Syracuse, Indiana is a town of approximately 3,000 full-time residents. Theenvironment in Syracuse is that of an active small town, making Syracuse a fantastic place to live or visit. It lies in the northeastern corner of Kosciusko County, with easy access from US 6 to SR 13 on the north, and from US 30 to SR 13 on the south. There are seven lakes in and around the town, making it a water lover’s paradise. Lake Wawasee, the largest of these lakes, is the largest natural lake in Indiana. With access to Syracuse Lake, there are more than 3,500 acres of water for year-round recreation. There are also many homes, condominiums, hotels and Bed and Breakfasts for out-of-town guests to rent while they enjoy the Syracuse area.
Evidence of the attractions the Syracuse- Wawasee Lakes Area provides can be found i the number of homes dotting the shore of both Syracuse Lake and Lake Wawasee. Quaint summer cottages and magnificent modern homes overlook the clear and sparkling waters of both lakes. The high demand of the lake property is a considerable testimony to the pleasures of the area.
Syracuse is home to one of the finest school systems in Indiana. In additions to a standard curriculum, there are a variety of educational opportunities available to all students. High School students from Wawasee High School consistently rank well in the State and Nation in academic tests.
A fine park system in the town of Syracuse adds to the pleasure the lakes area offers. A public beach is available, as is a public dock. Lakeside Park is a center for family and community fun throughout the entire year. Park Rhythms, is a featured event throughout the summer, where local entertainers perform for your listening enjoyment. Permanent residents, summer dwellers and visitors can enjoy swimming, water-skiing, boating and many other water activities when visiting our parks. Mid-May through Mid-October, the Chamber along with the Syracuse Parks Dept., hosts a Farmer’s Market at Memorial Park (at Crosson Mill), on SR 13 in Syracuse. This event hi-lights local artists and farmers that bring their homegrown and handmade items to sell. We celebrate Fall Harvest Festival in October to close the Farmer’s Market for the season. This event consists of; Cider Press, live farm animals, pumpkin decorating and much more!
There are a number of activities scheduled throughout the year that encourage participation by the local community, including the Artisan/Farmer’s Market, CruisIn & Carshow, Garden shows, Art Blasts, Art Fairs, Syracuse SummerFest, 4th of July activities - Fireworks, Flotilla Road Race, Liberty Family Bike Ride and annual Flotilla. Annual Triathlon, Fall Harvest Festival, Holiday Celebration – parade, lighting of the town Christmas Tree, caroling, Santa visit with Hot Cocoa and cookies! The new year then starts all over with our Winter Carnival/Snowmobile Races and events.
These events, the friendly people who live here, the lakes and our small town feel are just a few of the reasons that the Syracuse-Wawasee community is a wonderful place to live, work and play.