DPS 2008, Ithaca, NY

Local Guides

The DPS08 Restaurant and Bar Guide and Map is now online!

The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitor's Bureau has lots of information about Ithaca, including maps, events, lodging, and places to eat.

The Discovery Trail links many of the local museums.

Of course, Ithaca is located right on Cayuga Lake and there are many opportunities for Outdoor activities, wine tasting, shopping, and tours.

Ithaca is also a great place for families.
Family Activities in Ithaca during Columbus Day Weekend:

  • October 11-13 - Friends of the Library Used Book Sale at 509 Esty St.
  • October 11-12 11 am - 5 pm - Greater Ithaca Art Trail - 49 local artists are opening their studios to display their art for the public.
  • Saturday, October 11 afternoon - Spin: The Science of Rotation exhibition opens at the Sciencenter
  • Saturday, October 11 afternoon - Fossil ID day Museum of the Earth is celebrating their 5th anniversary with a Family Day
  • Saturday, October 11 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Ask an Astronomer Event at the Johnson Museum of Art related to the Spectacular Saturn exhibit. This is an opportunity for the public to talk to astronomers in the exhibit hall about the Saturn system images. There will also be Saturn-related art activites for children.
  • Saturday, October 11, 7:30 to 9:30 pm - Public Concert at Cornell Bailey Hall performance of Holst's "The Planets" by combined Cornell-Ithaca College Orchestra, with world premier of new Cassini-inspired Saturn movement by composer Roberto Sierra.
  • Sunday, October 12, noon to 5 pm - Astronomy Day at the Sciencenter including an outdoor walking tour of the Planetwalk with DPS member-staffed stations.
  • Sunday, October 12, 7:30 to 9:30 pm - Public Lecture at Cornell Bailey Hall by Sagan Medalist Jeff Taylor from the University of Hawaii and emcee Bill Nye
  • Monday, October 13, noon to 2 pm - Family Open House at Cornell Barton Hall with E/PO activities.


Outdoor activities

Wineries, Cideries, and Breweries

The Finger Lakes region is home to many wineries specializing in white wines (such as Riesling) and ice or late harvest wines. Many wineries are associated with wine trails that circle one of the finger lakes. However, many other local wineries are not listed on the wine trails. The region is also home to local cideries and breweries. Explore the variety for yourself! (Remember to have a designated driver!)

Local Shopping

Ithaca is also home to many local merchants, farmers, and craftspeople. Get out and enjoy the lack of chain stores!
  • The Ithaca Commons is a pedestrian mall int he heart of downtown Ithaca with specialty stores, restaurants, and bookstores
  • The Ithaca Farmer's Market takes place on weekend mornings in a covered pavillion by the lakeshore and on Tuesdays near downtown and features prepared foods and crafts in addition to wonderful local produce



  • Experience! The Finger Lakes - winery, waterfalls & gorges, and food tasting tours; Individual and group tours available. They've also set up a couple special group tours as a field trip option for the afternoon of Wednesday, October 15th