Things to Do in Ithaca: Summer Edition

Things to Do in Ithaca: Summer Edition

Summer is the opportune time to get away from the hustle and bustle to spend some time in the great outdoors. There’s no better place to unlock your summer adventures than the Finger Lakes, where endless hiking, paddling, wine tasting, and boating awaits! Choose Ithaca to host your summer getaway in the Finger Lakes and access all the fantastic things to do in Ithaca, just minutes from La Tourelle

5 Ways to Explore the Great Outdoors in Ithaca

Spending time outdoors is a quintessential summer activity in the Finger Lakes. Ithaca offers fantastic access to state parks and adventures like hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, and more!


  1. Access the Buttermilk Falls State Park trail system from our hotel’s on-site trail! Other activities within the park include hiking, swimming, and fishing. 

  2. Make the short drive to Robert H. Treman State Park and cool off from the summer heat at the stream-fed pool at Enfield Falls. 

  3. Discover more summer adventures at Taughannock Falls State Park and witness one of the tallest waterfalls in the state! The park also offers access to Cayuga Lake, a top spot for swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, and sailing in the summer. 

  4. Explore Ithaca on the multi-use Cayuga Waterfront Trail and take in lake views as you access waterfront destinations throughout Ithaca. 

  5. Visit the Cornell Botanic Gardens and explore 500 acres of gardens that feature flowers, herbs, shrubs, vegetables, and more. There are 11 other natural areas to explore here that will take you past woods, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, and pastures.

More Summer Things to Do in Ithaca

There’s more to the Finger Lakes than outdoor exploration; discover more things to do in Ithaca this summer:


  • Downtown Ithaca comes alive every summer with free live music during the Summer Concert Series. From June through September, you can listen to various genres Thursday nights at the Bernie Milton Pavilion

  • The Hangar Theatre is offering four outdoor KIDDSTUFF shows this summer! This is the perfect summer activity for families visiting Ithaca.

  • Summer is the best time to visit our Ithaca farmers markets. Discover a wide range of locally grown and homemade items like produce, honey, jelly, bread, pastries, baked goods, wine, clothing, and more.

  • Take advantage of the beautiful weather, travel along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, and discover a dozen award-winning wineries near Ithaca. 

  • Cool down with a sweet treat at Purity Ice Cream, an Ithaca tradition for over 85 years! 

Plan a Summer Getaway in Ithaca, NY

Discover all the things to do in Ithaca this summer, and choose La Tourelle to host your Finger Lakes getaway. Enjoy our 70 acres of lawns, ponds, gardens, fields, and forests this summer, in addition to our spa and dining. Whether you want to unwind with a revitalizing treatment at our August Moon Spa or savor unique dishes at The Bistro, we have amenities for everyone! Browse our Ithaca hotel rooms and plan your summer getaway today!