Syracuse, Indiana, our town of about 3,000 full time residents and 25,000 seasonal residents, is home to the biggest natural lake fully contained within Indiana - Lake Wawasee. Syracuse is the place to be!
Our town is full of wonderful things to do. We have parks, trails, lakes, and more.
There are several activities and events occurring on and off the lakes throughout the year. July is a very busy time of the year for our community. The two weeks surrounding the 4th of July are always full of events, from a 5k run, to Flotilla (boat parade), Tour des Lakes Bike Ride and of course lots of fire works! There is also "cruises" and other boats you can pay to ride on during the warmer months, the SS Lily pad is a great one! Having a water automobile is always fun but if you don't, Lakeside Park has a beach for public access to Syracuse Lake for swimming and other fun water activities.
Lakeside Park is the anchor of the Syracuse Parks System as the oldest and largest park in Syracuse and dates back into the 1930's. The park is lined with Saucer Magnolia tress that blossom in early spring providing a breathtaking view. Lakeside Park features the Ken Harkless Gazebo, a picnic pavilion, playground, and a swimming beach.
Syracuse Public Library
Whether you're a current resident, a new addition to Syracuse, or just returning to the lake for the summer, the Syracuse Public Library is a great community resource for all of your informational needs. The library has a full range of materials to choose from: large print section, periodical section, audio book section, DVD section, as well as many volumes of reference materials.
Located inside the Syracuse Community Center across from the Lakeside Park, Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum has been offering a glimpse back into Syracuse's history since 1987. It was founded with funds gained from the Syracuse Sesquicentennial Celebration. The museum's main attractions are the 1905 Meir car designed by local resident Sheldon Harkless and a collection of Native American artifacts found in surrounding fields.
In between Downtown and Lakeside Park one can find the Municipal Pier on Syracuse Lake. The pier is free for public use for visitors and residents t park and walk to downtown to shop, eat, and explore.
Henry Ward Park
Henry Ward Park, hosts a boardwalk, fishing pier, and a recently updated playground. It is a popular fishing spot hosting many Bass Fishing Tournament throughout the spring-fall months. The Park is conveniently located adjacent to the public access site for Syracuse Lake for easy access to put in and take out boats. The park has a pavilion with a charcoal grill, restrooms, a fishing pier, playground equipment for the kids and has plenty of shade during the hot summer months.
Veteran's Memorial Park
Shaded by a mature canopy of trees and lying along State Road 13, in the heart of Syracuse, Veterans Memorial Park at Crosson Mill has a historical theme with a cannon and a Veteran's Memorial, including individuals from the Syracuse area who have served in the Armed Forces. This park is also the site of the Laudeman Family Pavilion and Playground. The pavilion is available for lunches, birthday parties, or other special events and as restrooms.
Harnold Schrock Athletic Complex
Located at 900 W. Brooklyn St., the Athletic Complex has the following amenities for use by the public: 4 baseball/softball fields, 2 tee ball fields, 1 football field, and 1/2 mile walking trail.In the winter it features a lighted outdoor ice skating rink.
Syracuse-Wawasee Trails provides residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors thanks to our 12-plus miles of trails near one of Indiana's most iconic natural resources- Lake Wawasee. We hope you appreciate out current trail system, especially the Conklin Bay Boardwalk and Trail. The trails rely on public support to help maintain and expand our trails. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to further our vision of a connected community.
Syracuse Community Center
Since opening in the summer of 2002, the Syracuse Community Center has become home to many Syracuse special events, as well as daily use for young and old alike. The center houses a citizen area, gymnasium, and additional rooms are available to rent for meetings and other events.