Eight fascinating sites located within Ithaca or an easy drive from downtown. Offering fascinating indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment, the Discovery Trail is a collaboration of eight brainy, family attractions in the Ithaca area. For more information, view our online brochure.
The hands-on science museum for all ages with more than 250 touchable exhibits.
- Museum of the Earth
Explore 4 billion years of life on earth at Ithaca's Museum of the Earth, home to interactive exhibits and one of America's largest fossil collections.
- Cayuga Nature Center
An outdoor and indoor playground to discover the animals and plant life of the Finger Lakes region. Explore 120 acres of fields, ponds and gorges, meet 40 live animals, then climb high into the forest canopy in a six-story tree house.
- Cornell Johnson Museum of Art
A premier college art gallery holding more than 30,000 works in an iconic I.M. Pei-designed building. Free admission.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
If the natural world were a national park, the "Lab of O" would be its visitor center. Take an inside look at the global environment by following the life and travels of birds. Don't miss the Macaulay Sound Library, the world's largest natural sound archive. Free admission.
- The History Center in Tompkins County
A treasure trove of regional history with traveling exhibits, a research library and a vast photo collection with more than 100,000 images. Free admission.
- The Tompkins County Public Library
Weekly readings, lectures, arts presentations. Free admission.
- Cornell Botanic Gardens
More than 4,300 acres of landscaped gardens and natural beauty. Visit 14 specialty gardens, a 150-acre arboretum, and a vast collection of protected natural areas. Free admission.