This state park has a lot to offer; hiking, fishing, camping, and even a playground for the kids. The park has ten waterfalls, although Buttermilk Falls is arguably the best one. There are three main trails: Bear trail, Rim Trail, and the Gorge Trail, which I think has the best views of the falls. Check with the ranger for trail conditions and a map. As with any waterfall or stream, there is always the chance that there will not be much water flowing. Your best chance is probably in the early spring, since snow melt contributes to water flow.
Buttermilk Creek drops about 600 feet and there are many small pools and waterfalls. This is great place to take photographs. Early and late in the day are best. Bring wading boots and your tripod for some good images.
Amazingly, you can start this hike in downtown Ithaca, near Ithaca Commons. The lower trail head is near the intersection of University Avenue and Court Street. The top of the one-half mile trail starts near the College Avenue Bridge.
The hike follows a ravine/gorge and drops nearly 400 feet from the bridge to the bottom. Near the lower trail head hikers will soon see Cascadilla Falls, one of about nine waterfalls along the way. If there is a lot of water flowing it is a great spot for a photograph.
If you choose to walk up toward the College Ave. Bridge, you will soon discover that, for many people, this would be classified as a strenuous hike. There are a lot of stairs! Take your age and physical condition into consideration. The best way of course is to start at the top and walk down the ravine. But you need a ride to the top and someone to meet you at the bottom. So, be advised and plan accordingly. Wear appropriate shoes and bring some water! Have fun.
The Finger Lakes Wine Center is a great place to start off your wine trail adventure. They have a sampling of different wines from the local wineries so you can see which one best fits what you're looking for. They also have tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy local wine at an affordable price. Thursday nights there's live jazz music and samplings of bread and cheese. It's a way to get together with friends and wind down after a long week.
Ithaca has lots of things to do with kids, especially in the summer. The Ithaca Children's Garden at Cass Park is lovely, the Cass Park pool and Flat Rock are great, but swimming at Robert H. Treman state park is our favorite. There is a diving board right by the waterfall. After diving in, you can swim right up to the falls. There are lots of tips for exploring Ithaca with kids at www.IthacaFamilyFun.info. It has info on all of the parks, swimming, festivals and free summer concerts.
This 215-foot waterfall is one of the most spectacular, in a region that is full of waterfalls. The stream has carved a long, deep gorge on its way down to Cayuga Lake. Hiking up that gorge provides a great build-up to the falls themselves.
Just across the highway is a marine on Cayuga Lake, along with picnic and camping grounds. There are also some fine views of the lake.
Taughannock Falls State Park's namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail.
Downtown Ithaca has a two-block pedestrian mall which has some neat shops, fine restaurants, bars, and galleries. The Ithaca Commons is the heart of downtown. Concerts and festivals are held here as well.
Cornell University has an attractive campus, whose main attraction is the Plantations. These extensive botanical gardens offer plenty of hiking and a lot of good photo ops. Dating back over a century, they have long been a favorite place for Cornell alumni to visit when the return to campus.
Here are a 25-acre botanical garden with 14 specialty gardens, the F.R. Newman Arboretum, Beebe Lake, a 4300-acre natural area, fens, old-growth forest, gorges, and much more.
Another very nice place for some hiking and sightseeing is Buttermilk Falls State Park. The falls are not as spectacular as some others, but the trail along Buttermilk Creek is very scenic and pleasant to walk.
The area above the falls is known as Upper Buttermilk Park and the part below as Lower Buttermilk. Directions are for the lower park.
Ithaca has a number of parks which offer hiking along the shores of Cayuga Lake and nearby waterways. There is are also excellent opportunities for boating.
Allen H. Tremain Marine Park (not to be confused with the other Tremain Park) is on the south shore of Cayuga Lake. Nearby Stewart Park also offers great views of the Lake.
Shop in the unique downtown area called The Commons...lots of little boutiques, places to eat, and different bars. Often there is music or events happening...
Dont ride bicycles on the Commons and I'm not sure the rules with pets, so dont bring em'.
Park in the ramp parking - dont bother looking for metered parking
catch one of the many wine tours out of ithaca to the beautiful wine country in the surrounding fingerlakes area. going with a big group of friends is the best!
Many stores in Ithaca carry the local winesif you dont get a chance to go out to the winery.
The Turkish Baths in Ithaca are marvelous. The Turkish bath (Turkish: hamam; from Arabic: حمّام, ḥammām) is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. They have played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing, and as architectural structures, institutions, and (later) elements with special customs attached to them. Europeans learned about the Hamam via contacts with the Ottomans, hence the "Turkish" part of the name.
In Western Europe, the Turkish bath as a method of cleansing the body and relaxation was particularly popular during the Victorian era. The process involved in taking a Turkish bath is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to the bathing practices of the Romans.
A person taking a Turkish bath first relaxes in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.
In Turkey, the advent of modern plumbing systems, showers, and bathtubs in homes caused the importance of hamams to fade in recent times.
This small museum has one of the best fossil collections in the country. Here are hundreds of specimens of primitive sea creatures, early amphibians, dinosaurs, and ancient mammals. It also has a complete skeleton of a right whale, a species hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century.
Here is a nice place to go hang out with the college crowd. Downtown Ithaca has an outdoor pedestrian mall, plenty of restaurants and cafes, and places to just hang out. Nearby is Cornell University, where Carl Sagan once taught.
The point of contact is for the Ithaca Downtown Partnership.