Syracuse Destiny USA Mall via Amtrak

Let's take a "new in town" day trip to Syracuse to visit the Destiny USA Mall (formerly known as Carousel Center).  Of course we COULD drive there, but let's ride the "rails" (Amtrak) so we can relax during the ride.

They have convenient trains which leave from downtown Buffalo and Depew and you get dropped off 5-10 minutes walk from the mall. Travel time is about 2.5 hours each direction.

I know it's a little pricey but bring your lunch to work for the week and you'll have enough money for a ticket. 

Not a shopper? No problem.  You can help carry around the bags of those who are shoppers!  Plus, there's the food court, movie theatre, and all of the people watching fun!

Approx $48 round trip if you use the link below and they still have the cheap seats available.  Otherwise, it goes up in price accordingly.

Train 286: Leave Buffalo Depew at 7:34am, arrive Syracuse  at 9:50am

Train 281 Leave Syracuse at 3:53pm, arrive Buffalo Depew at 6:27pm


discount link for 15% off tickets - must be used at least 3 days in advance of travel.

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?ff=No&c=AM_Content_C&pagename=am%2FLayout&p=1237405732514&cid=1248543674165


You can also call 800-USA-RAIL if you wish but then you'll only be able to get senior rate or AAA rate.

Make sure you're buying the correct stations! Buffalo has a station downtown and one in the suburbs near the airport (in Depew). We're leaving from the Depew Station. Syracuse only has one train station so that one is easy. The station codes to use are BUF and SYR.

The trains sometimes get delayed so avoid planning to attend any weddings that night!

Yes, I am a travel booking nerd so ask me before you purchase if you're stuck.


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  • Jill

    Glad to see some old & new faces. I'd definitely do this one again! Missed you Rob :(

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • James D.

    I want to add, Rob was missed.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip, happy I went!!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • James D.

    I had a wonderful time. The conversation on the train in both directions was both precious and fun. The mall is so huge it is easy to get lost. I am very glad everybody allowed me to select lunch at Toby Keith's. The Canyon Climb Adventure was fun, albeit nothing like zip lining in Ellicottville.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Linda, Paulette & Jim...we wanted to say good bye, but seemed to have lost you on the way out.

    2 · November 23, 2013

    • paulette

      Think we were close to the last people to depart train:) Neat that we saw a 'kinda blizzard' in Syracuse and min snow in Buffalo......Once again.....simply NICE people to spend the exp with.....

      4 · November 23, 2013

    • Linda

      So much fun! Since I don't think I'm on Santa's "nice" list this year I shopped for myself!!!
      When I got off the train I ran to my car to get out of the cold, sorry I missed you to say goodbye :( see you all soon!

      3 · November 23, 2013

  • Annette

    Hi Guys! Enjoy! Spend lots!

    November 23, 2013

  • James D.

    I'm here now and there is quite a few places to park at the moment . I parked in the back lot. I counted almost a dozen places.

    November 23, 2013

    • Alberto V.

      Hold the train, hold the train!

      November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For all those who went to the Syracuse Fair, don't forget your friendship bracelets!

    3 · November 22, 2013

  • Alberto V.

    maybe....

    November 21, 2013

    • Alberto V.

      I do have a knack for causing great pain!

      November 22, 2013

    • James D.

      "The King of Pain" That's a Police song, we will save that for karaoke!

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • gina m.

    Maybe next time

    November 21, 2013

  • Linda

    Don't forget to go earlier than early, parking is horrible...also bring your phone charger (if you're addicted to your phone like me) there are plug outlets on the train....so excited to shop and see Santa Claus there!!!

    1 · November 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Horriblr parking at the Depew station?

      November 21, 2013

    • James D.

      Yeah I do remember that parking is bad there. I'll probably be there at 6 o'clock.

      1 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got my ticket

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would expect that sort of comment from ALFREDO, but look who liked it haha........

      1 · November 18, 2013

    • Alberto V.

      I liked it!

      November 18, 2013

  • Jill

    I'm in! I may be dragging and need tons of coffee but I can't wait. I've missed you guys!

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Rob

      Awwww. I almost had to make sure it was really you. Haha.

      November 17, 2013

    • Jill

      I may have to set 3 alarm clocks but will be there in the flesh Saturday :) Already have the tickets!

      1 · November 17, 2013

  • Sophie

    Can you send the non shoppers my way when you are done with them? I need for black friday.

    November 15, 2013

  • Rob

    Attention shoppers you're cleared to purchase your ticket if you didn't already. A bunch of us bought our tickets yesterday because we just can't wait to go. See the event description for the exact train #'s and times and a discount link to use.

    November 12, 2013

  • James D.

    There's even a Toby Keiths bar!

    November 12, 2013

  • James D.

    There's Burlington, Carhartt, fossil and we can walk Victoria's Secret!

    November 12, 2013

  • James D.

    When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping: yea

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I'll do all my Christmas shopping...for myself!

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Linda

      Me too Melanie!!! Merry Christmas to me!

      1 · November 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We've been VERY good this year...

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • Alberto V.

    hmmmmm going on a train for 2 and a half hours with Rob, Norbert and Melanie... no escape routes... yea I think I am gonna pass. ;-P

    November 12, 2013

    • Alberto V.

      Who's gonna throw mama from the train? ;-P

      November 12, 2013

    • Linda

      I hope I'm not the mama getting thrown from the train, lol! : /

      3 · November 12, 2013

  • paulette

    Just purchased my tix.......should be another fun time

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Sophie

    haha, I love your job for non shoppers!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All my favorite people!!! :)

    3 · November 11, 2013

  • James D.

    Thanks for making this while I am here.

    November 11, 2013

  • James D.

    Good, I can make this because I leave for OK city the next day.

    November 11, 2013

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