- 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.
The Robert Treman State Park is popular for its waterfalls, the best known being the Lucifer Falls. 4.5 miles of trails connect all the falls. In here there are also camping areas, picnic tables, playing fields, and a pool. The Enfield Falls Mill and Miller's House is also in here.
Founded in 1865 and part of the Ivy League, the Cornell University was ranked at number 14 by QS World University Rankings. Some of the most important of its graduates are Henry Heimlich, Carl Sagan, Thomas Pynchon, John Cleese, as well as numerous others.
Named after the creek which crosses it and after the many falls in it, the Buttermilk Falls State Park was founded in 1924 and has cabins, pavilions, playgrounds, as well as other amenities. The main activities which can be performed in here are fishing, hunting, and hiking.
Covering a total of 4,300 acres, the Cornell Plantations has a botanical garden, an arboretum, and plenty of trails. In here there are also 38 natural areas, such as the Cayuga Marsh and the Polson Natural Area. Public events are organized in here, such as the Garden Gift Shop Holliday.
Located on Cayuga Lake, Stewart Park features a carousel along with access to the lake for fishing and swimming. The park offers facilities for baseball, softball, golf and tennis, a children's playground, a bird sanctuary and a duck pond.
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of birds, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides learning experiences related to the watching and identification of birds. The grounds provide walking trails for bird watching as well as a bird-themed gift shop.