Local Information

On this page, you can find information about local transportation, how to seek childcare during LabPhon15, as well as our Guide to Ithaca.

Local transportation

  • Hotel Ithaca shuttle to LabPhon15
    • A daily shuttle for conference participants will run between the Hotel Ithaca and the conference venue.
    • The shuttle will only run from the hotel to the conference in the morning, and back to the hotel in the evening.
  • Walking
    • Ithaca is a very walkable city, but a steep hill (+/−500 feet in elevation) separates the downtown from Cornell's campus.
    • In good weather, the Cascadilla Gorge Path offers scenic views and waterfalls en route to campus.
    • The walk from downtown to campus takes from 20 - 30 minutes, depending on your starting point and pace.
  • Local buses
    • Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) buses serve Ithaca, the Cornell campus, and the surrounding area.
    • Tickets may be purchased on the bus (exact change required); one-way fare is $1.50 within greater Ithaca.
    • Route 10, as well as Routes 30, 31 and 32, frequently connect Cornell's campus to downtown.
    • Route 67 stops at Buttermilk Falls State Park, with hiking, swimming and picnicking.
    • Summer bus schedules may vary.
  • Taxi service
    Taxis in Ithaca can be ordered by phone from several cab companies; however, they often involve a wait for pickup.

Childcare options
For those looking for childcare during the conference, the following resources may be helpful.

  • Cornell’s Work/Life Consultant is working with us to identify potential child care providers during the dates of the conference, through our established Cornell Family Helper List whose members are interested in providing such care. For contact information for individuals who might be available, you are welcome to email Eileen McCoy Whang (emw76@cornell.edu).
  • The Child Development Council can be contacted by phone (call 1-607-273-0259 and ask to speak to Darla, 9 am - 4:30 pm (EDT) Monday - Friday), or by filling out a referral request form. They can help with short term daycare, but options do not cover evenings or weekends.
  • For older children, there is also a wealth of summer camps and summer programs available (most available by the week). Information about these programs is available through the Tompkins County Youth Services Summer Camp Guide.

Guide to Ithaca
We've created a Google Map to highlight where you can stay, eat, drink, and go in and around Ithaca.
Navigate the map on this page by clicking the arrow on its top-left corner, or click the map's top-right corner to open it in a new window.

    The map includes:
  • Local travel hubs
  • Accommodations
  • Restaurants for breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • The best ice cream in town (there's a lot of it!)
  • Hiking, waterfalls & nature in nearby state parks
  • Cayuga Lake's best vineyards and breweries
  • Other things to see & do around Ithaca