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Cornell Botanic Gardens

124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850-2765
+1 607-255-2400
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Wish we'd had more time to wander!

Visiting gardens and zoos as we travel is always on our to-do list. Entry to this lovely spot is... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
North Street, MI
Beautiful Gardens

We spent several hours here walking among the many flower and herb gardens. There are place to... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
Bob C
Albany, New York
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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. The Nevin Welcome Center and Gift Shop is open Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, and Sun 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. Fri - Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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“herb garden” (20 reviews)
“welcome center” (17 reviews)
“full bloom” (5 reviews)
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124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850-2765
+1 607-255-2400
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Visiting gardens and zoos as we travel is always on our to-do list. Entry to this lovely spot is free and open from dawn to dusk. There is a 75-cent-per-hour charge for parking, however. Using a credit card, you must enter your license plate #...More

Thank 206JanF
Reviewed 12 September 2017

We spent several hours here walking among the many flower and herb gardens. There are place to stop and sit to take in all of the surrounding flowers, shrubs and herbs. A must see location.

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The park is beautifully kept, with many trails, monuments and ponds. It's so large and filled with things to see it feels like your own private park. Definitely check it out.

Thank Dane K
Reviewed 20 August 2017

very nice area, well kept flower gardens and other types of plants they have a few trails to hike at and its all free.. good area to go with a family. main building has bathrooms and a small gift shop.

Thank mlhendrickson
Reviewed 16 August 2017

in spring, summer, and fall. Come once each season to see the succession of blooms. Extremely well kept (of course, since its cornell).

Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Nice way to spend a Summer afternoon. Lots of shaded walks and special interest gardens (e.g. herbs). No real food available here -just a few snacks at a counter in the tiny gift shop. Combine this with a drive through the arboretum.

1  Thank rhumane
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The Gardens are well cared for and charming. We just focused on the gardens immediately around the welcome center, and it was a nice way to spend an hour. There are many more grounds to cover that we did not see; I'm sure it would...More

Thank julie248
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Beautiful and easy access for anyone. And it's free. Cute little gift shop and public bathrooms. If you are tired after completing the gorge hike from town you can grab some water here before heading back. They also have a small first aide kit it...More

Thank dkbink
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The Botanic Gardens are wonderful woodlands to wander around with trees, plants and bubbling brook plus usually a lot of birds. Cross the road carefully to look at the large creek which was called Flat Rocks where one could go swimming. However a tremendous storm...More

Thank cathycrymes1939
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Not much in bloom when we visited except the herb garden; the heat prevented us from spending much time there. There are many different trees and benches to just sit and enjoy the surroundings.

Thank Beverly J F
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Stephen S
29 March 2017|
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Response from billy K | Property representative |
It is. We just ask that you and your pet stay on all pathways, and you make sure to carry out any waste.
26 February 2017|
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Response from mac_the_wild_rover | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the flower, but yes, there should be some pretty ones, according to locals. Check out the article 'Finding Spring Wildflowers' on Ithaca . com.
Stephen G
18 September 2016|
Response from Q. C | Reviewed this property |
It could be cold and wet...but def. a jacket/heavy sweater. It also could be brilliant and colorful. Prepare for weather (rain) and be pleasantly surprised. Temperatures could be mid 60s...with cooler (40s) at night.