Ithaca is conveniently nestled within Central New York. Ithaca is best recognized as being situated on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake and is named after the Greek island of Ithaca. The city is known for its annual community celebration, the Ithaca Festival. People from all over town gather and celebrate music and the arts on this festive day.
Ithaca Dog Park is THE official dog park located near Cayuga Lake, loved by locals; this is the place to go with Fido. Ithaca Dog Park is a 4.8-acre off-leash dog park with specific areas for small and large dogs. The park is fenced, has water supply and a swimming pool for dogs. Keep the park clean and green by using doggie waste bags and putting them in the compost bins. Bring your dog for a walk in the East Ithaca Recreation Way. It is a multi-purpose, paved, commuter trail and is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. It runs for 2.2 miles, ideal for hiking, biking, roller blading and cross country skiing.
Dogs are welcome to dine in some of their restaurants like Mahogany Grill, Ithaca Ale House, and Red's Place. Enjoy good food, great service together with your furry baby.
Dogs living in the Clinton Street and Plain Street area of Ithaca are lucky to have some pupperific parks in their neighborhood. The Ithaca Dog Park is located in the northeast corner of Woodland Park and provides plenty of open space for off leash fun. Small dogs even get their own area in this pawsome park. Make sure to visit the nearby Buttermilk State Park and admire the beautiful cascading Buttermilk Creek as it flows into Cayuga Lake. Take your leashed pup on one of the hiking trails to experience the beauty of the gorge. Head over to Robert H Treman State Park for even more breathtaking scenery. Leash up your furry friend and explore over nine miles of trails and 12 waterfalls located in this park.
East Ithaca is home to Six Mile Creek Vineyard. The local owners and operators of this this six acre vineyard work hard to produce a variety of wines, such as Riesling, Cayuga White, and Vidal Blanc. Come enjoy the fruits of their labors in the pet friendly tasting room. Your furry friend will love the chance to enjoy the fresh country air and accompany you on a tasting. For some farm to table food, stop by Agava Restaurant. You’ll want one of everything since the food is fresh and made from locally sourced ingredients. Fur-tunately, four legged friends are welcome on the patio during nice weather.
If you’re fur baby is due for a bath, book an appointment at The Grooming Room in the Meadow Street and Cascadilla Street neighborhood. After a bath, brush, and trim she’ll look pawsitively radiant! While you’re in the area, stop by Ithaca Grain and Pet Supply and pick up some high quality dog food for your pooch. Then head over to On the Street to get yourself some delicious grub. Once a food truck at the well-known Ithaca Farmer’s Market, this local operation now has a brick and mortar location. Order one of the mouthwatering pita sandwiches, or try a Gyro or a Greek Salad. Dogs are welcome on the patio during nice weather.
Leash up your pup and head over to the South Hill Recreation Way. This rail trail can be accessed in the Ithaca College and Aurora Street area and clocks in at 3.3 miles, so your furry friend will get plenty of exercise. Enjoy the scenic views as you walk along the southern rim of the Six Mile Creek gorge and pass through meadows, woodlands and a few deep ravines. For a luxurious camping experience, book a stay at the nearby Firelight Camps. Spend the night in a pet friendly oversized platform tent, then enjoy a locally sourced continental breakfast. Your four legged friend will absolutely love this outdoor experience.
A trip to Ithaca must include a visit to the famous Ithaca Falls. The trailhead is located on Lake Street in the Cayuga Street and Falls Street neighborhood. Follow the easy trail out to the main viewpoint. Watch as Fall’s Creek plummets 150 feet into Cayuga Lake. Benches are provided, so you can sit for a while and gaze at the magnificence of the falls. Swimming is prohibited at the base, although you may see some people fishing. Since this area can be dangerous, it’s important to keep your pup on leash at all times. You can visit the Falls any time of year, just be aware of high water season. Be sure to check it out!