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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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Interesting side trip!

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... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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32 reviews
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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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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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 22 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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90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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.

Thank judyjohnf
San Diego, California
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221 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited for a scheduled docent tour of the Ornithology Lab and found it a) interesting, b) *very* scientifically oriented (thus more interesting to me than to my wife) and c) a bit "talky." The Lab is also a museum with a wealth of fascinating specimens on display. The grounds in which it is situated are a bird sanctuary with... More 

Thank Bob T
Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Visited on a perfect fall day and enjoyed a long walk through the woods despite getting lost and wandering around. The trail maps were difficult to understand and did not seem oriented to the trail. The woods were also devoid of birds that day. Despite all this we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful, well maintained trails and talking to other lost... More 

Thank mjs-fl
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a bird sanctuary, and includes marshes as well as forest. It is really quite fascinating. It is a associated with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, which is at the entrance, and has programs for children, a gift shop, and people to answer questions about birds, bird calls, bird nests, bird habitats. It really is quite a wonderful experience... More 

Thank Gail M
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68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Woods with trails, marshes,ponds. Easy access on Route 13. Visitors center with gift shop. Bring binoculars.

Thank Lexie914
Henryville, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

No matter how much or how little time you have it will be well spend here. A absolutely enjoyable and relaxing visit with many little things that make an enjoyable visit including many feeders and a gift shop allowing you to do what is hard in most places actually try bird watching binoculars out on birds. If you are looking... More 

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