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Cornell Botanic Gardens

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Address: 124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850-2765 (Formerly Cornell Plantations)
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+1 607-255-2400
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

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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A hidden Cornell gem

Although it's right next to the Ag College, many students (myself included) never knew this amazing place existed. Now I visit it every time I go back to campus. And every time... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Jack M
Chester, New Jersey
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

April is not the best time to visit this garden - much too chilly, with spring blooms and budding only just beginning. Having said that, I was impressed by the educational center and the themed gardens nearby. Lots of pleasant-looking walks in wooded areas along the edges of the Cornell campus and down to Beebe Lake. Based on the potential... More 

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Chester, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Although it's right next to the Ag College, many students (myself included) never knew this amazing place existed. Now I visit it every time I go back to campus. And every time there is something new to explore. There are hidden gardens all over. And there are also the more easily found and more formal ones that form a good... More 

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Reviewed 25 January 2017

I am fortunate to live in Ithaca and often visit the Cornell Botanic Gardens. As a photographer I love the natural beauty of the gardens and often use the spaces available for family photo sessions and bridal photographs after wedding ceremonies. The gardens are spectacular year round and there are many beautiful walking trails.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

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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Reviewed 20 November 2016

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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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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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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Reviewed 22 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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Reviewed 20 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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Reviewed 18 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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