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Cayuga Nature Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Kids Love This Place

If you have children bring them here. They can learn a lot and see many interesting exhibits. The... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Interesting Nture Site

Cayuga Nature Center continually improves its spaces and its programs. A highlight for visitors... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2017
LeGrace B
Ithaca, New York
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“live animals”(5 reviews)
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...more
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1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-9510
+1 607-273-6260
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

If you have children bring them here. They can learn a lot and see many interesting exhibits. The grounds are lovely and there are places to walk in the woods.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank EmilyJoCollins
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

The tree house is certainly the star of the show here. We climbed to the top and told stories as if we were kids. It’s a real treat.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Remodeling and updating displays. Beautiful safe hike with birds and animals to see. Short walk brings you to a five story tree house that is a safe playground to explore.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank nreidy
Reviewed February 19, 2018

We are nature lovers and visited at the request of our college student. It was way more than expected. The displays were well done. The grounds beautiful. The rescued animals well cared for. The treetops Tree house gorgeous. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank toastboy1
Reviewed September 21, 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.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank RMPgh
Reviewed August 20, 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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Josh M
Georgia L, Public Relations Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 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 July 16, 2017

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

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank LeGrace B
Reviewed January 5, 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

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank chairduck
Reviewed October 8, 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

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank Darlene K
Marissa Z, Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 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 September 16, 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

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

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August 10, 2018|
Response from EmilyJoCollins | Reviewed this property |
Here's what I got from their website: Admission Individual Admission Rates Adult $5 Senior (65+) $4 College Student (with ID) $4 Youth (4-17) $3 Child (3 and under) Free Members Free EBT cardholders $1
August 10, 2018|
Response from toastboy1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, can't help we are members but I think it was around $4.00