Niagara Falls, New York

A- Overview:

The breathtaking beauty of the natural wonder that is Niagara Falls would be enough to attract and hold the interest of almost any visitor. Yet, there is so much more to see and do in Niagara County that one vacation isn’t long enough. Twelve million visitors arrive in the area each year. More than a tourist attraction; Niagara Falls is part of our national heritage. Along with the Washington Monument, Yosemite Park, and Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls is a place to visit with the whole family.

The entrance to the Falls on the United States side is through America’s oldest park, Niagara Reservation State Park. The year round spray and mist of the Falls contribute to a thriving, diverse plant life, and the trees, flowers and shrubs in the park provide a naturally occurring, incredibly beautiful background.

Within the park, there are a number of ways of enjoying the Falls experience. The best spot for viewing the American Falls and Upper Rapids is Prospect Point, the piece of land that juts out the farthest west over the Niagara River. The New York State Visitors Center located there provides information and a good introduction to the Falls and surrounding parks.

The New York State Park Observation Tower is also in the park. For an admission charge, the glass walled elevator can be taken to the area above the falls for a spectacular view. For a tour of the park, take the Viewmobile from Prospect Point. Tours by tram are offered seasonally.

The world famous Maid of the Mist Boat Tour is a must. Access to the tour is gained from the Observation Tower where rain gear is provided as part of the experience. The ride lasts one half hour. The boat tours run from mid May through October.

For the more adventurous traveler, the Niagara River can be rapidly covered on the Whirlpool Jet Boat. The Cave of the Winds trip provides an opportunity to walk through the spray at the base of the Falls. There is also a helicopter tour over the Falls with Rainbow Air. At a more relaxed pace, there are the tours of the Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara’s Wax Museum of History, and Niagara’s other museums and educational facilities. Casino gambling and entertainment has become a major attraction with the opening of the large Seneca Niagara Casino in downtown Niagara Falls, New York.

See top quality theater at Artpark and Artpark at the Church. Take a relaxing ride on board the Grand Lady Cruise Boat for a lunch or dinner cruise. Each night, take in the breathtaking view of the Falls, illuminated in vivid multicolor. During the summer months, Fireworks Over the Falls is featured every Friday evening. For winter visits, enjoy A Festival of Lights celebration, as Niagara Falls magically becomes a winter wonderland, complete with animated displays, entertainment, and daily activities.

Just minutes from the Falls are the charming small cities, towns, and villages where a visit to a local apple orchard or farm, exploration of historic landmarks, and shopping in picturesque craft and antique stores, as well as in extensive outlet malls, are all possibilities.

A fascinating vignette of our nation’s past is the extensive Erie Canal System that was hand dug in the early 1800s before the days of modern machinery. It was, and is, a marvel of engineering. Its system of locks raised and lowered the water at numerous points along the route from Albany to Buffalo to accommodate mule pulled barges carrying people and commodities. The 363-mile long canal system connected the Hudson River with Lake Erie to provide a major shipping route. A substantial height adjustment of 49.5 feet was necessary as the barges approached the Niagara escarpment. The Erie Canal Museum and two hour cruise on a surviving portion of the canal can be experienced at nearby Lockport, New York. Passengers watch the water rise as they peer from aboard the cruise boat through locks 34 and 35 at the approach to the escarpment. The cruise and museum are examples of the living history that is so abundant in the Niagara Falls, New York area, and is a priceless treasure to share with children and grandchildren.

Niagara is well known as a year-round, world-class sport fishing destination. Camping and boating sites are numerous. All of this is accompanied by a friendly, welcoming, hometown feel that brings visitors back year after year.

B- City Information:
Facts

Population: 61,840

Elevation: 571 feet

Height of American Falls: 190 feet; width 1060 feet.

Time Zone: Eastern Time

Area:

Emergency: 911. Non-emergency: police (716) 286-4711

Time and Temperature: (716) 844-1717

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
30F
17F

February
30F
16F

March
38F
23F

April
52F
34F

May
65F
44F

June
75F
55F

July
80F
59F

August
79F
58F

September
72F
51F

October
60F
44F

November
46F
32F

December
33F
213F

Niagara’s winters are brisk and chilly, perfect for the Winter Festival! Snow and ice can continue into the month of March, and a snowstorm is still a possibility even in mid April. Be prepared with a jacket or sweater even in the summer, as there are cool breezes off Lakes Ontario and Erie.

Public Holidays:

Jan. 1 New Year’s Day

January ( 3rd Monday) Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday

February (3rd Monday) Presidents’ Day

May (Last Monday) Memorial Day

July 4 Independence Day

September (1st Monday) Labor Day

November 11 Veterans’ Day

November (4th Thursday) Thanksgiving Day

December 25 Christmas Day

How to get around:

Traveling by car from the south, take the New York State thruway (I90) and connect either with I190 or I290. I-190 is a spur which leads across Grand Island and connects with major highways to downtown Niagara Falls. For the most scenic entrance to the Falls, take the Robert Moses Parkway exit and follow signs to the Niagara Reservation State Park.

Within the city, the streets are laid out in an easy to follow grid pattern. Numbered streets run north to south and named streets run east to west. Avenues run east to west and boulevards run north to south or diagonally.

Bus service: For route and schedule information call: (716) 285-9319. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (Metro) provides bus service within the city and outlying areas, including Lockport and Buffalo. Buses run from 5:30am to 10:30pm. Some routes have extended hours; others have more limited schedules.

Railway: The Amtrak station is located at Hyde Park Blvd. and Lockport Road. For train schedule and ticket information call (716) 285-4224 or (800) 872-7245.

Automobile: It is wise to have a car available if travel is planned to any of the many attractions that are located outside the city.

Air Travel

From the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, take Genesee Street to 1-90 East, Follow 1-290West (exit 50) to I-190 North, about a 25-30 minute drive. The Independent Taxi Association runs scheduled service between the airport and several Niagara Falls hotels. Please call ITA for more information: 1-800-551-9369. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

Airlines serving the Niagara Falls area:

Continental Airlines

5330 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221-5360

716-634-9622

Approximate mileage from major cities within

a 500 mile radius of Niagara Falls, NY USA

CITIES
MILES

Boston
475

Chicago
500

Cleveland
185

Detroit
250

Hamilton, Ont. (Canada)
58

Montreal, Que.(Canada)
380

New York City
400

Ottawa, Ont. (Canada)
335

Philadelphia
400

Pittsburgh
240

Rochester
53

Syracuse
148

Toronto Ont. (Canada)
90

Washington, DC
425

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Attractions

Note: New York State Master Pass can be purchased from Niagara Reservation State Park at P.O. Box 1132, Niagara Falls, NY 14303-0132. Tel. (716) 278-1770. It offers a 20% discount on attractions marked below.

Niagara Falls State Park Attractions

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

151 Buffalo Avenue

Niagara Falls, NY

Access via Observation Tower elevator

at Prospect Point, located at the Reservation State Park.

716-284-8897

World famous boat tour of the three Falls (New York State and Ontario, Canada)

Spectacular one-half-hour ride.

Waterproof clothing provided.

Mid-May until late Oct.

Admission charge and small elevator fee.

Handicapped accessible

Included in New York State Master Pass.

New York State Park Observation Tower

Prospect Point

716-278-1762.

Dramatic views of all three Falls from this 282 foot structure.

A glass-walled elevator rises above the Falls, then descends

to the base and the boat tour. Admission charged.

Handicapped accessible.

Included in New York State Master Pass.

New York State Park Viewmobile

Prospect Point trams operate throughout the state park.

716-278-1730

Stops at all major points of interest.

Seasonal. Admission charged.

Handicapped accessible

Included in New York State Master Pass.

New York State Park Visitors’ Center

Prospect Park, Niagara Falls.

716-278-1796

An introduction to the Falls and surrounding parks.

Exhibits, Great Lakes Gardens,

tourist information center, gift shop, Falls side Cafe, restrooms.

Free.

Ice Bridge (sometimes appears in the winter)

The falling water and mist create ice formations along the banks of the Falls and river. This can result in mounds of ice as thick as fifty feet. If the winter is cold for long enough, the ice will completely stretch across the river and form what is known as the ice bridge.

This ice bridge can extend for several miles down river until it reaches the area known as the lower rapids. Until 1912, visitors were allowed to actually walk out on the ice bridge and view the Falls from below. February 24th of 1888 the local newspaper reported that at least 20,000 people watched or tobogganed. On February 4th 1912 the ice bridge broke up and three tourists lives were lost. Foot traffic on the bridge of ice is no longer allowed

There can also “mini-icebergs” which flow down the Niagara River from frozen Lake Erie. The flow of ice has been reduced considerably by the yearly installation of the “ice-boom” on Lake Erie. The ice-boom is a large floating chain of logs strung from Buffalo New York to Fort Erie Ontario. It is usually set in place during the month of December and removed in March. This boom helps prevent the ice from clogging the river and most importantly, the hydroelectric companies water intakes.

Prospect Point

Prospect Park

716-278-1762.

The prime viewing area for the American Falls

and upper rapids. Look for a rainbow in the morning mist or see

the Falls illuminated in colored lights every night.

Handicapped Accessible.

Cave Of The Winds Trip

on Goat Island

Niagara Falls , NY USA

(716) 278-1730

Seasonal. Admission charged.

Handicapped Accessible

Hours: Daily 9-8, mid-May through Labor Day; 9-5 (also Sat.-Sun. 5-6), day after Labor Day-late Oct. Schedule may vary; phone ahead

Under age 6 must be at least 42 inches tall

Waterproof clothing provided.

Included in New York State Master Pass.

The walking tour follows wooden walkways to within 25 feet of the base of the falls. An elevator takes visitors 175 feet through the Niagara rock escarpment to view the falls from the bottom. Allow 1 hour minimum.

Whirlpool State Park

On the Robert Moses Parkway

Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 278-1770

Admission: Free

Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

The park is on a bluff overlooking the whirlpool that results from the Niagara River’s 90-degree turn. Nature trails throughout; Ramps and steps wind along the gorge.

Wintergarden

300 Rainbow Blvd.

Niagara Falls , NY 14303 USA

(716) 286-4940

Free Admission.

Daily 9 a.m.-11 p.m..

This is a glass-enclosed garden with tropical, semitropical and desert plants and trees, waterfalls, pools and secluded rest areas. Winding pathways, platforms and three-story glass elevators offer a variety of views. The garden is illuminated in the evening.

This is a favorite spot for weddings.

Niagara Summer Experience

E. Dent Lackey Plaza

300 Fourth Street at Duggan Drive

Niagara Falls, NY 14303

716-284-6188

Free.

Handicapped accessible.

Fridays at 8:00pm, in July and August. Music,

dancing, cultural exhibits, art fairs, concerts and

ethnic festivals presented by the Niagara Council of Arts.

Luna Island

Small island between the American and Bridal Veil Falls.

Offers a close-up view of both.

Terrapin Point

Goat Island. Viewing area for Horseshoe Falls.

Thundering water over the wide expanse and sweeping

curve of the Horseshoe.

Three Sisters Islands

Access via Goat Island. Offers a unique view of the upper

rapids and the river as it races to the falls.

Thrill Ride Niagara

2405 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Niagara Falls NY 14304

716-731-343

Niagara Festival Theater

1 Prospect Point Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 278-1792

The theater presents the film “Niagara Wonders.” Filmed using a technique that gives a 3-D effect, the movie provides a bird’s-eye view of the Niagara Falls region.

Admission charged

Shows on the hour Wed.-Sun. 10-8, May 19-Sept. 9; 10-6, Apr. 1-May 18 and Sept. 10-Oct. 7; Wed.-Sun. 9-5, Oct. 8-Nov. 24

Goat Island

716-278-1762

Niagara Falls , NY USA

in the Niagara River at the Falls. Easily accessible by foot or vehicular bridge,

this wooded island has paved drives and walks that offer spectacular views of both falls. The Three Sisters Islands, which lie in the rapids, are accessible by footbridge, as is Luna Island, which lies between the American and Bridal Veil falls. Wonderful area for a quiet walk, close-up view of the rapids

Niagara Reservation State Park

1 Prospect Point

Niagara Falls , NY

(716) 278-1796

Admission: Free

Visitor center open daily 8 a.m.-10:15 p.m., early May-Labor Day; daily 8 a.m.-8:15 p.m., early Apr.-early May and day after Labor Day-late Nov.; Sun.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-8:15 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-10:15 p.m., late Nov.-early Jan.; daily 8-6:15, rest of year. Park open daily dawn-dusk

The park covers more than 400 acres. New York’s oldest state park, it opened in 1885. The visitor center has displays and electronic exhibits about the falls and information about area attractions.

Over The Falls Tours

5919 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Niagara Falls , NY 14304 USA

(716) 283-8900

Admission charged.

Hours: Tours depart daily from 9-7. Hours may vary; phone ahead for information.

A choice is offered of three narrated van tours of Niagara Falls, New York . Each tour includes a ride aboard the Maid of the Mist. The tour also includes the Cave of the Winds Trip. The Illumination tour allows visitors to see the area’s attractions both during the day and at night. Allow 4 hours, 30 minutes minimum. One tour also includes a trip to the Canadian Falls.

Rainbow Air, Inc.

454 Main Street

Niagara Falls NY 14301

716-284-2800

Fax 716-298-5866

Daily 9-dusk

Ten minute tour.

Air tour offers views of both the American and Canadian falls. Allow 1 hour minimum

The Schoellkopf Geological Museum

Off the Robert Moses Pkwy near Main St.

Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 278-1780

Open April through October, call for hours.

Admission charged.

716-278-1780

Handicapped accessible

Included in New York State Master Pass.

The museum provides an audiovisual explanation of the natural history of the Niagara Gorge and the Falls. A geological garden and nature trail are on the grounds. Guided trail tours are offered seasonally by reservation.

The Church was built in the early 19th century. Highlights include stonework and stained-glass windows.

A Festival of Lights

345 Third Street

Niagara Falls NY 14303-1117

716-285-8484

Fax 716-285-0941

A Festival of Lights is one of the oldest and most outstanding regional winter festivals in the country. Since 1981 hundreds of thousands of families from around the world have attended the winter festivities.

The yearly show also features a Festival Laser Light Show. Along with indoor and outdoor light displays, there are activities and entertainment for families and visitors of all ages. Late November -January 1.

Other Local and Area Attractions

Niagara’s Wax Museum of History

303 Prospect Street

Niagara Falls NY 14303

716-285-1271

Admission charged.

Daily 9 a.m.-11 p.m., May-Sept.; 11-9 in Apr. and Oct.-Dec.; 11-5, rest of year

Handicapped Accessible.

Forty-six exhibits featuring life size wax figures in scenes depicting the history of the area. Topographic maps and collections of memorabilia from the Niagara frontier also are displayed.

Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (The NACC)

1201 Pine Avenue

Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 282-7530

The NACC is located in a landmark, 1924 former high school. It is home to more than 75 artist studios and offers art, music, and dance classes. There are also two galleries, two theaters, a gift shop, and internet café.

St. Mary Of The Cataract Church

259 4th St. Niagara Falls , NY

(716) 282-0059

Admission: Free

Sun.-Fri. 8-1, Sat. 8-5

Seneca Niagara Casino
310 Fourth Street
Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303 USA
716-299-1100
1-877-8-SENECA (73-6322)

Designed to simulate the gaming, dining and entertainment experience of Las Vegas, the casino advertises nationally-renowned performers; state-of-the-art slot machines and table games. There are 106,000 square feet of gaming, with over 3,000 slot machines and 97 table games. Also featured is Turtle Island, the non-smoking casino, the Blue Heron Room designed exclusively for high-stakes table games enthusiasts, a new High-Limit Slot Area and a live Poker Room. Seneca Niagara Casino also offers three restaurants, a 443-seat showroom-style theater, a live music venue on the gaming floor, retail stores, complimentary Valet parking and free self-parking. Located within walking distance of the Falls.

Daredevil Museum

303 Rainbow Boulevard

Niagara Falls, NY 14303

716-282-4046

Free.

9 am – 11 pm

Handicapped Accessible

Exhibits and photographs of people who have attempted daredevil stunts such as going over the Falls in a barrel.

Niagara Aerospace Museum

6929 Williams Road

Niagara Falls NY 14304

716-297-4148

Fax 716-297-4148

The Niagara Region was home to Curtis Wright and Bell Aircraft (later Bell Aerospace) who produced warplanes during World War II. Later, Bell Aircraft became famous for its jet and rocket engineering. This new and growing museum is dedicated to preserving the history of powered flight and of planes used in recent wars. It also recounts some of the history of associated industries such as Calspan, Cornell Aeronautical Labs, and Moog. The WWII Bell Airacobra, early helicopters, gasoline and jet engines, civilian airplanes are on display.

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool St.

Niagara Falls, NY 14301

(716) 285-3575

Daily 9-7, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9-5, rest of year. Closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 25

Open year round from 9am daily. Parking is free

Admission charged.

Handicapped Accessible

Included in New York State Master Pass.

The aquarium displays more than 1,500 aquatic animals ranging from the Great Lakes to the coral reefs and is home to the state’s largest collection of Great Lakes Fish. Visitors can see California sea lions, sharks, piranha, river otters and more. Highlights include a colony of endangered Peruvian penguins and an outdoor harbor seal pool. The penguins are fed daily at 9:30 and 2:30, the seals at 11 and 3:45; sharks and otters are fed on alternate days at 11:30am

Fort Niagara

Youngstown NY 14174

716-745-7611

Fax 716-745-9141

This 300 year old French-British fort contains exhibits, historic buildings and is the scene of battle enactments by soldiers in period costume. Preserved as they stood in the 1700’s when France and Britain controlled Niagara, the Fort’s structures include the oldest building in the Great Lakes.

Old Fort Niagara is a NYS Historic Site operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, a non-profit organization, in cooperation with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

Herschell Carousel Factory Museum

North Tonawanda NY 14120-0672

716-693-1885

Fax 716-743-9018

Admission includes tickets to ride on the antique carousels (only persons under 42 inches in height can ride the Kiddie Carousel).

The building and 1916 carousel are listed on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Sites.

Exhibits include: hand-carved carousel animals and two antique, working carousels:

The large 1916 #1 Special Carousel is 40 feet in diameter, has 36 hand carved horses and over 580 lights. This carousel was one of the first machines the company shipped after it opened for business at the Thompson Street location in 1915.

The second is located in the Children’s Gallery is a small 1940’s aluminum carousel. Called a “Kiddie Carousel” in the Allan Herschell Company catalog, it was created specifically for small children to ride without the need for adults to accompany them. The horses are child-size and the machine moves more slowly than a full sized carousel. The Kiddie Carousel has been completely restored and while adults cannot ride on the machine,

Pedaling History Bicycle Museum

3943 North Buffalo Road

Orchard Park, NY 14127

716-662-3853

Fax 716-662-4594

Pedaling History features one of the world’s largest collections of antique and classic American bicycles, including thousands of items of cycling-related memorabilia.

A very rare 1883 Otto Dicycle large two wheeled bicycle has recently been added to the collection. The gentlemen rider sits on this vehicle between two large wheels, one on each side of him. This is the only one of its kind in America and one of only a few remaining in the world. The machine is completely restored to its original condition.

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Tours Inc.

210-228 Market Street

Lockport NY 14094

716-433-6155 or 1-800-378-0352

Fax 716-433-3679

Much remains the same on the Erie Canal today as it was in the 1800’s. Hand-dug to connect the Hudson River with the Niagara River and Lake Erie, the 363-mile Grand Old Erie Canal is a truly great engineering feat. Originally, 83 stone locks overcame the 571-foot difference in the level between the rivers. Enlarged in the early 1900’s, 35 locks now allow larger vessels to travel across New York State.

Experience a unique two hour cruise which includes “locking through” and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment (the same one that creates Niagara Falls) in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. You will pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks, and travel through the solid walls of the “rock cut” as your United States – licensed captain describes the architecture, sights, and folklore along the way.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Attractions of Interest to Children

Explore & More: a Children’s Museum

430 Main St East Aurora, NY 14052

716/655-5131

Wed.-Sat. 10-4. Closed on holidays.

Admission charged

Unique museum encourages children to touch as they experiment, discover, play and learn. Designed for children up to age 10.

Herschell Carousel Factory Museum

North Tonawanda NY 14120-0672

716-693-1885

Fax 716-743-9018

The Carousel:

Located in the Children’s Gallery is a small, working, 1940’s aluminum carousel. Called a “Kiddie Carousel” in the Allan Herschell Company catalog, it was created specifically for small children to ride without the need for adults to accompany them. The horses are child-size and the machine moves more slowly than a full sized carousel. The Kiddie Carousel is restricted to children under 43 inches in height.

Toy Town Museum

636 Girard Avenue

East Aurora, NY

(716)687-5151

Fax (716) 687-5098

100 years of toys, games, music and literature for children. Fisher Price toy collection from 1930-1970. Rotating exhibit of various toy collections also.

ToyWorks is an interactive learning section of the museum for children to explore.

Niagara Aerospace Museum

6929 Williams Road

Niagara Falls NY 14304

716-297-4148

Fax 716-297-4148

Niagara Aerospace Museum is a new and growing museum. It is dedicated to preserving the history of powered flight and the man-made thunder that rolled over Niagara on the wings of war birds. It also recounts some of the history of associated industries such as Calspan, Cornell Aeronautical Labs, and Moog. The WWII Bell Airacobra, early helicopters, gasoline and jet engines, and civilian airplanes are on display

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Tours Inc.

210-228 Market Street

Lockport NY 14094

716-433-6155 or 1-800-378-0352

Fax 716-433-3679

Experience a unique two hour cruise which includes “locking through” and being raised the 49 ft. elevation of the Niagara Escarpment (the same one that creates Niagara Falls) in the only double set of locks on the Erie Canal. You will pass under bridges that raise straight up, see water cascade over Lockport’s famous “Flight of Five” 1840’s locks, and travel through the solid walls of the “rock cut” as your United States licensed captain describes the architecture, sights, and folklore along the way.

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool St.

Niagara Falls, NY 14301

(716) 285-3575

Daily 9-7, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9-5, rest of year. Closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 25

Open year round from 9am daily. Parking is free

Admission charged.

Handicapped Accessible

Included in New York State Master Pass.

The aquarium displays more than 1,500 aquatic animals ranging from the Great Lakes to the coral reefs and is home to the state’s largest collection of Great Lakes Fish. Visitors can see California sea lions, sharks, piranha, river otters and more. Highlights include a colony of endangered Peruvian penguins and an outdoor harbor seal pool. The penguins are fed daily at 9:30 and 2:30, the seals at 11 and 3:45; sharks and otters are fed on alternate days at 11:30am.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

April

SEAster Egg Hunt

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool Street

Niagara Falls (716) 285-3575

The only underwater egg hunt in western NewYork. Rain or shine.

Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby

Late April; early May

1-888-REEL2IN

Over $30,000 in cash and prizes. Call for dates and details.

May

Annual Railroad Showcase

Kenan Center Arena

Lockport, NY

(716) 433-2617

Call for dates ad details.

Lewiston Smelt Festival

Center Street and Lewiston Waterfront

(716) 754-9500

Anglers will batter and fry hundreds of pounds of smelt while local restaurants serve chowder, beer, Western NY’s famous beef on Weck, etc. Live music, Smelt Queen, lots of fun. Free admission.

June

Niagara Falls Community Faire

Early June

Hyde Park, Niagara Falls.

(716) 286-4325

Four days of free entertainment, concerts, rides, ethnic food, a Kidfest, parade. Free admission. Call for dates and times.

Annual National Trails Day

Early June

Niagara Gorge Discovery Center

Niagara Falls State Park

(716) 278-1770

Hike gorge and rim trails from Artpark to the Discovery Center. Free. Call for dates and times.

Annual Renaissance Faire

Hershell Carousel Museum

180 Thompson Street

North Tonawanda, NY

(716) 693-1885

Travel back in time with knights, old time crafts, music, and merriment for all ages. Admission charged.

End of June

Annual Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival

Main Street

Lockport, NY

(716) 433-0813

Over 250 craft and food vendors in downtown Lockport. Free admission.

Artpark Big Band Series

Every Tuesday in the summer

Lewiston, NY

(716) 754-4375

Call for dates and scheduled performers.

July

Buffalo Philharmonic Pops Concerts

Artpark Mainstage Theater

Lewiston, NY

(716) 754-4375

Summer series featuring Marvin Hamlisch, conductor. Call for schedule.

Admission charged.

Annual Garden Walk

1302 Main Street

Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 283-6258

Twelve gardens in the area are open for viewing on the tour. Call for date and times.

French & Indian War Encampment

Old Fort Niagara

Youngstown, NY

(716) 745-7611

British and French armies, their native allies, and a host of settlers fill the fort to depict the 1759 siege of Niagara. Admission charged.

August

Niagara County Fair

Early August.

4487 Lake Avenue

Lockport, NY

(716) 433-8839

Features events, displays, entertainment for the whole family, including livestock shows, historical displays, music, food, games, rides, and fun.

Admission charged.

Late August

International Festival

Gill Creek Park

Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 284-6188

Call for details and dates.

September

Niagara Airshow

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

(716) 236-3200

Free Admission. Call for details.

Niagara Council of the Arts

E. Dent Lackey Plaza

4th St. & Duggan Dr.

Niagara Falls, NY 14303

(716) 284-6188

Niagara Council of the Arts presents a series of professional ethnic and performing arts events, within walking distance from the Falls.

September Fridays

6pm-10pm

Wilson Cruise Nights

Young St. in Wilson

(Off Rt. 425)

Classic cars displayed on Young St., the main street in Wilson, Stevie J. the DJ , Business Spotlight, and door prizes given each Friday.

716-751-6764

Niagara Wine, Food, and Jazz Festival

Third Street between Niagara and Main

Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 285-1252

Many events. Call for details. Admission free.

Last weekend of September

SEA & Do Festival

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool St.

Niagara Falls, NY

Family afternoon of hands-on fun with museums, attractions & community groups from across WNY & Southern Ontario! Aquarium admission includes all.

716-285-3575

October

Halloween Happenings

Aquarium of Niagara

701 Whirlpool Street

Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 385-3575

Free admission when you arrive dressed as a sea creature. Prizes, treat bags, Sea Lion shows. Call for date and times.

November

mid-November-Dec 31

Fri: 6pm-10pm

Sat: 3pm-10pm

Sun: 3pm-9pm

A Festival of Lights

Downtown, Niagara Falls

NY’s premier 44 day winter festival; nightly illuminated Niagara Falls; indoor World of Animation; Wintergarden; ice skating; Holiday parade and tree lighting; entertainment; events.

716-285-8484

Thanksgiving weekend (Friday/Saturday)

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Niagara Falls Convention Center

Niagara Falls, NY

Annual Christmas arts & crafts show, located at the Niagara Falls Convention Center (100 vendors)

716-433-0813

Arts and Entertainment

Artpark & Company, Inc.
450 South 4th St., Lewiston, NY 14092
box office telephone: 716-754-4375
fax: 716-754-2741

Artpark offers a full spectrum of engaging entertainment; from productions of immortal Broadway musicals, swinging big band concerts and celebrity performances in the Main Theater; to free concerts, music and cultural festivals in the outdoor amphitheater. Created especially with the family in mind, Artpark also offers art, theater, and video camps for youth, and a variety of family programs on Saturdays. The park also includes numerous hiking trails, nature areas, fishing docks and picnic areas. There’s something for everyone at Artpark! Artpark is in New York State near the border between the US and Canada. Big bands, Bluegrass, comedy, Pops, 50s Rock.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Kleinhans Music Hall

370 Pennsylvania Street
Buffalo, NY 14201

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys a fine reputation around the world, especially among experienced musicians, composers and conductors.One will be hard pressed to find a major soloist who has not performed with the Philharmonic – from Jascha Heifetz to Itzhak Perlman, from Jennie Tourel to Jessye Norman, from Artur Rubinstein to Van Cliburn, from Danny Kaye to Yo-Yo Ma. The list of conductors is likewise impressive with names like Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Neville Marriner, Henry Mancini and a host of others.

Perhaps the Orchestra’s greatest accomplishment is its contribution to the artistic life of Western New York, made possible by more than six decades of support from its dedicated patrons. The Orchestra has performed over a thousand Youth Concerts for more than two million students on the Niagara Frontier as well as many concerts at campuses across the United States. Under the able direction of JoAnn Falletta, the Philharmonic averages more than 100 community performances each year bringing orchestral music to audiences throughout the region.

Principal Pops Conductor, Marvin Hamlisch, who also holds the position of Principal Pops Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC., directs the ambitious schedule of Buffalo Philharmonic Pops Concerts each summer at Artpark.

Rochester, New York

A- Overview:
Rochester has a history as a haven for the arts. Internationally recognized Eastman School of Music has made its home in Rochester since 1921. With the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Geva Theatre, Strong Museum, Eastman Theatre, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Memorial Art Gallery and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester’s level of sophistication is evident.

Located just over six hours from New York City on the western edge of the Finger Lakes region, Rochester is the third largest city in New York State. More than 1,000 restaurants in the Rochester area prepare food to please any palate.

The beautiful Rochester Riverside Convention Center, is scenically positioned over the Genesee River. Many of the hotels throughout downtown are linked to area businesses, restaurants, Midtown Plaza and more than 100 specialty shops by the climate-controlled, enclosed Rochester Skyway system.

Downtown’s High Falls district, a restored 1800s industrial neighborhood, features views of the falls from the Pont de Rennes Bridge. The Center at High Falls museum offers an overview of Rochester history, including the role the Erie Canal played in making Rochester one of America’s first boom towns.

Rochester’s 100 year old Public Market is located in the heart of the city. Bargains abound on Market Days, which are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Vendors offer fresh foods, locally grown produce, ethnic delicacies, and specialty items. Special events throughout the year such as Sundays “Greatest Garage Sales Ever”, “Flower City Days” and “Homegrown at the Market” add to the excitement.

Some of the local parks preserve historical sites and others were created especially for recreation. Cobb’s Hill Park between Highland Avenue and Culver Road contains Lake Riley, the old Erie Canal turning basin. The city can be viewed from its hilltop. Upper Falls Park, on the Genesee River off St. Paul Street, has a 100-foot waterfall. Originally used to power the city’s flour mills, the falls continue to generate electricity. Monroe County Park at Clover Street and Pond Road is a 2,500-acre park with a natural preserve and self-guided trails.

Rochester’s contribution to education and technology is evident at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory of Laser Energetics, where nuclear fusion research takes place.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Eastman Theater. The historic Geva Theatre Centre and other local theater, musical companies, and touring Broadway troupes offer productions throughout the year. The Eastman School of Music is said to produce more professional musicians than any other conservatory in the country.

One of the most popular recreational pursuits in the Rochester area is fishing. Lake Ontario and its tributaries offer both ice fishing and warm-water angling in season. Species include coho and giant chinook salmon, smelt, bass, pike and steelhead, rainbow and brown trout. Other water sports include swimming, boating, and sailing in Lake Ontario in the summer, and in the winter, ice boating and skating. Hiking and biking are popular along the historic, beautifully maintained Erie Canal Trail.

Sports fans eagerly follow the progress of the Knighthawks in lacrosse, the Brigade arena football, Rochester Americans ice hockey, and Rochester Redwings baseball. The summer training camp of the Buffalo Bills is in Rochester.

The Spirit of Ontario, a high-speed ferry that holds up to 220 vehicles and 750 passengers, moves rapidly across Lake Ontario to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 50 miles per hour, arriving in just over two hours! Nicknamed “The Breeze,” the boat departs from the Rochester Terminal on North River Street.

Rochester is centrally located as a hub for day trips throughout the area. Visit the Corning Glass Museum, the Finger Lakes Wine Region, and nearby Niagara Falls. Get ready for hours of fun and adventure in historic Rochester.

B- City Information:
Population: 219,158

County Monroe

Land area: 35.8 square miles

Area code: 585

Average weather in Rochester, New York

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
23.8
25.2
33.8
45.2
56.9
65.8
70.6
68.8
61.1
50.3
39.9
29.4

High temperature (°F)
31.2
33.2
42.7
55.2
67.9
76.6
81.3
79.1
71.1
59.7
47.2
36.1

Low temperature (°F)
16.5
17.1
25.0
35.2
46.0
54.9
59.9
58.6
51.2
41.0
32.5
22.6

Precipitation (in)
2.3
2.0
2.6
2.8
2.8
3.4
2.9
3.5
3.5
2.6
2.8
2.7

Normal climate around Rochester, New York

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
18
16
15
13
12
11
10
10
11
12
15
18

Wind speed (mph)
11.6
11.1
11.0
10.7
9.3
8.6
8.0
7.7
8.1
8.8
10.2
10.7

Morning humidity (%)
78
79
79
77
77
80
83
87
88
85
81
81

Afternoon humidity (%)
69
66
62
55
54
56
55
58
61
60
67
72

Sunshine (%)
35
41
49
53
59
66
69
66
59
49
31
30

Airport

Greater Rochester International Airport

1200 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 464-6020

By Car: Rochester is within a day’s drive of most major metropolitan areas in the northeastern U.S. and eastern CanadaThe New York State Thruway (I-90), travels across the region from Albany to Rochester and beyond. The major rental car agencies have outlets at the airport. A car is a virtual necessity for travel in and around Rochester.

By Train: Amtrak 800/USA-RAIL has service to Rochester from New York City, Buffalo, Boston, and other cities.

By Bus: Bus service to Rochester is available on Greyhound Bus Lines 800/231-2222 with stations in Ithaca, Syracuse, Geneva, and Rochester, and Trailways 800/343-9999; which travels to Rochester from New York City, Elmira, Geneva, and Syracuse.

Holidays

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
George Eastman House

900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

(585) 271-3362

As the world’s preeminent museum of photography, Eastman House cares for and interprets hundreds of thousands of photographs encompassing the full history of this medium.

Eastman House is also one of the oldest film archives in the United States and is now considered to be among the top cinematic collections worldwide. The motion picture archives hold more than 25,000 film titles produced between 1894 and the present.

Be sure to explore the mansion that was once home to George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company. The house and its exquisite gardens have been restored and offer visitors access to what was once a privileged view.

Memorial Art Gallery

500 University Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607-1415

Telephone: (585) 473-7720

Wednesday 10–4; Thursday 10–9; Friday 10–4; Saturday 10–5; Sunday noon–5
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Christmas and New Yea’s Day

A visit to the Memorial Art Gallery is a journey through more than 5,000 years of art history. The Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City. View major exhibitions from world-class museums and private collections on subjects ranging from Old Masters to cutting-edge movements. Explore the vitality of the Rochester region though contemporary craft installations and the biennial Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.In addition to its collection, the Gallery offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibits. Don’t miss the Gill Family Center, offering interactive activities for visitors of all ages.

The Frederick Douglass

Museum & Cultural Center

25 East Main Street

Rochester, NY

(716) 546-3960

Closed at this time. Relocation is planned.

Genesee Country Village & Museum

Flint Hill Rd.

Mumford, NY

(716) 538-6822

Located just 20 miles from Rochester, the Historic Village and the John L. Wehle Gallery of Wildlife & Sporting Art, North America’s premier collection of wildlife and sporting art, are open May-October.

The museum also includes the Genesee Country Nature Center — 175 acres featuring five miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadows. The nature center is open year round.

Genesee Country Village and Nature Center is located about a half-hour to Rochester’s southwest in Mumford. The Village features 59 restored houses, businesses, and places of worship from the 19th century. A stroll through the village (especially on one of their event days such as Highland Gathering, War of 1812 Encampment, and Civil War Reenactment) brings parents and kids alike back to the 1800s. The GCV’s Silver Base Ball Park is the only place where you’re likely to hear “Fine hurl, sir!” meant as a polite compliment. Also, make sure to visit the Nature Center’s fine trails, both summer and winter.

Rochester Museum & Science Center

657 East Ave

Rochester, NY

716-271-4320

The Rochester Museum & Science Center creates inspiring, entertaining and educational experiences enabling visitors to explore science and technology, the natural environment and our region’s cultural heritage.

Strasenburgh Planetarium

657 East Ave

Rochester, NY

716-271-4320

Daily. Call for times.

The Star Theater features large-format nature films, star shows, and laser sound-light shows. “I see the sky” is presented on Saturdays at 10 AM and is designed for children ages 3-5 and their parents. The observatory is open May-October, call for schedule.

Seabreeze Amusement Park

Culver Road

Rochester, NY

716-323-1900

Daily noon-10.

An amusement and waterpark with roller coasters, water slides, children’s rides, a classic wooden carousel, and a log flume. Live shows are also presented.

Seneca Park Zoo

2222 Saint Paul Street

Rochester, NY

(716)-336-7200

Daily 10-5.

Features a Rocky Coasts exhibit that offers underwater viewing of sea lions, polar bears, and penguins. The zoo houses many species of animals in their natural habitats.

The Strong Museum

One Manhattan Square

Rochester, NY

716-263-2700
Mon.-Thurs.10-5; Friday, 10-8 ; Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 12-5

Named by Child Magazine as “One of the Top 10 children’s museums in the country.” Interactive exhibits include: Adventures with Clifford, the Big Red Dog; Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood; Sesame Street; One History Place; Time Lab; Making Radio Waves; Making things Happen; Exploring the Science of Art; Enchanted Museum, and Lady Liberty.

Susan B. Anthony House

17 Madison St

Rochester, NY

716-235-6124

Tues.-Sun. 11-5.

The Susan B. Anthony House was the home of the legendary American civil rights leader during the most politically active period of her life, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872. Today, the house is a museum with National Historic Landmark status. The Susan B. Anthony Preservation District is a nine-block area around The Susan B. Anthony House and Susan B. Anthony Square. It is one of the last intact 19th century middle-class neighborhoods in the country.

Blue Cross Arena

1 War Memorial Square

Rochester, NY

716-758-5391

Sports and entertainment facility hosting ice hockey games, skating, basketball, wrestling, and many other citywide events and entertainment. Includes meeting rooms, restaurants, and 1200 parking spaces.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Ontario Beach Park
4800 Lake Ave 14613
585-256-4951
Maplewood

Open year-round from 6 am to 11 pm. Picnic shelters are available May 15 through October 15. There are no park entrance fees. A permit is required for access to shelters. Call the reservations office at 585-256-4951 to obtain a permit.

Ontario Beach Park is located in the NW quadrant of the City on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Ontario Park features a lighthouse, restaurants, and ice cream. There is a playground with a wood chip base and a beach, a great children’s festival in the summer, and a terrific “Cold Rush” festival in the winter. One of the most heavily-used parks in Monroe County, Ontario Beach Park attracts thousands of visitors annually. This 39-acre park contains one of the Great Lakes’ best natural sand beaches.

The Rochester Public Market

280 North Union St.

Rochester,

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6am to 1pm and Saturdays from 5am to 3pm year-round.

The Market consists of three sheds: two open air and one enclosed shed, housing approximately 300 vendors. In addition to fresh, locally grown produce, vendors sell food staples as well as country crafts, sportswear, and gift items. Saturday is the busiest day, followed by Thursday and Tuesday. Tuesday is the best option for a first visit with the children; customer traffic is light and it’s easy to negotiate a curious child and an armful of purchases.

Mendon Ponds Park
(585)256-4950

Mendon Ponds Park, which is approximately 10 miles southeast of Rochester, is located south of the New York State Thruway I-90 in the Towns of Pittsford and Mendon. It is boarded by Clover Street on the west and Pittsford-Mendon Center Road on the east.

Open daily from 7AM-11PM
Mendon Ponds Park is the largest Monroe County Park with 2,500 acres of woodlands, ponds, wetlands and glacially created land forms. Its unique complex of glacial features helped to make it a National Natural Historic Landmark. There is a 550 acre nature preserve, with seven miles of self guided trails, full of wildlife, plants, and hand fed chickadees. Parents take their children there both winter (great sledding, nicely groomed cross-country ski trails) and summer (bring a kite).

Erie Canal Hiking and Biking

1-800-4CANAL4 (1-800-422-6254)

The Rochester area is part of the Erie Canal Heritage Trail, a 100-mile segment of the Trail between Tonawanda in the west and Newark in the east.

The New York State Canal System is not only rich in history, but also culture. Many immigrants worked long and hard on “Clinton’s Ditch” to create this magnificent waterway. For those who traveled along the Canal in packet boats or passenger vessels, the Canal was an exciting place. Gambling and entertainment were frequent pastimes on the Canal and often, families would meet each year at the same locations to share stories and adventures.

Today, the Canal has returned to its former glory and is filled with pleasure boats, fishermen and cyclists riding the former towpaths where mules once trod. The excitement of the past is alive and well.

The Canal has wonderfully maintained trails for both hiking and biking. Great for a family mini-trip.

Frontier Field

Rochester Redwings Baseball
One Morrie Silver Way
Rochester, New York 14608
Phone: (585) 454-1001

There’s nothing like a baseball game for great, inexpensive, family fun. The Red Wings may be a minor league team, but Frontier Field, a deluxe and conveniently laid out facility, is a major league hit with fans. The Rochester Red Wings are the Triple-A team for the Minnesota Twins. A Red Wings game is not only great baseball, but it’s an event that involves many different organizations in the community, as sponsors of inter-inning contests and fun for the whole family!

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

Mid-March

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. (585) 234-5164.

May-August

Concerts by the Shore
Wednesdays, May-August 7:30pm
Ontario Beach Park
Sponsored by Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, City of Rochester, Wegmans
(585) 865-3320.

First Sunday in May

Kite Flight
11am-4pm
Ontario Beach Park
Sponsored by the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, City of Rochester. (585) 865-3320.

Mid-May

Lilac Festival
Highland Park
Sponsored by the City of Rochester, County of Monroe, Greater Rochester Visitors Association
Produced by Beau Productions (585) 256-4960 or (800) 677-7282

Memorial Day Parade
Downtown Rochester
sponsored by Veterans Memorial and Executive Council. (585) 473-0710.

Monthly on Saturdays

Greatest Community Garage Sales “at the Market”
Sundays 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St.
Sponsored by City of Rochester. (585) 428-6907.

Mid-June

Maplewood Rose Festival
Maplewood Rose Garden
Corner Lake Ave. and Driving Park
Sponsored by Maplewood Neighborhood Assoc., City of Rochester. 428-6770.

Mid-June

International Jazz Festival

Various venues
(585) 234-2002

Late June

Rochester Harbor and Carousel Festival
Ontario Beach Park
Sponsored by Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, City of Rochester. (585) 865-3320.

4th of July

Red, White and BOOM!
Fireworks
Monday, July 4, 2005, 10 pm
Sponsored by City of Rochester, produced by Rochester Events Network. (585) 428-6697.

Mid-July

Rochester MusicFest
sponsored by the City of Rochester
Genesee Valley Park

Mid-July

Rochester MusicFest

Elmwood Ave. & Moore Dr.
(585) 428-6690

Genessee Valley Park

Mid-July

Corn Hill Arts Festival
Sponsored by Corn Hill Neighbors Association.

Mid-July

Monroe County Fair
July 13-17, 2005
334-4000

Early August

Park Avenue Arts Festival
Sponsored by Park Ave. Merchants Association.
(585) 244-0951

Mid-August

Carifest and Parade
Sponsored by Rochester West Indian Festival Committee. (585) 254-7569.

Late August

Clarissa St. Reunion
Clarissa Street
(585) 234-4177.

Labor Day Parade
Downtown Rochester
Sponsored by Rochester Labor Council. (585) 263-2650.

First Sunday in February

Lakeside Winter Celebration
12 noon-4pm
Ontario Beach Park
Sponsored by Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, City of Rochester. (585) 865-3320.

Mid-September

Clothesline Arts Festival
Memorial Art Gallery grounds
Sponsored by Memorial Art Gallery. (585) 473-7720.

Early October

Rochester River Romance
Various locations including Ontario Beach Park.
(585) 428-6770, (585) 865-3320.

Early October

Stonehurst Capital Regatta
Genesee River
Sponsored by University of Rochester.

(585) 275-4111.

Mid-November

High Falls Film Festival

Blackfriars Theater

(585) 454-1363

28 Lawn St
Rochester, NY 14607

In its 55th season of providing quality theatrical entertainment to the Greater Monroe County and Finger Lakes region. Blackfriars Theatre is an mid-sized professional theatre that has entertained audiences for more than 50 years in downtown Rochester, New York. Our mission has been to provide the best possible showcase for actors and actresses, theater artists and technicians who have chosen to make Rochester their home. Many of our family have moved on to acting and technical roles in regional theatre, Broadway, movies and television – a testament to the training Blackfriars provides.

Blackfriars Theatre produces between 5 plays each year (4 per season, 1 special summer show).

Rochester Philharmonic

108 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604

(585) 454-2620

Founded in 1922, and sponsored at that time by George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company and the world-renowned Eastman School of Music, who believed that all Rochester residents could experience musical learning throughout their lives, from pre-school through college and beyond.

Each season, the RPO presents nearly 50 concerts and more than 200 related events that serve a diverse population totaling approximately 100,000 children and adults.

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre

20 Windsor Street

Rochester, NY 14605

(585) 325-4370

Produces musicals, comedies, dramas, new works year round in an intimate setting.

RAPA: Rochester Association of Performing Arts

723 East Main Street

Rochester, NY 14605

(585) 325-3366

Offers instruction in music and theater training and provides quality productions for community enrichment.

Geva Theatre

75 Woodbury Blvd.

Rochester, NY 14607

(585) 232-1366

Professional resident theater presents classics, new plays, and musicals. Main stage seats 552; next stage: 180.

Ithaca, New York

A- Overview:
Nestled in the heart of New York State’s beautiful Finger Lakes region, is the city of Ithaca. The Ithaca area offers mountain biking and hiking through glacially carved gorges. Theatre and the arts abound in the region, and local restaurants downtown and in Collegetown are sure to serve up the ethnic cuisine of choice. Ithaca is an active and energetic community; with outdoor recreation and sport choices for each of the four seasons.

Ithaca is a college town, fortunate enough to have two major institutions of learning looking down upon it from the beauty of the surrounding hills. Ivy League Cornell University and the smaller, but no less academically prestigious, Ithaca College add zest and vitality to Ithaca and swell its population during the academic year.

It was Cornell University that made the name Ithaca known worldwide. Named after Ezra Cornell, who had made a fortune through his early involvement in the telegraph industry, the university was founded, bearing his name. The school opened to students in 1868 and has become known as one of the greatest universities in the world. Ithaca Conservatory of Music, which followed in 1892, is now known as Ithaca College and has a student population of over 6,000.

Located on the southern end of Cayuga Lake, the New York State city was named after the island home of the Greek hero Ulysses. With the advent of rail transportation as well as the steamboat, by the mid-19th century the city was a busy transportation center for the region, served by several rail lines and daily steamboat departures.

Ithaca had an early history of filmmaking. On the Cornell University campus is a suspension bridge over the gorges where the silent serial thriller “The Perils of Pauline” was filmed. In those days of the Wharton Brothers film production, Ithaca was known as “Hollywood on Cayuga.” It provided the perfect setting for spectacular feats involving villains and heroines of the silent screen. Live music provided by local orchestras accompanied the films when they were shown in downtown Ithaca at the Lyceum Theater. In recent years, the city also served as the location for the filming of the 1985 movie, The Sure Thing.

During a visit to Ithaca you can visit central New York’s award-winning wineries, swim beneath towering waterfalls, ski and skate throughout the winter, take in the museums and galleries, or just stroll and shop along the downtown Commons or at the Dewitt Mall, home of the world famous Moosewood Restaurant. Pick up a souvenir moose or “Moosewood Cookbook” after enjoying a fabulous home cooked meal.

On Saturdays and Sundays in season, a visit to the local Farmers’ Market is a must. The rule there is that all items sold must be grown or crafted by the vendors or their families. What a fascinating place to explore! The Market consists of a series of pavilions on the shore of Cayuga Inlet. It is filled with stalls offering fresh produce, jams and jellies, local dairy products, meat and eggs, bouquets of seasonal flowers, plants, and handcrafted items. Tables and benches arranged on the lawns overlooking the water provide a pleasant setting in which families congregate to spread out the homemade delicacies purchased at the market for a picnic lunch. There are boat rides on the inlet and a festive spirit of community prevails.

The Finger Lakes region is rich in vineyards, and is ideal grape growing country. For a time during the 1980s California wines dominated the market and many Finger Lakes wineries shut down. They have reopened and tours and tastings are back! New York State wines are grapey and fruity, similar to Rieslings, but perkier. They are much sought after by wine connoisseurs.

Ithaca is home to some of the world’s leading scientists and researchers, and boasts a business environment that values intellect, achievement, and success. Some of Ithaca’s well known residents have included: Carl Sagan, scientist, Alex Haley, writer, Vladimir Nabokov, writer, Rod Serling, creator of “The Twilight Zone”, and Toni Morrison, writer.

Whether you’re looking for natural beauty, urban sophistication, or hometown friendliness, Ithaca has it . Rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, and splendid lakes offer countless outdoor activities. Fantastic restaurants, exciting nightlife, vibrant theater, mainstream and independent cinema, and live music abound. Time spent in Ithaca will be remembered and treasured forever.

B- City Information:

Population: 28,287

Elevation: 1099 feet above sea level

Land Area: 5.5 square miles

Location: Located in the central New York Finger Lakes Region

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Ithaca, it’s noon in NY City; 11am in Chicago; and 9am in Los Angeles). Ithaca observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
22.6
23.6
32.4
43.8
55.5
64.5
68.8
67.4
59.5
48.5
38.9
28.2

High temperature (°F)
31.2
33.2
42.3
54.5
67.3
75.7
80.1
78.7
70.9
59.4
47.2
36.1

Low temperature (°F)
14.0
13.8
22.5
33.2
43.5
53.2
57.3
56.0
48.0
37.4
30.7
20.4

Precipitation (in)
2.1
2.1
2.6
3.3
3.2
3.9
3.6
3.4
3.9
3.3
3.1
2.5

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
18
15
16
14
13
12
11
11
11
12
16
18

Wind speed (mph)
11.1
11.0
11.1
10.8
9.5
8.9
8.2
7.9
8.5
9.2
10.5
10.7

Morning humidity (%)
79
79
79
76
77
81
83
88
89
85
82
82

Afternoon humidity (%)
70
65
61
55
55
58
57
59
62
61
68
72

Sunshine (%)
35
41
46
50
56
61
64
61
55
47
30
28

Days clear of clouds
3
3
4
5
5
6
7
6
6
6
3
2

Partly cloudy days
7
6
7
7
9
11
13
12
10
8
6
6

Cloudy days
22
19
19
17
16
13
12
13
14
17
21
23

Snowfall (in)
24.5
20.6
16.4
4.3
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.6
8.5
21.7

Local Seasons:

The two busiest times of the year are September – June with Cornell University and Ithaca College in main session and in the summer when tourists come to experience the beauty and tranquility of the area. The summer season is quite lovely and very comfortable. With the daytime temperatures reaching the 80’s and the evenings in the 50’s, it’s the perfect time to experience many of the outdoor sites and activities available, not to mention the utter beauty of the area. Summer also has the most sunshine. Spring and fall are absolutely beautiful. In the spring, nature comes alive with a re-birth of new colors. Fall is the reverse as nature prepares for the coming of winter with a vibrant change of colors, transforming the entire area into a perfect foliage experience. Winters are moderately cold and snow is seen on many days, the greatest number of days being in January. It’s an ideal time to enjoy a fine meal at one of the city’s many restaurants while sipping on a warm drink with a fire roaring nearby. Whatever the reason for a visit or whatever the season, Ithaca will make the visit one to remember.

How to Get There:

By Air

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

1 Culligan Drive, Airport Terminal

Ithaca, NY 14850

607-257-0456

The airport is conveniently located near the city and is served by regional and local airlines

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi and limousine service are available at the airport as well as at select locations in and around the city.

By Car

From Buffalo:
Approx. 3 Hours. Take NYS Thruway (I-90) to Exit 41, Then take Route 318 East to Route 89 South into Ithaca. Follow signs to Visitor’s Center.

From Boston Massachusetts:
Approx. 51/2-6 Hours. Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90 West ) into New York State, continue on I-90 (NYS Thruway), to Exit 34A, and follow I-481 South to I-81 South. Take exit 12 at Homer, then follow Rt. 281 South to Route 13 South into Ithaca. Or, take the Mass. Pike (I-90 West) to I-88W. At Bainbridge take Route 206 West to Whitney Point. Then take Route 79 West into Ithaca. Follow signs to Visitor’s Center.

From Philadelphia:
Approx. 4-41/2 Hours Take I-276 West to the Northeast Extension or Route 9 North to I-81 North to Exit 8. Then follow Route 79 West into Ithaca. Turn right onto Route 13 North. Follow signs to Visitor’s Center.

From New York City:
Approx. 4-41/2 Hours Take I-80 West to I-380 West, then I-81 North to Exit 8, then Rt. 79 West into Ithaca, turn right onto Route 13 North. Or take the Palisades Parkway North to Route 6 West to Rt. 17 West. Then I-81 North to Exit 8, continue as above. Follow signs to Visitor’s Center.

From Montreal:
Approx. 5-51/2 Hours Take 401 West to I-81 South. Continue on I-81 South to Exit 12. Then follow Route 13 South into Ithaca. Follow signs to Visitor’s Center. From Toronto: Approx. 4 Hours Take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) West to Rt. 190 (now in the US) to Rt. 290 then I-90 East. Then, follow directions from Buffalo.

By Bus

Greyhound

Brenda Wallace Bus Terminal
710 W State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

607-272-7930

New York Trailways

800-295-5555

How to Get Around;

Due to the many outdoor sites and activities available, the best way to get around is by car, either personal or rental.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Art in the Heart of the City
The Commons
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-8679
Hours: Open year round

Admission Free

Sculptures remain on the pedestrian-only Ithaca Commons year round. Shops, boutiques, and restaurants inside the Centre Shopping Center are open during all business hours. Annual Sculpture show on the Commons starts in mid-June.

Asia House Gallery & Museum
118 South Meadow St. (Rt.13)
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-8850
Hours: Open year round, Tue.-Fri.11am-5pm, Sat.10am-2pm or by appointment.

Admission Charged

Asia House Gallery is renowned for original works of art in all media and from all periods. The Gallery specializes in sculpture, scrolls, screen & prints from China, Japan, India, Tibet and Russia. Eight intimate, elegant Galleries of Oriental Treasures. Heirloom quality European & American furniture and period accessories. Featuring Fine Arts & Archaeological artifacts from the Far & Middle East.

Buttermilk Falls State Park
Route 13 South
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-5761

Hours: Limited cross-country skiing, summer recreation program, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Buttermilk Creek descends more than 500 feet in a series of cascades and rapids. A natural pool at the base of Buttermilk Falls provides swimming with the feel of an old swimming hole. Upstream, a scenic trail circles Lake Treman.

Cascadilla Creek Gorge
Court St. & University Ave.
Ithaca, NY 14850
800-284-8422
Hours: Season: April- November

Admission Free
Known as “the greenway connecting town and gown.” A natural greenway in the heart of an urban area, one of the dramatic natural places that makes Ithaca unique. Gorge walk is 1.3 miles with many stairs.

Cass Park Rink & Pool
701 Taughannock Blvd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-9211
Hours: Open year round, call for additional information
Season: Year round, summer swimming daily, June-August, 12pm-7:30pm

Admission fee
Cass Park is a regionally active park with: Swimming pool, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, four tennis courts, 20 athletic fields, playground equipment, a picnic pavilion, and outdoor Ice Rink offering public ice skating, hockey games, and broomball.

Cayuga Nature Center
1420 Taughannock Blvd. (Rt 89)
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-6260
Hours: Open year round,
Season: Year Round, trails open daily dawn-dusk

Admission Charged
Discover nature by climbing into the forest canopy of Treetops Tower, viewing the summer butterfly house, and by exploring the interactive displays featuring a live animal collection.

Circle Greenway
Greater Ithaca Area
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-6570

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
Circle Greenway is a ten mile self-guided walk or bicycle trip that touches Ithaca’s natural and urban features including gorges, the waterfront, Cornell University Campus, and the Downtown Ithaca Commons. Free Brochure and map at City Hall or at the Ithaca/Tompkins County Visitors Bureau.

Community Recreation Center-The Rink/The Field
1767 E Shore Dr
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-RINK

Open year round. Public skating schedule starting October 1st Mon-Wed. 2-5pm, Fri. 7-9pm, Sat. 4-6pm and 8-10pm, Sun. 6:30-8:30pm.

Admission Charged

Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-254-2473

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am -5pm; Fri 8am -4pm, Sat. 9:30am – 4pm, Sun. 11am – 4pm
Admission Free, donations accepted
The Lab of Ornithology is an international center for the study, conservation, and appreciation of birds. It is located on the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary. Visitors experience the sights and sounds of birds in the observatory’s multimedia theater and view other interactive exhibits. Featured are paintings by renowned bird and wildlife artists. Enjoy views of Sapsucker Woods pond and bird-feeding garden through an expansive wall of windows. Hike more than four miles of trails through the sanctuary.

Cornell Plantations
One Plantation Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-3020
Hours: Closed to vehicles in winter. Information is available at the Garden Shop. Mon-Fri. 9am-4pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12pm-4pm. Drop-in tours beginning at the Gift Shop on Wed. & Sat. at 1pm.

Admission Free
Cornell Plantations’ arboretum, and botanical garden are a museum of living plants with a network of trails through campus providing natural areas for hiking and nature study. Guided tours available for groups.

Cornell University
410 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-2000
Hours: Open Year Round
Cornell is an international teaching and research Ivy League University offering Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture, Hotel Management, Architecture, Engineering, and many other areas of study. Cornell’s campus is frequently heralded as one of the most beautiful in the nation with 745 acres nestled among woodlands, gorges, and waterfalls. Walk around campus on a self-guided tour or take an escorted tour. Learn and see all the wonders of Cornell University.

Danby State Forest
off Route 96B
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-753-3095
Hours: Open Year Round

Admission Charged
State forest area offering rustic hiking trails.

Dewitt Mall

Seneca and Cayuga Streets

Ithaca, New York

Formerly Ithaca High School, this building and its predecessor have occupied the site for more than a century. Framed photographs of “the old school days” decorate the halls. The Mall contains Greenstar Cooperative Natural Foods Grocery and deli; Pastimes, which sells area memorabilia; the Dewitt Restaurant and deli; Guitarworks; a children’s specialty toy store; and the world famous Moosewood Restaurant.

Downtown Ithaca Commons
The Commons
State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-8679
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
One of the largest pedestrian malls in America. Historic downtown Ithaca is home to the award-winning “Commons,” a pedestrian marketplace with an international flair. One can browse among downtown’s many unique specialty shops featuring apparel, art, ATM locations, fine crafts, jewelry, children’s store, specialty pet boutique, books, music, sporting goods, and contemporary furnishings or enjoy a variety of foods at any number of different places to eat. There is more shopping and great ethnic food at Center Ithaca and DeWitt Mall, as well as adjacent to The Commons on Cayuga and Aurora Streets.

East Hill Recreation Way
Maple Ave
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-8035

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
2.2 mile multi-use trail that runs parallel to Cascadilla Creek and up through the Cornell Plantations. Cross country skiing.

Farm Trail Information
Cornell Cooperative Extension
615 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-2292

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Will arrange farm visits and garden tours.

G F Charters
Slip #22
Allen Treman State Marine Park
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-2861
Hours: Open April – October, call for additional information

Admission Charged
April 1st-Oct. 20th– 8 hr trips on Cayuga Lake starting out of Ithaca. Everything is supplied except food, drink, and fishing licenses. Includes a captain and crew who assist all day, clean the catch, bag it, and supply receipts.

Greater Ithaca Art Trail
Tompkins County Area
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-5072
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Unique concept designed to bring together over 50 regional and community artists. Self-guided tours of studios: sculptures, paintings, photography, wood carvings and more.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Fine Art
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-6464
Hours: Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed holidays.

Admission Free
Designed by I.M. Pei, the museum houses an impressive collection that spans forty centuries and six continents with particular strengths in prints as well as Asian and contemporary art. Offers panoramic views of Cornell, Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. Group tours available.

Ithaca Children’s Garden
Cass Park, Rt. 89
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-2292

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
Located on a 3-acre site in the developing Cayuga Lake waterfront area, the Ithaca Children’s Garden is a garden in the making that currently features a wetland habitat garden with turtle’s earth sculpture and a labyrinth.

Ithaca College

South Hill

Ithaca, New York

Founded in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College is an outstanding private, coeducational college offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business, communications, health sciences and human performance, humanities and sciences, music, and interdisciplinary studies. It has an enrollment of over 6,000 students.

Ithaca Falls
Lake St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-1313
Hours: Open year round from dawn to dusk

Admission Free

Over 15,000 years ago, receding waters and erosion worked to form a one mile long gorge called Fall Creek. Features include six waterfalls, cascades & rapids. A small park is located on the south side of the trail for picnics.

Ithaca Paintball
619 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-3904

Hours: Open daily, call for reservations

Admission Charged
Full line and full service paintball store and field complete with all the latest in paintball technology and custom playing fields, designed to bring out the strategist in everyone

John Hartell Gallery
Sibley Dome at Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-255-3299
Hours: Open year round, Mon.-Fri. 8am-4:30pm

Admission Free
Weekly exhibits of art and architectural work by students, faculty and guests.

Museum of the Earth at PRI
1259 Trumansburg Rd
Rte 96
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-6623

Hours: Mon. Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10am-5pm, Sun. 12-4pm; Thurs. 10am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays

Admission Charged
Experience what life was like beneath an ancient sea, track a herd of dinosaurs dashing across NYS, or touch relics of a world carved by ice. Concentrates on the geology & paleontology of the Northeastern US. The Museum exhibits over 650 specimens from one of nation’s largest and finest fossil collections, including the skeletons of the Hyde Park Mastodon, Right Whale #2030 and the 500 foot mural, Rock of Ages Sands of Time.

Robert H. Treman State Park (Upper and Lower Enfield Glen Parks)
Rte 327
RD 10
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-3440
Hours: Open mid May – late November

Admission Charged per car
Enfield Glen is the scenic highlight of this park. This is an area of rustic beauty with craggy gorges and winding trails bearing names like “fire and brimstone” with waterfalls named Lucifer Falls and Devil’s Kitchen. Limited cross-country skiing, summer recreation program, old mill located at upper park, picnic area, swimming, playground, camping, cabins, dump station. Summer recreation programs and winter activities available.

Sciencenter
601 First St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-0600
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun Noon-5pm; open Mon Nat’l holidays.
A hands-on science museum and outdoor science playground, the Sciencenter boasts over 150 exhibits including a walk-in camera, water raceway, and two-story kinetic ball sculpture, curiosity corner, animal room, and Discovery Space. Sponsor of the Carl Sagan Planet Walk. Also offering Galaxy Golf 18 hole mini-golf course.

Six Mile Creek Gorge
Ithaca, NY 14850
800-284-8422

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
An Indian trail that offers remnants of an old mill building and the Elizabeth Mulholland Wildflower Preserve. Noted for its rich woodland flora.

South Hill Recreation Way
Hudson St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-8035

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
Popular with walkers, joggers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, and college athletic teams. This trail also serves as a commuter route between the South Hill residential area, Ithaca College and Downtown. Built on an old railroad bed, this hard-packed gravel trail has an accessible entrance off Crescent Place. Many benches and a level rest area. 2.9 mile multi-use trail.

Stewart Park
Corner of NYS Rts 13 & 34
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-8364
Hours: Open year round, call for additional information

Admission Free
Formerly the site of the Wharton Brothers silent movie studios, Stewart Park now is home to playing fields, a children’s playground, picnic area, concession stand, tennis courts, and the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary.

Striker Fishing /Sightseeing
Cayuga Lake
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-256-8214

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Fishing and sightseeing charter on Cayuga Lake.

The History Center in Tompkins County
401 E State St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-8284

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
The History Center in Tompkins County is the gateway for learning about the people, places, things, and stories that have shaped your past. You are invited to examine history through a local lens by exploring thousands of historic photographs, documents, diaries, scrapbooks, genealogies, maps, and more in the History Center Research Library. Discover the excitement of exploring the past at the History Center in Tompkins County.

Tompkins County Public Library
101 East Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-4557

Hours: Open year round, call for additional information

Admission Free
At Tompkins County Public Library visitors can find a world of information at their fingertips. Learn to “Navigate a Sea of Resources” with the help of librarians. At the library, visitors may connect to special databases, search the library catalogue for CDs, DVDs, videos, or their favorite author. Explore the Internet or simply sit back and read. Enjoy programming for all ages, from story telling to music on Sundays, from book discussion groups to author readings. Join cultural celebrations and appreciate art displays and other exhibitions.

Nearby

Arnot State Forest

Off Chaffee Creek Rd.
Newfield, NY 14867
607-753-3095
Hours: Open year round

Admission Charged

State forest area for hiking. Mostly unmarked trails.

Finger Lakes Skydivers
Ovid Airport, Parish Rd.
9752 Kingtown Rd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886

800-SKYDIVE

Hours: April-November, Wed-Sun 9am-dark

Admission Charged
Experience the thrill of a tandem skydive over the beautiful Finger Lakes. Reservations required.

Finger Lakes Trail
Several sites in Tompkins County
6111 Visitor Center Rd.
Mount Morris, NY 14510
585-658-9320
Hours: Open year round

Admission Free
The Finger Lakes Trail is a footpath for hikers which stretch 560 miles from the PA/NY border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve, crossing beautiful and remote areas of the Southern Tier. Over 50 miles of the trail is in Tompkins County. These trails connect several State Land areas in Tompkins County including Connecticut Hill, Robert Treman State Park, Danby State Forest, and Shindagin Hollow State.

Freebrook Farms
39 Fall Creek Rd.
Freeville, NY 13068
607-844-8754
Hours: Open winter, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Horse-drawn sleigh rides for couples or groups up to 25 people. Buggy and sleigh museum open by appointment only- approximately 25 vehicles.

Greek Peak Mountain Ski Resort
2000 NYS Rt. 392
Cortland, NY 13045
607-835-6111
Hours: Open 7 days and nights in the winter. Call for tubing & cross-country hours & availability. Open Sun.-Thurs. 9:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat. 9:30am-10pm

Admission Charged

Great downhill skiing, and tubing are only 45 minutes from Ithaca, at Greek Peak Mountain Ski Resort. One of central NY’s largest resorts. Full service offering skiing, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing.

Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Park Road (Route 89)

Trumansburg, New York

Taughannock Falls for which the park is named, is one of the outstanding attractions of the northeast. The 215 foot waterfall plunges through a rock amphitheater whose walls reach nearly 400 feet. An easy 15-20 minute drive from downtown Ithaca.

Wind Rider Balloon Company
44 Deer Run Rd
Newfield, NY 14867
607-564-1009

Hours: Reservations required, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Scenic Hot Air Balloon flights over the Finger Lakes Region. FAA certified commercial pilot since 1984. Reservations required. Experience unique adventures.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Route 13 South
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-5761

Hours: Limited cross-country skiing, summer recreation program, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Buttermilk Creek descends more than 500 feet in a series of cascades and rapids. A natural pool at the base of Buttermilk Falls provides swimming with the feel of an old swimming hole. Upstream, a scenic trail circles Lake Treman.

Cass Park Rink & Pool
701 Taughannock Blvd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-9211
Hours: Open year round, call for additional information
Season: Year round, summer swimming daily, June-August, 12pm-7:30pm

Admission fee
Cass Park is a regionally active park with: Swimming pool, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, four tennis courts, 20 athletic fields, playground equipment, a picnic pavilion, and outdoor ice rink offering public ice skating, hockey games, and broomball.

Cornell University
410 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-2000
Hours: Open Year Round
Cornell is an international teaching and research Ivy League University offering Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture, Hotel Management, Architecture, Engineering, and many other subjects. It is also the home of Big Red football. Cornell’s campus is frequently heralded as one of the most beautiful in the nation with 745 acres nestled among woodlands, gorges, and waterfalls. Walk around campus on a self-guided tour or take an escorted tour.

Downtown Ithaca Commons
The Commons
State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-8679
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
One of the largest pedestrian malls in America. Historic downtown Ithaca is home to the award-winning “Commons,” a pedestrian marketplace with an international flair. One can browse among downtown’s many unique specialty shops featuring apparel, art, ATM locations, fine crafts, jewelry, children’s store, specialty pet boutique, books, music, sporting goods, and contemporary furnishings or enjoy a variety of foods at any number of different places to eat. There is more shopping and great ethnic food at Center Ithaca and DeWitt Mall, as well as adjacent to The Commons on Cayuga and Aurora Streets.

Ithaca Children’s Garden
Cass Park, Rt. 89
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-2292

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
Located on a 3-acre site in the developing Cayuga Lake waterfront area, the Ithaca Children’s Garden is a garden in the making that currently features a wetland habitat garden with turtle’s earth sculpture and a labyrinth.

Ithaca Falls
Lake St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-1313
Hours: Open year round from dawn to dusk

Admission Free

Over 15,000 years ago, receding waters and erosion worked to form a one mile long gorge called Fall Creek. Features include six waterfalls, cascades & rapids. A small park is located on the south side of the trail for picnics.

Ithaca Paintball
619 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-3904

Hours: Open daily, call for reservations

Admission Charged
Full line and full service paintball store and field complete with all the latest in paintball technology and custom playing fields, designed to bring out the strategist in everyone. Offers rental packages with group discounts.

Sciencenter
601 First St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-0600
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun Noon-5pm; closed Mon except the following National holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July,
Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans’ Day. The museum is closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
A hands-on science museum and outdoor science playground, the Sciencenter boasts over 150 exhibits including a walk-in camera, water raceway, and two-story kinetic ball sculpture, curiosity corner, animal room, and Discovery Space. Also offered is Galaxy Golf, an 18 hole mini-golf course.

Stewart Park
Meadow Street

Ithaca, NY

Always a favorite with the whole family. An excellent playground, lots of room to run and play. Pavilions, grills, and outdoor tables for picnics. Benches by the lake for a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful view.

Nearby

Freebrook Farms
39 Fall Creek Rd.
Freeville, NY 13068
607-844-8754
Hours: Open winter, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Horse-drawn sleigh rides for couples or groups up to 25 people. Buggy and sleigh museum open by appointment only- approximately 25 vehicles.

Greek Peak Mountain Ski Resort
2000 NYS Rt. 392
Cortland, NY 13045
607-835-6111
Hours: Open 7 days and nights in the winter. Call for tubing & cross-country hours & availability, Open Sun.-Thurs. 9:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat. 9:30am-10pm

Admission Charged

Great downhill skiing and tubing are only 45 minutes from Ithaca, at Greek Peak Mountain Ski Resort. Full service offering skiing, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Loon-A-Sea Charter
3063 Jacksonville Rd
Trumansburg, NY 14886
607-387-5474
Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged
Specializing in smallmouth bass fishing and sightseeing tours of Cayuga Lake. Guiding on Seneca, Ontario, Cayuga and the Susquehanna River as well. Hourly rates.

Wind Rider Balloon Company
44 Deer Run Rd
Newfield, NY 14867
607-564-1009

Hours: Reservations required, call for additional information

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Light in Winter

Held in late January through February

Location: Ithaca

800-284-8422

The festival celebrates the fusion of music, art, and science with programs appropriate for ages 12 and up. Performances are held at the historic State Theatre, Cornell and Ithaca College campuses and will feature a variety of international performers. Many related activities are offered for all ages throughout the weekend along Ithaca’s Discovery Trail, at the Kitchen Theatre, and Solá and State of the Art galleries.

June

Ithaca Festival

Held in early June
Location: Downtown Ithaca
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-3646
One of Ithaca’s largest festivals and craft show celebrating the local area. Music, performers, and food vendors.

Juneteenth Festival

Held in mid June
Location: Southside Community Center
305 S. Plain St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-4190
Celebrates the final emancipation of slaves in the USA. Music, food, and more.

July

Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival

Held in late July

Location: Trumansburg Fairgrounds
607-387-5144
80 plus hours of continuous musical concerts on three stages.

Sidewalk Sale Days

Held in late July
Location: Ithaca Commons, downtown Ithaca
607-277-8679
Special discounts and savings in many of the stores located on the Downtown Commons pedestrian mall. Mall specialty stores with numerous tables and racks of items on sale.

Community Fireworks Show

Held in early July

Location: Ithaca College
800-284-8422

Come see the fireworks display and enjoy all the fun activities. Fireworks start when it is dark. View on campus or anywhere you can see the two Ithaca College towers.

August

Downtown Ithaca’s NASCAR Race Day

Held in early – mid August
Location: On the Downtown Ithaca Commons, Ithaca
607-277-8679
Help kick off the Nextel Cup Races in Watkins Glen. Meet NASCAR drivers, explore NASCAR race cars, buy memorabilia, enjoy wonderful food from local vendors and dance the day away to musical entertainment.

Trumansburg Fair

Held in late August

Location: Rte. 96, Trumansburg
607-887-6504
Come join the fun at the Trumansburg fairgrounds. There is so much to see and do, midway rides, games, truck and tractor pulls, fireworks, food, and the ever popular Demolition Derby.

September

Corn on the Curb Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Downtown Trumansburg

607-387-4471

The festival is an annual celebration of the agricultural roots of the Trumansburg area. The event features corn chowder and cornbreads prepared by local restaurants, as well as live music. Other “corny” snacks and activities are also available.

Ithaca Youth Bureau Community Celebration

Held in mid September

Location: Cass Park
People of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of live music, food, rides, dragon boat races on the inlet, cooperative games and family activities at Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Cass Park and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.

October

Finger Lakes Antique Show and Sale

Held in early October

Location: Women’s Community Building, Ithaca

607- 272-1247
Annual Antique Show and Sale: many vendors.

Finn Funn Weekend

Held in early October

Location: Clarion University Hotel, Ithaca

The festival is an annual Northeast regional gathering of people of Finnish origin and descent and others interested in promoting Finnish culture and heritage.

Friends of the Library Annual Fall Book Sale

Starts the 2nd week in October. Bringing book lovers from around the country to Ithaca, this popular event offers for sale a warehouse full of collectors’ editions and used books, children’s books, CD’s, magazines, and other printed material. Volunteers work many months in advance to arrange the donated items on shelves by category. Prices decrease each day during the week of the sale. Lines stretch around the block as book lovers vie for entrance to this treasure trove.
Location: Esty Street, Ithaca
607-272-2223

Six Mile Creek Harvest Festival

Held in early October

Location: Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Ithaca

607-272-WINE
Live music, hayrides, food, fun.

Apple Harvest Festival, Craft Show and Sale

Held in early October
Location: Downtown Ithaca Commons
607-277-8679
A special regional festival featuring bountiful produce, apples, cider, baked apple goods. Craft fair, complete with performers, musicians, puppeteers, singers, story tellers, dancers, and band. .

Art Trail Open Studio Weekend

Held in mid October

Location: Tompkins County
800-284-8422
Find over 50 artists year round and discover exciting art throughout the Greater Ithaca area. Visit artists during Open Studio Weekends or call ahead to make plans with artists. Explore art studios, talk with artists, learn how art is made, and buy are in a relaxed atmosphere.

Fall Family Weekend

Held in mid October

Location: Cayuga’s East Shore, Groton
Experience the essence of October with a Fall Family Weekend at the beautiful eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Hosted by three area attractions: Bakers’ Acres Garden Center, Indian Chimney Farm, and King Ferry Winery.

Halloween Capers at the Cayuga Nature Center

Held in late October

Location: 1420 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca

607-273-6260
This annual event features two haunted trails, one that visitors can walk at their own pace, the other with a guide on a timed ticket, which visitors receive when they pay for admission. Also enjoy hayrides, cider pressing, face painting, story telling, marshmallow roasting, critter encounters, and more.

December

Downtown Ithaca’s Holidays Around the World

Held in early December

Location: All through Downtown Ithaca
607-277-8679
Come join the fun in Downtown Ithaca. Food, crafts, and tons of entertainment.

Trumansburg Festival of Lights

Held throughout the month
Location: Village of Trumansburg
607-387-9254
A festival celebrating the holiday season. Lighting of village Christmas tree, sing-a-long, music, crafts, horse and carriage rides and dessert contest.

Entertainment

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
116 N Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-4816

Call for performance schedule
A 35 member professional ensemble, the CCO is the official Ithaca orchestra and presents a subscription season including six full concerts, three chamber concerts and a holiday special “Caroling by Candlelight.” The group’s programs are frequently highlighted by guest appearances of nationally known soloists.

Cornell Cinema
Willard Straight Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-3522
Season: Year Round

Cornell Cinema is considered one of best campus film exhibition programs in the country. They screen over 400 films annually including classic foreign and Hollywood, documentaries, silent films with live music, international cinema, unusual children’s films, recent art house hits and more. They also host visiting filmmakers. Seven nights a week in the beautiful Willard Straight Theatre on the Cornell campus during the fall, spring and summer sessions.

Cornell Music Department
101 Lincoln Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-4097
Call for performance schedule
Performance is an integral part of Cornell’s cultural life and an essential part of its undergraduate programs in music. The Department of Music encourages music making through its offerings in individual instruction and through organizations and ensembles that are directed and trained by members of the faculty. The Music Department sponsors more than a hundred concerts and lectures on campus each year, given by faculty members, students, and distinguished visiting artists; most are free.

Hangar Theatre
Taughannock Blvd. at Cass Park
Rte 89
Ithaca, NY 14851
800-284-8422
Season runs June – August. Evening Shows at 7:30 & 8pm depending on nights; matinees at 3pm.
The Center for the Arts at Ithaca, Inc., also known as the Hangar Theatre, is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.

Historic Ithaca’s State Theatre
107-113 West State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-7577
Season runs year round, call for performance schedule
Historic Ithaca’s State Theatre offers a calendar of events featuring performances of nationally recognized, as well as outstanding regional music groups, dance companies, and theatre troupes.

Ithaca Ballet
607-277-1967

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The Ithaca Ballet, housed at the Ballet Center of Ithaca, is one of upstate New York’s only repertory companies. The ballet is a professional ensemble corps, having a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works. Nationally known, and a member of Regional Dance America, the troupe tours the Finger Lakes Region.

Ithaca College School of Music
3322 Whalen Center
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-3171

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Founded as a Conservatory of Music in 1892, the school has a long tradition of excellence in music performance. The guest artists presented are second to none, and the affordable ticket prices and multiple discounts make for the “best buy” in classical music in the Southern Tier.

Ithaca College Theatre
201 Dillingham Center
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-3796
Season runs September – May, call for performance schedule
The Dillingham Center on the campus of Ithaca College is the home of the George R. Hoerner and Richard M. Clark Theatres. The Department of Theatre Arts presents drama, comedy, musical, opera, and dance productions.

Kitchen Theatre Company
116 N Cayuga St. (in the Historic Clinton House)
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-4497
Season runs year round, call for scheduled performances.
Bold – Intimate – Engaging “See it here first.” – Syracuse New Times Critically acclaimed and nationally recognized, this is downtown Ithaca’s year-round professional theatre. KTC provides an engaging mix of regional and world premiere plays to Central New York in an intimate 73-seat theatre that encourages a bold relationship between audience and actor. The theatre offers 6-Play Mainstage Season ~ Kitchen Counter Culture series ~ Family Fare theatre for all ages.

NYS Baroque
Ithaca Unitarian Church (Concert Site)
Buffalo & Aurora St
Ithaca, NY 14850

607-273-1581
Season runs year round, call for additional information.
Orchestra, on Original Instruments, offers unique performances of 17th & 18th century music using techniques and instruments of the period.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
430 College Ave
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-254-2700
Season runs September – May, call for performance schedule

The Center is home to Cornell University’s Department of Theatre, Film & Dance. Excellent plays and dance performances.

The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
607-273-3586
Call for performance schedule and additional information
The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble is a professional vocal ensemble whose mission is “to create for ourselves and for our community the experience of music’s ineffable power to touch the human heart and mind.”

Sports

Cornell University

410 Thurston Ave.
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850

607-255-5241

Call for game schedules for all events and additional information.

Come enjoy a host of spectator sports year-round.

Finger Lakes Vineyards offer tours and tastings on the Seneca and Cayuga Lake wine trails.

Locally at:

Americana Vineyards Winery 56

4367 East Covert Road

Cayuga Lake wine trail
Interlaken, NY 148473

607-387-6801

Cayuga Lake wine trail

Bellwether Hard Cider

Cayuga Lake wine trail 1

1609 Trumansburg Road (Route 96)
Ithaca, NY 14850

607-272-433721

27
Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery

Cayuga Lake wine trail

6800 Route 89 at Elm Beach
Ovid, NY 14521

607-869-5158

56

Frontenac Point Vineyard

Cayuga Lake wine trail

9501 Route 89
Trumansburg, NY 14886

607-387-96195

Hosmer Winery

Cayuga Lake wine trail 5

6999 Route 89
Ovid, NY 14521

607-869-3393

Lucas Vineyards

Cayuga Lake wine trail

3862 County Road 150
Interlaken, NY 14847

607-532-4825

Sheldrake Point Vineyard and Cafe

Cayuga Lake wine trail 5

7448 County Road 153
Ovid, NY 14521

607-532-9401

Cayuga Lake wine trail

74
Signore Winery

Cayuga Lake wine trail 1

153 White Church Road
Brooktondale, NY 14817

607-539-7935

Six Mile Creek Vineyard

Cayuga Lake wine trail

1551 Slaterville Road (Route 79 East)
Ithaca, NY 14850

607-272-9463