Welcome to Ithaca

The center of Ithaca is a pedestrian street called the Commons. On a steep hill above is Ivy League Cornell University, founded in 1865, with a small business strip at the campus' front gates, called Collegetown. The drive from Ithaca up scenic Rte 89 (west side) or Rte 90 (east side) to Seneca Falls, at the north end of Cayuga Lake, takes about an hour.

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Ithaca Waterfalls Sightseeing Full-Day Bus Tour from NYC

Board a luxury motorcoach at Port Authority at 5am. Relax in the comfy seats or make use of the onboard Wi-Fi as you travel upstate to the Ithaca Bus Station.When you arrive, meet your guide/driver who will escort you on a 1.5-hour tour to some of the 150 gorges and waterfalls in the area. Visit four waterfalls in and around Ithaca and Cornell University. As you roam, listen as your guide shares stories about Ithaca’s history and Cornell’s traditions.After the waterfalls, stroll the commons, a two-block segment full of shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars. You can also opt to take the Sagan Planet Walk, a .75-mile walk to the Science Center.After working up an appetite, stop by one of the local restaurants for an afternoon treat (own expense). Then, make your way back to the bus terminal to board the motorcoach back to Port Authority.A minimum of two people per booking is required.

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Fulkerson Winery Standard Wine Tasting

The standard tasting includes five samples of the winery’s handmade, estate bottled wines. Explore the rich history of the 1805 farm and the culture of the Finger Lakes as you chat with staff members and enjoy your selections.After the tasting, you can be assisted in finding any of your favorite selections, or you can peruse the gift shop and home wine making section. Fresh grape juice and/or U-Pick fruit may also be available depending on the time of year. The tasting room is open year round from 10am-5pm, and 9am-5pm from September 1st through October 31st. Closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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Downtown Ithaca Food Tour

Our Downtown Ithaca Food Tour is a narrated, guided tour of the heart of Ithaca. You will visit six different one-of-a-kind restaurants that showcase the incredible variety of what this town has to offer. Delicious food tastings, enough for a full lunch, will be served by these locally-owned culinary hotspots.Between scrumptious samplings, you’ll be treated to a local’s knowledge of Ithaca’s history and culture. Your expert guide will share their love for their hometown as they showcase historic sites, architectural gems, public art, and so much more. At the end of the tour, you’ll be well acquainted with Downtown Ithaca’s attractions, restaurants, upcoming events, and more.The Downtown Ithaca Food Tour is perfect for Ithaca locals and visitors alike! Whether you’re a first time visitor or a lifelong “townie” we guarantee that you’ll walk away with a satiated appetite and a new perspective on Ithaca’s culture, cuisine, and community.This tour covers a 1.1 mile walking route which includes stairs.Our tasting locations include:Moosewood RestaurantWorld-famous natural foods restaurant renowned for their James Beard award-winning cookbooks.Ten Forward CafeStar Trek themed vegan cafe featuring fabulous milkshakes, hot & cold sandwiches, and dessert baked fresh daily.Hawi Ethiopian CuisineEthiopian restaurant serving authentic ancestral recipes cooked to order.Coltivare Culinary CenterSeasonal cuisine and local alcohol pairings served at the culinary center of TC3's (Tompkins Cortland Community College's) innovative Farm-to-Bistro program.F. Oliver'sA specialty culinary boutique featuring high quality extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, custom spice blends, & Finger Lakes gifts.Sweet Melissa's @ Press Bay AlleySmall ice cream shop offering handmade hard ice cream made with a from-scratch base in a rotating array of inventive flavors. Vegan desserts & freshly-baked sweets available daily.