Tour and Travel in Style in Ithaca, New York, with US Coachways
Discover Many of the City’s Hidden Gems, Parks, Waterfalls and Art Galleries
When one thinks of Ithaca, the first thing to come to mind would be Cornell University, an Ivy League and world-renowned university, but most New Yorkers will know that Ithaca is New York State’s largest outdoor ‘playground’ with an incredible number of parks, waterfalls, nature centers and museums featuring the city’s wonderful landscapes. But because Ithaca is also home to two other popular educational organizations, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College, it earned itself the nickname ‘college town’.
The city boasts of some of the best local amusement parks, recreational centers, theaters, art galleries, parks, camping grounds and cultural centers; Ithaca has become an ideal family getaway for New York’s neighboring communities, towns and cities.
Be it Ithaca’s History Center, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Robert Treman State Park or Hangar Theater, there is always something to do for everyone, regardless of your interest and age. There are also countless affordable venues for family gatherings, dinners, group outings, church special events, school field trips, bachelor or bachelorette parties, unique wedding receptions and other small and large events alike. Whatever the event, US Coachways serves many cities in New York and nationwide with a large fleet of charter bus, mini bus, coach charter, sleeper coach, school bus, party bus, limousines and other luxury vehicles.
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Unforgettable Memories at Some of Ithaca’s Best Natural Attractions
Many can attest to the fact that Ithaca is the local’s largest natural playground. If you are having trouble pinpointing which points of interest
you wish to check out during your trip, take a cue from what our writers have compiled below.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — For families with young children, bring them to Ithaca’s very own Sciencenter located on 1st Street for some science-related interactive exhibits and educational programs. The hands-on science museum offer more than 250 exhibits that engages children as young as toddlers. Be sure to also check out a miniature golf course and gift shop at the end of your tour. While Ithaca’s Hangar Theater is not Broadway, it is a place with a very ‘local’ feel and has a warm, welcoming charm. It brings residents their share of professional award-winning plays, musicals, live performances by and for children, experimental theater, play readings, cabarets and exhibitions at the venue. The site is also a historical landmark because this was where Ithaca’s first airport was at. So, if you are looking for entertainment for your family and friends, you will find it here at Hangar Theater. The State Theater is said to Ithaca’s very own crown jewel, hosting hundreds of events throughout the year and attracting nearly 50,000 patrons to its events and shows. Museum of the Earth can be found on Trumanburg Road in Ithaca , offering its visitors with hundreds of exhibits to help children learn local history, geology and planet earth.
- Art & Cultural — The first thing visitors should do when visiting Ithaca would be to make a short trip to Ithaca’s History Center. It lets visitors in on how the city was formed and contains all the information to help visitors learn about the city’s important landmarks like Cayuga Lake and Cornell University. Have a deep interest in birds and birdwatching? Then organize a group trip to Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Sapsucker Woods Road. Cornell University is home to its own green lung, park, arboretum and garden, therefore, there is, naturally, a great place for birdwatching activities. The attraction runs a well-maintained birdwatching observation area which provides guests with an amazing view of the pond with the many waterfowls and species hanging around. It regularly organizes talks and seminars from world-renowned people from all around the world and the topics covered are about species of birds, photography and preservation and rescue efforts. Check out seminars about sound recording on birds as well as learn up facts about some interesting marine mammals. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology prides itself as a leader in appreciating, studying and conserving birds and as an organization with the highest scientific understanding of nature. The Cornell University’s architectural structure itself is already a sight to behold. Restaurants, cafes and coffee outlets around the university has authentic Cornell maple syrup and unique fresh milk...give them a try. For art lovers, visiting Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art will let them into a world of more than 35,000 works of art from different periods of time. Corners Gallery on Hanshaw Road is considered one of the city’s top art galleries. Within the attraction, art lovers are treated to a myriad of contemporary works of art by the locals featuring popular artists like Suzanne Onodera, Kim Schrag and Barbara Page.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — When the locals are looking for a park to relax and cool off after a hot day out, the place they would often choose is Robert Treman State Park at Enfield Falls Road. The hiking trails are said to be designed for suitably fit people who are looking for a challenge. The upper trails, according to hikers, are tough but provides lots of shade, trees and is serene. It gets busy during summer months but the rugged gorge, winding trails, scenic paths and 12 waterfalls will make it worth your time. Visitors can also opt for a swim in the pools or camp out for the night at its well-maintained camping grounds. Ithaca is blessed with many outdoor locations and another park to check out is Sapsucker Woods. If you begin your journey from Ornithological Center, you will get to wander around 5 miles of scenic trails amidst huge old oak as well as other hardwood trees. Head over to one of the country’s most renowned universities and you will also get to enjoy Cornell Plantations’ natural outdoor park and garden. Measuring up to 4,300 square feet, this Ithaca attraction has a huge arboretum, natural wooded areas and a large botanical garden. The site is a popular place for school field trips and weekend family getaways. The attraction’s Nevin Welcome Center is open everyday except for Saturday. Another very unique site in Ithaca is the Ithaca Waterfalls. It is surely a sight for sore eyes and it is great that it easily accessible via the downtown route. Here is where you will find less of a challenge and a more relaxing walk around nature as the sounds coming from the waterfalls calms you down after a hard day’s work. The waterfall makes the perfect backdrop for wedding photos, family photos and is a haven for photography enthusiasts. Another outdoor attraction to check out is Buttermilk Falls State Park; the best time to head out to this hiking trail is fall when the colors and scenery becomes breathtaking. The climb up and down can be steep but as you approach the valley near Cayuga Lake, you know it was all worthwhile. In the meantime, there is loads to be done at Cayuga Lake, one of the New York’s largest Finger Lakes. Take your pick from these recreational activities - swimming, boating, fishing and other water activities like the narrated and guided tour around the lake where visitors will learn about folklore, local stories and geological information about the lake. Apart from the waterfalls which are most often the main attraction, Ithaca Falls Natural Area is the best place for fishing. As fishing season approach, groups of fishing enthusiasts will make their way to this large outdoor attraction to get their freshest catch.
- Other Points of Interest — For those who are not into hiking can check out Cayuga Nature Center. It presents visitors with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, events and outreach programs for kids and families. Run by volunteers, the attraction is well-maintained and suitable for kids and adults like.
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