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Cornell Botanic Gardens

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Address: 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850-2799 (Formerly Cornell Plantations)
Phone Number: +1 607-255-2400
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cornell Botanic Gardens inspires people - through the cultivation of 150...

Cornell Botanic Gardens inspires people - through the cultivation of 150 acres of specialty gardens, conservation of plants and 3400 acres of natural areas, and the education of lifelong learners - to understand, appreciate, and nurture plants and the cultures they sustain. The Botanic Gardens are located at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and are open year-round, dawn to dusk, free of charge.

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The Cornell Botanic Gardens is a public oasis of natural beauty; a great place for a walk or bike. Begin at the new Nevin Welcome Center, get a map, and enjoy some of the dozen... read more

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ignoring the original meaning of 'Plantations' to European settlers in north America the University has seen fit to associate the word with slavery, so it is now a Botanic Garden. Botanic Gardens have green houses with trees and plants from different climates. This Botanical Garden doesn't. It had nice plantings of north American flowers, herbs and trees and it's wider... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cornell Botanic Gardens is a public oasis of natural beauty; a great place for a walk or bike. Begin at the new Nevin Welcome Center, get a map, and enjoy some of the dozen or so well-tended specialty gardens. There's metered parking at the center (weekends are free). From there you can head to the larger arboretum, which has... More 

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Tustin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

For my first visit here I arrived later in the afternoon, as this was my last stop of the day during my tour of Ithaca. There were not many visitors even though it was a gorgeous day, and at times I felt that I had the place to myself. I started at the Welcome Center, from where I began walking... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful spot for a walk or run. We were there on a sunny fall day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. If I lived in this area I would be a regular visitor. Highly recommend.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Another nice example of man working with nature. It is a good place to walk or bike. Very well cared for. Cornell definitely seems to have a flair for combining humans with the environment.

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I did not expect to see so many flowers in bloom in October but the plantation had beautiful fall foliage colors and the herb garden was covered by blooms of all colors.

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McLean, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

As a visitor to Ithaca or Cornell University take a few hours and walk through the flower and herb gardens, then drive through the arboretum, and take a walk around the lake to view the dam and water control area and falls.

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Mountainside, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We loved our visit to the Plantation and Botanical Garden. Despite being early fall the formal gardens looked great! We were very surprised and happy with all the flowers and plants on display. We were also very impressed with all the groves of trees everywhere. It was a very peaceful way to end the day.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Awesome place to spend time with your near & dear ones.Mid-April is really good time to visit that plantation. Huge area.very close to nature.If you are a nature lover then it is a must see place. You will get guided tour with suggested donation. I loved Cornell plantation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Herb garden, flower gardens, vegetable garden, water gardens, and trees - Oh, My !!! Trees even planted by types and many staff around to help. No brainer !!

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