Cornell University overlooks Cayuga Lake, and many gorges and waterfalls are just steps from the Law School. Schedule a Law School or campus tour here.
Ithaca weather allows for a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from boating, swimming, and hiking in the summer to cross-country skiing and ice skating in the winter.
When taking a break from your studies you can jog or bike on trails in one of Ithaca’s local or state parks. Enjoy wine tasting year-round and apple picking in the fall. Rent a kayak or take sailing lessons on Cayuga Lake. Visit an organic winery or farm. Or head eight miles north to Taughannock Falls, the tallest waterfall in the northeast. There’s no end to the ways you can explore and get active.
It’s not uncommon to run into friends, neighbors, professors, or fellow students on any downtown street. Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than New York City, and it attracts diners from all around the world. Ithaca was recognized as one of the “foodiest” towns in the U.S. by Bon Appetit magazine. Ithaca is home to the famous Moosewood Restaurant, whose award-winning vegetarian cookbooks attract diners from around the country.
According to a local bumper sticker, “Ithaca is gorges”, and most people here would agree.
Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Ithaca is surrounded by waterfalls, gorges, lakes, and parks. With a four-season climate and close access to kite sailing, skiing, skating, mountain biking, hiking, polo, canoeing, windsurfing, and other sports, Ithaca is an ideal place for getting outside.
Sledding is one of Ithacans all-time favorite winter sports! Get a sled, find any hill in Ithaca, and go. Local favorites include Cornell Plantations and Taughannock Park. **Avoid Libe Slope, as it is dangerous and against Cornell regulations to sled down.
Ithacans ski on many of the local golf courses, trails, or at Sapsucker Woods or Podunk Ski Touring in Trumansburg.
For a more complete listing, please visit VisitIthaca.
As a college town with a thriving local music scene, Ithaca has a wide variety of clubs and bars. Whether you feel like going for a few drinks or dancing all night, the list below will give you some ideas on what to do and where to go.
Ithaca is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Natural beauty surrounds the campus with its many gorges, lakes, and parks. In fact, the Law School is bordered by Cascadilla Gorge. Its waterfalls and trail lead to downtown Ithaca.
Ithaca is easily accessible by plane, bus, and car. Most major Northeastern cities are a reasonable drive or a short flight.
Ithaca has a wide variety of accommodations and cuisines.
The following business-style hotels are close to campus, and many have shuttles to campus and to the airport. This is just a brief listing of local hotels. If you plan to visit campus during Cornell University’s graduation weekend, be prepared to stay outside of Ithaca. Alternative towns include: Dryden, Cortland, Elmira, Syracuse, and Binghamton.
The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
Best Western University Inn
Only about 2 miles from the law school and near food and stores.
Courtyard by Marriott – Ithaca
Close to the airport and the Ithaca and Triphammer malls.
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Located at the Triphammer Mall.
Hampton Inn Ithaca
Downtown location, newly built.
Hilton Garden Inn
Relatively new hotel off of The Commons.
Country Inn & Suites
Near Ithaca College on South Hill.
Near The Commons and close to everything downtown.
For a complete list including inns and B&B’s, please visit Visitithaca.com.
The following scale is per person for dinner with an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage plus tax and gratuity. Some of the restaurants have lighter fare as well; please call ahead to get exact estimates.
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Heights Cafe & Grill
Cayuga Heights/Corners Community
One of Ithaca’s most upscale restaurants with an extensive wine list.
If you don’t know of this vegetarian restaurant by its world-famous cookbook, definitely you will remember forever after you taste the terrific food.
Maxie’s Supper Club and Oyster Bar
Cajun menu with all the frills. Don’t forget your colorful beads when you walk into Maxie’s.
Taste of Thai
Best place to eat wonderfully prepared Thai food that is priced just right and in a great location on The Commons to boot.
The Boatyard Grill
On the Inlet
Comfort food with a twist. The Boatyard has one of the more beautiful views in Ithaca.
Overlooking the lake and very casual.
Gourmet deli and bakery.
Good healthy Mexican food in a fun atmosphere with margaritas, of course.
For a complete list, please go to VisitIthaca.com.