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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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Dream Destination

Although I probably see more birds on my daily hikes here at home, this was an amazing experience. I'd wanted to visit the bird lab for years, so was pleased to wander the lush... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2016
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Hamilton, Canada
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New York City, New York
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594 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

It was exciting to visit the home of the apps we are continually connected with. In the building there was not a whole lot for us - sound lab, mural, a bit of art, small gift shop. Most of the attraction is the trails, and they are exceptionally accessible and maintained, and they go through many habitats so they attract... More 

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Thank cararro
Lisa K, Visitor Experience Manager at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, responded to this review

Hi Cararro, Thanks for the review. You make a good point about many of our resources being available online, like the Bird Cams, the Bird Guide, and the Audio and Video Library. In the past year or so we have started a push to bring more activities and exhibits into the Visitor Center at Sapsucker Woods, beginning with the murals... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Although I probably see more birds on my daily hikes here at home, this was an amazing experience. I'd wanted to visit the bird lab for years, so was pleased to wander the lush trails and savour the birdsong. Great spot for kids provided they respect the tranquility of the trails.

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Lisa K, Visitor Experience Manager at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, responded to this review

Hi Cityocity, Thanks for the review...hope you make it back sometime! More 

Orchard Park, New York
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171 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The ponds attract many different bird species. There are some blinds for viewing. Well maintained habitat. Trails are short, but there are several.

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Orchard Park, New York
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The luxuriously spacious and blissfully air conditioned visitor center makes this an extra special place to enjoy nature. Overlooking a huge, water-lily-filled pond, you can sit in comfortable chairs in front of huge windows and take in the outdoors in complete comfort if you want. Scopes are scattered about so you can get an up-close and personal look at a... More 

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3 Thank Sue K
Lisa K, Visitor Experience Manager at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, responded to this review

Hi Sue, Thanks for the thorough accounting of your experience here! We hope you made it back with your husband :) More 

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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Excellent educational opportunities (including exhibit on natural sound recordings), beautiful viewing area out onto the pond with scopes. Nice variety of trails, mostly through wooded habitat. Nice little gift shop. Beautiful location just at the edge of Ithaca.

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Beautiful area to walk on gentle trails. If you want to see birds go early in day or later. We were there at 12 and saw about 3 birds.

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Waktins Glen, NY
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 July 2016

We love going to the guided walks on weekends at the Orinthology Labs at Cornell. It's not only peaceful & beautiful, it's informative & a great way to enjoy a nice cool walk in the woods with my husband.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Sapsucker Woods is wonderful place to visit. You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about birds inside, then take a walk around the pond. It's an easy walk, and very beautiful. I love that it's quiet and not crowded. You can stroll through at your leisure or walk fast for some exercise. I highly recommend it to anyone!

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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The Lab of Ornithology (fondly referred to as the Bird Lab) is a treasure. To begin with, you can borrow very high quality binoculars at the front desk. Do so, because the birds are phenomenal. In addition, there are also guided tours that you can sign up for; wonderful. If you don't feel like walking, you can sit inside the... More 

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Lisa K, Visitor Experience Manager at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, responded to this review

Hi Barbara, Thanks for your positive and thorough review of the Cornell Lab! We appreciate your taking the time to share your experience. More 

Ohio
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

As backyard birders we got a kick out of this place. We've been to Bluebird symposiums in Ohio where one of the speakers worked at the Cornell lab of ornithology, so this was really full circle for us. We browsed inside at the different collections, especially admired the hummingbird one. Loved the artwork on the wall of the world geographical... More 

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Lisa K, Visitor Experience Manager at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, responded to this review

Hello yellowradio, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the Cornell Lab. We are glad you enjoyed your experience here! Your comments about the traffic on Sapsucker Woods road is well-received. Unfortunately, it is a public road; neither the Lab nor Cornell have any authority to implement any traffic calming measures. Occasionally there is an police car that will sit along... More 

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