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5 Things to do this Summer in Ithaca, New York



In the heart of the Finger Lakes, nestled among gorges, Ithaca, New York is a wonderland of waterfalls that also offers international cuisine and craft beverage offerings surely to please any palate. Whether you’re shopping in boutiques and viewing public art adorning downtown Ithaca, or exploring the outdoor recreation offerings, including 150 waterfalls, throughout the region, there is something for everyone to enjoy on a visit here. Check out art galleries, take in a theater performance, or hear live music; great options for all are available no matter the season. It’s the perfect place for a solo trip, honeymoon, friends or family trip, with multigenerational and kid-friendly places to see and things to do.


Here are just a few things you can do in Ithaca this summer.


Where can you grab a caffeine boost AND cuddle up with some feline friends? Alley Cat Café, located in downtown Ithaca, offers just such an experience. Stop in for a beverage or quick bite, and then visit the cat room to pet and play with furry friends awaiting adoption. You can even reserve time to spend with the cats, helpful if coming with a big group.



Vacation is all about unwinding, and Rasa Spa has you covered. Located along the Cayuga Lake inlet, their wide array of massage and other spa services will have you feeling relaxed in no time. And if you’re just looking for some device-free time away, consider the day pass which gives you access to quiet space, shower and sauna.


Located on The Commons in downtown Ithaca, The Range is a great place to grab a drink, with daily specials, hit the dance floor and be entertained. In addition to a diverse offering of shows, the weekly Thursgay at The Range is an LGBTQIA+ community favorite.


In a place founded on education, it’s of little surprise that books are celebrated here. Buffalo Street Books perfectly illustrates this concept, saved from closure by employees and community members who formed a cooperative more than a decade ago to preserve its independence. In addition to a unique collection of titles for all ages, the bookstore hosts a variety of readings, book clubs, and other events.


While there is lake access on both sides of Cayuga Lake, Taughannock Falls State Park on the west and Myers Park on the east, consider letting Discover Cayuga Lake take you on a guided tour to highlight the unique characteristics found here. You can take off from the Ithaca Farmers Market on the weekends, or check out a daily cruise departing from Allan Treman State Marine Park. You can choose from family-centric offerings or grab a spot on the Sunday evening dance party cruises.


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