Located at the southern end of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca is a lively college town, with a fun, bohemian vibe that emanates from Cornell University and Ithaca College. Museums, galleries, theaters and the many festivals that dot the calendar give Ithaca an erudite, cultural feel that is unique in the region.
Ithaca has all of the charm of a small town that is spiked with the vitality of youth, as the year-round population of about 30,000 nearly doubles when school is in session. Downtown Ithaca centers around the Ithaca Commons, a pedestrian-only mall that blends the cultural arts with restaurants and shopping. You will find galleries, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants around here. The Commons serve as a year-round hub of activity in this eclectic and vibrant city. The Finger Lakes Discovery Trail offers a wonderful collection of 8 different museums and attractions that can keep your family very busy.
Beyond the city center, Ithaca is surrounded by gorges, waterfalls and spectacular, scenic, natural vistas. Hiking, biking, and snow skiing are among the most popular outdoor activities off the lake. For watersports enthusiasts, Cayuga Lake is just a stone's throw away.
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The Discovery Trail of Ithaca, NY, includes eight lively attractions in the Finger Lakes region. Spend a day exploring these locations, which feature an eclectic mix of science, history, art and writing.
Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is a 230-acre birder's paradise, offering over four miles of walking trails, a gorgeous pond, and plenty of opportunities to view wildlife--all in the backyard of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Experience glamorous camping at Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY, where nature meets comfort with beautifully furnished safari tents accentuated by all of the natural beauty and gourmet goodness that the Finger Lakes have to offer.