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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Fun things to do

While you're here this summer, be sure to check out some of the things that make Cornell such a unique and wonderful place:

  • Our free summer events series features Tuesday shows at the Schwartz Center, Wednesday lectures by acclaimed speakers at Call Auditorium, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad.
  • The famous art, birds, brains, and other collections at Cornell include the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, which offers great art and great views, the world-class Laboratory of Ornithology, and the fabled Brain Collection.
  • The Cornell Plantations is 4,000 magnificent acres of rose gardens, lovely woodland trails, waterfalls, gorges, and ponds. It’s a great place to picnic, jog, nap, or just get away from it all.
  • The Space Sciences Building is home to more than 100,000 images taken of planets by NASA spacecraft.
  • The Conservatory of the Bailey Hortorium is a 1930s greenhouse that is home to numerous tropical plants.
  • The Fuertes Observatory is the perfect place for star and planet gazing on a clear Friday night.
  • Willard Straight, a distinctive Gothic building with cathedral ceilings, marble staircases, and oak paneling, is a central gathering place for students from all across campus.
  • Climb to the top of the McGraw clock tower and see the chimes firsthand.
  • Duffield Hall, Cornell’s new nanotechnology building, is just one of the many sophisticated research facilities you can tour.
  • Outdoor education opportunities are everywhere, and you'll find facilities for baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, golf, spinning, yoga, tae kwon do, rock climbing, and more.
  • Cornell Cinema, one of the best campus film programs in the country, screens recent Hollywood hits, cult classics, documentaries, and popular foreign films.
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Swimming options

Below are a number of alternatives for safe and legal swimming in the Ithaca area. Please note that swimming in the gorges is prohibited (see Gorge safety for more information).


Outdoor (summer only)