Outdoor recreation is an important employer in Cortland County year-round. Woodlands, streams and lakes lure hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers and water sports enthusiasts. Excellent public and private golf courses and swimming facilities exist. In winter, skiing at one of the three ski centers, brings people from along the eastern seaboard, and in the summer family activities make use of the scenic hills. Ice fishing and snowmobiling, as well as skating at SUCC's indoor ice arena and cross-country skiing are available.

The Sugget House Museum and its Kellogg Memorial Research Library, the 1890 House Museum, the Homeville Museum, and the Farmer's Museum provide tourists with a varied look at the community. The Marathon Maple Festival annually hosts thousands of visitors and the June Dairy Parade is the largest of its kind in the State. Court House Park is the site for the Veteran's Memorial Park and the annual Pumpkinfest.