What to expect from our CRUISES

Cayuga Lake Cruises Designed to Educate & Enjoy!

From relaxing sunset cruises, to interactive eco-cruises, there’s something for everyone on the MV Teal!. Our cruises typically run 1.5 hours and are accompanied by our friendly and knowledgeable crew members. Most are family-friendly or even kid-oriented, though we save a few of our cruises for our adult friends. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages on board. Please see our FAQ page for much additional information.

Knowing that these cruises support the educational programs of Discover Cayuga Lake gives one the added satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of students who participate in its programs. So come on out and book a tour!

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    Discover Cayuga Lake Sunset Cruises

    Experience the beauty of Cayuga Lake during one of the best times to be on the open water — at sunset. The unique position of the lake from North to South offers the most incredible and breathtaking sunset vantages. 

      Public Sunset Cruises

      Feature light narration, informal chats with our crew and beautiful sunsets. Relax and enjoy the ride!

      • Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at sunset. (May – October, times vary by month)
      • $40/adult, $35/seniors, students and children


      Feature lively music on board with some of our favorite local DJs and musicians. Special two hour cruises!

      • Sunday evenings at sunset. (May – October, times vary by month)
      • $30/adult, 2 for $50

      Community SUNSET CRUISES

      These cruises are especially for our Finger Lakes friends but all are welcome! Discounted Prices apply. See our Community Access page for featured Guest Speakers and DJs of the week!

      • Wednesday evenings at sunset. (May – October, times vary by month)
      • Free/Donations are requested.


      Join us for a one-of-a-kind Finger Lakes opportunity – a combined 4-hour lake & land experience from our home dock at the Allan H. Treman State Marina to the famous Taughannock Falls State Park and back. Our knowledgeable narrators will be on board to discuss the human and natural history of the lake and provide some hands-on activities, great for kids and adults alike. While at the Park, choose from the following options:

      • A 2 mile guided hike to Taughannock Falls with Park guides
      • Rent a paddleboard, or single or tandem kayak
      • Simply kick back and enjoy the beautiful park itself (there is a playground and swim area)
      • Order lunch to enjoy on the cruise back. (You may also bring your own lunch.)
      Choose your activity options when you make your reservation!
      • Thursdays, July – August, 10am – 2pm
      • Prices start at $40/child and $70/adult and vary by optional activities – click below for more details.


      Our eco-cruises are both educational and recreational. They focus on specific themes that vary by the time of day and year as we track the changes that are happening on and around the lake. They are geared towards both adults and children and feature interactive activities to engage our curiosity and knowledge about our aquatic environments.

      osprey eco-cruise

      Come learn about the ecology and natural history of Cayuga Lake through the eyes of our resident Osprey. Bring your binoculars if you have them and your keen powers of observation!

      • Offered weekly May – August, 4:30-6pm

      • $30/adults, $10/child (16 and under)

      Fall Foliage Eco-Cruise

      Narrators will talk about the history and ecology of the lake as well as the changing colors of the season and the fall harvests which are so bountiful in the Finger Lakes.

      • Offered weekly September – October afternoons

      • $30/adults, $10/child (16 and under)

        night sky eco-cruise

        Come enjoy the wide, open skies for yourself and see if you can recognize some zodiac signs! Our narrators will be on board to point out celestial landmarks and talk about old time navigation.

        • Friday evenings, 9:30-11 pm, June – July (9 – 10:30, August-September)

        • $40/adult, $35/seniors, students and children


          Family Eco-Cruises

          These 1.5 hour cruises introduce kids, and parents too, to the world that lies beneath the surface of Cayuga Lake.  Enjoy time on the water, fun lake lore, and hands on lake science activities designed for children age five and up.

          • Friday mornings 10:30am-noon, July – August
          • Free/donation based Community Cruise

          Lake Monitoring Cruise

          If you really want to know more about the state of the lake, these cruises are for you.  Each week, we’ll assess lake conditions and conduct sampling to tell the story.  This is an opportunity to join citizen scientists (or become one!) and meet professionals from our partner organizations. Best suited for ages 13 and up.

          Sundays at 2pm leaving from the Ithaca Farmer’s Market.

          Email booking@discovercayugalake.org for details.



          Enjoy a ONE Hour cruise from the dock at Ithaca’s iconic Farmer’s Market!

          Reservations are NOT necessary. Pay on board with cash or credit card. Arrive at the Market Dock at least 15 minutes before cruise time.

          • Saturdays – 11 am and 12:30 pm (and 2pm with demand)
          • Sundays – 11 am and 12:30 pm
          • $25/adults, $10/child (2-16), 2 and under ride for free
          Great Experiences with Discover Cayuga Lake

          Our Mission

          At Discover Cayuga Lake, our mission is to cultivate informed and equitable relationships between people and the watersheds upon which they depend and we do all this while providing memorable, breathtaking family, friend, and community experiences on the beautiful Cayuga Lake.

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            HOME DOCK:

            1000 Allan H. Treman Marina Rd.
            Ithaca, NY 14850

            OUR OFFICE:

            110 N. Tioga St., Suite 303
            Center for History & Culture
            Ithaca, NY  14850

            Discover Cayuga Lake 2023