Ithaca Activities

Ithaca is full of year-round activities whenever you visit. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy the Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary and the Cornell Plantations and the Cayuga Nature Center. The Cayuga Wine Trail, Seneca Wine Trail, the Cayuga Lake Scenic Drive, and our many stunning parks and waterfalls are ready for exploring. Fall in Ithaca is a special time, join us for leaf-peeping as our Finger Lakes woodlands burst into vibrant colors. Some of the most beautiful walks in and around Ithaca are just minutes away. Were happy to recommend our favorite spots or help you find just the right trail.

Cornell University boasts one of the largest and most beautiful college campuses in the USA. Explore the world famous Cornell Plantations, or take advantage of the year round arts and music events at the Center for the Performing Arts, at Barton Hall, Bailey Hall, Johnson Art Museum, outdoors on the arts quad, and so much more.

Ithaca is a community full of active artists and musicians. It is a rare night that doesn’t offer a live concert or theater event. The Cornell Concert series offers world renowned classical and jazz artists and exciting world music. A treasure trove of resident musicians frequently play at local venues. Check the State Theater, Hangar Theater, and Kitchen Theater for their schedules.

Ithaca is famous for its dining scene and boasts more restaurants per-capita than New York City! Dine out at the world famous Moosewood Restaurant, or choose from many other fantastic Ithaca eating experiences. Our vibrant farm-to-table community means lots of exciting regional and seasonally focused cuisine. Ithaca offers fantastic access to fresh, seasonal, local, organic foods, including pasture-raised meats, locally produced cheeses, and a cornucopia of fruits and veggies. This bounty is easily purchased at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market, or you can pick your own at local u-picks, or grab a few ingredients from the frequent roadside farm stands that dot the Finger Lakes.

Winter offers its own fun: you can cross country ski right out your front door, or drive twenty minutes to Greek Peak, the largest ski resort in Central New York. Winter also means ice skating on our own Stone Quarry House pond, or on one of two indoor rinks in Ithaca. Grab a couple of sleds from our shed and enjoy sledding down the backyard slope with the kids.

Nearly twenty screens at Ithaca’s movie theaters show a wide range of films from blockbuster hits to lesser known art films you would only expect to see at film festivals or in larger cities. Catch a play at one of Ithaca’s wonderful independent theaters. For an outdoor show, Taughannock Falls State Park’s Saturday evening concerts on the great lawn are legendary, or enjoy Cornell University’s world class summer concert series outside on the campus arts quad.