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The State Parks around Ithaca offer spectacular views of our gorgeous waterfalls. Enjoy a hike at Buttermilk Falls State Park. Dropping from 1000 ft. to 400 ft. above sea level, Buttermilk Creek plunges through a gorge down the eastern slope of Cayuga Valley at the southern edge of the City. Continue on Route 13 to Robert Treman State Park where you can visit Enfield Glen and the devilishly named Lucifer Falls.
Continue south on Rt. 13 to Newfield where you will find the Newfield Covered Bridge, built in 1853 and restored in 1972. This charming bridge is the only covered bridge in the Finger Lakes area located on a public road.
Whether you are looking for hot dogs or Caribbean food, The Ithaca Commons is the place to fuel up before beginning the Sagan Planet Walk leading to the Sciencenter.
After a day of walking, relax at the Ithaca Bakery with a refreshing beverage and homemade snack!
Stay overnight in any one of our more than 70 bed & breakfasts. www.visitithaca.com offers a complete listing.
North of the city on Route 89, stop off at the Cayuga Nature Center where you can walk miles of trails, visit the animals, or climb to the top of the 5-story Treetops Structure. In the late spring, experience the season mysteries at the Butterfly House where many varieties of local butterflies are hatched.
Continuing north on Rt. 89, you will see Taughannock Falls State Park which offers a ¾ mile Gorge Trail that is both wheelchair & stroller accessible. This trail takes you out to the base of a 215 ft. waterfall higher than Niagara Falls. The North & South Rim Trails combine to form a scenic 3 mile loop around the upper portion of the gorge. Catch a different perspective of the Waterfall at the overlook off Taughannock Park Road.
Take a little side trip on to the Village of Trumansburg for a mid-day break by continuing on Taughannock Park Road, then turning right onto Rt. 96 N. Here, you will find a variety of restaurants to please the palate. Afterwards, stop at Not My Dad's or Trimmer’s, seasonal ice cream shops located south or north of the village, offering a wide array of hard & soft serve ice cream and other snacks.
Take Rt. 96S back to Taughannock Park Rd., then turn left onto Rt. 89 North where you will find a plethora of wineries making up the Cayuga Wine Trail waiting to offer you tastings of their best wines. Along this route you will find many local farm stands during harvest months. In the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, you will find The Amish Market at 89 Traders Village. This Amish Market features unique handcrafted Amish furniture, baked goods, sheds, & crafts. Cayuga Creamery, open daily or Thursday to Monday during the winter months, is nationally renowned for their homemade ice cream and located less than ten miles north on Route 89.
Enjoy a trip to the Ithaca Farmers' Market. Offering more than 125 vendors selling fresh local produce, international cuisine, and juried arts & crafts April through December. Visit http://www.ithacamarket.com/ for current hours.
After visiting the Farmers' Market, head east to Cornell Plantations, an area of great natural beauty and serenity adjacent to one of America's most renowned college campuses. At the botanical garden, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell, the Plantations welcomes visitors free of charge, year-round, from sunrise to sunset. Guided tours for your group can be arranged in advance for a small fee. And make sure to visit the Nevins Welcome Center with exhibits, a gift shop and cafe.
Next, visit Cornell University's new Lab of Ornithology at Sapsucker Woods, offering 4.2 miles of trails winding through wooded areas with the chance of sighting a different bird around every bend. The Stuart Observatory overlooks a waterfowl pond and a bird-feeding garden. Wind through campus down to Route 79 East, and visit Six Mile Creek Vineyards, Ithaca's own winery!