Attractions In & Around Ithaca

Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca is known for our 100 + gorges and waterfalls, lending itself to our slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges”!

Home to three higher education institutions, Ivy League Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, our “little” city buzzes with a sense of academia and culture.

Dine at one of Ithaca’s many multi-cultural restaurants, enjoy a show at one of our famed theaters, sip on one of Cayuga Lake’s award-winning wines, beers or ciders, or simply take in the breathtaking views this region has to offer.

Cornell University Clock Tower

Cornell University

A city unto itself, there is always something interesting happening on Cornell University’s campus. Ithaca’s Ivy League campus is a wealth of resources for your meeting, being home to experts in a variety of fields and offering unique meeting spaces.  Take a tour of this stunning campus and witness the natural and architectural beauty for yourself.

Ithaca College

Ithaca College, on South Hill, is New York’s largest comprehensive, residential college, born more than 100 years ago with the founding of its nationally acclaimed Ithaca School of Music.

Taughannock Falls State Park

With a 215 foot plunge, this waterfall stands three stories taller than Niagara Falls, carving a 400ft deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea. Take in the view from the Overlook and stop into our Visitor Center complete with a retail shop and restrooms.

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Creek descends more than 500 feet in a series of cascades and rapids into a natural swimming hole at its base.


Cayuga Lake at sunset

Cayuga Lake

Carved by glaciers, Cayuga Lake is the longest and second deepest of the Finger Lakes, at 38.2 miles long and 435 feet deep at its deepest point.  Ithaca is nestled on its southern tip.

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

The first organized and longest-running wine trail in America was established in 1983 to promote the wineries located within the Cayuga Lake American Viticultural Area as a collective.  Taste wine that’s earned over 6,000 national and international medals.  See breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake and rolling vineyards.  Visit wineries, cideries, distilleries, a meadery and a taproom, Welcoming visitors year round. Be sure to check individual winery’s websites for visitation and tasting information.

Ithaca Beer Company

Ithaca Beer Co., established in 1998, has a mission to brew delicious beers for the purpose of making life more enjoyable.  Visit the Taproom to enjoy the freshest flavors of the Finger Lakes region. In the warmer months, the unique outdoor kitchen in the Beer Garden offers a walk-up counter featuring a casual street food concept and draft beer service.

Six Mile Creek

Ithaca’s own winery & distillery, and part of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Six Mile Creek features an especially lovely setting to enjoy memorable wines and spirits distilled from local grapes.  Less than 3 miles from Downtown, Six Mile Creek is the closest winery to Downtown Ithaca.

Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca

Moosewood Restaurant

Moosewood is an internationally known restaurant, producing 12 vegetarian cookbooks highlighting their natural, vegetarian cuisine. Located in  the same Downtown location for 40 years, Moosewood has been named one of the “13 most influential restaurants of the 20th century” by Bon Appétit magazine.

Downtown Ithaca Commons

A four-block pedestrian shopping area with unique shops, restaurants, street vendors & street entertainers, the Downtown Ithaca Commons has something for everyone!

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Boasting an impressive collection that spans six millennia and art from most world cultures, The Johnson Museum is regarded as one of the most important university museums in the country. The view from the 5th floor is not to be missed, showcasing a panoramic view of Ithaca.

Cornell Botanic Gardens

Boasting an impressive collection that spans six millennia and art from most world cultures, The Johnson Museum is regarded as one of the most important university museums in the country. The view from the 5th floor is not to be missed, showcasing a panoramic view of Ithaca.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds where you can learn more about the lives of birds, enhance your birding skills and enjoyment, and be a part of their community.

Museum of the Earth

Explore Earth and its prehistoric past through engaging displays, interactive features, stunning fossils and art at a national-ranked, university-affiliated natural history museum.

Purity Ice Cream

Don’t forget dessert!  Local favorite, Purity Ice Cream has been providing original recipe, small batch ice cream to Ithaca for generations!  Ithaca is the birthplace of the ice cream sundae after all!


Hopshire Farm and Brewery

Beer from a Farm, not a Factory, Hopshire combines their belief in New York agriculture, local foods and great beer into a brewery that uses as many local ingredients as possible to produce high quality beers.  Hopshire also has a new gathering space that may be rented for your private event.

Experience! The Finger Lakes

Premier touring company featuring exquisite wines, farm fresh cuisine, stunning lakes and of course, waterfalls.

Discover Cayuga Lake

Take in views only seen from the water aboard the MV Teal!  Comfortably accommodating over 60 passengers, Discover Cayuga Lake offers a weekly variety of interpretive lake tours highlighting the close connections between Finger Lakes products, people, and natural resources of the area.

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