The Best Things To Do In Ithaca New York

Ithaca, New York, is one of the most beautiful areas to visit in the Northeastern part of the United States. The region has some of the most gorgeous or as locals say “gorges” waterfalls that you will ever see, fabulous areas to hike, delightful farms/dairies, restaurants, breweries, and wonderful day trip activities as well. This article reviews the very best spots you should check out. You can also use this as a planning guide for your itinerary on your travels. Under each section, I will link my detailed blog articles about the area, and/or companies themselves if you are interested in reading more.

Waterfalls-

Buttermilk Falls

I think the Buttermilk Falls should be the first waterfall that you check out in Ithaca. There are several reasons I recommend this. It is very convenient to get to as the park is located in Ithaca itself. (The address is 112 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd. Off Rt.13 S.) This is one of the more accessible locations if you do not want to hike very far to see a beautiful waterfall. At the time that my husband, his family, and I traveled here, I had a pretty severe ankle injury, and I was able to make my way to the main waterfall at the bottom of the park in crutches. I also liked that there were tables and benches available to relax and enjoy the view when you walk into the park. On the flip side of that, if you do want to hike, there is an amazing trail that takes you up past the waterfalls to see some pretty spectacular vantage points.

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls Ithaca New York

Robert H. Treman State Park

The Robert H. Treman State park is very impressive and has ample hiking trails with delightful waterfalls. You can find it at 105 Enfield Falls Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850. In the summer, in some areas of the park under lifeguard supervision, you can even go swimming. This park also had public restrooms and also various picnic tables to relax at.

Robert H. Treman State Park

The Robert H. Treman State Park

Ithaca Falls Natural Area

Located on Lake Street, and within the city of Ithaca, this waterfall is easy to see right from the sidewalk by the road. There are two small parking lots available where the Lake Street crosses Fall Creek, and it is not a far distance to walk to Ithaca Falls after you park. This waterfall is so impressive to see and stands over 100 feet tall (about 30 meters), and it is 175 feet at its base (about 53 meters.) There is also a hiking trail if you are interested in checking that out, and the whole area is very picturesque!

Ithaca Falls Natural Area

Ithaca Falls Natural Area

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls State Park is about a 20 minute drive if you are visiting Ithaca, and is located at 1740 Taughannock Blvd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886. Taughannock Falls is actually the highest single drop waterfall in the Northeastern region of the United States, and it is 215 feet (65 meters) tall! To give you even more perspective, it is about 33 feet (10 meters) higher then the famous Niagara Falls. It is such a marvel of nature and very magnificent.

Taughannock Falls State Park
The Author And Her Husband At Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park

Cascadilla Gorge Trail

One of the most beautiful and vibrant waterfall spots located in Ithaca is the Cascadilla Gorge Trail. You can either park at the lower area of the falls (that is what we did on Linn Street) or the upper trail is located behind Cornell’s Schwartz Center for Theatre Arts by the Cornell Campus. This unique trail was constructed in the 1920s and has six different waterfalls that you can see as you hike up it. The 3,600 acre region is one of the protected natural areas of the Cornell Campus, and it is managed by the Cornell Botanic Gardens. Even though it is surrounded by the bustling city of Ithaca, you are truly immersed into another world filled with the extremely relaxing nature sounds, and the water flowing through the gorges.

Waterfall By The Entrance Of The Cascadilla Gorge Trail

Cascadilla Gorge Trail

Salmon Creek Falls

The Salmon Creek Falls are located literally right next the Ludlowville Park and actually is a quite impressive waterfall, although maybe not as well known as some of the others. The location is a perfect spot to relax because there are benches and picnic tables set up in the park, and you really do not have to walk really far to get to this waterfall. I could see this being a fabulous area to pack sandwiches and snacks, relax at the park, and also enjoying a beautiful waterfall! The park is on Mill Street in Lansing New York 14882, and it is about a 20 minute drive from Ithaca.

Ludlowville Park
Salmon Creek Falls

Ludlowville Park And The Secret Waterfall

Day Trip Activities

Downtown Ithaca

If you are visiting Ithaca, of course you have to visit the downtown area. There are so many beautiful art murals, shops, amazing restaurants, and even theaters. It has a very historic and whimsical feel, and I think a perfect activity for a nice evening out!

Downtown Ithaca
Downtown Ithaca Mural
Downtown Ithaca

https://www.downtownithaca.com/

Sagan Planet Walk

This interesting planet walk was named after Carl Edward Sagan, the famed American planetary scientist, author, astronomer, and astrophysicist. He began his career as an associate professor at Harvard, but later moved to Cornell in Ithaca New York where he spent most of his career as a David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences. He is also very well known for assembling the first physical messages into space via the Voyager Golden Record and the Pioneer Plaque. There are just a few of his numerous accolades, but you can see why The Sciencenter Museum decided to name this planetary walk after him. This walk spans about 3/4 of a mile (1,200 meters) so this would be pretty easy to do in a couple hours. It starts out at the Sun station right in downtown Ithaca, and then it ends at the dwarf planet station of Pluto right at the Sciencenter Museum. Another interesting note about the Sagan Planet Walk is that it literally models our own Solar System, and it 1/5 billionth of its actual size. If you enjoy a bit of educational fun on your excursions, I think you will really like this walk. I think everyone of all ages can learn something from it!

Sagan Planet Walk

The Sagan Planet Walk Ithaca New York

Fall Creek Suspension Bridge

This structure is about 140 feet off the ground (almost 43 meters) and length wise it is 270 feet (about 82 meters.) We felt very safe on it, but at times this bridge is known to sway and bounce a little, so just take your time walking across it. The views from it are simply spectacular, and it provides an amazing viewpoint of the Rocky Falls, as well as the adjacent hydroelectric plant that is utilized and operated by Cornell University. You can find this location at 310 Fall Creek Drive, Ithaca NY, 14850.

Fall Creek Suspension Bridge

Why You Should Visit The Fall Creek Suspension Bridge In Ithaca New York

Cayuga Nature Center

The Cayuga Nature Center is such an amazing place to visit, and it leads you into an immersive nature hiking experience with so much to discover on every turn. The address for this center is 1420 Taughannock Blvd. in Ithaca. There is a six-story treehouse, a waterfall, a historic main lodge that holds the largest public aquarium of the Finger Lakes, and also a home for wild animals that have physical or behavioral problems that would make it difficult for them to survive in the wild on their own. I truly respect what they are doing at this nature center, and it is really worth checking out!

Cayuga Nature Center
Denison Falls At The Cayuga Nature Center

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Lively Run Goat Dairy

If you enjoy cheese, cheese tastings, visiting a farm, or even feeding goats you will want to visit the Lively Run Goat Dairy located in Interlaken New York (about a 30 minute drive from Ithaca at 8978 Co Rd 142, Interlaken, NY 14847.) The cheese tasting had some of the best I have ever had, and I highly recommend this place.

Lively Run Goat Dairy
Feeding Goats At The Lively Run Goat Dairy

https://livelyrun.com/

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Cabin View Alpacas

The Cabin View Alpaca Farm is about a 25 minute drive from Ithaca. Their address is at 9435 Congress St Ext, Trumansburg, NY 14886. This farm truly has a beautiful home for their animals, and in the tours they are so knowledgeable and friendly. You also get to see these sweet creatures up close which is amazing. They also do sell some really gorgeous alpaca fiber items in their gift shop, and you will want to check that out as well!

Cabin View Alpaca Farm
Hanging Out With A Friendly Goat At The Cabin View Alpaca Farm

https://www.cabinviewalpacas.com/

Cabin View Alpacas Trumansburg New York

Myers Point Park/Lighthouse

Myers Point Park and the Myers Lighthouse are a must see if you enjoy nature in a waterfront sense, and are located right on the Cayuga Lake. The park itself is very relaxing and has a boat marina, pavilions, a swimming region (during certain parts of the year and when lifeguards are present), a playground for kids, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and they even have camping available if you are interested in that. We personally really enjoyed the Myers Point Lighthouse and it was a really beautiful area. I think this could be a really nice outdoors day trip area.

Myers Point Lighthouse

https://www.lansingrec.com/parksrec/page/myers-park

Myers Point Lighthouse

Ithaca Farmers Market

The Ithaca Farmers Market is located right off Cayuga Lake, and they have so many vendors with fresh produce, take out dishes, a variety of eat on site meals, specialty foods, and very talented artisans as well. Their address is Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd St, Ithaca, NY 14850. We really enjoyed that all of their food was local to the region, and was super fresh. At our visit in early October, they had fresh apple cider, donuts, burritos, and so many amazing food options. There were also benches there for seating so you do have time to relax and enjoy what you order. They also had so many unique and local products if you are interested in shopping more local to Ithaca. We actually went back there several times on our trip to Ithaca, so do highly recommend it!

Ithaca Farmers Market
Ithaca Farmers Market
Ithaca Farmers Market

Ithaca Farmers Market

Restaurants

Ithaca Beer Co.

Ithaca Beer Co. has absolutely delicious farm to table cuisine, in addition to their award winning “Flower Power IPA” which has actually recognized as on of the “25 Most Important American Craft Beers Ever Brewed” by Food & Wine Magazine. The location that it is in is seriously gorgeous as well, and it is right on a farm outside of the city by several state parks. Their address is at 122 Ithaca Beer Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850. (They also have another location in Collegetown at 409 College Ave. Suite A, and this is about 10 minutes away from the Ithaca spot that I reviewed.)

https://ithacabeer.com/

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Silo Food Truck/Liquid State Brewing Company

If you are interested in trying some of the best fried chicken you have ever had in your life, I definitely recommend stopping by the Silo Food Truck, which resides at the Liquid State Brewing Company. Their address is 620 W Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850. The Liquid State Brewing has fresh ales, lagers, wines, ciders, and many other amazing beverages as well. The partnership with the Silo Food Truck really enables their customers to have a unique and amazing experience.

The Silo Food Truck

Amazing Fried Chicken

https://www.silofoodtruck.com/

https://www.liquidstatebeer.com/

The Best Fried Chicken In Ithaca New York

Ithaca Coffee Company

If you need a pick me up in between your traveling adventures in Ithaca, this is the place to go. They have a really nice make to order coffee area right when you walk in, and also carry gourmet foods, snacks, gifts, beer, and a variety of baked goods as well. You can find them at 2255 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Cute Shop In The Ithaca Coffee Company

https://www.ithacacoffee.com/

Purity Ice Cream Co.

If you are looking for a more “sweet treat” location, the Purity Ice Cream Co. is a wonderful stop to check out, and they are at 700 Cascadilla St, Ithaca, NY 14850. It was pretty amazing to find out that they started back in 1936 by Cornell grad Leo Guentert. The company is known as “Ice Cream of the Finger Lakes” and is proud to be a locally owned business. We really adored their delicious ice cream, and they have a variety of shakes, sundaes, and bakery items. They also more savory items such as veggie burgers, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and a kids menu for the little ones.

Delicious Baked Goods At Purity Ice Cream Co.
Amazing Treat At Purity Ice Cream Co.

https://www.purityicecream.com/

Notable Mentions

Herbert F. Johnson Museum Of Art

This museum has a combination of modern and ancient art from various world cultures, and is worth a visit if you are interested in seeing some pretty amazing and unique pieces! They are located at 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853.

https://museum.cornell.edu/

Sciencenter

This is a great museum for families and they have a ton of hands on exhibits that really focus on education and science! Their address is 601 1st St, Ithaca, NY 14850.

http://www.sciencenter.org/

Cornell Botanic Gardens

The Cornell Botanic Gardens have woodland trails, beautiful gardens, and an arboretum that make this spot worth the visit. You can find them at 124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850. Sometimes they even have educational events, so make sure you check out their website if you are interested in that as well.

https://cornellbotanicgardens.org/

Watkins Glen State Park

Although this location (1009 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891) is not in Ithaca itself (a little less then a 40 minute drive) if you enjoy hiking and waterfalls this is an excellent location to check out in your travels to Ithaca.

https://parks.ny.gov/parks/watkinsglen/maps.aspx

I really hope that you have an amazing visit to Ithaca New York. There is truly no other place on Earth like it, and from their amazing shops to “gorges” waterfalls, I think you will fall in love with the area just as much as we did. Let me know in the comments if you have visited this area before, and what your favorite spots were too! I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click the like and subscribe button!

Travel Planner 

Whenever I am traveling somewhere new, it is really important to me that I am planning out all the important details ahead of time. I just think it makes the trip go so much smoother, and you can relax more when you get there. My absolute favorite way to do this is by using my Clever Fox Travel Planner. I really like that it helps you plan a full itinerary with your accommodations, packing, budget expense tracker, and transportation information. There is also plenty of space to write down your experiences from your travels so that you will always be able to look back on these amazing memories. Traveling is such a unique experience, and when you have all of your information together like this, it really does make everything so much smoother, and that is why I am recommending this planner.

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The Best Fried Chicken In Ithaca New York

Fried Chicken is truly the ultimate comfort food in my humble opinion. There is something about the crunchy texture in combination to the hot chicken wrapped inside that is so delectable. If you are interested in trying some really amazing fried chicken when you are traveling to Ithaca, New York, you have to check out the Silo Food Truck which resides at the Liquid State Brewing Company.

We really liked that both the Silo Food Truck and Liquid State Brewing Company were started by local individuals in the region wanting to bring great food and beer to the community in Ithaca. The Silo Food Truck was started by Jesse Steve and Katie Foley in July of 2015 as “a labor of love after purchasing the truck from family friends.” Their company provides homemade recipes with fresh ingredients that are sourced from local vendors and farmers. I personally appreciate when a business is not only started by people local to that community, but has such a great impact on their local economy as well, which is very impressive!

Liquid State Brewing took flight in 2016 by friends Jamey Tielens and Ben Brotman. Their mission is to create high quality small batch beers, and their on-site beer hall features fresh ales, lagers, wines, and even ciders. They have paired with the Silo Food Truck to really enable customers to have an amazing experience with the very best the community has to offer. As a side note, when we visited, we checked out the Downtown Ithaca Beer Hall location, however they have another one called the North Shore and this is about 25 miles (about 40 km) north of the Ithaca spot.

As we meandered up to the Silo Food Truck on a crisp early autumn day, we were first really impressed at the inviting nature of it. We loved the gorgeous colors of the truck itself, and the welcoming pretty flowers. We also really enjoyed the atmosphere in Liquid State Brewing. It was super clean with a lot of seating, and I thought their table designs were really unique looking. (After you order your food from the Silo Food Truck, you can take it inside The Beer Hall if you want.)

The Silo Food Truck

We each tried 1/2 pound of the fried chicken, mac & cheese, their “Barrel and Brine” Fire and Ice pickles, fries, and of course their fresh baked cornbread with honey butter. For beverages, I ordered a non-alcoholic blueberry soda, and my husband tried their oatmeal stout which he was very impressed with.

Amazing Fried Chicken
Delicious Drinks

If you are traveling to Ithaca New York, and are interested in trying some pretty amazing fried chicken with delicious beverages, you absolutely must try the Silo Food Truck and Liquid State Brewing. I highly recommend it, and I really think you will enjoy the experience. Let me know in the comments if you have ever gone here as well and what you thought. Remember to click the like and subscribe button, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

My personal copy of “Hiking Waterfalls New York”

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Myers Point Lighthouse

Whenever we travel near a body of water, one of the first things that we look for is a lighthouse. They are always so beautiful and have this beacon of hope to them that is unlike any other structure. They literally shine light into darkness, and help vessels on the water navigate where they would not be able to otherwise. While visiting the Finger Lakes in New York, we knew that we would have to find one near where we were staying in Ithaca. Luckily, after some searching, we found a really beautiful lighthouse right on the Cayuga Lake called the Myers Point Lighthouse. If you are staying in Ithaca, it is a little less then a 20 minute drive to get to this location, and it is right on the lake in the town of Lansing. (This is on the east side of the Cayuga Lake and north of Ithaca.)

Myers Point Lighthouse

When we arrived at Cayuga Lake to see the lighthouse, there was a parking lot right next to it, and also a decent sized dock where people stored their boats. Immediately as we stepped out of our vehicle, we noticed very strong gusts of wind. This could honestly just be due to the weather conditions of the day and also we went in early October, so autumn was definitely starting to set in. If you are traveling to New York, or really any where in the Northeast in the autumn season, you will want to pack a variety of clothing items, because our days can range from very temperate and sunny, to more windy, brisk, and a bit rainy. On this day, it was mostly sunny but very windy and refreshing.

Cayuga Lake

As we walked up to the lighthouse, I did happen witness one of the coolest nature moments ever. It was literally so windy when the seagulls were flying by the lake, they literally looked like they were standing still mid-air because of the incredible wind power. It felt like a scene in a movie where time just slows down, and while their little wings were moving, they were not going forward at all! Luckily, I did snap some photos of them mid flight, and you can see that they mostly just stayed in one spot. It was very cool moment.

Seagulls At Cayuga Lake
Seagulls At Cayuga Lake
Seagulls At Cayuga Lake

To give you all a little history on the Myers Point Lighthouse, it was actually built by volunteers back in 1998 utilizing about 3,000 bricks that were paid for by individual donors. It produces strobe-style light white flashes every six seconds from dawn to dusk between April 1st and November 1st every year, and can be seen from 10 miles away. Originally, around the year 1792, Andrew Myers and his family settled in the area and built a cabin and mill there.

Myers Point Lighthouse
Myers Point Lighthouse
The Author And Her Husband At Myers Point Lighthouse

Cayuga Lake itself is the second largest of the Finger Lakes and runs over 38 miles (about 61km) in length, and is one of the deepest lakes with a maximum depth of 435 feet (132.5 meters.) It is also used as an important source of drinking water to the local communities. There are also salt mines under parts of the lake which have been a source of the local economy over the years. In addition to this, there is a great fish community that is home to the region such as rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, pike, and landlocked Atlantic salmon.

Cayuga Lake

Overall, we found this area to be refreshing and relaxing at the same time. The lighthouse is absolutely gorgeous as well as the lake itself, and we really enjoyed our visit to it. I highly recommend a stop here if you are in the area, and especially if you are a fan of lighthouses! Let me know in the comments if you have visited this spot before, and what you thought of it. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click the like and subscribe button!

Myers Point Lighthouse

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

My personal copy of “Hiking Waterfalls New York”

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Ludlowville Park And The Secret Waterfall

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Ludlowville Park And The Secret Waterfall

If you are interested in seeing a really beautiful nature area that is a little off the regular path in the Ithaca New York region, you will want to check out Ludlowville Park and its secret waterfall. Perhaps the word “secret” is a little bold of a term, but I would say that it is perhaps not as well known as some of other hiking trails/gorge regions that visitors may frequent.

This particular waterfall, named the Salmon Creek Falls, is located right by the Ludlowville Park (the address for this location is on Mill Street, Lansing New York, 14882) and there is a parking lot that you can park in right by it. If you are staying in Ithaca, it is a little more then a 15 minute drive, and it is north of the city on the east side of the Cayuga Lake.

The park itself is a moderate size, and you will be able to hear the waterfall as you walk through it. I honestly think that this would be a great area to visit and bring a packed lunch along since there is ample seating in the park itself with picnic tables, a gazebo, and even a pavilion. (I will link their direct website at the bottom of this post if you want to learn more park information/or if you want to contact them about renting a pavilion.) There is a really cute playground too, so if you have a family this would be a great stop for you.

Ludlowville Park
Ludlowville Park
Salmon Creek Falls

As I walked through the park, the waterfall seemed to get louder, and once I reached it, I was in amazement at its pure magnificence, and the power of the water as well. It was towards the end of the day on our visit, and as the sun danced with the mist to create a rainbow for a couple of seconds, and I was so grateful to be able to catch a small glance of this on my photos. It just very peaceful, and the perfect spot to really take those nature views in.

Salmon Creek Falls
Salmon Creek Falls

I highly recommend the Salmon Creek Falls by the Ludlowville Park, and it is such a perfect spot to view a magnificent waterfall. Let me know in the comments if you have ever visited this area, and what you thought of it as well! Remember to click the like and subscribe button, and have a wonderful day!

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

My personal copy of “Hiking Waterfalls New York”

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Cascadilla Gorge Trail

One of the most vibrant and beautiful waterfall spots that you can hike in Ithaca is the Cascadilla Gorge Trail. On our travels there, we parked on Linn Street, and this was very close to the lower entrance of the waterfall. As you walk up to the main lower fall, you will cross a little walking bridge which will lead you to a stair case that enables you to continue your journey up the trail if you are interested.

Walking Path And Bridge To The Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Waterfall By The Entrance Of The Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Close Viewpoint Of The Waterfall By The Entrance Of The Cascadilla Gorge Trail

This particular trail has a little bit of everything for everyone I believe. If you are not interested in doing the complete hike, you do get a nice vantage point of a gorgeous waterfall at the bottom of the trail. If you are a family traveling, and you do not know if you could do a whole hike, I do think that this stop is still worthwhile to see the waterfall by the entrance. If you are feeling more adventurous, I do highly recommend that you hike the 1/3 mile (.5 km) (each way) trail. The waterfalls and nature views are quite spectacular if you hike it in entirety. My husband and his mom did the whole trail, and they absolutely loved it!

Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Gorge Trail

The trail itself is a combination of a staircase/stone path, and is pretty easy to hike up. You will want to take note that the trail does get a bit steeper as you progress up the hike. This is also due to the fact that you are walking past waterfalls, and it can get slippery at times due to the mist of the water. When we traveled to Ithaca, it was in early October. At this time of the year, the weather can slightly fluctuate, but is generally just a little cooler then room temperature, and can get a little rainy at times. We packed both longer and shorter style pants/shirts, light jackets, rain coats, hiking boots, walking shoes, hats, sunglasses, and an umbrella. In the usual Northeast fashion, on our travels, we encountered a variety of weather conditions from slightly rainy days, to very sunny ones. On the day we visited this particular trail, it was warm and sunny outside, but it is always a good idea to pack for different conditions outside.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Gorge Trail

To provide you with a little history on the Cascadilla Gorge Trail, it was actually constructed in the 1920s, and the trail itself cuts through ancient bedrock and has six different waterfalls. Also, the 3,600 acre region is one of the protected natural areas of the Cornell Campus, and is managed by the Cornell Botanic Gardens. The ancient bedrock itself is made out of sandstone and shale, and the Cascadilla Creek has been slowly carving this gorge since the end of the last Glacial Ice Age over 10,000 years ago!

College Ave Stone Arch Bridge Cornell Campus In The Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Gorge Trail

Even though the trail itself is surrounded by the bustling city of Ithaca, you are truly immersed into another world filled with the relaxing sounds of the water rushing through the gorges. You may also find a variety of local plant life such as ferns, liverworts, and mosses that enjoy the damp low lit areas by the waterfalls. In the more sun lit areas you can find perennials such as zigzag goldenrod.

Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Gorge Trail
Cascadilla Gorge Trail

I highly recommend visiting the Cascadilla Gorge Trail, and if you enjoy waterfalls, you will really appreciate the fantastic views that are really local to this specific area and its history. Let me know in the comments if you have visited this region, and what you thought about it as well. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click the like and subscribe button!

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

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Ithaca Farmers Market

When we were visiting Ithaca New York, we knew that we had to find a spot that provided healthy fresh foods to keep our energy up so we could fully enjoy our travels in between all of our hiking adventures. Luckily, we did find that at the Ithaca Farmers Market. The address of this location is Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd St, Ithaca, NY 14850, and they do have a parking lot situated right next to the market which is awesome! I was also pretty amazed to find that it is by the Cayuga Lake, and we could see little boats in the water right behind the area.

Each time that we went to the farmers market, it was pretty bustling, and honestly I can see why. They had so many vendors with fresh produce, take out dishes, eat on site meals, specialty foods, and talented artisans as well. I really liked that all of the food was local to Ithaca, and they do require that the members are within a 30 mile range, so you absolutely know that everything is fresh. We were in Ithaca in early October, so we enjoyed fresh apple cider, donuts, and even burritos. Honestly it was all so good!

Ithaca Farmers Market
Ithaca Farmers Market

To provide you with a little history of the market, it first opened in 1973 as a spot for local craft people, food vendors, and growers to sell their items. The market had moved five times before it settled in its current location by the Cayuga Lake. It is at a location where steamboats used to dock, and was built entirely by volunteer labor to clean up any debris in the area. Today, it is a thriving community gathering place and has such a positive impact on the local economy in the region.

Ithaca Farmers Market
Ithaca Farmers Market

Around the market itself, you can find little benches to relax on, and we were grateful for the spot to eat our delicious burritos! We could see Lake Cayuga from our bench, and hear the soft music from local musicians in the background. This market had a magical feel to it with their delicious foods and gorgeous location!

Ithaca Farmers Market
Ithaca Farmers Market

Let me know in the comments if you have visited the Ithaca Farmers Market, and what you thought of it as well! If you like fresh healthy energizing food on your travels you will want to stop at this place. The local artisans were also very talented, and you will want to check them out for your home décor, or even just picking up a gift for someone special! Remember to click the like and subscribe button, and have a wonderful day!

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

My personal copy of “Hiking Waterfalls New York”

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Cabin View Alpacas Trumansburg New York

In our travels around the Ithaca New York region, we knew that we had to stop at the adorable Cabin View Alpaca Farm! This farm is located about 24 minutes from Ithaca at 9435 Congress Street Ext in Trumansburg NY, on the west side of the Cayuga Lake.

Cabin View Alpaca Farm
Cabin View Alpaca Farm

I have always been obsessed with alpacas, and they actually originate from South America. They are smaller then llamas, and typically their fiber (similar to sheep wool) can be utilized in making woven and knitted items such as sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens, or even blankets!

Cabin View Alpaca Farm
Cabin View Alpaca Farm

The day we visited the alpaca farm, we scheduled a walking tour to see the sweet alpacas and even feed several of them! To start off the tour we went out to the fields to hang out with them in their own environment, and one thing that really stood out to me was that they really seemed to enjoy the area that they lived in. There were ample fields for them to enjoy, and they took turns in jumping up little hills and surveying the region. It was so cute, and my husband and I said that they each wanted to be “King On A Hill” overlooking their alpaca friends.

An Alpaca Enjoys Being “The King On A Hill”

After getting a very nice tour of the fields, we went over to another area with alpacas that were a little more senior and used to visitors and we actually got to feed them by hand. (When we purchased the tour on the day that we went, they did provide the food to give the alpacas. I think this may vary day to day on the farm with the feedings, so make sure that you check with them first before the tour if they are doing feedings that day, and which tours are available. I know they might rotate different tours, and they can be weather dependent as well. They did require you to book your tour ahead of time when we went, and I will link their direct site at the bottom of the post if you are interested in learning more.)

The Author Meeting A Friendly Goat
Cabin View Alpaca Farm

Our tour guide Robin was very kind and knowledgeable about everything related to alpacas, and the history of the various alpacas that they had on their farm. I really liked that it was a family farm, and she is continuing their legacy as well. Their farm has history dating back to the Revolutionary War when the federal government awarded land to soldiers as a payment for serving their country. Currently, the land that Cabin View Alpacas stands on is literally on the land that was awarded to the King family, who is their ancestors. They were also the very first to grow grapes on what is currently the “Cayuga Wine Trail” and the family had many livestock as well.

Cabin View Alpaca Farm

The Houseworths truly have a magnificent farm with so many alpacas that have won numerous awards as well. On their website they state “Cabin View Alpacas is a full service alpaca farm specializing in superior bloodlines for the continual improvement of the North American Alpaca Industry. We have an exceptional herd and continue to “up bred” for quality alpacas and fiber. We actively support the Cottage Industry Fiber Mills and will do our part to help the US Alpaca Fiber Industry develop to a sustainable market.” It is so amazing that they continue to build their family legacy with so many historical roots in our beautiful country.

Cabin View Alpaca Farm

We also enjoyed meeting their very friendly goats, chickens, and two cats “Thelma and Louise.” I absolutely love cats, so this was a bonus! On the day we went, they also took us through the barns, which were very clean and spacious for the animals. Since the tours may go inside and outside on the land, they did recommend wearing close toed shoes, which is understandable when you are walking around a farm.

Friendly Cat At Cabin View Alpaca Farm
This Sweet Cat Lead The Way To The Alpacas!

I highly recommend a visiting the Cabin View Alpacas, they truly have a beautiful home for their animals, are so knowledgeable and friendly, and you really get to see these adorable animals up close which is amazing. You will want to check out their gift shop before you leave as well because they have some really gorgeous alpaca fiber items for sale, and this material is so soft! Let me know in the comments if you have visited this farm before, and what you thought as well. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

My personal copy of “Hiking Waterfalls New York”

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Taughannock Falls State Park

One of the most interesting and truly magnificent waterfalls that we had the opportunity to see while visiting New York was the Taughannock Falls. We stayed in Ithaca, and it took us a little less then 20 minutes to get there (about a 10 mile drive) and the location is slightly northwest of the city. The falls are on the west side of the Cayuga Lake, and the address is 1740 Taughannock Blvd. Trumansburg NY 14886. (We went to the overlook and this is located at 2381 Taughannock Park Road, Trumansburg NY 14886. There is also a visitor center at the overlook.)

Taughannock Falls

We traveled in early October, and honestly that was a really great time to go. We did encounter a little rain on part of the trip, but overall the weather was pretty temperate. It was fairly warm mid-day, but in the evenings it tended to get slightly chilly, so we were glad that we packed light jackets and long pants.

When you are traveling to the Northeast in spring, summer, or fall it is typically a good idea to pack for both warmer and cooler days because we can get fluctuations in temperatures. Also, I recommend bringing a raincoat or umbrella because there are usually a mixture of sunny and rainy days. Since we traveled to Ithaca in early October, the leaves were starting to turn into bright colors with the green leaves and everything just looked very magical!

Taughannock Falls State Park

One really neat thing about going directly to the overlook and visitor center is that you will not have to travel very far to actually see the waterfall. You will see the visitor center to the left, and then there is a path to the right of that with a staircase that allows you to have an awesome vantage point without traveling too far. It is literally about a 2 minute walk to get to the overlook from the visitor center. When we were in New York, I had a pretty bad sprained ankle, and while I did walk down a couple flights of stairs on the overlook, it was awesome that it was not too big of a hike to see the actual waterfall. Also, I think this would make the area a great spot to visit for families or if you do not want to walk too far. (In addition to seeing fabulous views of course!)

Taughannock Falls

There are walking trails in this area as well if you are an avid hiker and are interested in checking that out. If you are hosting a get together or special event, there are pavilion rentals in the park. In addition to this, there are campsites and cabins in this area that overlook Cayuga Lake with a boat launch and beach for warm sunny days. If you are interested in checking that out, I will link the Taughannock Falls State Park website at the bottom of this page so you can learn more.

Taughannock Falls

When we walked up to the overlook area, we were absolutely completely mesmerized. The Taughannock Falls are the highest single drop waterfall in the Northeastern region of the United States, and is 215 feet (65 meters) tall! To provide you with more perspective, it is 33 feet (about 10 meters) higher then the famous Niagara Falls. The gorge walls that surround it are more than 400 feet (123 meters) on both sides. The rocks that have formed the falls are estimated to be created over 380 million years ago! These historic rocks that make this impressive gorge are sandstone, shale, and limestone. Over the last 10,000 years the glaciers retreating and process of erosion has actually created the Taughannock Falls. It is truly amazing to think about how these unique formations and gorges were formed.

Taughannock Falls

If you are traveling to the Finger Lake region I highly recommend a stop at this spectacular waterfall. It is truly a marvel of nature and it really just makes you appreciate our Earth in all her magnificence. Let me know in the comments if you have traveled to this location, and what you thought of it as well. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!

The Author And Her Husband At Taughannock Falls

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

My personal copy of “Hiking Waterfalls New York”

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Why You Should Visit The Cayuga Nature Center In Ithaca New York

The Cayuga Nature Center, which is located in Ithaca New York, is truly such an amazing spot to visit. It leads you into an immersive nature hiking experience with so much to discover on every turn. My husband and I were amazed that at this location they have a six-story treehouse, a waterfall, a historic main lodge that holds the largest public aquarium of the Finger Lakes, and a home for wild animals that have physical or behavioral problems that would make it difficult for them to survive in the wild on their own. I really respect what they are doing at this nature center, and that is why we knew we had to check it out!

The area was founded back in 1981 with the goal of providing nature education opportunities to the students in the area, and especially through their summer camps. In 2013 the center combined with the Paleontological Research Institution to continue expansion on the sites exhibits and programs.

Cayuga Nature Center

The address for this center is 1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca New York 14850, and it is located by Lake Cayuga on the southwestern side of it. If you are staying the city region of Ithaca, you can expect about a 15 minute drive depending on traffic, so this is a really great day trip option from there. There is a parking lot as well right next to the main building (the lodge) as you drive up. There are also outhouses on location if you should need one.

Similar to most of the hiking adventures that we go on, there are several things that we did to prepare for a fun and safe experience. When we visited, it was in early October, so we wore long light pants, comfortable shirts, light coats, sturdy shoes, and sunglasses as well. In our bags we brought several water bottles, a couple granola bars, and some hand wipes. Please remember to be respectful of the land and make sure that you do not leave any waste behind, it is honestly up to all of us to make sure that we are taking care of our beautiful Earth.

Cayuga Nature Center
Cayuga Nature Center

After we parked, we walked past the main lodge building, and the path we were on continued to go up a hill, but you can also go off into other trails from here as well from the lodge. I was very excited to see some of the gorgeous animals that they were taking care of, and at the time we visited we saw a beautiful owl, two red foxes, and a vulture too! Each animal also had information listed on how they were found, and the ways they are taking care of them which was really sweet. I am glad that they were given this second chance at life since they probably would not make it in the wild. I was honestly surprised to see how many of these wild animals were once kept as pets, I think it is crucial that we respect these creatures and for the safety of them and for us humans not to keep them in our homes.

Cayuga Nature Center

For our hike, we went up the Gravel Trail. As you continue walking up this trail, you will see a magnificent six-story treehouse on the property called TreeTops. I highly recommend that you go all the way up this building, because it will provide you a spectacular view of Denison Falls a 21 foot (6.4 meters) cascading waterfall in the wooded gorge area. In addition to the waterfall, we were completely mesmerized at the beauty of the treehouse itself!

Cayuga Nature Center
Inside TreeTops At The Cayuga Nature Center
Denison Falls At The Cayuga Nature Center
Denison Falls At The Cayuga Nature Center
Cayuga Nature Center

This center has amazing educational programs and camps for children with a ton of resources. If you are a teacher, they also have virtual programs available for you with topics ranging from learning about the environment, to even discovering more about animals and their habitats as well.

I highly recommend a visit to the Cayuga Nature Center, and it is a fabulous place to explore nature, go hiking, and learn about various animals as well. Let me know in the comments if you have visited the center, and what you thought about it. I hope that you have a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

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Why You Should Visit The Lively Run Goat Dairy In Interlaken New York

 

The Finger Lake region of New York is not only known for their delightful nature areas but for their gorgeous farms as well, and in particular the dairy farms. With this in mind, we decided on our trip in Ithaca to make a stop at the Lively Run Goat Dairy Farm and Creamery. If you are staying in Ithaca, it is about a 30 minute drive north of the city, and it is located on the western side of the Cayuga Lake.

 

To give you a little history of this farm, Lively Run Dairy is actually one of the longest running commercial goat dairies in the country, and they began their production in 1982 in New York pioneering goat cheese in the American marketplace. One thing that was pretty neat to learn about this particular establishment is that it is family run by the Messmer family, and they have really dedicated their lives to this farm creating quality products and an amazing atmosphere as well. It did not surprise me at all to learn that they have won multiple awards in the industry, including a first place win at the American Cheese Society Cheese Contest in 2017 for their Cayuga Blue cheese. Also, their Finger Lakes Gold Reserve had another first place win at the same contest in 2019!

Lively Run Goat Dairy
Lively Run Goat Dairy

On the day we went to this dairy, the weather decided to drizzle a little with rain, however, luckily the facility did have seating in covered areas and we ended up taking our cheese tasting to their covered porch. We tried a selection of their artisanal goat and cow cheeses, and we liked how knowledgeable their staff was, and they really walked us through the selections. In addition to talking about the cheese varieties, they gave us a really nice descriptive paper that went over more information about the cheeses as well and what foods may be complimentary with them. My husband’s favorite was the Lake Effect Cheddar which is a cow cheese that is aged at least 6 months and has a nice bold flavor with notes of nutty sweetness. Also, I really liked their traditional Greek-style Feta which they age for a minimum of 2 weeks in a salty brine, and it has a great crumbling texture to it.

Delicious Cheese Tasting

Cute Store Area At Lively Run Goat Dairy
Lively Run Goat Dairy

One other thing that we really loved about this farm is how we had the opportunity to feed the goats directly! As we were enjoying the cheese tasting, we noticed that their barn was indeed open, and there seemed to be people visiting the sweet animals as well. After inquiring more information about this, we did find out that they allow patrons to feed the goats, so we purchased some feed to go visit them and give them a treat!

Sweet Goats
Lively Run Goat Dairy
Feeding Goats At Lively Run Goat Dairy

As we walked into the barn, we noticed that the goats seemed very sociable, and were excited to see us! On one side, they had the adult goats, and then on the other, there were the younger ones as that were still growing. Their herd consists of a combination of Swiss Saanens, and also French Alpines. This farm gives them with a wholesome diet of local feed and forage, which really helps provide them with quality milk, and also character from the Finger Lake region. On the day that we went, in addition to the lovely goats, towards the back of the barn, we noticed two beautiful and elegant horses as well. One even came up to say hello to me!

Lively Run Goat Dairy
Sociable Goat At Lively Run Dairy
Lively Run Goat Dairy

If you are a cheese lover, or even just like visiting a beautiful farm, the Lively Run Goat Dairy is the perfect stop for you on your Finger Lakes visit. I can see this being a great location for a family outing and a wonderful spot for a day trip as well. I will link their website, and they typically have some neat events such as concerts and goat yoga that would also be additional fabulous activities to partake in. Let me know in the comments if you have visited this farm, and what you thought about it as well. I highly recommend it, and at the risk of sounding “cheesy” this is really quite a wholesome and perfect spot to check out on your vacation, or even if you are residing in the area. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!

If you are traveling to the New York area, and are interested in hiking or viewing spectacular waterfalls, a book that I would highly recommend and also own myself is “Hiking Waterfalls New York.” This literature reviews a variety of hikes, from the famous Niagara Falls, to even more less known hikes, but spots that you will not want to miss! At the beginning of the book, I really like that the author categorized the trails from her favorites, best waterfalls for fall foliage, best gorge hikes, roadside waterfalls, best historical falls, and even waterfalls that may draw in more crowds versus less crowded waterfalls. There is also a very nice map that lays out where the locations of them are, and that can be an amazing tool when you are planning your trip. This is great so that you know how far of a distance you can expect to travel from where you are lodging, and you can really make the most out of your time and itinerary. With each hike and waterfall listed there is a full color photo, trail distance, difficulty, and even information about the actual surface that the trail is made out of in addition to so much more!

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A Day Trip To The Elmwood Park Zoo

 

One of our favorite local zoos in the Philadelphia area is the Elmwood Park Zoo. It is a very walkable and approachable spot, and many of the paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. As a side note that there are slopes and hills in the park and paths, so just be aware of that as well. Personally, I really liked the layout of the area because it was very easy to navigate, and I could walk it pretty well, even with my current ankle sprain injury. Another factor that makes this location a perfect spot for a day trip is the ample free parking in a lot right beside the zoo itself, and they also do have restrooms on location.

Elmwood Park Zoo

The Elmwood Park Zoo is also the first zoo in the world to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center, and they accomplished this in May of 2018. This spectacular award is given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), and is provided to unique organizations that completed a training and review process with the goal of better serving individuals with sensory needs and autism. This zoo does have a dedicated quiet space, and even planters with fidget spinners to keep guests occupied. They even provide quiet mornings that are available for guests to enjoy the zoo in a more relaxed setting before it opens to the general public. I love how inclusive this zoo is, and you can tell that they really try to make it a great experience for everyone.

Elmwood Park Zoo

To give you a little history of this place, Elmwood Zoo was founded in 1924 after a private landowner donated a small piece of property and a handful of white-tailed deer to the Borough of Norristown. After this exchange, it was run in the 1920s by the Borough as a division of Elmwood Park and some of its animals included raccoons, rabbits, monkeys, bears, deer, and even peacocks! Over time, the zoo expanded and also provided more natural exhibits for the comfort of the animals living there. The Norristown Zoological Society became an official non-profit organization in 1977, and then assumed control of the Elmwood Park Zoo from the Borough of Norristown. Currently, it is estimated that about half a million people visit annually, and even though they are always improving and expanding, it works to maintain much of its history as well.

Elmwood Park Zoo

On the day that we went, we were very excited, because not only were we going to see the magnificent animals at this zoo, we were going to feed giraffes as well! (You will want to check the website ahead of time for these feedings because they are only during dedicated times. We arrived about 20 minutes early to get in line for this, and we were glad that we did because it is a very popular event at the zoo. They have so many other neat events as well where you can feed different animals, and I will link their website at the bottom of the page, so that you can get the most up to date information for them. The events do change with the seasons and time of year.)

Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo

After we got in a line for the giraffe feeding, we started to go up to a platform where they were awaiting their snacks! We each were given some lettuce to feed them, and there were 3 giraffes waiting for us. They seemed to know the drill quite well, and they swooped in for their food. I was lucky enough to get a photo of them at the platform, and this was an experience that I highly recommend. They were so sweet, tall, and elegant, and I loved their big eyes and lashes!

Elmwood Park Zoo

After feeding the giraffes, we meandered around the zoo, and encountered a variety of animals. Some of the enclosures are outside, and you will find several inside as well as you make your way around the park. I thought that it was pretty neat that some are a combination with the visitors being inside, but the actual area that the animal is in is more opened up to the outside with shaded areas for them to enjoy as well. One region that was like this was the big cat area where you could see cougars.

Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo

Some of our favorite outside exhibits were of the prairie dogs (their area was called “William’s Prairie Dog Town” which was really cute), and also the porcupine areas. We were lucky to see one really up close! This zoo in particular has a focus on North-American and also South-American animals which is really neat.

Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo

If you are feeling really adventurous when you visit the zoo, they also have a “Treetop Adventures” area for families. While we did not do this activity, we did see a lot of people there, and it features over 50 challenge games and also ziplining that goes up to 50 feet above the ground in the trees of the zoo. Currently, it is Pennsylvania’s only ropes course with zip lines over animal exhibits. Reservations for this activity are required, and they highly recommend purchasing this online before you arrive. It looked like a really fun activity if you really want to get into the environment and see the zoo from different vantage points.

Elmwood Park Zoo

The Elmwood Park Zoo has so many amazing educational and volunteer programs as well. They have various field trip opportunities for schools, teacher resources, homeschool workshops, scout programs, distance learning programs, zoo camps, and so much more. If you are interested in learning about wildlife, I highly suggest that you check these out. They are also amazing for children and provide them with opportunities to really learn about the environment, conservation, and how we can help the animals that live in these environments. Honestly, I think at any age its a great idea to keep educating ourselves on how to impact our Earth in a positive manner, and each of us truly do make a difference!

Elmwood Park Zoo

I highly recommend this zoo if you are visiting the Philadelphia area. It really is a great day trip spot, and I would estimate that is takes about 45 minutes to several hours to go through it, depending if you stop at each of the exhibits. The area is really clean and well taken care of, and everyone there is very friendly and knowledgeable too! Let me know in the comments if you have visited this location, and what you thought of it. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!

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Sheep Shearing Day At Fox Chase Farm

 

For the last several years, I have had a slight obsession with sheep. After seeing them meander around the roads in Iceland, and watching their athletic ability when climbing mountains, I have been in awe at their strength and sweetness. After a winter stuck inside (not just with the weather but with a severe ankle injury as well, for more on that I will link my post at the bottom of the page) I was excited to see that a local farm event was happening. Prior to visiting the Fox Chase Farm in Philadelphia, I did not know that there were any farms in our historic city. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were hosting a sheep shearing day in late April, and was excited to check it out!

Fox Chase Farm

Fox chase Farm is located in Northeast Philadelphia, and it is a 112 acre working educational livestock farm. It is open to the general public on specific days for different events and festivities. They actually coordinate with the Pennypack Environmental Center for these occasions, and currently they offer Wednesday night open houses, a 4-H club, gardening, and opportunities for visitors to both enjoy the events and even volunteer if they are interested in that. Some activities are free of charge, or sometimes are a ticketed event that usually runs from three to five dollars a person.

Fox Chase Farm

If we look into the history of this farm, it is a one of the survivors of farms that existed in Eastern Montgomery County and Philadelphia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The farm credits its ability to stand the test of time in its ways to adapt with the prevailing culture at various times. Another interesting fact about it is that in 2005 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fox Chase Farm

In its beginnings, the original farm had the name “Stanley” and dates back to when William Penn granted the land to William Stanley himself. After that time, it was passed to the McVeigh family who had the property for over 100 years and established a homestead. To this date, it has been farmed continuously since at least 1762. In the early days, this place was a working farm under a Quaker family, an institutional dairy farm when it was purchased by the Friends Asylum For The Insane, a gentleman’s farm to grow fodder for livestock and later beef stock, and finally the educational farm that we see today.

Fox Chase Farm

It became an educational farm after the City of Philadelphia, with help of grants from the Federal and local governments purchased the property for public lands. As of right now, the farm is operated by the Philadelphia School District on a long lease from the Fairmount Park Conservancy. I think that neat thing is that the school district actually employs a resident farmer and an on-site administer to schedule school visits.

Fox Chase Farm
Fox Chase Farm

Luckily, on the day that we went to visit, the weather was pretty mild. (In Pennsylvania and many areas in the Northeast, in the spring it tends to fluctuate a little with somedays getting to the freezing mark, while others may feel like the middle of summer. For this reason, when you visit the area, I suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that way you will be prepared for this. After April, we rarely get snow storms, but it has happened on occasion.)

Sheep At Fox Chase Farm

As we walked on the path leading into the farm, we were immediately enchanted with the beauty of the area. It very much feels like an expansive farm on a country side, and you can tell that it is very well maintained and cared for. We noticed that there was a variety of livestock on the farm in addition to the sheep, such as cows, chickens, and goats. They had the indoor farm area open that day as well, so we did happen to encounter baby goats which were very sweet. In addition to the main event of sheep shearing, there were a lot of family and farm related activities available as well. They had potato sack races, crafts, hayrides, live music, a food truck, a bake sale, candle dipping, spinners and weavers wool carding, and even a Stone-Age tool making demonstration. This place really went all out, and it was a very lively festival.

While exploring the lands, we noticed a crowd gathered with excitement as the sheep shearing demonstration began. We actually were lucky and found a spot directly next to the sheep and goats by the event. The gentleman went over the process of sheep shearing with ease, and I was amazed how quickly he managed the whole process. I believe once he started to shear, he had taken off all the wool in less then five minutes. I did manage to get a photo of the wool after, and I must say, it looked beautiful. I think that the sheep also must have felt a sense of relief and lighter after as well. While the spring days are mild, the Pennsylvania summers can get quite hot, and I do not think that the sheep would enjoy keeping that thick coat on.

Sheep At Fox Chase Farm
Beautiful Wool Sheared From A Sheep

If you are traveling to the Philadelphia area, and want to learn more about farming, or even just having a fun day trip, I highly suggest checking out the Fox Chase Farms and one of their festivals. This may require a little planning before you go, because they tend to have their events on certain dates, so I will leave a link for their direct website so you can see what they are doing in the future. I think that this is a great place for families to visit, although I think anyone would enjoy seeing the gorgeous farm land and sweet animals.

Cows Take A Nap At Fox Chase Farm
A Goat Takes A Stroll At Fox Chase Farm
Baby Goats At Fox Chase Farm
The Author And Her Husband Enjoying The Fox Chase Farm!

Let me know in the comments if you have visited the Fox Chase Farm, and what you thought of it as well. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!

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I highly recommend the book “Hiking Waterfalls In Pennsylvania.” It specifically maps out where you can find waterfalls in each area and region of the state. If you are an outdoor adventurer, you will want to check this out!