Headed to Ithaca? Famous and numerous waterfalls make Ithaca “Gorges”. The academic influence and international flare brought by Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College contrast with, while complimenting, the natural and diverse beauty of the area. Wine country landscapes and farms add a rustic, passionate but sophisticated appeal to the surroundings. An incredible volume of restaurants, breweries, cideries and a vibrant arts scene create an eclectic cultural experience. The energy and substance of a big city, wrapped in the elegance and charm of a small town, are what make this destination an uncommon, and unforgettable treasure.
A city unto itself, there is always something interesting happening on Cornell’s campus.
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
Ours is Taller!!! With a 215 foot plunge, this waterfall stands three stories taller than Niagara Falls, carving a 400 foot deep gorge through layers of sandstone, shale and limestone that were once the bed of an ancient sea.
Buttermilk Creek descends more than 500 feet in a series of cascades and rapids, concluding in a beautiful basin.
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.
Cayuga Wine Trail
The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the first organized and longest running wine trail in the country, including 15 wineries, a cidery, meadery and four distilleries winning over 5,000 national and international medals and 6 Governor’s Cups.
Ithaca Beer Company
Ithaca Beer Co., established in 1998, has a mission to brew delicious beers for the purpose of making life more enjoyable.
Six Mile Creek
Ithaca’s Own Winery & Distillery on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Six Mile Creek features an especially lovely setting to enjoy memorable wines and spirits distilled from local grapes.
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
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. Don’t forget to pause on the 5th floor for a magnificent view of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake.
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Cornell Botanic Gardens are alive with plants, purpose, and presence and are home to 15 distinct collections, a 125-acre arboretum, and 4,000 acres of natural areas.
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.
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