The nation’s third-largest state fair with over a million visitors for three years in a row, the New York State Fair is a must-visit event that features something for everyone! Started in 1841 with animal exhibits, a plowing contest and samples of manufactured goods, the New York State Fair now offers visitors agricultural, livestock, arts and crafts exhibits and competitions, culinary competitions, thirteen days of entertainment on the experience stage, a wide variety of food and drink concessions, historic exhibits and so much more. The entire family is sure to find something they enjoy!
From historic displays to a circus and live music, rides and much more, there is something for all ages at the New York State Fair! Some of the attractions and lineups include:
Agricultural and Carriage Museums: Take in a little history with the Daniel Parrish Witter Agricultural Museum, which celebrates its 90th anniversary at the fair! The museum showcases the history of agriculture in New York, including exhibits, demonstrations and an actual, fully furnished log cabin from the area’s homespun days. The Carriage Museum features more than 50 horse-drawn vehicles and a blacksmith demonstration. Both museums are open daily from 10am – 8pm.
Agriculture and Livestock Exhibits: Each year New York State fair attendees can view competitions and tour barns featuring 10,000 of the state’s best cows, horses, goats, pigs, llamas, sheep, poultry and rabbits. Visitors can also peruse other agriculture-related competitions in the 4-H and FFA buildings.
Antique Tractor Show: View a collection of antique farm tractors, most of which were produced before 1960 and have been retired from the field.
Arch Dragons: New to the fair, these animatronic dragons have impressive wing spans of 9 feet, sounds and life like-features. They have daily appearances in the area around the Talent Showcase area near the Youth Building at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm daily.
Art and Craft Exhibitions: View exhibits centered around arts and crafts, featuring fine arts, photography, quilting, woodworking and much more.
Wegmans Art and Home Center: Visit this center and take in culinary demonstrations, photography exhibits, arts and crafts, entertainment and much more.
Birds of Prey (Sponsored by Jet Blue): View over 15 birds from the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center. The display is open daily from 10am – 6pm, and there are three flying shows at 11am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
Butter Sculpture: The 50th anniversary of this State Fair tradition, the butter sculpture is a must-see! Visit the Dairy Products Building and see how we could turn hundreds of pounds of butter turned into art.
Coronas Circus: Located in the Family Fun Zone near the Youth Building, state fair attendees can take in the Coronas Circus, a 4th generation of circus performers! Show times and other circus events include:
· Circus - show times at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
· Hollywood Racing Pigs - show times at 12:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:15pm
· Giraffic Menagerie Petting Zoo - open 10:00am–10:00pm daily
Experience Stage: Take in thirteen days of entertainment from a diverse lineup of talent and entertainment on the experience stage! For a full schedule, click here.
Hall of Health: Visit the Science and Industry Building Hall of Health to visit a wide variety of health service organizations and professionals.
Historic Train Exhibit: The Train-Railroad Exhibit is one of the most popular historic attractions at the New York State Fair! View a classic 1916 model restored wooden New York Central caboose and a restored vintage 1920s era passenger car.
Horticulture Building: Visit the Horticulture Building to take in the sights, and of course, beautiful smells, of colorful plants and flower arrangements. The building also features the Taste NY Market where you can learn about local New York produce and even sample and purchase some!
i-Flip Aerial Show: The ultimate aerial and acrobatic thrill show features aerial bungee, tramp-wall, sphere, power track and more!
Kiddieland Midway: The perfect part of the fair for your young ones, the Kiddieland Midway is set apart from the main midway and features age-appropriate rides, games and more.
Labor Day Fireworks Display: Say farewell to summer and Labor Day with our spectacular fireworks display. It begins following the final 6pm Chevy Court concert performance, and is not to be missed!
There’s even more to experience at the New York State Fair! For a full list of events and attractions, click here.
With plenty of on-site amenities, you can find everything you need for a fun day at the State Fair! Available amenities include: drop-off and pick-up areas, scooter, wheelchair, stroller and wagon rentals, fair trams, first aid, accessible restrooms and seating, special needs seating, food and drink concessions, a baby care cottage, EV charging stations, ATM and much more!
The New York State Fair is located at:
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, New York 13209
Your visit to the New York State Fair can be even better by RVing there and camping right onsite! Daily RV camping is available at the New York State Fair, but keep in mind that these are dry camping sites with no water, electrical or sewer service included. A dumping station and restrooms with showers are in a nearby lot.
Other things to keep in mind when RVing at the New York State Fair:
· Campers may use their own generators.
· Portable toilets and hand-washing stations will be available in the camping area.
· Tent camping is not allowed.
· Additional vehicles must park in any of the Fair's public parking lots at a cost of $5 per day, payment by cash only.
· The New York State Access Pass/Lifetime Liberty Pass is not accepted at this park.
There are approximately 70 spaces (20’ x 40’) that are available for daily RV parking between August 20th – September 2nd. The spots are available on a first-come, first served basis. The cost is $25.68 per day, which covers a single parking site for one RV and one vehicle parking permit, and does not include admission to the fair.
Permits should be purchased in advance, and can be purchased online starting Monday, April 1, 2019 at 8am until Friday, August 16, 2019 at midnight. After August 16th, daily RV parking permits can be purchased in person at the camping office in the pink lot. For more information on RVing and camping at the New York State Fair, click here.
Even if you don’t own an RV of your own, you can enjoy camping at the State Fair! Thanks to RV rental from RVshare, you can rent an RV in your hometown and travel to the fair in the ultimate in comfort and ease, or rent an RV right in Syracuse.
The New York State Fair has several hotel partners located nearby the fairgrounds. For a full list, click here.
The New York State Fairgrounds are located immediately adjacent to Route 690 just West of Syracuse. To get there, follow the directions below:
From the West - Buffalo / Rochester Area: Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 East) to Exit 39, then follow Rt. 690 East.
From the East - Albany / Utica Area: Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 West) to Exit 34A, follow Rt. 481 South, then follow Rt. 690 West.
From the North - Watertown Area: Take Interstate 81 South into Syracuse to Exit 22. Follow Bear Street (Rt. 298) to Rt. 690 West.
From the South - Binghamton / Cortland Area: Take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.
From the New York City / Downstate Area: Take the best route to Binghamton, N.Y. then take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.
For other ways to get to the fair, including Park-N-Ride and Amtrak train services, click here.
Parking is available at the state fairgrounds for $5 per vehicle.
Tickets for the New York State Fair can be purchased at any State Fair gate on the fairgrounds. Prices are as follows:
Daily (except when noted below): $10
August 22nd or August 29nd: $3
August 21st and September 2nd: $1
Children 12 and under are admitted free every day, and students under 18 are admitted free on Friday, August 30th. On Senior Citizens’ Day, August 26th and 27th, all seniors 60 years and above are admitted free.
A visit to the New York State Fair is always fun, but make sure it’s also comfortable, easy and stress-free, too! When you travel to the fair in an RV rental from RVshare, you’ll be sure to be comfortable – convenient private bathroom, anyone? – and have a blast! Whether you visit the New York State Fair in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip. Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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