Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Ithaca is home to Cornell University, an Ivy League school with more than 20,000 students. Ithaca has plenty of things to do. Due to Ithaca’s location in the Finger Lakes region, many lakeside access points give you direct access to the water. Boating, swimming, cruises, and more are available to the public at various locations in the area. Ithaca also holds a host of waterfalls, including Taughannock Falls, the tallest single drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains which is three stories taller than Niagara Falls.
Cornell University hosts many campus events, some of which available to the public. Enjoy live performances by students, or watch amazing speakers. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is open to the public and has observation areas and kiosks to teach about birds and biodiversity. The Sciencenter, the Museum of the Earth, and Cayuga Nature Center are also great places to explore and learn.
In addition to Cornell University, Ithaca also hosts Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and Empire State College. The Ithaca City School District serves as the area’s public school system. Ithaca’s main economy is based in education, as well as technology and tourism.