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Cornell Plantations

1 Plantations Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
607 255 2400
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Ithaca
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: Cornell Plantations is an area of great natural beauty - part of one of America's most renowned university campuses. With a combined 4,300 acres featuring the arboretum, botanical garden, and natural areas of Cornell University, Cornell Plantations has a lot to offer.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A must see!! There are even tours, an hr long, every day at noon. Flowers and gardens galore. Laid out to perfection. Great gift shop plus nice area outside to sit and enjoy an ice cream or cool drink.

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Ithaca, New York, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The plantations at Cornel is a very pretty and relaxing place to go. The flower gardens they have are very well maintained and everything is clearly labeled. They have many things from all over the world and the place is very expansive. Other than the gardens they have a beautiful gated nature walk area across the road and beebe lake... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great hiking trails with unexpected beauty. Lovely wildflowers, lakes and forests. Some parts under construction but a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the outdoors.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Cornell Plantations is a beautiful spot to relax, walk, and observe various plant species. Butterflies, birds, and dragonflies flutter about pollenating the beautiful and bountiful botanicals. There are sun, shade, and wood varieties of plants. The formal gardens are well maintained and landscaped. It was nice to be able to enjoy the plantation without paying a fee.

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Pgh, PA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Besides the gorges, this was a highlight of our trip to the Finger Lakes region. Very relaxing, peaceful during mid-week. Excellent labeling of each specimen appreciated.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Took my parents to visit, the gardens were in full bloom and absolutely beautiful. Easy to get around. Enjoyed all the variety of spices they had as well as the flowers.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We spent most of our time in the botanical gardens, which are very lovely. We also took the climb up to the shady garden behind the main building. Then we drove through the arboretum, with a stop to wander through the tree & shrub area, which we particularly enjoyed. We started down a path through the woods, but the rain... More

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Port Dover, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

We spent 2 hours exploring the botanical gardens, wildflower area and rhododendron collection, but there was so much more to see. You could easily scale your visit here short or long, depending on how much time you have. Parking was cheap, welcome centre clean and friendly. We saw a wild deer and her fawn take their own tour.

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Although the Plantations building was closed (on Mondays) we were able to walk through the gorgeous botanical garden, enjoying the flowers and herbs in all their colorful profusion. We didn't have the time or energy to walk around the other areas on this visit, but will definitely be back another time.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Beautiful grounds and gardens. Excellent summer theatre; we saw Shakespeare's Loves Labours Lost. Outstanding acting.

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