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Spectacular falls, gorges, and scenic beauty are abundant in Tompkins County. Start your day at any of our beautiful state parks or wander through a cavernous gorge, formed by glaciers during the ice age. Or perhaps you’d rather sail the day away on our 40-mile long Cayuga Lake. Whatever your pleasures may be, Ithaca and Tompkins County never let you down. Perhaps your flavor leans toward our vineyards; which surround the region in a blast of color. Antiques and museums are abundant, as well as cultural and musical events. Head downtown to our unique Commons area to shop the day away in the one-of-a-kind shops that are only found in this region.

The entertainment offerings are plentiful and varied. Theatre productions at the colleges rival Broadway, from musicals to Shakespeare. Several community groups provide intimate and offbeat offerings, and our theatre – the Hangar Theatre and the Kitchen Theatre—brings us a fine selection of year-round fare. If music is your preference, again the colleges shine, with performance groups that regularly perform at New York’s Lincoln Center and other top concert halls. Their concerts satisfy every taste – from Bach to Branford, choral to symphonic, jazz to baroque. The colleges also bring us well-known performance artists and groups. And there are a number of clubs, festivals, and other celebrations that provide every possible form of popular music – from R&B and reggae to bluegrass and hip-hop.

We also have a wide variety of museums and galleries. Our Sciencenter provides hands-on experience to delight both young and old. The Cayuga Nature Center offers five miles of nature trails, interpretive exhibits, and regular programs year around for every age group. For the dinosaur lovers our Paleontological Research Institution has one of the largest collections of research fossils in North America (two million!). The Johnson Museum at Cornell has a fine collection of Asian art in addition to the many travelling exhibits it brings to campus and community. And at least a half dozen galleries exhibit the art of our extremely active and acclaimed local artists.

We are also a community that likes to celebrate, particularly in the summer. Our annual three-day Ithaca Festival kicks off the season with every imaginable kind of performance and food. After that there’s at least three concerts a week downtown on the commons, a half dozen concerts in one of our many parks, the annual Trumansburg Fair and all kinds of spur of the moment activities. The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance features over sixty bands playing on four stages for four days and nights. It is a community event that encompasses performers from all over the world and is truly a music lovers paradise.

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