What to Do in Ithaca, NY: Winter Edition



What to Do in Ithaca, NY: Winter Edition

Winter is right around the corner, and if you are wondering what to do in Ithaca, NY, this season, you’ve come to the right place. La Tourelle is here to help you narrow down your vacation itinerary with our favorite winter pastimes. Whether you are interested in hiking to frozen waterfalls or attending festive seasonal events, there is something for everyone this magical season!

Explore the Great Outdoors

Enjoy the changing perspectives of Ithaca’s famous waterfalls during the winter months. Discover the 6 Prettiest Winter Waterfalls, from Taughannock Falls to Buttermilk Falls. Explore our 70-acre grounds in the winter, or take a  winter hike to enjoy the snow-covered landscapes around Ithaca. 

Enjoy Sledding and Ice Skating in Ithaca

Experience fun for the whole family with sledding and ice skating around Ithaca. Enjoy ice skating and sledding at Rice Hill, near Taughannock Falls State Park. If you are interested in ice skating away from the elements, we recommend the indoor rinks at Cass Park and The Rink

Attend Winter Festivals in the Finger Lakes

Every winter, Ithaca comes alive with the annual Ice and Lights Festival. Enjoy two weekends of ice, lights, family fun, and holiday celebrations. Whether you are a family who wants to join us for Santa’s Arrival or a couple who wants to enjoy drinks at the ice bar, we have something for everyone. Every March, we also offer the annual Chili Cook-Off!

Head Inside for Weather-Proof Fun

If you are looking for what to do in Ithaca on those frigid days, we recommend checking out our indoor attractions. Learn something new at local museums like the Museum of Earth, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, or the Sciencenter. You also enjoy a live performance at the historic State Theatre of Ithaca, offering theatrical productions, comedy shows, classic movies, and dance performances year-round!

Plan an Ithaca Winter Getaway with La Tourelle

Now that you know more about what to do in Ithaca, NY, during the winter months, it’s time to book your getaway with La Tourelle. We have everything you need to relax and rejuvenate this winter. Visit our August Moon Spa and let the chill of winter dissipate with a sauna session, therapeutic massage, or skincare service. 


In addition to the spa, our Ithaca hotel rooms offer the perfect place to unwind. Book one of our wood-burning fireplace rooms and cozy up at our Ithaca hotel this winter!