What to do and see in Liverpool, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 28, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Liverpool is a lakeside village in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 2,347 at the 2010 census. The name was adopted from the city of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. The village is on Onondaga Lake, in the western part of the town of Salina and is northwest of Syracuse, of which it is a suburb.
Restaurants in Liverpool

1. Onondaga Lake Park

Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, Salina, NY +1 315-453-6712
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Onondaga Lake Park

Reviewed By Larry W - Rochester, New York

Onondaga Park hosts the "Lights on the Lake" display of XMAS lights every year. I had never gone through this amazing sight before, but I did this week. WOW!!! If you have never visited the park during this colorful extravaganza, you really should! I did it just as a way to kill some time between meetings, but it would have been worth the trip even just to see that. It does cost $10.00, but well worth the expense. Go this year!

2. The Great New York State Fair

581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13209-1551 +1 315-487-7711
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

The Great New York State Fair

A dozen days of downhome fun with a focus on the great state of New York’s farming heritage and achievement adds up to a romp of a good time. A hearty mix of midway rides, concerts, exhibits and more ensures everybody has a blast. One of the biggest and longest running state fairs in America, the annual event runs until Labour Day at the New York Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Reviewed By Bard J - Fulton, New York

We tend to go every year. Sometimes we go once, but other years we go a few times. The latest improvements are getting better. The bathrooms are everywhere and kept very clean. The selection of food is mind blowing. The rides are cleaner, safer, and more of a selection. The best deal is the all day ride wristband. There are some of the best shows on earth to see. The great Bandaloni is my favorite check him out on you-tube .

3. Hollywood Theatre

2221 Brewerton Rd, Mattydale, Salina, NY 13211-1684 +1 315-454-0321
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Hollywood Theatre

Reviewed By Joe H - DeWitt, New York

I reviewed the Hollywood Theatre back in 2014 and at that time I gave it an average rating. I'm updating my review and upgrading my rating to very good based on the installation of very comfortable reclining seats, replacing the old and battered seats that had been there. The new seats are nicely spaced with lots of room between each row.

The projection quality is good and the sound is okay, if not quite as good as some of the first run theaters. Concessions are good, perhaps less extensive selection, but the popcorn is fresh and tasty. The rest rooms have been updated as well.

The theater walls and floors are still not as nice as the big chain theaters, and I do not know whether the cold drafts that were a bit of a problem in the winter still exist or not. But considering the prices ($2 on weekdays and $3 on weekends) those minor deficiencies are more than offset by the great prices.

Note: Unless you have a handicapped permit and get there early enough to get one of the 2 handicap parking spaces in front of the theater, you must park around the side and back of the theater. Do not park in front of the businesses adjacent to the theater as they will have you towed.

4. Salt Museum

6790 Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, Salina, NY 13088-5067 +1 315-453-6715
Excellent
34%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Salt Museum

Reviewed By Fred M - Pittsford, New York

Went with a relative, inhabitant of Liverpool, and had a nice personally narrated slide show of how salt was found, rendered and sold in the 1800's. @ guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The gift shop had some unusual items I have not seen in other museums. Call in advance to insure Museum is open

5. Erie Canal Museum

318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202-1106 +1 315-471-0593
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

Erie Canal Museum

he Erie Canal Museum is housed in the National Register 1850 Weighlock Building, the only structure of its kind in the United States. The unique building where canal cargo was once weighed is the Museum's most important artifact and a centerpiece for interpretation of Erie Canal history. The Museum shows visitors 200 years of Erie Canal history through interactive displays, hands-on exhibits, a full-size replica canal boat, narrative audio tracks and original artifacts. The Museum shop offers historic maps, books for children and adults, T-shirts, Canal-inspired toys and more. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with the exception of major holidays. Free parking in Visitor Center spaces in lot on Erie Boulevard East. The Museum also serves as the Syracuse Heritage Area Visitor Center, providing information, brochures, maps and interpretive signage throughout downtown Syracuse.

Reviewed By Thomas C - Binghamton, New York

We have done a couple of tours of things related to the Erie Canal and always enjoyed them. We were in the Syracuse area and figured this would be an interesting thing to do. First the positive, it is a very cheap museum, $5 suggested donation. They have a full-size model of a boat that would have used the canal and you can go on it and walk around. The emphasis is on the weigh house (station, can't remember exactly what it is called). It is what weighed the boats on the canal. The back part of the museum in the weigh station and you get to see how it works and what it would have looked like. They also have an interactive game that let you play the part of the station master. Ok, now the problems. The weigh house game worked but there were several others including one that looked really interesting that weren't working. The museum has a ton of stuff but the order to look at it seems disjointed. It might have just been me but half the time I felt I was following a chronology, this is the order things were built. The other part of the time I felt it was geography, start in Albany and work your way across to Buffalo. It just got a little confusing, again it might have been how we went through. Also the second floor was set up for postcards which were interesting but it didn't seem like an efficient use of the space. Anyway it was definitely worth the visit.

6. Movie Tavern

180 Township Blvd, Township 5, Camillus, NY 13031-1659 +1 214-751-8277
Excellent
45%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Movie Tavern

Reviewed By Daniel A - Pulaski, New York

My wife very recently went to Movie Tavern, with co-workers, and raved enough about the unique experience that we (my wife, my son and his fiance, and myself) went there, right after I got off work this past weekend, for her birthday. It was fortunate that we used a GPS to find the place, as the building is tucked away in a confusing labyrinth of stores, parking lots (close by and ample), and side streets within the shopping complex. It is recommended that you plan your visit beforehand, and make reservations online, in order to select seats that offer the best viewing of the very large screen, as well as a show time that meets your schedule. We had made last minute online reservations and were seated to the right side of the screen, close up, next to the wall - it was not uncomfortable, due to the reclining seats, however the image was somewhat distorted due to the side-viewing angle. As you enter the building, there is a kiosk just inside and to the right where you can purchase tickets if you had not already done so online. Ticket prices are on par with prices at any other theater. From that point there is a large lobby with a walkway leading to the check-in point for the theaters. You can check-in as soon as you get there, but will not be allowed into the theater complex until 30 minutes before your show time, so there is no real need to get there super early. If you do choose to get there early, there is a large U shaped (alcoholic and other beverages) bar offset to the left of the entrance, with large adjacent seating areas. Upon check-in you are issued a menu, which you can review while waiting in the lobby or after being seated in the theater. The movies shown are all first-run, and the same feature film is shown often enough during the day that you can fit almost any personal schedule need to the appropriate show time for any feature film. As you enter your theater, you will see an unusually large screen, with stepped rows of large seats arrayed in front, as in any other theater. The seats are wide (similar to those at Oswego Cinemas or business / first class on an airline), are stuffed, and recline. There is a swing-away tray attached to the right arm - the tray is bigger than the one you find on an airline. A waiter or waitress, assigned to certain rows, will solicit you for first drink, and then appetizer / food orders as in any restaurant. Our waiter was very friendly and professional, and I noted the same behavior in the other wait staff. The menu prices seem rather expensive upon first glance, but upon review, we spend about the same amount going out to dinner at a restaurant before or after a movie, and the dinner and a movie combination experience may make it worth the price for you. I do not believe there is any requirement to order food with the movie, so you can watch a movie in comfortable seats if you wish. We ordered sweet tea ($4.75, however the glass was almost a foot tall!); a shake ($9.50); fried pickles ($7.95); a pound of chicken wings ($15.95); veggie burger, chicken sandwich, pulled pork sliders ($12.95 each); a red velvet cake dessert ($7.75). The food was hot when delivered, and tasted OK (not four star, nothing to rave about, but adequate, and on-par with fast food on a plate - just part of the experience). When your food is delivered you are solicited for payment and I did so by credit card. As in a restaurant, you are then given a folder with the receipt to sign. The receipt has helpful calculations for the amount of any tip you may wish to tender, based on percentages; we always choose to tip in cash. All in all, a nice way to see a movie and I would recommend you try it at least once to see if it fits you; kids in particular seemed to really enjoy the experience, and there were a lot of family groups in the audience

7. Onondaga Lake Skate Park

106 Lake Dr, Liverpool, Salina, NY 13088-5118 +1 315-453-6712
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Onondaga Lake Skate Park

Reviewed By DrParticle - Liverpool, New York

One of the secrets of the snow capital, this park right in the heart of the metro area is a wonderful place for outdoor activities. With miles of widely used walking and riding paths, manypicnic tables and grills all over, this is a terrific place to wathc the sunset, or join friend and family to relax. The running path is open year round even in winter

8. Rosamond Gifford Zoo

1 Conservation Pl, Syracuse, NY 13204-2590 +1 315-435-8511
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 753 reviews

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Reviewed By ellenbee56

We visited this zoo last September; being a weekday during school time it wasn't very crowded, and we enjoyed walking around to see the exhibits. There was a good variety, and everything seemed well maintained. The indoor exhibits were especially good. We spent 2 or so hours here, including getting a bite to eat. All in all, a pretty nice zoo!

9. Destiny USA

9090 Destiny USA Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204-9098 +1 315-466-6000
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Destiny USA

Destiny USA is a 2.4 million square foot tourist destination in Syracuse, NY that includes a strong mix of luxury outlet tenants, restaurants and entertainment. New brands are continuing to open to create a unique and dynamic consumer shopping experience. A stunning three-story glass atrium provides perfect weather year round. Oxford Economics has projected an annual visitation rate of over 29 million visitors from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Destiny USA is expected to be the second most visited shopping center in the country, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. It is the largest LEED Gold certified retail commercial building in the world.

Reviewed By shrie - Oakville, Canada

What an incredible place for the family. We only had 3 days to go away for March Break so we drove to Syracuse - arrived late afternoon Friday and left midday Sunday and had a fantastic time. I was dreaming of puzzle solving by Sunday night - we did 5Witts, Mystery Room, Museum of Intrigue, Canyon ropes course, WonderWorks, Mirror Maze, some shopping, the Cheese Cake Factory and Texas de Brazil. Phew, what a whirlwind. We should have gone the first weekend of March Break while the winter package deal was still on but we didn't know about it. Next time we'll go when it's a bit less expensive!

10. Hopkins Road Park

4851 Hopkins Rd, Liverpool, Salina, NY 13088-5711 +1 315-453-6720
Excellent
14%
Good
72%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Hopkins Road Park

Reviewed By Larry W - Rochester, New York

Hopkins Road Park is primarily a baseball and softball complex, dedicated to playing and practicing that one (two?) sport. The fields are very concentrated in a single grouping, so you can almost watch more than one game at a time. Some of the fields are lit, so night ball is played during the summer months. There are also bathroom facilities inside the complex, and places to purchase food, which is nice as well. This facility is used for competition as well as for instruction; a great place to place baseball!

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