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Cayuga Nature Center

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1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-9510
+1 607-273-6260
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Great place!

Private independent nature center. Beautiful grounds with woods, creek, open areas with views... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2016
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People who like this destination are hard up for entertainment. $8 to see a room full of stuffed... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2016
Rossina G
New York City, New York
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The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn about environmental and outdoor education in a fun and engaging way.Exhibits at Cayuga Nature Center enhance the amazing educational resources the outdoor world provides; since merging with PRI in 2011, renovated indoor and outdoor exhibits have transform the Nature Center into an engaging, dynamic center for nature, science, and recreation. Our visitors will use all of their senses to learn about the complexity of our environment, participate in preserving and protecting Earth’s resources, and more fully understand their roles in our world.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good31%
  • Average24%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
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“live animals” (5 reviews)
“butterflies” (5 reviews)
“story” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-9510
+1 607-273-6260
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

Private independent nature center. Beautiful grounds with woods, creek, open areas with views. Old building but has been kept up and modified to make it work well for the nature center. Offer great public programs throughout the year. Go out and support this fine local...More

Thank Wilderness4Ever
Reviewed 29 May 2016

People who like this destination are hard up for entertainment. $8 to see a room full of stuffed & mounted animals, 2 caged hawks, a fox (which we didn't see bc it didn't come out of its house), and a tree house built by high-schoolers....More

Thank Rossina G
Marissa Z, Marketing Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

Hello Rossina, We take every review seriously and we always strive to improve the visitor experience. We apologize that we did not meet your expectations. Please reach out to me at any time, as I would love to speak with you directly about your visit....More

Reviewed 26 May 2016

The Cayuga Nature Center ranked on my list of things to do if the weather turned unfavorable during our stay near Trumansburg, NY. Cue our rainy Sunday morning visit! The building itself is a curio, built as a “preventorium” to aid children exposed to tuberculosis....More

Thank writearts2
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This is a good introduction to the ecology of the area. They have lots of exhibits and some live animals as well. Foxy the Fox is super cute and there is a hawk and a turkey vulture. There is a very cool tree house that...More

Thank alison n
Reviewed 10 January 2016

There wasn't too much to offer, but there were a few birds an other animals. The tree house as cool and the grounds were beautiful.

Thank Shannon T
Reviewed 24 October 2015

I always stop at Nature Centers - and this one was a good stop. I especially enjoyed climbing around the 6 story tree house that a local senior class had built. It was amazing! The rooms were filled with science and nature items gathered from...More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Great treehouse for 4-8 year olds who like to climb. Main building has lots of good exhibits plus a couple trails with a great view of.Denison Falls. Geared for younger kids

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 16 October 2015

The Cayuga Nature Center is great low-tech fun. The kids and I always have a great time climbing in the treehouse, hiking the grounds, seeing the animals and learning some fun facts about our world. Just another fun family spot in Ithaca.

Thank DayTripper1630
Reviewed 7 October 2015

This was the highlight of the sightseeing portion of our trip. It was an easy walk from the parking area to the scenic overlook. We met some locals who gave us a good history of the falls, including a story about a Rod Serling episode...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Great place to hike and see the beautiful falls and check out the tree house. WE stopped on our way to somewhere else, or we would have stayed longer.

Thank Araminta F
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