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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 800 843 2473
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Ithaca
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Sarasota, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a lovely place to walk. There are several trails - non of which take too long. It's a great place to enjoy being out on nature and to get some exercise. Very peaceful. Very well kept up. I was visiting the area w a friend and we wanted to be outside but didn't want something strenuous.

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New Jersey
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We thought there would be displays of live birds in a sanctuary within the building, but the only live birds you can see is on their close-circuit TV in the little book store which shows the birds at the outside feeders. There are cool books, etc., though.

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Islesboro, Maine
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Several miles of beautiful trails through huge oaks and around ponds give many opportunities for reflections as well as bird-watching. Binoculars are available fort check-out.

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Perugia, Italy
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135 reviews 135 reviews
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Inside the park a great place to live in perfect armory with nature and make your bird watching day. suggested

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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We're just beginner bird watchers, and this was an opportunity to learn some more skills. Best of all, there's an indoor observation area next to a pond with multiple habitats, so while it was raining, we saw lots of different bird species without much hiking. The trails on the grounds were beautiful during peak fall colors, but we only heard,... More

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Rochester, NY
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We arrived at the Cornell Ornithology lab on 10/1/14 on our NY Finger Lakes Fall foliage trip. Be sure to take in the lab as well as the trails.The lab has movies in a 15 seat setting you can choose from a touchscreen, Most run 5 to 8 minutes with about 40 selections. A sound lab with a few chairs... More

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White Plains, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a fabulous place to visit if you are interested in birdwatching. It is a premier setting to see. It is has a lovely gift shop filled with birding books, an indoor outpost with telescope for you to use while sitting and enjoying the view. I have enjoyed watching their webcam over the years to see the herons and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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323 reviews 323 reviews
88 attraction reviews
351 helpful votes 351 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

In a separate review of Sapsucker Woods...the vast nature trail complex of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology...I described this place as the primary reason we came to Ithaca. This place is both a historic and scientific icon having been established in the early 20th century for serious wildlife (And especially birding) study and research. The visitor center is bright, spacious,... More

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86 reviews 86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Really well thought out with an interesting sound/movie studio, great viewing spots inside and some lovely trails around the lab/woods. The visitor centre is great, and the staff are very helpful in advising what to do/see.

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Allentown, PA
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228 reviews 228 reviews
36 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We vacationed in Ithaca for the first time last month and decided to visit this site, as we are both avid birdwatchers. We were so glad that we did! We first stopped at the Main Desk of the Lab just to see what was offered there. We were shocked (and thrilled) when we were offered the use of their binoculars... More

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