For custom itineraries and lodging assistance: Sarah Imes, Tour & Travel Manager
Contact Email: Sarah@VisitIthaca.com
Located in NY’s Finger Lakes Region between NYC & Niagara Falls, Ithaca is best known for stunning waterfalls and dramatic gorges. Ithaca is the perfect hub for a regional Finger Lakes tour, just a short drive to the Corning Museum of Glass, MacKenzie Childs, Del Lago Casino, Tioga Downs, and other popular Finger Lakes attractions.
Ithaca loves mid-week groups and you’ll love discovering awe-inspiring waterfalls that don’t require hiking to enjoy. Ithaca Falls, right in the heart of the city is the region’s mightiest. Revel in the roaring waters of Buttermilk Falls descending in plunging cascades. No trip to Ithaca is complete without stopping at the region’s most outstanding view, 215ft Taughannock Falls. At Taughannock Falls Overlook, marvel at the steep-walled gorge, carved by ice thousands of years ago.
The extensive gardens and arboretum of the Cornell Botanic Gardens offer living displays of botanical diversity in the middle of renowned Cornell University. The Downtown Ithaca Commons, one of the few surviving pedestrian malls in the U.S., showcases the area’s most diverse shopping and eclectic dining.
The Cayuga Lake Wine trail offers several touring, tasting and toasting options. Sip wine at Ithaca’s own Six Mile Creek Vineyard and try spirits made from wine grapes. Savor lunch highlighting ingredients from area farms at Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant. Craft beverage aficionados will enjoy the fun atmosphere of Liquid State Brewing. Your group can enjoy a private lunch in the brew hall followed by a tour and tasting.
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.
Ithaca’s dynamic food scene offers exceptional group dining. Elegantly designed with modern flair, ZaZa’s Cucina offers contemporary Italian cuisine. Enjoy the scenic lakeside at the Boatyard Grill or Joe’s, dishing Italian meals since the ’30s. Agava Restaurant showcases local ingredients with southwest inspiration, while your group can enjoy a private lunch at Simeon’s on the Commons. At local favorite, Purity Ice Cream grab a scoop of the region’s best. Ithaca is the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, after all!
At day’s end, rest your head in one of Ithaca’s hotels from downtown locations to spacious suites. The Ithaca Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help with custom itineraries and sourcing group friendly hotels for your groups. There’s always something to discover, explore and share in Ithaca. We’ll supply the Ithaca experience, you pack a keen sense of curiosity.