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Trails/State parks with a toddler

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Trails/State parks with a toddler

We'll be stopping in Ithaca for a couple of nights on the way back from New York to Toronto, and are looking for toddler friendly ways to enjoy the local geography.

Assuming we stay in downtown Ithaca, I'm thinking we'll spend a morning at Robert Treman Park. I'm piecing this together mostly from websites, and reviews on this forum, but I'd like to park at the lower end, hike up to what looks like an overlook area for Lucifer falls, and then hike back down for a swim and picnic. How intense and how long is this loop? Would it be feasible with a light stroller (folded and carried up steps), or it is more appropriate for a carrier/baby backpack? Are there better or worse times of day to visit?

Same questions for Taughannock Falls and the Ithaca Falls natural area.

Outside of waterfalls and gorges, we'll mostly be wandering through the town and campus. We're not really looking for indoor exhibits (e.g. museums, static exhibits), but rather for the sights, sounds and tastes that make Ithaca interesting.

Any other advice on what to do in Ithaca is also appreciated!

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1. Re: Trails/State parks with a toddler

Ithaca Falls is not stroller able but the falls are about a 30 second walk from the parking area and there's not a big area to 'explore' so its an easy stop but also won't take a lot of time. The hardest part is finding it.

Taughannock is strollerable but you can also walk much of the way in the water (not with a stroller). That's a beautiful interesting walk.

You might consider a walk around Beebe Lake.

Particularly for Taughannock have sunscreen and/or hats. I generally bring an umbrella for the sun particularly if you walk in the water. Some parts of walking in the water are definately toddler friendly and they love it. Of course some parts are less so and can be slippery. It will be obvious once you're there.

There are several bridges over Fall Creek Gorge on or near Cornell's campus with amazing views. There is a great children's museum but that may be too old for a toddler.

Stewart Park is also nice and has a nice playground.

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2. Re: Trails/State parks with a toddler

Also check out the Cayuga Waterfront Trail at www.cayugawaterfronttrail.com

That goes by Stewart Park

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3. Re: Trails/State parks with a toddler

At Treman a stroller would be a major pain - backpack is the way to go IMO.

Don't forget to stop at Buttermilk Falls on your way back up from Treman, fals are viewable from the parking lot, they too have a nice swimming area at the base (and one admission fee at any state park covers you for all state parks for the rest of the day - keep your ticket)

As edrpaul mentioned, Taughannock is perfect for a toddler, pretty much totally flat all the way out and you can walk right in the creekbed. We were there with a friend and his then 2 year old daughter a number of years ago, he was always fairly.... uptight isn't a good word, but it sort of fits... with her, no issues at all.

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4. Re: Trails/State parks with a toddler

Thanks, that's very helpful. Walking through the Taughannock creek bed sounds like a great idea, I didn't realize it was that shallow.

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5. Re: Trails/State parks with a toddler

If you go to Taughannock State park (about 8 miles north of Ithaca on RT 89), the walk to the lower falls is only about .8 miles. Accros the road is a nice flat state part by the lake.

Another walk is off Giles St by the bridge. There is one drop where you have to carry the stroller but you can go a 1/2 mile or so along the creek.

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