Visit Stewart Park – Ithaca, NY USA
Stewart Park is open 5am – 10pm year round.
Restrooms are generally available 7am-10pm from mid-April to mid-November.
Carousel Opens Memorial Day, Closes Labor Day.
Operates 11:00am-7:00pm Tues. – Sun. Closed Mon. (unless Mon. is a holiday, in which case the carousel will be open – ie if July 4th is a Mon. the carousel will be open on July 4th)
Open until 9:00pm on the day of the fireworks.
Carousel Ticket: $0.75 per ride.
Main Entrance (accessible by foot, bike & motor vehicle):
from Rt. 13 south and off of James L. Gibbs Dr.
Southwest Entrance (no motor vehicle access):
Cayuga Waterfront Trail off Pier Rd (from northeast side of Newman Golf Course)
Pavilion Rentals: make reservations via the Ithaca Youth Bureau.
Important Park Rules:
Observe the speed limit (10 mph)
Do NOT park or drive on the grass.
Full City of Ithaca Code for Stewart Park here.
Fireworks at Stewart Park: the City of Ithaca Fireworks is an annual event celebrating US Independence Day (aka the 4th of July!), usually held a day or so before the actual 4th of July. Check City of Ithaca NY – Fireworks for the up-to-date information.
Bus Route 13 of TCAT serves Stewart Park with a stop near the main entrance.
The Cayuga Waterfront Trail runs 6 miles from the Visitor Center through Stewart Park, past the Ithaca Farmer’s Market, along the east side of the inlet past the Cornell and Ithaca College boathouses, crosses the inlet at Buffalo St., and then runs along the west side of the inlet through Cass Park to the Treman Marina. The trail is marked in grey in Google Maps (see above). Bike racks are available for use in the park near the Picnic Pavilion.
Stewart Park borders Cayuga Lake and Fall Creek. Muscle powered watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, etc can dock/launch at the canoe pier in the lake (middle of park) or at along Fall Creek at the Cascadilla Boathouse dock (northwest end of the park).
From the Commons in the City of Ithaca
From the eastern end of the Commons, head north on Aurora Street for two blocks. Turn left onto Buffalo Street. Turn right onto Cayuga Street. Follow Cayuga Street approximately 2.4 miles. Turn left for 0.1 miles onto East Shore Dr/Route 34. Turn left onto Gibbs Dr and turn right into Stewart Park.
From the North (Rochester, Syracuse)
Take I-81 South to exit 12 at Homer, then follow Rt. 281 South to Route 13, South into Ithaca and follow signs to the Visitors Center. Turn left immediately before the Visitors Center at the sign for Stewart Park.
Take NYS Thruway (I-90E) to Geneva Exit ( Rt 96-Ithaca). Follow Rt 96S into Ithaca. Turn left onto Rt 13S, take the Stewart Park/Auburn exit and follow signs to the Visitors Center. Turn left immediately before the Visitors Center at the sign for Stewart Park.
From the East (Cortland, Dryden)
Take Rt.13 to Ithaca. As you come down along the lake on 13S at the bottom of the hill take the Stewart Park/Auburn exit and follow signs to the Visitors Center. Turn left immediately before the Visitors Center at the sign for Stewart Park.
From the South (Binghamton)
Take 81N to exit 8 into Whitney Point. In Whitney Point take Rt 79W which will bring you into Ithaca. Turn right onto Rt 13N, take the Stewart Park/Auburn exit and follow signs to the Visitors Center. Turn left immediately before the Visitors Center at the sign for Stewart Park.
From the West (Trumansburg)
Head southeast on NY-96S/W Main St. Take 13N to NY-34N. Follow signs for the Visitors Center and Stewart Park.
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