5 Of The Best Parks in Syracuse

5 Of The Best Parks in Syracuse

Upper Onondaga Park - Upper Onondaga Park Website

Located on the South Side / Strathmore, this park is a great place to spend time with your family, friends, dogs or just have some alone time! This 62-acre park includes picturesque Hiawatha Lake and the gorgeous Gazebo. The scenery is breathtaking, even when covered in snow!  Great photo opportunities for all occasions here!

Features of this park...

Hiawatha Lake and Band Gazebo - A must see!  This lake dates back to 1911, and the breathtaking Gazebo followed just a few short years later 

Swimming (Outdoor) Pool - 50 meters long, 6 lanes, children's spray fountain

Athletic Fields and Courts - 8 tennis courts and 3 basketball courts

Playground - Swings, slides, seesaws, and climbing bars

Firebarn - has been restored for community use (visit their website listed above for more info)


Barry Park -Barry Park Website

Nestled in the Westcott neighborhood, this park is perfect for family time! The park is 15 acres and packed with fun. 

Features of this park...

Athletic Fields and Courts  - A baseball diamond;4  soccer fields; 2 tennis courts; 1 basketball court

Trail that wraps the pond - Feed the ducks

Playground - Swings, slides, seesaws, and climbing bars


E.M. Mills Rose Garden - E. M. Mills Rose Garden Website

Located inside Thornden Park and near Syracuse University, this memorial rose garden was named for Dr. E. M. Mills in commemoration of his services to American rose-growing. The garden was established with an effort to meet three requirements: 1) harmony of color, 2) the hardiness required by our climate - See Syracuse weather brings about such beauty!, 3) such wide variety of types and kinds as to be educational to the rose-lovers who live in and visit our beloved Syracuse.

The very best time for a visit is in June when roses are in bloom!

Features of this garden park...

Stroll, stroll, stroll

Take photos for all your special occasions

Meditate or Read

A nice spot for a date with that special someone


Westminster Park - Westminster Park Website

Set in the Syracuse University area, this park makes it easy to just sit back and relax. While this park might not boast the family-friendly allure of a playground or basketball court, rest-assure (pun intended) it is a great location for those who need a little alone time. With 4 acres and lots of sidewalks, this could be a great way to get in your daily steps.

Features of this park...

Reflect and journal

Walk your dogs

Go for a run


Franklin Square Park -Franklin Square Park Website

Located near downtown where Plum and Solar Streets meet, this park is a city jewel!  Fountains and gardens and arbors, oh my! Beauty, beauty, beauty - did we mention the beauty of it?!  Fun Fact: This park's namesake comes from the H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company that produced cars in this area from 1902 to 1934.

Features of this park...

Enjoy the beauty of it

Read, relax, have a cup of coffee from the nearby cafe

Take photos for your special occasion - many use this park for wedding ceremonies or just as a photo backdrop 


Did your favorite park not make the list? Let us know what your favorite spot is in Syracuse! John@BelieveInSyracuse.org.

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