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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1923
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+1 800-843-2473
10:00 - 16:00
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If you like nature...

Looking for something interesting to do - this is a great place to visit. Nice inside viewing area of the pond - geese and ducks in the winter. They do have outside trails too... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Mary Lou C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Looking for something interesting to do - this is a great place to visit. Nice inside viewing area of the pond - geese and ducks in the winter. They do have outside trails too. The interactive bird map is fascinating. The library was not open when I was there. Nice gift shop too. I will visit again in spring to... More 

Thank Mary Lou C
Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

What a great way to spend the afternoon. Beautiful place, peaceful, educative, and interesting. The staff is great to.

Thank K S
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have the good fortune to live near Ithaca, NY so I am able to visit the Lab and Sapsucker Woods often. The trails are full of beautiful Warblers and many other migrants in April and May. The visitors center have wonderful exhibits, art and interactive materials as well. The Trails are of varying lengths and are not at all... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I'm not sure what the public gets to see but we had a complete tour of the lab. It was fascinating to see all of the research done by the lab and we especially enjoyed seeing a small portion of the birds in the taxidermy and the audio collection.

Thank Jackie E
Toronto, Canada
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1,190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 622 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

I had no idea what I was heading towards. Once we were inside, I found out that this place was all about birds. The clerk was quite nice and she shared with us all that was available to us. What I didn’t know was that it was free! Wow! There was a whole wing dedicated to these birds. They had... More 

Thank Robby G C
Brooktondale, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Big, beautiful expansive trails with abundant wildlife--during one particularly memorable trip, we came across a flock of wild turkeys just plopped down in the middle of the trail. The inside has some dead/stuffed animals, a gigantic mural depicting bird species from around the world, and a cute gift shop. Don't miss the feeders, too; they have a nice spot where... More 

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Dryden, New York
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Beautiful walking trails through various habitat-marsh, pond, old and new growth forests. Well maintained. Lab facilities are filled with artwork, bird specimens, meeting space, library, sound lab, viewing areas complete with scopes. A real treasure for Ithaca.

Thank Hollyhocks2015
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This member-supported unit of Cornell University is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. The 226-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary contains over 4 miles of public trails, with more than 200 species of birds. The visitor center, open 10am -4pm daily, has an observatory with a 30-foot wall of windows, seating, a fireplace, and spotting scopes. Some... More 

1 Thank CNYTravelView
Ithaca, New York
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Lots of lovely walks, an impressive building stocked with exhibits, and tours galore make this Cornell facility a knockout at all times of the year. Little ones might be less impressed as the main building though quite amazing with soaring glass walls fronting a beautiful pond is more adult than child friendly.

Thank DeniseRu
New York
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307 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We are pretty interested in birds and as we were passing through Ithaca had the Cornell Lab on our list of things to do. Very interesting building in a lovely setting. The bird murals inside are breath taking. I had expected more displays/more about the lab and or local birdlife, but it seems more of a research library. I also... More 

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