10 Labor Day Weekend Activities to Keep Summer Going

September may bring cooler evenings and back to school activities, however with the lakes still warm and plenty of events happening, many people like to believe summer is not quite over in Ithaca and across the Finger Lakes. As o­­ur college students have just returned, Ithaca is getting a second…

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Best Playgrounds Near Ithaca

Ithaca likes to play. Though Ithaca is best known as a hub of higher education, you will find Ithacans and their families like to play, dance, perform and explore outdoors. With this spirit, visitors can explore some of the best playgrounds in the Finger Lakes area. In addition to the playgrounds in…

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Spring Hiking around Ithaca

Spring in the Northeast brings showers, flowers and … mud. Ithaca is no exception, with snow melting and April (and early May) showers working together to produce beautiful vernal ponds visible along the many trails open for hiking, and a fair share of muddy walking paths, too. Taking a walk in…

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Celebrate Pride in Ithaca

Downtown Ithaca PRIDE 2023 So much to celebrate in June! Following the annual Ithaca Festival, the inclusive community celebration continues with Ithaca PRIDE week happening June 9-16th, 2023. Our community believes PRIDE is for everyone, from families to performers, youth to adults, and Downtown…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With the landscape blossoming and waterfalls flowing, spring is a special time to celebrate a mother in your life. To find a gift that feels as unique as the mom you want to thank, we have a list of gift ideas to make your shopping easier. Downtown Ithaca, Trumansburg and the surrounding area have…

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Vegan and Vegetarian Dining in Ithaca

Ithaca’s food scene offers something for everyone People visit Ithaca for all kinds of reasons. Some are here to attend a cultural or athletic event at Cornell University or perhaps to do a little wine tasting. Others come to hike our beautiful gorges or take a sail on Cayuga Lake. Foodies come here…

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20 Eco-friendly activities for your next Ithaca getaway

Beyond Earth Day, here are some ideas to incorporate ecotourism into your next visit to the Ithaca area. The city of Ithaca has recently made headlines for its commitment to decarbonizing buildings, but finding ways to lessen the impact of humans on the environment is a longstanding effort in…

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Half-Day Ithaca Waterfall Itinerary

So many waterfalls, so little time! We hear that a lot from people who come into our Visit Ithaca Visitor Centers. That’s why we’ve come up with a plan to help visitors hit the high points in just a few hours. The jumping-off point is Stewart Park at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. Ithaca Falls The…

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Family Staycation in Ithaca

Ah, springtime! As we begin seeing winter in the rearview mirror, we can start to look forward to what family fun and adventures spring brings to Ithaca and Tompkins County. Whether you're traveling from afar or looking for a staycation from one of our neighboring regions, options abound for…

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Women-Owned Wellness Businesses in Ithaca

With so many women-owned businesses to explore, we recognize the role of women in shaping history within the region. Ithaca is just a short drive from Seneca Falls, home of the first Women’s Rights Convention. Today, the drive along the Cayuga Lake hillsides is dotted with female winemakers, cider…

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