Ithaca is a central New York town about 225 miles northwest of New York City. It is in the rural Finger Lakes region and is itself home to the valley in which Cayuga Lake is found. The large hills that make the valley where the city lies create a beautiful setting for the biggest city in the county, and there are many things to do in Ithaca NY. At just over 30,000 people Ithaca NY has enough locals to make it a lively city center surrounded by an exciting natural landscape shaped by rolling hills, river valleys, lakes a numerous waterfalls. Plus there are two area Select Registry properties to give you luxurious accommodations.
The Ithaca NY metro area is surrounded by state parks packed with great adventures for the whole family. The Robert Treman State Park is home to the famous gorge called Enfield Glen which is a favorite swimming hole in hot summer months after one of their long hikes to the upper park. Buttermilk Falls State Park is another favorite among locals and visitors alike. Hikers can follow the cascading falls that lead down the valley to Cuyuga Lake.
Located just south of the city, Cornell University is the area’s Ivy League school, attracting many visitors and greatly diversifying the area. The campus itself is a sight to see, and is bursting with interesting things for visitors to enjoy. Stop by the Cornell Plantations to witness a piece of famed natural property in the Ithaca NY area. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a favorite among local birders as well.
The accredited Sciencecenter located in downtown Ithaca NY, and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually. Geared towards elementary-aged children and community-run, this is a fun, hands-on educational outing for the family. The Museum of the Earth is a fun, engaging way for the whole family to learn about Planet Earth. A similarly exciting experience, the History Center is a great way to gain perspective on how Ithaca’s past informs its present.
Theaters & Galleries
Hangar Theater is Ithaca’s premier professional theater presenting award-winning plays year-round. If you love a good show then you definitely want to check out their upcoming events. The State Theatre of Ithaca is a restored historical theater hosting diverse events throughout the year and is quickly becoming a downtown hot spot since opening its doors earlier this year. If you’re an art enthusiast then you absolutely want to head to The Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell and the Corners Gallery to check their spectacular collections.
Taughannock Farms Inn is located just north of Ithaca in Trumansburg NY, right on the shores of Cayuga Lake and just a fifteen-minute drive to downtown Ithaca. This Victorian home-turned-inn was built in 1873 and is a wonderful antique experience of the old-time estates in the area. Another wonderful and more urban option is The William Henry Miller Inn located in downtown Ithaca NY. This beautiful historical building was designed by Cornell University’s first student of architecture in 1880 and will offer you easy access to all the great things to do in the area, as well as a comfortable place to stay. Because both inns are Select Registry properties, you can be sure that you will have a high quality experience!