The best places to shop and eat in Destiny USA.

Published: December 2, 2014

This list is about the Destiny USA shopping Center located on the shore of Onondaga lake in Syracuse N.Y. It has well over 400 places to shop, eat, and things to do.

  1. Destiny USA

    Destiny USA, previously known as the Carousel Center from 1990-2012, is a six-story super-regional shopping and entertainment complex on the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York. It is the sixth largest shopping center in the nation, and the largest in the state of New York. The anchors and junior anchors include JCPenney, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Best Buy, The Bon-Ton, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Forever 21, DSW, Old Navy, Sears Outlet, Finish Line, and Off 5th. The mall, which opened on 15 October 1990, has six above ground floors and one underground floor, though only the lower three and the underground floor are retail. The fourth floor is primarily center offices. The third floor includes a 19-screen Regal Cinemas, restaurants, and entertainment options. The first and second floors span the length of the mall and house the various shops, vendors, restaurants and entertainment venues, with the major food court and namesake carousel being located on the second floor. The underground "Commons" floor houses medium-sized stores, a chapel, some kiosks, and the two underground parking garages, one of which also houses Best Buy's installation center. The Commons is only in the 1990 mall, not the 2012 addition.

  2. Pole Position Raceway.

    One of the best entertainment spots would be the Pole Position Raceway. It offers a real head-to-head indoor go kart racing experience at Pole Position Raceway and discover why indoor karting is the fastest-growing sport in the United States.

  3. Lazer tag.

    The adventure and thrill of lazer tag is available at WonderWorks located at Destiny USA! Grab a group of friends for this adventure of skill and test your senses as you make your way through the black light course! You can Strap on your lazer-tag vests and venture off into the blacklit maze as you compete against opponents in a fast-paced and action-packed battle of Lazer-Tag! This is my personal favorite, heart pumping experience!

  4. Best Buy.

    Best Buy is the place to be for appliances, TVs, software services, PCs, tablets, mobile phones and music. This is your electronics store for today and the future. You can set up installation services and address all of your wireless needs at Best Buy Mobile's location on the first level. Geared specifically to help with your technical and electronic needs, they can help answer questions and find the information you've been looking for.

  5. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

    You can come on in, pull up a barstool, and grab a mason jar. At Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill you'll enjoy an energetic and entertaining blend of music and food that's truly an experience. With a menu full of southern favorites and a fully stocked bar, the good times are here to stay.  Anyone who loves country music will feel right at home at Toby Keith's. There are cowgirl servers and country music videos playing on every screen. Several nights a week the bar hosts live country bands which make for a great night out!


  6. Funny Bone Comedy Club

    Destiny USA is the place to be for basically anything you would like to do. One of the best parts about it is the Funny Bone Commedy Club. It is one of the most vistied additions to the mall. The Funny Bone, has been bringing nationally-recognized humorists to these clubs for over 30 years. Such superstars as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosanne Barr, Tim Allen, Drew Carey, Jim Breuer, Kathleen Madigan, John Pinette, DL Hughley, Gabriel Iglesias, Josh Blue, Ellen Degeneres and Dave Chappelle have dazzled crowds with their comedic genius. The Funny Bone also continues providing the freshest up-and-coming comedians, as well as developing local talent. The Funny Bone is a recognized pioneer in accommodating diverse community needs. From hosting numerous charitable functions, to being the gathering place for various corporate outings and meetings, to holding children's comedy and magic shows, The Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant has etched a permanent mark in comedic history. The Funny Bone has invaded over 25 markets and is still expanding today.

  7. Dave and Busters

    Some of the games at Destiny USA's new Dave & Buster's will take you back to your childhood, but others are decidedly 21st century. The 26,000-square-foot location is the newest attraction on the entertainment-focused third floor of the mall's expansion. It's near the Funny Bone comedy club. Syracuse is home to Dave & Buster's 63rd location. The chain's menu features traditional American fare like burgers, ribs, steaks and wings. Dave & Buster's also has loads of big-screen TVs. The location is aiming to become a favorite destination for sports fans. The bar area has 80-inch and 50-inch screens throughout it. Dave & Buster's is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

  8. Guitar Outlet

    If you are a big music, Guitar Outlet is the place for you! They are your destination for Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, Violins, Ukuleles, Lessons, Repairs and more! Guitar Outlet is the oldest local music shop in Central New owned and operated since 1976!     

  9. Dick's Sporting Goods

    Stop into Dick's Sporting Goods to find all the necessary sporting equipment and outdoor gear that you need to do whatever you enjoy. Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sports and fitness specialty omni-channel retailer offering a broad assortment of high quality, competitively-priced brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear. No matter what sport or activity you are participating in, Dick's Sporting Goods offers much of the equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories that you will need. With the top brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, The North Face, Columbia, Reebok, Patagonia, Jordan, Spyder, Saucony and many more, this is your one-stop shop for all things sports-related. With an easy to navigate store, you can find exactly what you are looking for. With athletic apparel including shirts, shorts, pants, jackets, socks, and seasonal accessories, you can be prepared for the ever-changing weather patterns of Central New York. From Football cleats to baseball bats, soccer balls to golf clubs, stop in to Dick's Sporting Goods to find the latest equipment to improve your game. Dick's also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a golf specialty retailer. Not just traditional sports, Dick's Sporting Goods offers a variety of equipment for outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, and extreme water sports. Dick's Sporting Goods also has their own exclusive line of fishing equipment, Field & Stream. Field & Stream makes fishing rods, tackle boxes, life-vests and kayaks which all can be found inside our two-story Dick's Sporting Goods.

  10. Cheesecake factory

    Beginning as a small family bakery, The Cheesecake Factory has shown immense growth since the original slice of cheesecake. Now with over 200 menu items made from scratch everyday and 30 scrumptious flavors of cheesecake, The Cheesecake Factory is a much-anticipated addition to Destiny USA. Known for their extensive menu, quality food and superior service, The Cheesecake Factory truly has something for everyone. From pasta to seafood, pizzas to sandwiches, steaks to salads, all of the restaurant's dishes are prepared fresh each day with the highest quality ingredients.

The best item on the list for food would be the Toby Keith's I love This Bar and Grill. It has very good music, very good food, as well as daily entertainment. This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to!