlors like A Touch Above Massage Therapy and Salon, it's safe to say Syracuse is comfortable about taking a day off and relaxing every now and then.