Things to Do in Ithaca with Children

Top Family Friendly Things to Do & Kid Activities in Ithaca, NY

Things to Do in Ithaca with Kids

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  • Kathleen C
    4 contributions
    Wonderful place to take a swim. The waterfall is wonderful. Lovely place to picnic with family. Wide area for ball play.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Kathleen C
    4 contributions
    Quick trip to buttermilk falls, lovely picnic spot. Lawn was in need of mowing. Spent time hete as an undergrad.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Linda B
    Raleigh, NC2,210 contributions
    The drive along the lake was beautiful. Unfortunately there really are not any spots to pull over to take photos! I was on the road during the week and felt like I was the only one and didn't worry about pulling off to the side, hopping out, and taking a shot!
    Written 9 October 2021
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  • Muttsforever
    Washington DC, DC40 contributions
    Definitely visit the Library on campus which is very insta worthy and the botanical garden. We drove through the entire. Amours and there are some great views on top of the hill of the lake and city of Ithaca. Lovely spots for photographs and very nice cafes inside the one of their building with many vegan / vegetarian options.
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • Jim M
    Hellertown, PA145 contributions
    An uphill hike on a well maintained path. The cascading waterfalls are breathtaking. The hike is roughly 1.3 miles from bottom to top. We happened to travel uphill and passed many traveling downhill. A beautiful sunny day made for a wonderful and tiring experience.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • toddandtraci
    PA94 contributions
    So incredible to see such a massive waterfall right int he heart of town,. parking is limited but the walk is super easy.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Muttsforever
    Washington DC, DC40 contributions
    Excellent visit with our preteens- it was in August 2021- so the visitor center was closed but we did a self guided tour of the gardens and it was beautiful. The grounds and buildings all over the Cornell campus are gorgeous. We did a few trails around the gardens too.
    Do visit if you are in Ithaca, NY!
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • Brooke Hinkle
    Medford, NJ690 contributions
    Pictures do not do a justice to this spectacular sight! The falls are really large, and if you stand close enough, you will feel the mist. The falls are easily accessible, since you don't need to hike much at all to reach them. There is usually plenty of parking in the empty lot across the street.
    Written 7 December 2021
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  • Lindy P
    Seneca Falls, NY29 contributions
    Visited this with my teen boys. The food options were plenty. The space felt like an open air market in a foreign country.
    Written 24 October 2021
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  • JOSEPH WOOD
    Homer, NY34 contributions
    I Rate Cornell of Ornithogy A full 5***** and I Highly Recommend that you check it out for your self and see what you think.
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • buffalogirl40
    Tonawanda, NY60 contributions
    Fun place to take kids in Ithaca! Inexpensive and quick with various interactive displays, animals to observe, and a really nice playground with tons of unique features! Cute gift shop too!
    Written 25 April 2022
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  • orrdin
    New York665 contributions
    What an amazing collection of art exhibits spanning all eras and styles - just a little bit of everything. And the highlight is the views of Ithaca from the 5th floor - not to be missed.
    Written 30 October 2021
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  • Liz K
    Rochester, NY24 contributions
    We were expecting a typical local museum - but we received SO MUCH MORE!! We thought this was world class. Learned more about the history of our planet at the Museum of the Earth than anywhere else. Exceptionally impressed. Now, we were two very mature adults (ahem - old) but we learned things we had never seen anywhere else in our travels. For kids you might want to pick and choose topics of interest. Stop in and take a look. It's so worth it.
    Written 19 February 2022
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  • Brooke Hinkle
    Medford, NJ690 contributions
    Stewart Park is located along the edge of Cayuga Lake, offering nice views of the clear blue water. There is a tennis court along the lake, as well as many walking/biking trails and picnic areas. The park is a nice place to see a sunset and relax in the outdoors.
    Written 7 December 2021
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  • Brooke Hinkle
    Medford, NJ690 contributions
    The Ithaca Commons is a nice place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends/family. There is a good amount of unique restaurants to try, many having outdoor seating. The boutiques and shops are nice to stroll through as well, as long as they are open.
    Written 7 December 2021
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