Downtown Ithaca

Ithaca Commons

Ithaca is famous for the Commons, which is a unique and vibrant pedestrian-only area spanning four blocks in the heart of downtown Ithaca. It features dozens of shops and restaurants, many of which are in beautiful historic buildings, and is the location of many events and festivals throughout the year.

Ithaca Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market is one of the most popular destinations in Ithaca, showcasing the work of many local farmers, craftspeople, and chefs. It is located in its own expansive and beautiful pavilion right next to Cayuga Lake.  

Ithaca Children’s Garden 

The Ithaca Children’s Garden is a 3-acre public garden designed to help foster children’s connections with nature and is a must-see for people of all ages. It features many paths and areas to play, a vegetable garden, a troll house, a wetland area, a wildflower meadow, a rice paddy pond, and more.  

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Part of Cornell University, the Johnson Museum contains a permanent collection of over 35,000 works spanning nearly every time period, region of origin, and medium imaginable. Admission is free, and many events are hosted throughout the year, such as special exhibits, scavenger hunts, tours, and concerts. 


The Sciencenter is an interactive, hands-on science museum. It features a variety of exciting kid-friendly exhibits and even has a science-themed mini golf course.  

State Theatre of Ithaca

The State Theatre is located just across from the Commons and is Ithaca’s last remaining historic theater. It has just over 1,600 seats and hosts more than 75 events every year, ranging from concerts to comedy shows to community performances.