The Finger Lakes Region attracts people from all over the world. Whether you are a new resident in Ulysses or simply planning a trip to visit the area, you’ll find there is something for everyone, from the traditional and old-fashioned to the more modern and contemporary.
Explore the waterfalls, gorges, and abundant nature trails.
Ulysses is home to Taughannock Falls, the tallest waterfall in the northeast United States. Falling 215 feet to a pool below, the waterfall is spectacular to view and photograph, drawing thousands of admirers from near and far each year. Taughannock Falls is located in Taughannock Falls State Park where there are a number of recreational activities available, including camping, a fishing pier, and a marina.
A short drive down the road, on the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, is the Cayuga Nature Center. The Nature Center is situated on 120 acres of land, providing a magnificent view of Cayuga Lake. Visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Treetops, a towering six story, community-built natural tree house.
Learn about the unique history of the area.
The Discovery Trail is a partnership of local educational and historical organizations that encourages visitors to become lifelong learners through exploring the various connections between art, history, science, literature, and the natural world in a variety of settings.
Over 160 years old, the Trumansburg Fair is one of the longest running agricultural events in New York State. With ongoing food and animal exhibits, horse shows, children’s games, a parade, and demolition derbies this August event is popular with both the younger and older set.
Dine on fresh, local cuisine.
The abundance of farms in the Ulysses area, coupled with the willingness of restaurant owners to take advantage of regional produce, meats, and dairy products, guarantees that your dining experience will be innovative, colorful, and delicious. A number of these restaurants and farms are members of the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Trumansburg Farmer’s Market,located in the Village Park,offers home-grown products and crafts, restaurant vendors, and live entertainment each Wednesday during the summer and fall months.
Experience the wide variety of talent in the Ulysses area.
Ulysses is home to the Conservatory of Fine Arts, anot-for-profit learning and performing school of the arts for people of all ages, the GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, a four day extravaganza in July featuring performers from all over the world, the Greater Ithaca Art Trail whose members host “open studio” weekends in the fall, and the annual Tru-Ulysses Winter Festival, an open-air community event held the first weekend in December.
August thru October, Ulysses hosts the Cayuga Lake Triathlon, Women Swimmin’, the AIDS Ride for Life, and the Chris Bond 5K Run/Walk, popular outdoorevents that combine fitness with fundraising for a good cause and attract a number of skilled athletes and enthusiastic amateurs each year.
All of these organizations and events contribute to keeping the Town of Ulysses vibrant and appealing for both residents and visitors to the area all year long.
Enjoy the first-rate wineries of the Finger Lakes Region.
Vineyards are as integral to the Finger Lakes landscape as the water. Each of the many wineries has its own unique character and style of winemaking and many have restaurants with live local music or special events to enhance your experience. Start your visit with a trip to the Finger Lakes Wine Center in downtown Ithaca where you can either pick up a self-guided map of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail or have their friendly staff help you design a wine tour that takes your personal preferences and schedule into account.
Relax in one of Ulysses’ hospitable accommodations.
Visitors to the area will find a wide variety of appealing Inns, Bed and Breakfasts’, campgrounds, or vacation rentals to choose from. Either centrally located near area attractions, shops, and eateries, or off the beaten path in the surrounding countryside, many of these establishment’s proprietors are actively involved with the Trumansburg Chamber of Commerce or theFinger Lakes Tourism Alliance.