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Visit NY!

Welcome to the great state of New York! We hope you will enjoy your visit to Ithaca. If you have some extra time and would like to explore the state, here are a few places you might wish to check out.

New York City
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New York City 

NYC has plenty to do and is about a 4 hour drive from Ithaca, NY. Rent a car, or there are several direct bus services that make travel from NYC to Ithaca fairly simple to manage.

Cornell’s Campus to Campus bus service - Round trip is $180 per person or $90 one way. 

Big Red Bullet  - Tickets are $55-65 per person each way.

Coach USA/Shortline Ithaca Platinum Service -
ss.ithacaplatinum.asp. Tickets are $50 per person each way.

Learn more about attractions and hotels at

Photo - Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls – Photo courtesy of Stacey Gitto:

Niagara Falls 

Niagara Falls is about a 3 hour drive from Ithaca, NY. To visit the Canadian side of the fall (with the best views of Horseshoe Falls) be sure to bring a passport.

Learn more about Niagara Falls, USA at

Learn more about Niagara Falls, Canada at

Photo - Thousand Islands Region
Thousand Island Region – Photo courtesy of Kirt Gerson:

Thousand Islands Region 

The Thousand Islands Region is about a 3 hour drive from Ithaca, NY. This water wonderland has breathtaking scenery - nearly 2,000 islands, the bright blue bays of Lake Ontario, sparkling rivers and hundreds of miles of picturesque coastline. The region is dotted with historic lighthouses, castles, amusement parks, and 28 state parks.

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Adirondacks – Photo courtesy of Joel Hawtof:


Depending on your destination, the Adirondack Park is about a 3-5 hour drive from Ithaca. Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region - discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. You're invited to explore the Lake George Region's family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau's one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.

Photo - Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes – Ithaca – Photo courtesy of Stacey Jean:

Finger Lakes / Ithaca 

The shores of the scenic Finger Lakes are dotted by vineyards, breweries, and more ripe for exploration. Choose the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail or the Seneca Lake Wine Trail to enjoy a day of scenic views and excellent wines. If beer, liquor or hard cider are more your style, the region are boasts several options for you as well. Beyond beverages, the Finger Lakes is home to a number of small local cheesemakers and Ithaca supports a vibrant Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing well worth a visit. Click on the links below to learn more.

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail -

Seneca Lake Wine Trail -

Finger Lakes Beer Trail -

Ithaca Beer Company -

Finger Lakes Cider House -

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail -

Ithaca Farmers Market -

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Lake Cruises and Outdoors – Photo courtesy of Mike Christoferson:

Lake Cruises and other Outdoors 

Lake Cruises

Cornell University is located picturesquely on Ithaca’s East Hill above Cayuga Lake. For views of campus and more from the water, enjoy a scenic narrated ride aboard the Ithaca Boat Tours.

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Hike, picnic, swim, and more. Each park has its own beautiful waterfalls to discover and admire.

Buttermilk Falls State Park -

Roberts H. Treman State Park -

Taughannock Falls State Park -

Watkins Glen State Park -

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Theater – Photo courtesy of Mark Goebel:

Museums and Centers 

Museums and more

Cornell Lab of Ornithology -
Enjoy the walking trails or enter the visitor center to learn more about our feathered friends.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art -
On Cornell’s campus, the Johnson Museum boasts a collection of over 35,000 works from a variety of disciplines and periods. View Asian prints, African sculptures, modern photographs and more.

Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center -
The Museum of the Earth is a small natural history museum that takes visitors on a journey from the appearance of life on Earth through modern times. The Earth’s story is told through videos, an impressive collection of fossil specimens, and several interactive labs. At the Cayuga Nature Center, hike more than 5 miles of trails, climb a six story treehouse and visit live animals both in the center’s main lodge and outside on the grounds.

Cornell Plantations -
Visit the botanical garden or arboretum for numerous walking trails and outdoor learning.

Sciencenter -
Ithaca’s hands-on science museum. Fun for all ages, but especially aimed at children.

Photo - Downtown Ithaca
Downtown Ithaca - Photo courtesy of Downtown Ithaca

Ithaca Shopping, Restaurants, Theaters 

Dozens of unique shops, restaurants, and bars dot Ithaca’s central pedestrian promenade.

Ithaca Commons -

Visit Ithaca -


Local Theaters

Take in an evening show at one of Ithaca’s local theaters.

Hangar Theater -

Kitchen Theater -

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