Just for Fun at Cornell

There is so much to see and do at Cornell and in Ithaca. Enjoy the great outdoors and a musical performance, or hang out in Collegetown for the night with friends and classmates. Experience what Cornell has to offer beyond the classroom.

Take a Hike

Experience for yourself the many hiking trails, gorges, and waterfalls just outside your front door. Or visit one of the four state parks within 10 miles of campus —Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman, Allan H. Treman, and Taughannock Falls.

Concerts, Plays, and Movies

Dubbed "Ithaca's year-round film festival," Cornell Cinema is one of the best campus cinema programs in the U.S. You can also see one of the outstanding performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts or catch the latest movie or local event in downtown Ithaca.

Life on the Lake

Cayuga Lake is a fantastic place for boating, swimming, fishing, or just watching the sunset.

Appreciate Art

Visit Cornell’s own Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, which houses Cornell's historic permanent collection featuring more than 35,000 works of art.


Looking for something? You can find it in Ithaca. Visit boutique shops on the Ithaca Commons, national superstores along Route 13, or the convenient Ithaca Mall less than 3 miles from North Campus.

Head for the Hills

Greek Peak, less than half an hour from campus, offers snowboarding, skiing, and tubing.

Eat Local

The Ithaca Farmers Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, and arts and crafts. Enjoy a stroll along Cayuga Lake after shopping.