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Sapsucker Woods

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Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY
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inexpensive way to spend time for bird lovers or outdoor enthusists

An underused location, that is really not far from downtown Ithaca. Great trails, lots of birds, and a small visitor center. It can take a short bit of time or longer, depending... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Brian D
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Princeton, WV
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were really looking forward to visiting here as we love observing birds. The visitor center was disappointing.The disinterested receptionist said we could watch a video in a little room as soon as the person in there was done with their viewing. We did so, and watched a video which had nothing to do with the birds... More 

Thank Weeble24740
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121 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

An underused location, that is really not far from downtown Ithaca. Great trails, lots of birds, and a small visitor center. It can take a short bit of time or longer, depending on whether you are a patient person like most birders, or whether you just want to be outdoors.

Thank Brian D
Ithaca, New York
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76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The area is a wonderful place to bring both young and older family members to visit Cornell's area, and see an extraordinary natural site.

Thank anavidpalate
Orlando, Florida, USA
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

My wife, teenage daughter and I visited in November. They have nice trails and offer free binoculars to use when bird watching. There were artists actually painting the walls with beautiful wildlife inside the visitor center. Neat experience.

Thank relaxuremind
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205 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

There are lots of trails to walk and bird through a variety of different habitats so it is a really good place to go birding whether you have a short time or longer. We didn't really have time to visit the Cornell Lab, beyond a quick peek inside, but this is a great place and would have liked to spend... More 

Thank LondonKaytee
Vienna, VA
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123 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We didn't spend much time here but what I saw was a visitor center a bunch of trails. They had a list of birds that you might spot and I was quite surprised at how extensive it was -- it had some things I didn't expect including a bald eagle. There didn't seem to be much in the visitor center... More 

Thank MisterMVA
Columbus, Ohio
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

On the edge of Ithaca, this park has great trails to walk through multiple environments. Every time I visit there seems to be a different mix of birds.

Thank mugg7
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Glorious in the fall! The path that takes you under the beeches is a golden cathedral of branches and leaves. A tunnel of gold, never to be forgotten. Of course, it was awfully nice in August, too, but I will always remember the time I went in the autumn. Go. Now!

Thank Betsy R
Rochester, New York
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76 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We visited with snow on the ground and enjoyed this even more as we had the woods all to ourselves and took our time sans time constraints or others. The lab where one can play bird song and play WITH bird song was the best and kids (of all ages) should enjoy this. There should be someone you can call... More 

Thank farmhand2014
Ithaca, New York
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130 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Love it! The (relatively) newly renovated Lab of Ornithology is just a great place to visit, and the trails around the center are great for taking a nice hike and seeing birds. Took a walk on the trails in February - okay, very few birds, but one of them was a pileated woodpecker! Keep in mind, dogs are NOT welcome... More 

Thank karlou25

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