A “must-do” list for making the most out of the fall in Syracuse

Capacity limits, social distancing, mask mandates and campus outbreaks of COVID-19 left few opportunities for Syracuse University students to explore the city and the surrounding areas last year. With over 90% of Syracuse University students and over 70% of New Yorkers now vaccinated, restrictions are slowly lifting as we move toward a new normal. If you’re craving a “normal” Syracuse University fall semester, here are three things that might bring you a step closer to normalcy.

Students walking through the Syracuse University promenade on a sunny fall day.

Attend the New York State Fair: Aug. 20-Sept. 6

The New York State Fair is an affordable 18-day celebration of delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment and great fun. If you don’t have a car, don’t worry; Syracuse University typically provides transportation to the fair, and Centro, Syracuse’s transportation service, provides shuttles to and from the fairgrounds. Entrance to the fair is only $3 for adults!

Here are some of things to do at the state fair:

Go to the first games of the season.

Go apple or pumpkin picking!

Central New York is beautiful in the fall, and one of the best ways to experience the beauty  of nature is through apple or pumpkin picking.

Taylor Krzeminski is a graduate student in the public diplomacy and global communications program at the Newhouse School.