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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
800 843 2473
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Ranked #8 of 18 attractions in Ithaca
Type: Educational Sites
Most recent review
- Aug 15, 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

My son and I visited the lab and were so impressed. An architecturally beautiful building ... lots of fixed binoculars and various views to look at...they have an audio system that feeds the bird songs in the building ....so lovely to listen to. There are outdoor trails that are well manicured and clear to follow. A lovely one hour stop!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The Cornell Lab, situated at a reserve called Sapsucker Woods near the Ithaca/Tompkins County Airport, is one of the world's preeminent avian research facilities. Even if you are not a hard-core birder the place is well worth a few hours of your time.

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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Helpful staff, great gift shop and nice self guided walking tour through the woods. They provide binoculars for free to use while walking through the woods.

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Marietta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I grew up in Ithaca, and this was one of my favorite places to bicycle to with my friends when I was a kid. Although the Cornell people have updated their off-campus rustic outdoor scientific setting, a lot of their exhibits from the past are still in evidence. After viewing their indoor exhibits, you can take a nice, relaxing walk... More

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York, PA
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stopped for 90 minutes and had fun in the sound lab hearing songs of familiar birds, and then looked at some books in the library afternoon watching some beautiful videos. We did the 3/4 mile trail around the pond and saw frogs and geese and ducks and heard lots of songbirds. If you are at all interested in birds,... More

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Long Beach, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

But I worry about how the Campus Police seemingly like to accost older citizens! These are things that me and family don't need to see while enjoying our vacation. Cornell should know better than to harass older members of the community. I don't know if I will be returning after witnessing such an atrocious act. I just came to see... More

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Rochester, New York
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375 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We spent most of the just driving around the area and visiting the various State Parks, so we got a pretty wide-angled view of this beautiful lake. It is fantastic for almost any kind of aquatic pursuit, and even for just lounging around the parks sharing a picnic lunch. I highly recommend taking advantage of the State Parks, but once... More

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Rochester Ny Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

this also has a bunch of classes that one can attend during the week; a great store inside, also...all seasons, this makes for a nice visit.

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Trumansburg, New York, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I visited Cornell Lab of Ornithology with the school I work for and had a fabuolous time. The staff was welcoming and very informative on our tour. Very patient with our students and answered all questions with language that the kids could understand. I can't wait to go back with my family and see all the wildlife again.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Free parking available you can go to the top of the building and look out through telescope at local birds. There is also a display in which you can choose different bird songs to play. This is not just for the ornithologist!

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