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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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Educational nature center

This educational nature center includes mounted local animals, good displays but geared to children... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Sad how things change with new ownership

First let me say, I used to love this place! My wife and I got married here, for goodness sake... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Josh M
Ithaca, New York
via mobile
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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.
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  • Average24%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
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“live animals” (5 reviews)
“butterflies” (5 reviews)
“story” (10 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-9510
+1 607-273-6260
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This educational nature center includes mounted local animals, good displays but geared to children more than adults. A few live animals but don't expect to photograph them as there are wire barriers. Displays on environment also live invasive fish.

Thank RMPgh
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

First let me say, I used to love this place! My wife and I got married here, for goodness sake. Each year we come back for a visit, and each year it seems like it's a little more of a business and less of a...More

Thank Josh M
Georgia L, Public Relations Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Dear Josh, Thank you for sharing your fond memories of the nature center. As you know, the Cayuga Nature Center merged with PRI in 2012. The goal of this merger was to expand both entities’ capabilities to offer natural history education to the public, and...More

Reviewed 16 July 2017

Cayuga Nature Center continually improves its spaces and its programs. A highlight for visitors young and old is the tree house.

Thank LeGrace B
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I loved getting to see all the wildlife here--the turtles, the birds, and of course the famous fox--but what puts it over the top is the GIGANTIC TREE FORT in the back! The thing is like six stories tall and so much fun to clamber...More

1  Thank chairduck
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Looking for Denison Falls, stopped at Nature Center to inquire location, it was there. The girl at the admissions desk was friendly, told us they were closing in 10 minutes however, we could wander the grounds after the building closed. Since we drove 25 miles...More

1  Thank Darlene K
Marissa Z, Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Hello Darlene, Unfortunately, this year's drought has taken a toll on many local waterfalls and gorges, including Denison Falls and streams located on our property. The dry conditions have caused many falls to go dry, and we are sad to hear that you were disappointed....More

Reviewed 16 September 2016

The place is not well kept at all. Weeds everywhere. Mounted animals from 50 years ago falling apart. Butterfly gardens that looked awful. A turkey buzzard, fox, and a hawk was all that they had as animals outside. A tree house for kids. Not much...More

Thank Dennis S
Marissa Z, Marketing Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Hello Dennis, We truly value the opinions of our visitors and we apologize that we did not meet your expectations. I would love to have the opportunity to speak with you directly to discuss your experience and how we can improve. Please reach out to...More

Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

My kids go here for summer camp, and it's a great program. We asked our kids to give us a tour of the place. They loved it and enjoyed showing us all their lean-tos they had built, where they cook their fish that they catch...More

Thank Hectorgal
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We stopped here along our drive to seek the rest rooms. Not only were the rest rooms new and clean, but the view of the falls was very impressive and reading the information boards about the history of the site was very interesting. It was...More

Thank Rick E
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Largely exhibits of dust-covered taxidermy. Tree house was interesting. Did not see any butterflies.

Thank Quality_Control39
Reviewed 10 August 2016

The best part of my experience at the nature center was the live wild animals. They were all cute and it seemed like a good place for them to live. The museum itself is okay... could be a little more interactive. The tree fort is...More

Thank Leslie W
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