Fall is a perfect time to explore Ithaca and surrounding areas. Here are just a few of the many attractions and activities available to visitors during Alumni Weekend.

Apple Picking

Head to Littletree Orchards in Newfield for a classic fall outing. Pick apples, taste fresh-pressed cider, and snack on homemade doughnuts. Other nearby farms include Grisamore Farms (Locke), Indian Creek Farm (Ithaca), Iron Kettle Farm (Candor), and Silver Queen Farm (Trumansburg).

Finger Lakes Wineries and Breweries

Taste the many flavors of our region's delightful wineries and craft breweries, and take in the fall colors.

Golf Courses

Ithaca Art Trail

Discover exciting art throughout the greater Ithaca area. On November 4, selected studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Art Trail's "First Saturdays" program. Visit arttrail.com for details.

Ithaca Farmers Market

Savor the food, music, flowers, and crafts of local farmers, performers, and artisans at this charming waterfront market. Hours during IC's Weekend on South Hill are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also enjoy a cruise of Cayuga Lake on Saturday and Sunday; the ship departs from the dock behind the market at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Museum of the Earth / Cayuga Nature Center

Explore the many wonders of the past at the Museum of the Earth, a unique natural history museum located at the Paleontological Research Institution. And at the Cayuga Nature Center, families can enjoy an outdoor butterfly garden, wooded trails, animal feedings, exhibits, and more.

New York State Parks

Enjoy the beauty of the area's natural treasures at one of the many local state parks, including Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, and Robert H. Treman parks.


Kids and adults alike can discover the excitement of science in exhibits and programs that promote learning through interaction. In its featured fall 2017 exhibition, “Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China,” visitors can discover one of the oldest living civilizations through some of its young people. More information can be found at sciencenter.org.

Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau

For even more to see, do, and eat.