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. 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.
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.
The Women’s Rights National Historic Park, dedicated in 1982, maintains a Visitor Center, historic homes (open seasonally), and the Wesleyan Chapel where Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented her “Declaration of Sentiments” modeled after the “Declaration of Independence.” Stanton’s family home, a large farm house and property, which she called the “Center of the Rebellion,” was built in 1832 and still stands at 32 Washington Street in Seneca Falls. For some fun local history, learn about Amelia Jenks Bloomer from Seneca Falls, for whom bloomers were named.
FingerLakes.com is your complete guide to the entire Finger Lakes region of New York State--from wine trails to hiking trails and fishing to skiing.
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