If you are headed to Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, we have some suggestions for things to do and places to eat.  Syracuse is in the heart of New York State.  It’s a  friendly university town that offers a variety of activities during the beautiful summer months.  For all you spectators, please review the Ironman Spectator’s Guide and check their website for any updates.


  • Erie Canal Museum (318 Erie Blvd E) – Explore the story of the historic Erie Canal and it’s role in American history.
  • Museum of Science and Technology (500 S. Franklin St.) – Located right in downtown Syracuse, you can see homemade science, a weather station, an IMAX theater, interactive exhibits, and much more.
  • Webster Pond (2000 Block of Valley Dr.) – This is a scenic pond and park; perfect to unwind and enjoy a glimpse of nature’s beauty.
  • Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf (210 Onondaga Rd.) – Who doesn’t love miniature golf?? Line up the perfect shot and putt to your heart’s content.
  • Pole Position Raceway (Destiny USA Dr.) – Start your engines!  Race a go-cart down a massive indoor track.


Photo Courtesy of ALFA bar & dining room.

Photo Courtesy of ALFA bar & dining room.

  • Dinosaur BBQ (246 W. Willow St.) – A full-bodied barbeque joint with a unique atmosphere, with ruggedly flavored meats and savory seasoning.
  • ALFA bar & dining room (200 Waring Rd.) – A neighborhood gem that bases their menu on seasonal, fresh, local ingredients.  The food is totally made from scratch and they off vegetarian options.
  • Spaghetti Warehouse (689 N. Clinton St.) – Need a little carb loading???
  • Alto Cinco (526 Westcott St.) – If you are in the mood for Mexican, you can’t go wrong.  Who wants homemade salsa, guacamole, and beans!  They create fresh food in a homey atmosphere.  To make it enough better, they support several animal welfare groups!
  • Gentile’s (313 N. Geddes St.) – They get consistently great reviews for their innovative Italian dishes.
  • bc Restaurant (247 W. Fayette St.) – They’re known for their customer-centric modern dining and offer a $30 three course menu.
  • 317 at Montgomery Street – If you want a nice dinner out or looking for a romantic dinner, you’ve found the place. It’s a modern fusion restaurant that specializes in using fresh, local ingredients.
  • Mario & Salvo’s Pizzeria (4326 E Genesee St.) – A fantastic New York style pizza with all the pizzaz, plus a great selection of other entrees.
  • Strong Hearts Cafe (719 E. Genesee St.) – A heart healthy, vivacious vegan restaurant, dedicated to great taste that’s also good for you.
  • Empire Brewing Company (120 Walton St.) – A hearty pub & restaurant featuring a varied selection of foods and alcoholic beverages
  • Joelle’s French Bistro (4423 Skate Street Rd.) – Truly fine French dining, with a signature menu of independent gourmet creations.

Hope these ideas help.  Have a great race and enjoy Syracuse!!!