We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum

443 Coleman Avenue, Elmira, NY 14903
607-732-6060
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 17 attractions in Elmira
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Nine miles of scenic trails in the Finger Lakes area that begin at the Nature Center allow you to experience the natural beauty of the Chemung Valley... more » Owner description: Nine miles of scenic trails in the Finger Lakes area that begin at the Nature Center allow you to experience the natural beauty of the Chemung Valley first-hand. We offer hiking year-round and winter activities including snowshoe rentals and GPS rentals. Our 12,000 square foot building features a museum with 43 species of live animals. Our trails are open 365 days/year dawn to dusk. Our museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 (May-October) or 9-4 (November-April). Admission is free but donations are appreciated. « less
Write a Review

25 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    10
    13
    2
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Elmira, New York
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

my son likes going here to just walk around and enjoy the outdoors. they have a couple of trails. a nice place to get out and enjoy.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rochester, New York
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

A beautiful setting in the hills outside of Elmira. Had fun browsing through the small museum and the grounds are great! Knowledgeable and helpful staff. A nice spot to explore and sit awhile to relax. Great find!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a great day trip for a family or a group of kids. The kids stay engaged. There is plenty to do.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Elmira, New York
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

OK, so I'm biased......I maintain a glass walled observation beehive and I do a lot of miscellaneous volunteer work there. I do it because its a great place and I want to help them get even better. The place has miles of beautiful walking/hiking/cross country ski/snowshoing trails. The main building/museum has live animals (hawks, owls, other birds, tortose, rattlesnake, other... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Elmira, New York
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The Nature Center is hosted by a great group of volunteers who make you feel like family. The surrounding areas-trails, ponds etc are nicely maintained. We had some snow fall while there and took advantage of the snow shoe and cross country ski trails-what fantastic views of the endless mountains. A nice place and a nice time was had by... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Elmira, New York
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

When my grandchildren visited from the DC area this past summer we took them to Tanglewood for a day outing. Their parents were impressed by the quality and interactiveness of this small nature center and said it was "big city" standards. The kids loved seeing all the critters and then went on to enjoy a small hike in the surrounding... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Greeene
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

warm atmosphere, good selection of small animals on display - we spent over an hour inside the building - it's a lovely setting

Was this review helpful? Yes
montour falls
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

The famour author and world traveler, summered in Elmira, and wrote some of his best works here. Visit the Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, take th kids to the amusement park, with its picnic areas. A great family day out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Corning, New York
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Tanglewood offers a trip away while staying close to home. The views are amazing, offering great photo opportunities and the numerous trails offer hiking opportunities for those of all physical abilities. The staff are very knowledgeable and the animal demonstration is fun and educational for the young at heart of all ages!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Horseheads, New York
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a really nice facility but I can only take the time to go places where I can walk my dogs. Disappointed that I'm not welcome here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Naturemom3, Manager at Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum, responded to this review

I'm sorry you don't feel welcome, that is not our intention. We are dog and people lovers at Tanglewood. Our dog policy is for two reasons: We have ground nesting birds on the DEC special concern list, and we sometimes have rattlesnakes at our Gleason Meadows property, both of which dogs may encounter with a negative outcome for either the... More

Travelers who viewed Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum also viewed

 

Been to Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing