Outdoor activities in Ithaca

THE 10 BEST Ithaca Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities in Ithaca

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  • Michael K
    995 contributions
    This is a wonderful trail. We started at Treman Triangle and headed upstream on Cascadilla Gorge passing by numerous waterfalls and cascades. The place is very scenic and the natural environment made you feel like you are in a state park in the country rather than in a bustling university campus. This is a must see attraction.
    Written 23 October 2023
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  • TravelingAmos
    New Jersey690 contributions
    Nice place for walking or biking. You can park at the Farmers Market. There also seem to be boat rides/rentals available.
    Written 27 May 2023
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  • Mark A
    5 contributions
    We started at “Ithaca Bike Rental” and rented bikes for 4-hours. The help there was fabulous and gave us the directions and trail maps to bike to Black Diamond Trail. Going from the rental facility to the trail took us through Stewart Park (a great park) on a safe bike path!

    The trail is deceivingly flat (8 miles uphill from mile marker 8) and has an easy coast on the way down the hill.

    At the end (mile marker 0) there are great views of a waterfall. For an even more spectacular waterfall, leave the trail to the left (heading to the road), on the road make a right to your first right (20 yards – just on the other side of the overpass) to the Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center. AMAZING and clean bathrooms!

    There were beautiful views from bottom to top – even the views when crossing public roads of the valley were stunning. Just know that the crossing tractor signs are no joke. We got a fairly up-close view of a tractor just in front of us.
    Written 26 July 2021
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  • Brian D
    Ithaca, NY675 contributions
    incredible hiking and views. even many locals don't know of this spot, or if they do they have not hiked it.
    a large and ranging preserve this is NOT a flat hiking area but a sloped and hilly preserve.
    Free, but somewhat limited parking. Look for the giants bathtub....!
    Written 8 August 2017
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  • OnAir590288
    1 contribution
    I would highly recommend this to anyone in the area who is looking for something exciting and different to do. It is expensive but well worth the money. Dar and his crew are amazing so friendly and professional. They walk you through everything and make you feel safe. We went on Thursday 10/19/23: the view was amazing fall foliage was beautiful. We saw so many deer. I wish the crew took a picture of the balloons as it was going up with everyone in it that they could send to us. That would be cool to have. I never realized how much work it takes to get the balloons in the air. It was amazing start to finish. I can’t wait to do it again.
    Written 21 October 2023
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  • Lori C
    Griffith, IN41 contributions
    I can’t say enough about the outstanding customer service and attention to detail provided. When making reservations, the online form requests the height of the riders. I’m no lover of bike riding, so reserved the trike. When we arrived, she had pulled choices of bikes, including a recumbent bike I would not have thought to reserve. I loved the bike and enjoyed - for the first time since childhood - a 3 hour bike ride. It’s a beautiful trail and the staff contributed to making it a lovely day.
    Written 22 June 2021
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  • Culture579152
    1 contribution
    All we can say is Wow!! Captain Zach and his son were on top of things! We left before dawn and enjoyed a beautiful ride out to the prime fishing points. They had data to ensure that we would caught as much fish as possible. They explained how the fish/depth finder works and which fishing lure work for the fish we are hunting. They also explained how to reel in the fishing so not to damage the fish. We caught 20 (10lb) Lake Trout fish!!! Lost a few, freed most. We felt safe and relaxed. His boat is super cool. We will recommend 100%. We will be back.
    Written 5 September 2023
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  • EdijsB
    Liepaja, Latvia66 contributions
    We visited Ithaca for 1,5 days and rented bikes here. This was our first time on electric bikes and it was AMAZING!! If you haven`t tried it yet, Ithaca is a perfect place to do this. Seriously. It feels amazing to drive one! The shop owner (Lawrence was his name, i believe) was very nice and helpful, suggested the places to visit and how the bike works.
    We had the bikes from about 10am till 4pm and paid 30$ for each bike (we rent two). Before renting them the price seemed quite high, but once we started driving never regretted it! Pop the owner an email if you want to rent them outside the working hours, as we did.
    Written 15 October 2015
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  • Bill S
    1 contribution
    Captain Rick was a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide on our Anniversary Sunset Cruise. He made our cruise very memorable and fun for my wife and I . We would recommend this experience to all, and will do it again soon.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Carol M
    Brooklyn, NY15 contributions
    What a fun cruise! Educational for adults and children alike. And relaxing at the same time. A discovery cruise about Cayuga Lake. We took temperature readings, visibility tests, and looked at water samples under a microscope, seeing plankton and other "critters." The kids onboard had a blast, and this adult did too.
    Written 14 June 2023
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  • Kaymtravel7
    Los Angeles, CA800 contributions
    My husband and I were part of a specially booked group, and we absolutely loved our trip. The afternoon was sunny and pleasant, and the narration on board was interesting and engaging. The wind can get a bit chilly. I would recommend this to people wanting to experience Cayuga Luke, One of the beautiful Finger Lakes.
    Written 15 August 2020
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  • Andy05255
    Manchester, VT232 contributions
    Where ever we travel , we try to get out on the water! such was the case during our stay in Lake Cayuga in the Finger lakes, region of NY! We contacted FLX sailing charter and alerted them to our plans to visit in July, back in Feb 2019.
    When we arrived I sent an email and the next morning Andrew replied and we set a time for our charter! The winds were light but we all enjoyed our time on the water! Andrew provided some great snacks and seltza's and we brought along some Champagne and orange juice for mimosas! Being on the water with my family is my happy place and FLX charter service and Andrew made our day priceless!
    Written 9 July 2019
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  • Fred M
    Bay Village, OH12 contributions
    We had a perfect evening on the Spindrift! After the casual dinner and drinks we brought aboard, Captain Scott showed us some sailing basics and let us give it a try. So relaxing - our favorite experience in Ithaca! Highly recommend!
    Written 17 August 2021
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