Ithaca Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Ithaca; our list of the best things to see, including Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Farmers' Market and Cornell Plantations.
  • The best place in Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study and conservation of birds. We use science to understand the world, to find new ways to make conservation work, and to involve people who share our passion.
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  • Farmers' Market

    Farmers' Market

    Listen to live music or enjoy a waterfront picnic- and don’t forget to sample the burritos, sushi, Sri Lankan cuisine and dozens of other choices from the international cafes.
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  • Cornell Plantations

    Cornell Plantations

    Cornell Plantations: Yours to Explore!
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  • Johnson Art Museum

    Johnson Art Museum

    Several of the floors have steady exhibits, but they bring in new art and other, sometimes interactive exhibits several times a year. The 5th floor houses an impressive collection of Asian art but also happens to have one of the nicest views of Ithaca, the Cornell campus, and Cayuga Lake.
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  • Kitchen Theatre Company

    Kitchen Theatre Company

    Kitchen Theatre Company is Downtown Ithaca's year round professional theare. Critically acclaimed, this theatre is nationally renowned and offers four performance series (Main Stage, Family Fare, Kitchen Counter Culture, Kitchen Sink). The Kitchen presents an engaging mix of contemporary, regional, and world premiere plays and musicals in an intimate 73-seat theatre that encourages a bold relationship between audience and actor. "Important conversations happen in the Kitchen."
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  • Light in Winter Festival

    Light in Winter Festival

    " The annual Light in Winter Festival celebrates that possibility by looking at the world through a different lens in the hopes of enlightening, educating and entertaining visitors. LIW takes place the last weekend in January and is one of the few festivals in the world which celebrates the intersections of art and science.
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  • Famous world-wide for their vegetarian cookbooks, this downtown institution offers reasonably-priced (for a famous brand) vegetarian fare and fish with a different menu every night and a good selection of local wines, beers, and cafe beverages. Save room for dessert. Ask for a table in the furthest room. In the summer, the street level patio is quite pleasant. Lunch $10-$15. Dinner $15-$25.
  • Collegetown Bagels/Ithaca Bakery

    Collegetown Bagels/Ithaca Bakery

    , 607-273-7110; Ithaca Bakery (Triphammer): Triphammer Mall, Rte. 13 @ Triphammer Rd., 607-257-2255; Collegetown Bagels (Collegetown): 415 College Ave. 607-273-0982; Collegetown Bagels (Commons): 203 N. Aurora St. 607-273-2848; Collegetown Bagels (East Hill Plaza): 329 Pine Tree Rd. 273-1036. The Brous & Mehaffey family operates five locations around Ithaca, so Collegetown Bagels is something of an Ithaca institution. They offer bagels, sandwiches, and coffee with a whimsical, new-agey feel at reasonable prices. Some of the best authentic bagels and fairly traded coffee, and definitely the most Ithacan. Great for breakfast or lunch. $5-$10.
  • Boatyard Grill

    Boatyard Grill

    525 Taughannock Blvd
    Great lively atmosphere right along Cayuga Inlet. Located on a peninsula directly across from Cornell University's boathouse, Boatyard Grill serves greasy food (in good portion sizes). Does not accept reservations but with "call-ahead" you can cut your wait time down significantly. Even with call-ahead, expect to wait awhile on parents' weekends as this is a student's favorite when mom and pop are in paying. Entrees $15-$25.
  • State St (The Commons), 607-256-5487, [44]. Taste of Thai has a lovely atmosphere . Voted best Asian and best Ethnic in Ithaca (Ithaca Times, 2003 and 2005, respectively). Heat scale 0-5, where 3 is hot and 5 is "on fire". Try the papaya salad, a curry, or one of the delicious fish or seafood dishes. Lunch $7-8, dinner $10-20.
  • Cornell University Bookstore

    135 Ho Plaza on the Cornell Campus - has a selection of general books in addition to textbooks
  • Mayer's News Stand

    318 E
    State - A huge selection of periodicals with some mass-market books.
  • The Hangar Theatre

    801 Taughannock Blvd
    Evening performances and matinees. A professional regional theatre presenting full-scale musicals, beloved classics, comedies, dramas, cabaret, world premieres, and a sparkling lineup of children's plays, musicals and education programs.
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  • Comics for Collectors

    207 N
    Aurora - graphic novels and comics.
  • Collegetown

    just across Cascadilla Gorge from the Cornell campus
  • Home Green Home

    215 the Commons
  • Colophon Books

    205 N Aurora
  • The Bookery I

    in DeWitt Mall
    Bookery I sells used and collectible books.
  • Buffalo Street Books"

    also in the DeWitt Mall
  • Autumn Leaves

    115 The Commons
    Open 7 days a week. 60,000 books, 10,000 records and a Cafe, all under one roof.
  • The Heights Cafe

    The Heights Cafe

    Lunch and dinner. This upscale American-style restaurant is hidden in the ritzy Cayuga Heights area of Ithaca. The menu is definitely among the pricier in Ithaca, but the food is well worth it. This is a great place for a special occasion. Lunch $10-$15. Dinner entrees $20-$30.
  • ZaZa's Cucina

    ZaZa's Cucina

    622 Cascadilla St
    Located on the west end of town, this restaurant offers appealing if a bit pricey (for Ithaca) authentic Italian cuisine in a sumptuous, elegant setting that belies its former incarnation as a video store. The food gets rave reviews. Good wine list with extensive selections from Italy. Entrees $11-$25.
  • Ling Ling Restaurant

    East Hill Plaza on Judd Falls Road and Ithaca Plaza on Rt 13 S at Elmira Rd
    Frequently voted best Chinese food in Ithaca. East Hill Plaza location has large dining room and Elmira Rd location is mostly take-out.
  • Manos Diner/Ichabods Lounge

    Located on Route 13 right past Walmart
    It is a traditional family dinner, offering quintessential American dishes and breakfast all day. The service is very fast, even on the busiest of Sunday mornings, and you can easily get a tasty plate full of food for less than 7 dollars. Great place to go for a cheap bite to eat for families and adults. Favored typically by locals.
  • Napoli Pizza

    335 E State
    Pizza, wings, and Italian standards.
  • Garcia's

    344 Elmira Rd
    Good chain Mexican food.
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