Don't Miss the Discovery Trail while at an Ithaca Inn

Tucked in central New York is Ithaca. This small town is famed for its university bells, quaint streets and lush horizons; but every Ithaca inn has another secret to share: the Discovery Trail. Nature is now perfectly preserved and perfectly offered. Follow the miles and find the past. It's not to be forgotten. And BBOnline promises that this will be the adventure you've been craving.

Discovery Trail: History

Wander from the luxury of your Ithaca bed & breakfast and seek the wilderness; even as it seems so young. The Discovery Trail was formed in 1999, branding it still new. But even these few years have been remarkable. Formed from a common desire to educate, this path was carved from several sources; each joined in the hopes of conservation. The Cayuga Nature Center, the Tompkins County Public Library, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and more gathered their resources and created the trail. Since then it has become an involving (and entertaining) journey. You will understand the world and appreciate it.

Discovery Trail: Always Fascinating

Your Ithaca inn may provide comfort but the trail will provide excitement. There are countless attractions to enjoy and BBOnline has chosen three that are sure to delight:

601 1st Street
Ithaca, New York 14850-3507
(607) 272-0600

Families will smile as they enter the Sciencenter. This museum is filled with an energetic atmosphere and child-friendly philosophy. Exhibits teach through touch, encouraging all to explore sound, air and water. Special events are planned each month, ensuring that new lessons are always offered; and youth is no longer trapped in the quiet. The purpose is to laugh and enjoy. It's a must-do for any Ithaca vacation. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7.00 for adults (18 and over) and $5.00 for children.

Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 273-6623

Part of the Paleontological Research Institution, the Museum of the Earth will astound with its collections of fossils, specimens and geological artifacts. Charting the history of the world, it allows visitors to roam all defining eras and catastrophes. From carefully reconstructed skeletons to the effects of climate change, the environment is fully presented. Children will be amazed, and so will adults. It's an examination that will leave all breathless. No reservations are needed but some planning is required. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. After that, though, the schedule changes. The hours remain the same but the museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cayuga Waterfront Trail
Cass Park
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 273-1090

Designed in 2002, the Cayuga Waterfront Trail has quickly become a favorite. With its two miles of paths and lakeside views, it's ideal for any outdoor activity. Hike, picnic and swim through your afternoon. Surround yourself with spectacular scenery and explore the hills of Ithaca. It's beauty without the sacrifice of fun. The park is open from dawn until dusk. No admission is required and pets are welcomed.

Your Ithaca inn will offer elegance among the wild; and the Discovery Trail will offer thrills. It's the perfect combination within the perfect location.