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Welcome to Solvay, NY


Geddes is a town in north-central Onondaga County, just northwest of Syracuse and along the western shore of Onondaga Lake. Geddes is bordered to the north by Lysander, to the east by Onondaga Lake, to the south by Onondaga and to the west by Van Buren and Camillus. Geddes is best known as the home to the New York State Fair, as the fairgrounds are in Geddes (not Syracuse, as many think). Geddes includes the village of Solvay and the hamlets of Lakeland and Westvale.


With its close proximity to Syracuse, shopping and dining are easy for Geddes residents. The closest Wegmans supermarket is on West Genesee Street in Syracuse, just 4 miles south of Geddes. Another Wegmans, on Onondaga Boulevard, is only 7 miles southeast. For more grocery-shopping options, Tops Friendly Markets has several stores in Syracuse and another in Camillus, just 6 miles west of Geddes. For major retail shopping, Syracuse has several malls, including Destiny USA, Shopping Town Mall (on Erie Boulevard) and Marshall Square Mall (on University Avenue).

Recreation & Entertainment

The state fairgrounds complex is bustling in late summer when the fair is on. The complex also holds other events year-round. Other entertainment options abound in Syracuse, including several museums, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, professional baseball, professional hockey, and events at Syracuse University (home to a nationally ranked men’s basketball program and a Division I football program). For more attractions, Camillus has The Fun Warehouse and Syracuse has the Fairmont Aquarium & Water Gardens on Milton Avenue and Fairmount Glen Miniature Golf on Onondaga Road.

Transportation & Traffic

Interstate 690 intersects the New York State Thruway and Route 695 in Geddes. Route 5 (West Genesee Street) heads east-west through town. Geddes is on the western shore of Onondaga Lake, which is popular with boaters.

Pros & Cons

You’re close to Syracuse without living in the city. Getting around is quick and easy. The New York State Fair attracts enormous crowds, and traffic near the fairgrounds can be horrendous during the fair. Proximity to Onondaga Lake is a plus.