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The Scoop @ Visit Ithaca

Welcome to The Scoop!

Welcome to our blog, featuring the most up to date happenings in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Be on the lookout for getaway ideas, quick travel tips, and more in-depth coverage on everything there is to explore in Greater Ithaca and Tompkins County.

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Accessible Places in Ithaca NY

Family-friendly - Wheelchair friendly – Everybody friendly!
black umbrella on a rainy day

Best Indoor Activities in Ithaca for Rainy Days

It’s no secret that Ithaca is celebrated for its waterfalls, gardens, and scenic views. But there are also several indoor activities worth mentioning! Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fantastic day in Ithaca. From eclectic bookstores to a collection of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries, Ithaca has something for everyone - even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
cross country skiing in the winter

Things to Do in Ithaca in the Winter

Find our recommendations for the best things to do this winter in the Ithaca area! Classes, museums, live performances, outdoor recreation, dining experiences, and more!
fall foliage at Beebe Lake in Ithaca NY

Welcome Back to Fall in Ithaca

Whether you're a new college student or a senior, a family traveling here for the first time, or someone who has loved coming to Ithaca for years, we have the best Fall in Ithaca guide for you right here!
Erin R. walking on the Cascadilla Gorge Trail

Ithaca Babymoon

Everything changes when you have a baby. Soak in those last few days before the next great adventure of your life and treat yourself to a babymoon in Ithaca. Here are some ideas on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat during your visit.
two children walking across a bridge in Ithaca

Unplug & Connect to Nature

Looking for ways to connect your family with nature in the Ithaca area? Here is a list of some of our favorites to get you started in your outdoor exploring!

Feel the Love This Valentine's Day

Visiting Ithaca with your sweetie this Valentine's Day? Plan your perfect getaway with delicious dining, intimate lodging, couples massages, and award-winning Finger Lakes wine.
5 Experiences to Warm up Winter

Top 5 Experiences to Warm Up Your Winter

Embrace a more relaxed pace in winter by learning something new or attend an annual event that everyone's talking about! The greater Ithaca area has a strong foundation in education and is ripe with outdoor recreation opportunities, along with some of the best culinary and performing arts experiences in the Finger Lakes region. Here are a few hands-on classes in and around Ithaca that will make for meaningful experiences with friends and family. And as a bonus, details about one of our best annual events of the year!
Cornell University campus clocktower

5 Things to Do For Family Weekend

Family Weekend marks the midpoint of the semester. It’s a chance to wind down for a weekend and spend some much needed time with the family. And what better place to wind down than Ithaca? Here’s everything you need for an amazing Family Weekend in the Heart of the Finger Lakes. Come for your kid, and stay an extra day for you!
Fall hiking in Ithaca, NY

5 Best Fall Hikes in Ithaca

Ithaca has some of the best hiking trails around. The trails get even better in the fall as the leaves begin to change, creating a canvas of color you have to see to believe. Learn more about the best fall hikes in Ithaca!

A Farmers Market for Every Day of the Week (almost)

Browse our list of Farmers Markets by days of the week to plan a visit (or three) to some of the area's best growers and artisans.
Ithaca is People: Sarah Wagner

Ithaca is People: Sarah Wagner

In Sarah's first year in Ithaca, it's obvious she's gotten all the Ithaca and Tompkins County "buzzwords" down: Buttermilk, Treman, Hopshire, Finger Lakes Cider House, the Farmers Market. And that's just the beginning. Read on for a fresh perspective of Ithaca, through the eyes of a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Course Developer / homemade cider maker!
Ithaca is People: Randi Millman-Brown

Ithaca is People: Randi Millman-Brown

Having lived in Ithaca for 23 years, Randi Millman-Brown knows a thing or two about Ithaca and Tompkins County. Having raised two kids here, she's literally written the book on family fun in New York, and knows a thing or two about family offerings in the area. This week, Randi shares some of her favorite memories in Ithaca and Tompkins County, as well as some family fun ideas!
Ithaca is People: Hobit LaFaye

Ithaca is People: Hobit LaFaye

Hobit LaFaye's photographs speak for themselves. Inspired by nature, people, and sometimes a double rainbow, Hobit's world looks just as magical as anything J.R.R. Tolkien could have imagined himself. And yes, that is her real name. :) Read on for our interview with the ever-elusive Hobit.
Ithaca is People: Kelly Makosch

Ithaca is People: Kelly Makosch

“Ithaca is GORGES” But who, or what, KEEPS Ithaca gorgeous? This week, Kelly Makosch, Director of Development and Communications at Finger Lakes Land Trust, shares how FLLT works to conserve natural areas in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. And what better week for an organization that’s centered in preserving natural beauty than peak leafpeeping season? Read on to hear how you can support their mission.
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