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Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish use their sense of taste as a primary means to detecting food. Taste buds are found over the entire external surface of the fish, as well as inside the mouth, pharynx and gill arches.

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Plan Your Day

Penguins by Mariana Roberts

Syracuse is a great city for you and your family to visit. It has a rich history, a wealth of outdoor recreation and a wide variety of places to shop and eat. After you stop by the zoo, you can extend your Syracuse adventure at one of these local destinations:


Stop by the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (The MOST) and enjoy an interactive science experience. You can journey through a giant replica of the human heart, climb around a five-story playhouse and watch a movie on the 66 foot Omnimax screen. 

Visit the Erie Canal Museum and board a replica canal boat, stroll the Locktender's Garden and discover the history that put Syracuse on the map. The Erie Canal Museum is housed in the National Register 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building, the only remaining canal boat weigh station in America.

Another National Register site is the Martisco Station Museum. There you can walk through a small town railroad station constructed in 1870.

For those interested in the rich history of Onondaga County, the Onondaga Historical Association Museum and Research Center offers guests the opportunity to explore, appreciate and utilize their past.

Outdoor Recreation

Feel like a nice run, a relaxing boat ride or a family picnic? Onondaga Lake Park provides the best paved vehicle-free trails in the region and seven miles of shoreline to keep the whole family entertained.

Take a hike on the winding trails and explore what Upstate New York has to offer outdoors at Beaver Lake Nature Center.  You can observe more than 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants.

Did you know that Syracuse is home to one of the country's oldest golf courses?  The Burnet Park Golf Course is a nine hole course and the first hole features the country’s only “shamrock” bunker.  There's plenty to do at Burnet Park, click here for details!

Enjoy a cruise with Mid-Lake Navigation & Tours along the historic waters of the Erie Canal. Book a brunch or dinner cruise while travelling the extensive New York State Canal System. This is an ideal excursion for young families and sightseers!

Shop & Dine

Located in downtown Syracuse, Armory Square provides unique shops and an abundance of restaurants. Shops offer a variety of products from jewelry to art and fine crafts to home-made chocolate. Most are locally owned and operated, providing the very best in personalized service. Gourmet restaurants and popular pubs offer food and drink from all over the world.

Or, shop 'til you drop at Destiny USA, Central New York's top shopping destination. Destiny USA offers hundreds of stores and specialty shops, full-service restaurants and a movie theatre as well as many other attractions.

Cultural Attractions

After you check out the animal exhibits at the zoo, head to the Everson Museum of Art and enjoy the various exhibitions hosted there throughout the year. The Everson houses about 11,000 pieces of art, including one of the largest holdings of American ceramics in the nation.

Take advantage of Central New York's premier professional theatre at Syracuse Stage. Stage shares its talent with close to 90,000 visitors every year, offering produce shows from comedy to drama to musicals.

Experience the nationally acclaimed professional resident Symphoria, Syracuse's symphony orchestra, with 80 musicians and a conducting staff that is internationally recognized.

The Syracuse Opera prides itself on enriching the lives of residents in Central New York through the sound of singing voices. Opera productions are offered year round at the Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater of the Mulroy Civic Center.


It's always exciting to experience the action-packed Division I sports of Syracuse University! After visting the zoo check out some of the great athletic programs Syracuse University has to offer including basketball, football and lacrosse.

Or, check out a Syracuse Crunch hockey game! The Crunch is a minor league team in the American Hockey League. This team has a great fan following and is a major community presence.

During baseball season, enjoy a Syracuse Mets ball game! The Mets are the Minor League affiliate of the New York Mets. Their opponets include other AAA teamaffiliates including the Pawtucket Red Sox and Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. 


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