When traveling to a new part of the country, I always try to be mindful of surprises. As in, I went to St. Louis last year expecting nothing in particular and ended up being blown away by the people, the food, and their city park. On our trip to Syracuse last month (it’s September!!), Green Lakes State Park was suggested here and there. I just had a gut feeling I needed to go visit.
As it turned out, the park was one of the most beautiful parts of our trip. That’s saying something because Skaneateles Lake was obviously adorable! Green Lakes State Park is aptly named, but it doesn’t do justice to the amazing colors and hues of the lakes! As you can see in the photos below, the green is GREEN…
Before jumping into a few other Syracuse musts, I want to take a second to talk about this striped dress. I’ve worn it so many times this summer. In addition to being amazingly comfortable (I love how long it is), it always garners many compliments. I’ve dressed it up with heels and wedges and even ‘hiked’ around this lake in flat sandals without ever blinking an eye. It’s on sale, so I had to make sure you didn’t miss out!
Green Lakes State Park
If time and weather permit on your visit to Central New York State, head to Green Lakes (10-15 minutes from Syracuse). There’s an $8 entrance fee and huge parking lots.
A sizeable beach greets you as you walk toward Green Lake from the parking lot. Feel free to swim, but the paths around Green Lake and Round Lake are flat and well-maintained (I did it easily in sandals) and deserve a walk.
The loop around both lakes is 3.25 miles with the distance around just Green Lake at about 2 miles even. If we had more time, it would have been fun to take a picnic lunch to enjoy by one of the lakes!
What to do in Syracuse
Back in Syracuse, you don’t want to miss the downtown area around Clinton Square. The Erie Canal used to flow through the city. It’s since been diverted, but they have a beautiful fountain homage to the canal and the surrounding buildings are stunning.
The architecture looks so magnificent because the area was originally designed to impress passersby (on the canal). You know I’m a sucker for historical facts and I loved this one – the epitome of expansion and urban dwelling in the 19th century! Another highlight is the history of the Underground Railroad in the city.
Because we stayed in Skaneateles, we didn’t eat much in Syracuse, but our meal at Apizza Regionale was delicious with seasonal flavors. I had the potato pizza which was scrumptious. And don’t pass up on dessert!!