- The list below includes 47 free or cheap things to do in or near Ithaca, New York, including 64 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Art Museum and National & State Parks.
- From Robert Treman State Park to Cornell University, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Ithaca and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Cortland, Watkins Glen, Hector and Horseheads.
A geothermal fueled craft brewery located in Penn Yann, New York, the Abandon Brewing Company is a renovated farmhouse brewery that overlooks Keuka Lake. Belgian Golden Ale is one of the popular ales in the Abandon line-up.
The Cayuga Museum of Art and History contains the research facility in which the first successful movie system with sound was developed. This natural history and art museum has exhibits covering a historical prison, medicine, and children's lives.
Located among the Finger Lakes, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is a multi-purpose arts facility. It hosts a variety of exhibits, and offers lessons in music, folk art, poetry, and more artistic disciplines.
Part of the larger Cayuga Museum, the Case Research Lab Museum is the backyard lab where the technique of adding sound to film was first invented in the 1920s. The museum offers regularly scheduled informative tours of the preserved facility.
Located in a Greek Revival mansion, Cayuga Museum of History & Art features photographs, clothing, and detailed displays depicting the region's history. The interior has intricate crown molding, winding staircases, and chandeliers.
The historic home of William Henry Seward has been preserved and opened to the public as the Seward House. The site features masterpieces of American art as well as special rotating exhibits, and guided tours are provided by the staff since self-guided tours are not allowed.
Part of the Fingerlakes Mall, Track Cinema provides patrons the ability to see recent film releases on one of four screens in the theater. The theater has concessions available and utilizes digital projectors and surround sound.
A small-town theater with the newest movies, Finger Lakes Mall Cinema is the perfect break for any shopping trip. Conveniently located in the mall with two to three shows per day, guests are sure to find something to see.