Why Ithaca Rocks

Why Ithaca Rocks!

  • Huge roster of cutting edge arts, music, and cultural events
  • More restaurants per-capita than New York City
  • Incredible natural beauty
  • Cost of living that's not insane
  • Fun, interesting, diverse people
  • Schools, parks, safety...amazing for families
  • All of the above

If you chose "all of the above," then you've got the right idea about Ithaca, New York, home of the Johnson School at Cornell University. This is a college town like no other, a place with a distinctive heartbeat of its own, wrapped around the academic universe of Cornell.

Don't take our word for it - here's how Ithaca has landed in media rankings, ranging from sports, to outdoor fun, to healthful living, to parenting:

  • "#1 Emerging City" in the 2004 book, Cities Ranked and Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada.
  • One of the top six small "micropolitans" (population 15,000 - 50,000) in The New Rating Guide to Life in America's Small Cities.
  • Ranked #14 among college towns for outdoor activities and sports, Outside magazine ranked Ithaca #14 among college towns.
  • "America's 5 Best Mountain Biking Towns" Bike Magazine, June 2002.
  • "60 Best American Public Places," Utne Reader, January 2002.
  • "Best Lesbian Places to Live-The Ten Lesbian Friendliest Cities in the USA," Girlfriends Magazine, November 2002.
  • "Best Places to Vacation," Money Magazine, April 2002.
  • "2002 Travel and Leisure 100 Great Escapes: Top 10 Trips," Travel & Leisure Magazine, March/April 2002.
  • "Best Fly Fishing Through North America," Fish and Fly Magazine, winter 2001.
  • "25 Terrific Places to Bring up a Family," Mothering Magazine, July/August 2001.
  • Voted best healthy city in the Northeast by Organic Style Magazine, September/October 2003.

What are your druthers? We'll take you there — and all in Ithaca and environs.

Restaurants | Bars and Clubs | Arts, Culture, Music and Movies | Recreation and Outdoors | Visiting Ithaca | Local News and Information


Dining reviews and information
Boatyard Grill
Carriage House Cafe
Collegetown Bagels
Gimme Coffee
Ithaca Bakery
Heights Cafe
Joe's Restaurant
Just a Taste
Madeline's Restaurant
Mahogany Grill
Maxie's Supper Club
Moosewood Restaurant
The Nines
Rulloff's Restaurant
Taste of Thai
Viva Taqueria
Zaza's Cucina 

Bars and Clubs

Chapter House
Felicia's Atomic Lounge
The Haunt
Rulloff's Restaurant
The Oasis

Arts, Culture, Music and Movies

Cinemapolis Theatre
CU Concert Commission
Cornell Cinema
Cornell Theater Arts
Fall Creek Theater 
GrassRoots Festival
Hangar Theatre
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
The Haunt
Ithaca Festival
Kitchen Theatre
Light In Winter Festival
Museum of the Earth 
The State Theatre

Recreation and Outdoors

Big Red Sports
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Finger Lakes Cycling Club
Finger Lakes Trail
Greek Peak
Intramural Sports
Outdoor Education
Robert H. Treman State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park

Visiting Ithaca

Downtown Ithaca

Local News and Information

Ithaca Craigslist
Ithaca Journal

Downtown Ithaca

Visit Ithacagorge waterfall