Helmed by lifelong Cortland residents Stephen and Patricia Jordan, Shipwreck Golf Amusement Center regales fun-seeking guests of all abilities with three engaging attractions. The 18-hole, indoor black light mini-golf course takes putt-putters on a pilgrimage through a 450-foot labyrinth of smooth faux-greens framed by phosphorescent murals depicting underwater ruins and neon incarnations of each golfer’s embarrassing yearbook photos. Playful music is complemented by emerald corridors that snake through a pirate-themed pastiche of misting waterfalls, wooden ships, and lush palm trees. The scampering feet of kids age 2–10 can bounce, bound, and barrel roll across the cushy floor of the bounce houses that populate Shipwreck’s play area, which also includes a dress-up area, two play houses, and a play office where kids can jubilantly file tax forms.
The Kitchen Theatre Company is a professional theater celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in a brand new theater in Ithaca’s vibrant West End, just three blocks from The Commons. We offer a wonderful mix of plays and musicals that start important conversations.
After a revelatory trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in 2006, outdoor enthusiasts Laura and Alan Falk cast off the shackles of software careers to begin new lives as tour guides and planners. The pair created standard tours to introduce travelers to the area's local wineries, gorges, waterfalls, and historic towns, as well as custom tours that let natives and visitors design their own experiences based on personal preferences and hunches about the location of buried treasure. Past custom tours have included birthday scavenger hunts, bachelorette weekends, and private birthday celebrations with wine tastings. Experience! The Finger Lakes draws on more than 30 years of intimate local knowledge to create lasting memories in a thriving area replete with natural beauty, rich culture, and a captivating history.
Shielded in JT Spectra Thermal Goggles and armed with Tippman 98s and Tippman A5s, paintball combatants rush through Ithaca Paintball and Recreation's fields and crouch in its bunkers, firing colorful orbs at unwitting opponents. The facility supplies players with rental or purchasable gear to use while working their way through the wooded field's buildings or fire rounds on a seven-person speedball field. Around Halloween, Ithaca Paintball and Recreation transforms its acreage into XScream, where gun-toting guests eliminate zombie-impersonating actors and levitating Renaissance portraits from its haunted woods.
The corn maze's 3.5 miles of twisting pathways trace a pictorial pattern as they encircle wandering patrons, who usually take 45 minutes to two hours to re-emerge. Customers equipped with a flashlight can up the ante by navigating the agrarian labyrinth in the dark on Friday and Saturday nights or by evading its extraterrestrial caretakers when they descend to prune the walls. T-Burg Mini Golf challenges pintsize putters with an artfully landscaped 18-hole course and a corn maze with 3.5 miles of paths. Entrants of any age can nudge golf balls through sculpted green slopes and around mini hazards while sharpening their botanical know-how with views of more than 2,000 native plants. Like a downed gladiator who suddenly remembers the blowgun in his pocket, the course's 19th Plinko hole can remix player rankings moments before the game's conclusion.
Ithaca Rod Company's fishing experts provide myriad ways to enjoy the great outdoors. They equip fly fishers with what they need to successfully angle, including custom-built rods or other gear. They teach customers the basics of fly-fishing on guided fishing trips on scenic local waterways. Or they introduce them to the natural splendor of Ithaca through hikes and camping trips.