Family Visit to Syracuse, NY this Weekend #visitsyracuse

| July 11, 2013 | 6 Comments


Don’t laugh now, but the last time I was in the Unites States was when I was 16 years old!  That was many moons ago in the 1980’s. Last fall, I finally got my family passports to travel abroad the perimeters of our beautiful country and visit our good neighbours down south.

Our first trip to the USA is in Syracuse, NY this weekend. I cleaned the outside and inside of the Van, and filled it up with gas and windshield fluid.  I really like that clean Van smell when travelling!  My family road trip packing check list is done, so I am all set for our departure!

The drive should take about 3 hours and 25 minutes from Ottawa, depending on how long we wait at the U.S. Border. We will spend three days visiting attractions such as WonderWorks, the Pole Position Raceway, and Most (Museum of Science and Technology). Other popular attractions include the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and the Eric Canal Museum, and a friend of mine suggested we have to eat at Tully’s. The hotel in Syracuse where we will be staying is the renown Double Tree Hotel by Hilton!

We will definitely go shopping at Destiny USA, the 2.4 million square foot mall, so now this gets me thinking about how much I can spend duty free on this trip. Thankfully, I found the information on the web. The good news is that, apparently last year, the duty free amount increased to up to $800/ per person if you stay more than 48 hours. Yay! Charge it!  If you only spend between 24 and 48 hours the personal exemption is $200.

I always bring snacks and drinks in coolers when we travel, but I am concerned about bringing food into the U.S. I  found this page on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on travelers bringing food into the U.S. for personal use. Many products are restricted depending on the country of origin and if the country is affected by certain diseases.  We may be able to bring in food such as fruits, meats or other agricultural products depending on the region or country from which you are traveling, but this gets tricky, so I think I will avoid them and purchase them in the States. It looks like bread, cookies, crackers, cakes, granola bars, cereal, chocolate, candy, condiments are acceptable. Canned goods and goods in vacuum packed jars (other than those containing meat or poultry products) are admissible. After all, I will make sure we eat our meal before we arrive at customs, and just bring the snacks mentioned above.  It’s also mention on the site that failure to declare food products can result in up to $10,000 in fines and penalties. Good to know!

For more information on visiting Syracuse, you can view their tourism office web page!

You can follow our family trip on the OMC Twitter account and the hashtag #visitsyracuse.

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Category: Family, Living, Travel

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Brandi says:

    Ohhh how fun! I hope you have a great time…you’ll have lots to do 🙂 I haven’t been to NY in a LONG time..since I was a teenager, but remember it was pretty awesome 😉 Hope you enjoy!

  2. Christine says:

    I’ve never been to NY City before! Gosh am I ever dying to go! Just seems magical! 3 and a half hour drive seems pretty easy to travel too!

  3. Christine says:

    Eeek!! My bad! I have been to Syracuse before! It’s a great place! I travel to the US about twice a month. I live right next to the border. 🙂

  4. Erin B says:

    Fun! I’ve only been to the US twice (once in 2011 and once in 2012) both times were to Ohio. I’ve always wanted to go to NY though 🙂

  5. Jenn says:

    The best thing about Syracuse is the SHOPPING!!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Oh fun! we love a good road trip! we just drove 25 hours to Florida!! we will probably take the boys to NY soon!

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