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Over the past 200 years, Syracuse has been many things─the nation's top producer of salt, a thriving industrial city, and a major academic and cultural center. One thing it has never been is dull. Salt production began in the late 1700s and increased drastically with the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. It waned around the end of the American Civil War and gave way to industrial manufacturing. Syracuse is still known as the "Salt City" for providing most of the salt used in the United States in the 1800s. Central New York's Native American heritage is evidenced by the names of its towns. Additionally, Syracuse has attracted immigrants from all over the world, and the tableau of the city is painted with the rich culture of these people that can be seen with a stroll through one of the city's many villages, such as Little Italy or Tipperary Hill. Although history and tradition are important to Syracusans, this is not a city that lives in its past. It has grown into a vibrant academic and cultural center with the continued growth of Syracuse University, a major research university with nationally recognized athletic programs, and Upstate Medical University. Work from local artists is celebrated and can be found in the city's many art galleries as well as in some local shops. Parents and their children can find exciting activities at the Everson Museum, Rosamond Gifford Zoo, The MOST, and the Erie Canal Museum, along with the Landmark Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and Armory Square with its many fine Restaurants, Taverns, and Nightclubs.
Syracuse is a town full of history and beauty. Visit one of Syracuse's many museums or historic districts to learn more about the city. For a relaxing day, there are several things to do at one of the area's more than 50 states, county and city parks.
Two words sum up the philosophy of most food in Syracuse–fresh and local. Although there are several pubs located in Syracuse, you will find more than just typical bar fare here. Each restaurant adds its own flair to its cuisine, and, because of the city's rich cultural diversity, there is also a variety of authentic world cuisine available.
Any of these cafes is a great stopover from a day of exploring the city. Grab a cup of coffee, indulge your sweet tooth or enjoy lunch in a cozy atmosphere. You might even be lucky enough to hear some live music.
The bar scene in this college town is mostly laid back. With a number of local breweries like the Empire Brewing Company and the Syracuse Suds Factory, Syracuse is serious about its beer and there is always competition to see who has the biggest and best beer selection. If you're looking for a night of dancing, head over the World Lounge and Martini Bar.
Home to the nation's sixth-largest mall, Destiny USA, Syracuse is definitely a city where shopping is a priority. Whether it's a flea market find or a unique item from one of downtown's boutique shops, you are sure to find what you seek.
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