Discovery Trail

Eight education sites to spark your lust for learning!

The Discovery Trail is a collaboration of eight brainy, fascinating family-friendly attractions within Tompkins County - or an easy drive from Downtown Ithaca. The Discovery Trail offers innovative, inspiring, and influential activities and entertainment, both indoors and outside. For more information, view the online brochure or scroll down to choose your next Discovery Destination!

Discovery Trail
Found 8 results: Viewing 1-8
Discover nature! Hike more than five miles of scenic trails, climb a six-story tree house, watch and learn from live animals indoors and outdoors, and stroll through the nature exhibits. Exhibits at Cayuga Nature Center enhance the...
1420 Taughannock Blvd., (Rt 89), Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-6260
Celebrating 150 years in 2014! Navigating a Sea of Resources... for generations. Experience the joy of reading, the power of information and the strength of community connections at the Tompkins County Public Library. Exciting public...
101 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 272-4557
Begin your exploration of local history! Learn about how our community grew from early Native American settlements, through the establishment of Cornell University and Ithaca College, to the building of the downtown Commons, and more....
401 E State St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-8284
Founded in 1932, the Paleontological Research Institution has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of nearly three million specimens (one of the 10...
1259 Trumansburg Rd. (Rt 96), Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-6623
The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate, and empower. The hands-on museum offers guests of all ages more than 250 exhibits, weekly educational programs, a gift...
601 First St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 272-0600
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people...
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 254-2473
Cornell Plantations is alive with plants, purpose, and a presence that truly distinguishes the university among its peers. Our mature botanical garden, arboretum, and diverse network of nature preserves help make Cornell one of the...
One Plantation Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 255-2400
A world of art in an I. M. Pei building that offers panoramic views of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake, this is one of the most jaw-dropping attractions on the Discovery Trail. The Johnson Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than...
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-6464
Find Your Perfect Stay

The perfect vacation awaits. Stay in a quaint B&B with breakfast, or a resort with included spa treatments. Your journey is up to you! Search Ithaca's best deals.

Art, Music, History and More

We have a festival dedicated to ourselves (Ithaca Fest, anyone?!) so you can assume we jam pack events all year long. History, art, music and more. See what's happening now in Ithaca.

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's Holiday Shopping Spree

Sip vino, sample the best seasonal food of the Finger Lakes, and collect an ornament at each winery along the trail. It's all the magic that holidays are made of.

Request a Brochure

Download our brochure or request a hard copy by mail.

Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau
904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 272-1313 | Toll Free: (800)-28-ITHACA
Ithaca is an LGBTQ-friendly community
The official web site of Ithaca, New York and Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Finger Lakes. Complete guide to Ithaca, NY hotels, attractions, dining, shopping and recreation with maps and driving directions.
I Love NY is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission.