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For more information about Ithaca and Tompkins County, please visit https://www.visitithaca.com.


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Museums

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The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art features a vast collection of art from around the world and across time. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top university galleries, this world-renowned facility plays host to over 35,000 pieces, including those by Alfred Stieglitz, James McNeill Whistler, Alberto Giacometti, Manet, Matisse, and Rembrandt. This spectacular Cornell University museum also offers stunning panoramic views of Cayuga Lake and Ithaca, along with an extremely rare Asian Art collection that spans from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

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This natural history museum opened in 2003 as part of the Paleontological Research Institute. Take a walk through time in the exhibited featured here, including the Hyde Park Mastodon, Coral Reef Aquaria, Glacier Exhibit, and Steggy the Stegosaurus. PRI and The Museum of the Earth are both formally affiliated with Cornell University. In fact, our 2016 SAVMA Ball was held at this stunning venue!

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The Sciencenter is a hands-on museum that encourages excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage and educate visitors. Indulge in your love of all things science by climbing, splashing, thinking, building, and bouncing through exhibit galleries filled with full-body science fun. From astronomy to zoology, the Sciencenter offers something special for guests of any age.

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Located in Seneca Falls, NY, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park takes you through the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held on July 19-20, 1848. The efforts of women’s rights leaders in the 19th century remind us how important it is today that all people be accepted as equals.


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Outdoors

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Mere minutes from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine campus, Buttermilk Falls State Park is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. This park features 5 hiking trails with a variety of landscapes, including stairs that lead you right into the heart of the gorge.

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the leader in the study and conservation of birds worldwide. When visiting the lab, you can hike wooded trails in Sapsucker Woods and hear and see some of Ithaca’s birds. Take a listen to the largest collection of bioacoustics in the world!

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A 20-foot waterfall with multiple cascades and access points right in the heart of Collegetown. You can grab a coffee at Collegetown Bagels before heading down the stairs alongside this beautiful scenery on your way to campus.

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The perfect place to discover nature! There are 5 miles of hiking trails, a 6-story tree house, and live animals as part of the nature exhibit. Visitors get to learn more about the complexity of our environment and the ways in which they can participate in the Earth’s preservation.

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Central New York’s largest ski resort was founded in 1958 and has remained at the leading edge of the ski industry with 33 trails, 6 aerial lifts, 2 surface lifts, beginners’ slopes, and terrain parks. Amenities at this Resort include 3 restaurants, a world-class customized spa, a fitness center, and a 41,000-square-foot indoor water park. The Resort is positioned within 7,000 acres of state-protected land that is accessible by all residents and guests for cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.

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This 150-foot cascading waterfall is the final plunge before Fall Creek empties into Cayuga Lake. Ithaca Falls is the perfect spot to have a picnic, read a book, take your dog on a hike, or just enjoy the wonders of nature.

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At 115 feet tall, Lucifer falls is mighty impressive and located in one of the most scenic state parks in the region, Robert H. Treman State Park. This park also features a swimming hole and 6 hiking trails that wind between magnificent gorges.

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Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view of Cayuga Lake!

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The tallest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains at 215 feet is 3 stories taller than Niagara Falls! Located in Trumansburg, NY, a quaint town with lovely eateries just 30 minutes north of Ithaca.


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Wineries & Breweries

The Finger Lakes has been recognized as one of the best wine tour trails in the country. Full- and half-day tours of wines, breweries, and spirits are available along Cayuga, Seneca, and Keuka lakes. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the first organized and longest running wine trail in the country. There are currently over 14 wineries, with most of them being pet-friendly. The wineries featured in the Finger Lakes Regions have earned over 6,000 national and international medals over the years. Among these awards are 6 Governor’s Cups and Winery of the Year 3 years in a row at the New York Wine and Food Classic.

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A hometown favorite, Ithaca Beer Co. brews world-class beers that show off their pride for their Finger Lakes home base. Located less than 10 minutes from downtown, Ithaca Beer Co. features a large taproom with brewery tours, a beautiful outdoor section to sip on a cold one and play a few rounds of corn hole, and delicious burgers, flat breads, and more to pair with your year-round favorites. You can also choose from new 5-barrel beers, a special Thursday night cask, and seasonal selections on rotation.

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Operated by Diane Gerhart and Randy Lacey as a family owned business, Hopshire Farm & Brewery combines their belief in New York agriculture, local foods and great beer into a brewery that will use as many local ingredients as possible to produce high quality beers of several styles.

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When you arrive at the winery & vineyard in Ulysses, half way between Ithaca and Trumansburg, NY, you are immersed in an environment of active wine making & grape growing as you taste the wines and gaze over the vineyard towards the hills rising up from Cayuga Lake – unique and memorable.

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A craft brewery and beer hall in Ithaca’s West End District. Liquid State Brewing Company is focused on creating high quality, small batch beers with their 20 hectoliter brewhouse. The on-site beer hall offers fresh ales and lagers as well as local wines, ciders and foods from around New York state.

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Located in the city of Ithaca, on the inlet of the south shore of Cayuga Lake, Ports of New York is a small artisanal urban winery where Meleau™ Specialty Wines and Quotidian™ Table Wines are produced. All Vinifera grapes are grown on the east shore of Seneca Lake.

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Six Mile Creek Vineyard is Ithaca, NY's oldest winery and distillery. Located in a lovely 19th century restored Dutch Colonial barn, they pride themselves on quality and value of service

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South Hill Cider ferments traditional heirloom cider apples as well as wild apples collected in Ithaca to produce fine orchard-based ciders that showcase the terroir of the Finger Lakes region. They bottle Estate cider from their home orchard. Their ciders exhibit character and nuance that show terroir - you can taste the orchard in your glass.

 

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music

Ithaca has a flourishing and diverse music scene; there is no shortage of live music on any given night! From Reggae night at The Dock, headlined by our beloved Crucial Reggae Social Club, to Jazz and Blues Jam at Mix Kitchen and Bar, to the varied artists performing nightly at our hip Western-themed bar, The Range, there is plenty for all music lovers to indulge in.

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Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre built in 1915 and still retaining much of the original stunning architecture, the State Threatre enhances the cultural life of Ithaca by hosting international, national, and communal performances. Your favorite act just might be visiting Ithaca the same weekend as you!


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food

Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than New York City and an amazing variety of cuisines to sample. Come hungry! Some of our favorites include:

Collegetown Bagels, Cornell Ice Cream & Milk, Thai Basil, Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine, Saigon Kitchen (Vietnamese), New Delhi Diamond’s (Indian), Gola Osteria (Italian), Simeon’s American Bistro, Ithaca Ale House, Luna Inspired Street Food, Viva! Taqueria and Cantina (Mexican), Ten Forward Vegan Café, Ithaca Beer Co., Maxie’s Supper Club and Oyster Bar (Southern Fare), Just a Taste (Tapas), The Boatyard Grill (American food on the waterfront), Taverna Banfi (at the Statler Hotel), Moosewood (Famed Vegeterian fare), Asia Cuisine, Sahara Mediterranean Restaurant, Carriage House Café (a great brunch spot!), Agava (Southwestern), and so much more!