Visiting Ithaca

Ithaca sits at the Southern end of Cayuga Lake, and we hope that those traveling for the Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute will also be able to take some time to explore the area’s natural beauty, take a tour along the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, or enjoy a meal or shopping on the Ithaca Commons in downtown Ithaca

This page is intended to help you plan your trip to the Institute and during your stay. The Institute opens Friday, November 13, 6pm in the Africana Studies and Research, 310 Triphammer Rd, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

If you would like to make overnight arrangements, please take a look at this compiled list of local hotels.   We have secured a block of rooms at the Ithaca Hotel. Each room is a double queen for $159.00. To make a reservation, call 607-272-1000 and mention the Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute (Group ID 1342). This block is available until October 11. 

On Saturday, November 14,  the Institute moves to the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) downtown. GIAC is located at 301 W. Court Street, Ithaca.

You can find a complete list of local restaurants here.

Getting to Cornell's Campus:

Several of the hotels listed above,  offer shuttle service to the campus. There is also public transportation from downtown Ithaca to Cornell’s campus. The Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) number 32 bus  will bring you to the Africana Center. When the bus is travelling down Triphammer Road, get off at the Jessup /Dearborn Road stop. Bus fare costs $1.50.

Parking at Cornell: There is limited parking in the Africana Center parking lot after 5pm. 

Many parking spaces on campus are reserved for persons with disabilities and are clearly posted for restricted hours, license plate numbers of authorized vehicles, and other conditions of use. In addition, general spaces designated for the disabled are provided campus-wide. Any vehicle with a current university handicap parking permit or current visitor permit accompanied by a handicap designation (placard or license plate) may park in these spaces.