Cornell's main campus is in Ithaca, New York, one of the best college towns in the country.

Located at the south end of Cayuga Lake in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, Ithaca offers a breathtaking landscape of deep gorges and thundering waterfalls, rolling hills with farms and forests, and a lively community with shops, art galleries, and great places to eat (including the world-famous Moosewood Restaurant).

For information about things to do in the area—music, dance, cinema, sports, hiking, swimming, shopping, and more—see or Cornell's Visiting Ithaca pages.

Also be sure to check out Cornell's events calendar, a great place to find information about the many concerts, lectures, exhibits, and other interesting events taking place on and around the Cornell campus.

What can I do for fun on campus?

Here are some of the activities students recommend:

Where can I swim?

There are a number of options for safe and legal swimming in the Ithaca area. Please note that swimming in the gorges is prohibited. See Gorge Safety for more information.

Where can I work out?

With three summer locations around campus, Cornell Fitness Centers (CFC) provide an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment and group exercise classes.