Ithaca attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ithaca

Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art

IM Pei's brutalist building looms like a giant concrete robot above the ornate neo-Gothic surrounds of Cornell's campus. Inside you'll find an eclectic collection ranging from medieval wood carvings to modern master…
State Park in Ithaca

Buttermilk Falls State Park

At the base of the eponymous falls, near the park entrance, is a popular swimming hole (11am to 7pm Friday through Sunday July and August). At other times of the year follow several trails alongside Buttermilk Creek…
State Park in Ithaca

Robert H Treman State Park

Five and a half miles southwest of Ithaca, the biggest state park in the area offers extensive trails and a very popular swimming hole (late June to early September). Treman's gorge trail passes a stunning 12 waterf…
Gardens in Ithaca

Cornell Botanic Gardens

The verdant spaces in and around campus includes a 100-acre arboretum, a botanical garden and numerous trails. Stop at the Nevin Welcome Center for maps and to find out about tours.
Gorge in Ithaca

Cascadilla Gorge

Downtown Ithaca is connected to Cornell's campus by the Cascadilla Gorge Trail, which winds its way past cascading falls. Join it near the First Church-Christ Scientist by Linn St (head down Linn St if you're lookin…
State Park in Ithaca

Taughannock Falls State Park

This park, 10 miles north of Ithaca, has two major hiking trails, a dramatic waterfall plunging 215ft (11am to 7pm mid-Jun-e to August), canoe rental for the lake, and campsites (from $18 per night) and cabins (from…
Nature Reserve in Ithaca

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell's world-famous ornithology lab has a visitor center with art and interactive exhibits. Surrounding it is leafy Sapsucker Woods with nature trails and bird feeding grounds.
Museum in Ithaca


The local children's museum provides plenty of educational and fun activities, including an ocean touch tank and a science-themed mini golf course ($7).
Winery in Ithaca

Lucas Vineyards

In business since 1974, this is one of the region's pioneer wineries, run by three generations of the Lucas family. It can easily be visited from Ithaca, 19 miles southeast.