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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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10:00 - 16:00
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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... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
Brooktondale, New York
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Brooktondale, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 

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Ithaca, New York
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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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295 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 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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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We stopped here for a few hours and are so glad we did. We took the very informative tour and also enjoyed wandering around on our own. Great little side trip if you're in the area!

Thank catcramer
Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We went on the behind-the-scenes lab tour (11:30 am Saturdays) led by a knowledgeable senior in the ecology & evolutionary biology program. 'Stops' included the lab's incredible bird family mural, its specimen prep lab, and recent posters presented by Cornell students and faculty. The institute houses all vertebrate biology so we gleaned some interesting 'herp' facts too. Highly recommend!

Thank Kristina F
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2016

If you love birdwatching or just enjoy the outdoors, you will have a great time here. We had a really nice hike and saw a number of birds including woodpeckers, herons, blue jays, swallows, and a Baltimore Oriole! I would imagine we would have seen even more if we got there earlier. The actual Ornithology Lab is worth checking out... More 

Thank Blake W
Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

It is probably a fabulous place for birds. I went closer to dark one day and on a less than ideal one as well, and I ran across quite a few birds but they really aren't easy to see. Probably better off getting a nice bird feeder and putting it near a big window for the bird viewing experience. But... More 

Thank Loren48503
Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

did not find any this time, but it was great to visit a famous and well known site like this. A lot of parking available; many visitors on this lovely October day. Lovely sitting area (indoors) overlooking a pond with water fowl activity.

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