Welcome to Ithaca, NY
Summer in the Finger Lakes
Summer is a time of rushing water and renewal in Ithaca and Tompkins County when stunning waterfalls cascade and the landscape bursts into colorful bloom. For wide-open spaces that stir the soul and offer fresh air and exercise in a beautiful place, there’s no better place to be than Tompkins County.
For a soul-satisfying experience, plan on hiking in Ithaca and exploring the peaceful woods around Tompkins County. Go on one of our famous Ithaca waterfalls hikes, meander with your pup through scenic parks, or take a kayak out for a paddle and experience the stillness of floating placidly along.
Cornell Botanic Gardens is free and open to the public this spring, offering a garden setting where you can see summer blooms and the landscape change daily. Walk over the footbridge at the arboretum and breathe deep the scent of fresh earth and sun-warmed pine.
Summer is the perfect time to try a new solo adventure. Experience the thrill of landing a prize trout when the fly-fishing season opens, go for a bike ride on bike paths, or simply head out to Salt Point and watch the sun set.
Nature never closes. Enjoy the natural wonders of Ithaca this Summer and reconnect with the places where you feel calm.