A day out of the Orange

Looking for an escape from 'Cuse for the day? Cortland, Oswego, and Skaneateles are only 30 miles away and filled with exciting things to do and explore.


The city of Cortland is only a 30 minute drive headed south from Syracuse - perfect for a day trip for shopping along Main Street, a night out in a new town, or even a high-class getaway at the Greek Peak Mountain Resort. SUNY Cortland and Tompkins-Cortland Community College make for a lively college town Syracuse students can easily take full advantage of.

Distance: 30 miles

Driving: 40 minute trip south on I-81

Population: 18,740

Schools: SUNY Cortland, TC3



If you’re getting sick of the traffic and smog of Syracuse, or you just want to look at a clean lake for a change, it may be time to escape to small-town Skaneateles. It’s a scenic 30-minute trip southwest from ‘Cuse to a relaxing getaway. Eat at a historic down-home diner, drink vino on a gorgeous lake, or chow down on some famous fish.

Distance: 23 miles

Driving: 30 minute trip southwest

Population: 2,700

Main Attraction: Skaneateles Lake



OK, so Oswego, NY is even colder, windier, and snowier than Syracuse in the wintertime -- but it’s still worth a trip to experience what it has to offer. It’s a small college town nestled next to Lake Ontario with a hopping maritime district of bars and restaurants. Sip tea with some SUNY-Oswego students, conquer the downtown of this notorious party school, have a glass of wine with the Canale brothers of Canale's Restaraunt, or visit the waterfront to view some awesome WWII tugboats and learn some history.

Distance: 33 miles

Driving: 53 minute trip northwest

Population: 18,000

Schools: SUNY Oswego

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