The USBC Open Championships will return to Syracuse, New York, for the first time since 1999, and the trip east will give tens of thousands of bowlers the chance to see how much Salt City has changed and grown.

The 2018 tournament will be the continuation of a relationship that goes back more than 80 years and includes Open Championships visits in 1935, 1958, 1973 and 1999 and USBC Women's Championships events in 1940, 1954 and 2011.

Long after the prize money is spent, competitors again will be able to look back on the memories made enjoying the things the host city had to offer such as scenery, cuisine, tourist attractions and an energetic nightlife.

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Wine and Breweries - Syracuse has some incredible food and drink options, many a short walk from the Oncenter Convention Center, and some even world renowned thanks to Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" and Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

If walking and eating your way through those hotspots makes you thirsty, the Syracuse area also is home to many breweries, wineries and distilleries, many with specialties and tours.

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Sports, Golf and Recreation - When in Syracuse for the 2018 Open Championships, regardless of the time of year, bowlers will have a chance to watch, or participate in, a variety of sports and events.

The city is home to Syracuse University, so why not catch the Orange in action one night?

Baseball fans can check out the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, or celebrate the history of the sport at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum just down the road in Cooperstown, New York.

Syracuse also has a local hockey team and proximity to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

If recreation is the goal, the area offers plenty of opportunities for skiing, ice skating, golf, boating, sailing, hiking and more.

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Outdoors - As the Syracuse seasons change, so do the outdoor opportunities.

The area offers a plethora of places to skate and ski in the winter, and, as the weather gets warmer, the scenery only gets better. Check out Tinker Falls for a great hike and views, or find one of the seemingly endless waterways for fun on and off the water.

There's the Erie Canal, Lake Onondaga, Lake Ontario, the beautiful Finger Lakes region and more, all offering tours, trails and ways to cool off in the summer.

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Tours and Cruises - Syracuse's many lakes and canals means a chance for some great tours and cruises, whether it be for brunch, lunch, dinner, sightseeing or just a relaxing day on the water.

Are you a landlubber? Stay downtown and enjoy a walking tour of downtown Syracuse, which might help you decide which of the award-winning restaurants really is the best.

Don't forget, there's many wineries and breweries that offer tours and samples.

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Art/Culture - From February until July, Syracuse always has something to help visitors enjoy the local culture and celebrate that time of year. Events include Winterfest, St. Patrick's Parade, Taste of Syracuse, Jamesville Balloon Fest, New York State Blues Festival and more!

Opened in 2015, is the Lakeview Amphitheater, an outdoor concert venue that offers a variety of open-air entertainment.

The area's rich history and diverse culture is reflected in dozens of museums and halls of fame that can make a trip to the 2018 Open Championships as educational and entertaining as it will be memorable.

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Kid Friendly - Camaraderie and tradition are key themes at the Open Championships, and many teams include two or more generations of bowlers. Many of today's participants grew up watching their parents on the championship lanes and couldn't wait until they were old enough to participate.

Why not bring the children along to enjoy the many sporting events, outdoor activities, museums and culinary delights as they begin to compile their own Open Championships memories.

If it's a little chilly outside, there's even indoor go karts at Pole Position Raceway for some fast-paced year-round fun.

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