A host of available indoor and outdoor activities attract residents and visitors all year long.

ONCE YOU LEAVE THE CITY OF ITHACA you quickly come upon rural landscapes, friendly and quaint villages and hamlets and some magnificent State and Federal forest areas. It’s possible to get up from behind your desk and find yourself pedaling a mountain bike down a single-track trail, cross-country skiing the backcountry, and hiking along a cascading waterfall, paddling a kayak downstream or tacking your sailboat upwind on Cayuga Lake in less than 30 minutes.

State Parks have plenty to offer Tompkins County residents and tourists. Whether it’s exploring the shapes of sedimentary rock exposed within the gorges or launching a kayak in one of many streams and rivers, the choices are many and varied, but all are memorable. If you love scenic beauty and outdoor activities, then Tompkins County is the place for you!  For more information on these parks and others in the area please visit

Tompkins County is full of unique recreational opportunities and is proud to offer a vast variety of programs to youth through the Tompkins County Recreation Partnership. The Recreation Partnership was created 18 years ago to make the affordable activities, sport leagues and special events offered through the Ithaca Youth Bureau available to kids living in municipalities outside of the City of Ithaca. No additional fees are charged for residents living in participating municipalities.  For full information and a list of participating members, please go to or call the Ithaca Youth Bureau at 607-273-8364.

Situated approximately ten miles north of Ithaca and adjacent to Taughannock Falls State Park on Cayuga Lake, Trumansburg, founded by Abner Treman, is located in the Finger Lakes wine country. The village was incorporated in 1872, and the first elections were held in July of the same year.  Many of the village’s original buildings survived the flood of 1935 when the banks of the Trumansburg Creek violently overflowed. Since then, homes and businesses along or off Main Street have been rebuilt or remodeled.

Water lines were installed from 1932 through 1937, while sewer lines were not installed until the mid 1960s. Both water and sewer lines have since been extended beyond the Village limits. The original water tank was built in the early 1930s and held up until its replacement in the summer of 2005.  Currently, the village is making major improvements to the water system with the new Water Tank, addition of booster pumps, replacing water mains. Plans are being made in cooperation with the Town of Ulysses for a back-up water system. Another current project is the replacement and redesign of the Main Street sidewalks on Route 96, between Cemetery Street and Hector Street, with some Federal funding provided.