Discover the many things to do near Cornell University in Ithaca

Set in the picturesque Finger Lakes region, the Country Inn & Suites puts you close to the best things to do in Ithaca—from hiking the trails at Buttermilk Falls State Park to following the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Your kids will love running around the science-themed playground at the Sciencenter and posing for photos in front of Steggy the Stegosaurus at the Museum of the Earth. Afterward, you can head to Ithaca Commons to refuel at a delicious farm-to-table restaurant, shop for unique souvenirs, or admire the exhibits at State of the Art Gallery. If you’re dropping off your student or here for a campus event, you’ll appreciate that Cornell University and Ithaca College are both within three miles of the hotel.

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2.95 mi / 4.75 km from the hotel
At this family-friendly center, you can explore everything from outer space to nature through interactive exhibits like Sagan Planet Walk, Tidepool Touch Tank, and the Science Playground.

State of the Art Gallery

2.25 mi / 3.62 km from the hotel
Owned and operated by local artists, this gallery sponsors multi-art events and specializes in new works, allowing guests to admire the creations of both regional and national artists.

Cornell University

2.94 mi / 4.73 km from the hotel
This Ivy League school has produced 41 Nobel laureates and maintains its stellar academic reputation with rigorous degree programs. On campus, you can visit attractions like the beautiful botanical gardens and the famous Johnson Museum of Art.

Dillingham Center

0.94 mi / 1.51 km from the hotel
With a national reputation for excellence in theatrical arts, the Dillingham Center offers highly regarded shows on the campus of Ithaca College.

Ithaca College

0.94 mi / 1.51 km from the hotel
Visit students or watch theater productions at Ithaca College, which is home to an NCAA Division III athletic program and degree programs in the fields of business, communications, music, health sciences, and international studies.

Museum of the Earth

4.4 mi / 7.08 km from the hotel
Featuring nearly three million specimens on display, this branch of the Paleontological Research Institution takes guests on a journey of Earth’s origin through hands-on exhibits designed to encourage critical thinking.

The History Center

2.29 mi / 3.69 km from the hotel
Learn about the Finger Lakes region’s history through unique collections and exhibitions presented by this local non-profit founded in the 1800s. The center offers free monthly programs to the public, so check the event calendar while you’re in town.

Buttermilk Falls State Park

1.08 mi / 1.74 km from the hotel
Put on your swimsuit, pack a picnic, and drive southwest to this pristine state park, which was named for the foaming water that flows down Buttermilk Creek on its way to Cayuga Lake.

Ithaca Commons

2.23 mi / 3.6 km from the hotel
This pedestrianized shopping area in downtown Ithaca is teeming with restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. No matter the time of year, there’s always something on—from the Annual Chili festival in February to the Apple Harvest Festival in October.

Cayuga Nature Center

8.09 mi / 13.02 km from the hotel
Experience the beauty of the Cayuga Lake Basin at this outdoor center, which features miles of hiking trails. For an unbeatable view, climb to the top of the six-story treehouse that overlooks the forest.

Stewart Park

3.75 mi / 6.03 km from the hotel
Pack a picnic lunch and head to this scenic park on the banks of Cayuga Lake. For a more active outing, you can rent a kayak or a paddleboard through Paddle-N-More and take to the water.

Ithaca Farmers Market

3.03 mi / 4.87 km from the hotel
Held along Cayuga Lake near downtown Ithaca, this weekend farmers market offers local produce, prepared foods, and artisanal products from cider to soaps. A trailhead at the market provides easy access to the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.