Family Friendly Attractions in Ithaca

Traveling with your family?  Ithaca has several family friendly activities and attractions that will provide a fun experience for exploring and learning.  
The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits that engage, educate, and empower. The hands-on children’s science museum offers guests of all ages over 250 exhibits, educational programs, gift shop, an outdoor science park, and an 18-hole seasonal mini-golf course. 
Museum of the Earth provides a unique opportunity to explore Earth and its prehistoric past—from the tiniest trilobites to the mighty mastodon—through engaging and interactive displays, hands-on features, stunning fossils, and science-inspired art. The museum takes visitors on a journey through 4.5 billion years of history, from Earth’s origin to present day and encourages critical thinking about life on Earth and how our species is affecting the natural world.
Discover Cayuga Lake offers educational and fun boat cruises with a variety of themes aboard the MV Teal. Bring your own food and drink, and your family will love the photo opportunities!  
Kayak, stand up paddleboard, or canoe! Outfitters have rentals available from Taughannock Blvd, Taughannock Falls Park, and Myers Park in Lansing. Teens over 15 years old can go out on their own as long as a parent or guardian is present at the time of rental.  
The Ithaca Children’s Garden is free, and while designed for the discovery and play of young children, the whole family will be inspired at this 3-acre naturescape.
Stewart Park and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail features outdoor family fun with an all-accessible playground, fishing spots, picnic tables, and wide paved paths for walking/biking/running.  Bike Rentals are located in Stewart Park at the Ithaca Youth Bureau.  
In 2019, The History Center moved to the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Downtown Commons. You will find numerous interesting stories about how Ithaca and Tompkins County have had a role in shaping history.  
Stroll downtown Ithaca and enjoy the public art and eclectic shops on The Commons. Visit to learn more about the artists and themes that catch your eye. There are plenty of casual eateries with everything from giant sandwiches to custom waffles and healthy plant-based snacks. Independently owned shops include The Brain Shoppe with puzzles of all shapes and challenge levels, Comics for Collectors and Cat’s Pajamas.  


Posted by: Visit Ithaca
Posted on: 24/02/2022

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