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PlaceActivityDistance and Elevation ChangeTime FrameTemperature H/LDrive Time from 14850
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Beebe LakeSwimSummer~Lake on campus with a wonderful trail around it. Classic bridge on this trail to jump off, specifically jump where the sign says "do not jump"
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Botanical GardensWalk~Cornell hosted herb garden and arboretum, full of trails and beautiful quiet scenery
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Stewart ParkHike~Super popular park with gazebos, grills, waterfront, events
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Cass ParkHike~waterfront park with soccer fields, grills
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Treman ParkHike~Gorge with scenic waterfalls & a stream-fed swimming hole ringed by hiking trails & camping areas.
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Gorge Trail to Bear Trail to Lake Treman Loop Hiking4.6 miles 800 feetyear round16 minhttps://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-york/gorge-trail-to-bear-trail-to-lake-treman-loop
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Edwards Lake Cliff PreserveStrollBest in fall15 min
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Watkins GlenHike30 minIconic park integrating a hiking trail into the gorge/waterfalls hugging a small town called Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake's version of Ithaca but smaller
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Taughannock FallsHike20 minAnother iconic park, waterfront space, 15 min trail to the "tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains."
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Buttermilk FallsHike~More gorgeous gorges with sculpted waterholes
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Finger Lakes State ForestHike Camp30 minHuge swath of beautiful forest, speckled with ponds embedded in the countryside
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Finger Lakes Trail to South Rim TrailHiking/Running10.8 miles 2000 feet40 minhttps://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-york/finger-lakes-trail-to-south-rim-trail
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Greek PeakSnowboarding/Skiingwhen snow41 min"peak", really hill, 350 season pass, 15$ /night.
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Hammond Hill
Cross Country Skiing and Trail Running
15 minWooded forest with gradual grade and many miles of trails, not highly trafficked so get in on that fresh pow
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Second DamSwim holesummer~popular swimming hole that is formed by an actual dam, you can swim up to the edge of the dam's drop off
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Cornell Marina and Sailing CenterWater Sportssummer10 minsailing classes, kite surfing classes, ability to join yacht club to rent sailboats
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Lab of OrnithologyMuseum/Bird watchingspring to fall~11 AM building tour and great lofted natural space above water
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Montezuma Wildlife ReserveTrail Running/Bird Watching45 minnatural space known for bald eagle refuge and species repopulation
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Museum of the EarthMuseumanytime12 minCenter for Paleontological Research Institution, in our backyard: 1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
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Hangar TheatreShowAnytime~http://www.hangartheatre.org/events/all
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Kitchen TheatreShowAnytime~http://www.kitchentheatre.org/season.html
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Farmer's MarketCommunity5 minCollection of food and craft stands in waterfront naural area
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Downtown Commons FestivalsCommunity~Apple Harvest Festival • Ice Festival • Chowder Cook-Off • Chili Cook-Off
Summer Concert Series • Gallery Night https://www.downtownithaca.com/events/
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Tibetan MonasteryCultural20 minWednesday Guided Meditation at 5:30
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The Haunt
Comedy and Music
5 minSuch great artists visit in a small space, like Rubblebucket, Darlingside, Ward, Shakey Graves, Wood Brothers, Big Thief, also trivia and improv comedy
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State TheatreMusic5 minThe moth story telling event, OK GO, Punch Brothers,
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Cornell Concert SeriesMusic~amazing concert series for 25$ per student that draws in world caliber musicians in classical, jazz, and eclectic genres
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Cornell CinemaMovie/Shows~indie theatre with old style seats, never filled and cheap
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Glenwood PinesFood15 minburger challenge, featured in some tv show about being the last political survivor that becomes the next president
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Carriage HouseFood~great brunch spot in collegetown. nearly always a wait unless arriving early
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Saigon KitchenFood5 minbest vietnamese food
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Hazelnut KitchenFood30 minexpensive farm to table, but the most thoughtful and locally sourced restaurant in the area
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Taste of Thai ExpressFood~my go to thai food restaurant. no frills good consistent food
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Purity Ice CreamFood5 minlocal dairy bar, upstate new york is known for dairy
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Cornell Dairy BarFood~university dairy bar that has more fat than the FDA is allowed to approve
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Muranda Cheese FarmFood45 minlocal cheese farm with large cheese tasting, upstate new york is known for dairy
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Fingerlakes CiderhouseCiderhouse25 minfarm to ciderhouse with healthy conscientious, locally sourced food. "you don't know cider until you taste cider from New York"
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Two Goats BreweryBrewery30 minbrewery in the countryside on the top of a hill with an awesome vista
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Hopshire Farm and BreweryBrewery15 minfarm to brewery, great humble beer
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Prison CityBrewery1 hrthe best new england IPA in new york
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Ithaca Beer CompanyBrewery10 minfarm to brewery, that's more mainstream and distributed to the new england area
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Cayuga Ridge Estate WineryWinery30 minwinery tasting room hosted in an old barn near the lake, conjoining restaurant has a copper over that makes delicious flatbread
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Fox Run WineryWinery30 minBright spacious winery with a huge wine selection, Hillary Clinton loves this place, they host a huge garlic festival, have a wine series based on mineralogical differences in soil
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Indian FarmsFarm15 minpick your own produce!
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Cornell OrchardsFarm~cornell apples and local products at an inflated price, but good for souvenirs
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Littletree OrchardsFarm25 minthe best apple cider donuts. large orchard with wide selection of apples (and asian pears)!
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GunksClimbingSeptember/October<70/<543 hr 16 minhttps://www.mountainproject.com/v/the-gunks/105798167
mostly trad, daily pass 20$ but annual membership 75$!
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TorontoVisitSpring or Fall4 hrGreat food and friendly city. Music, festivals, etc. City pass for 4 popular tourist attractions
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BostonVisitSpring or Fall5.5 hours
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Lake PlacidCross country skiing
November - March
4.5 hoursCool breweries, awesome location
COE rental info: https://coe.cornell.edu/sites/coe.cornell.edu/files/Outfitting%20Brochure.pdf
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Boxcar (Chinawall)ClimbingOctober - November3.5 hr19 climbs, trad and TR, https://www.mountainproject.com/scripts/Classics.php?id=106230089&type=
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Heart Lake to Wright Peak, Algonquin, and Iroquois PeakSnowshoeing/Hiking9.1 miles 3700 feet5 hrhttps://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/heart-lake-to-wright-peak-algonquin-and-iroquois-peak
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Mount MarcyHiking13.5 miles 3400 feetApril - October5 hrhttps://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-york/mount-marcy-from-adirondak-lodge
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Acadia National ParkHiking climbing10 hrslobster week: August 1-5, 2018
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Outer BanksVisitOctober-May9.5 hoursCool beach town with lots of rentals that become cheap in the winter, we could rent a nice place and all stay there on the cheap
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Letchworth State ParkVisit2.25 hours"grand canyon of the east". best state park in the nation
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1000 IslandsVisit2.5 hours
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