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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 800 843 2473
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Beautiful views

Great view from the reading room. A peaceful place to read or study. Good for walks around in the summer and fall. They have binoculars for bird watching.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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86 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great view from the reading room. A peaceful place to read or study. Good for walks around in the summer and fall. They have binoculars for bird watching.

Thank GustavoTourist
Hamburg, New York
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful facility- fantastic grounds- lovely trails Second visit here- since this was late fall the bird sightings were scarce as most had migrated- did see several woodpeckers on our hike- lovely dragonflies and a few turtles Really awesome trails that are well maintained and easily traversible for all Can't wait for another visit- maybe in springtime with more activity, but... More 

Thank Stacey K
New York City, New York
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69 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Very nice exhibits open to the public. I watched an amazing film on the mating rituals of Birds of Paradise never previously captured or recorded by any person. Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman had succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. I also really... More 

Thank blazingburgundy1
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347 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The free morning guided bird hike is great. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave tons of great info about the birds and nature in general. Easy hike and super informative.

Thank CanadaMoi
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The free morning tour is excellent. The guide was a complete bird nerd and gave lots of great info about the flora and fauna. It's an easy hike with lots to see.

Thank STravellerDude
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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

The lab has a room in which you can listen to bird calls. The seats at the plate glass windows are welcoming and you just feel like spending some time and getting in touch with species you haven't seen in awhile. The trails are well maintained and fun. You can take a nice little hike in twenty minutes, or stroll... More 

Thank Betsy R
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

There are so many things for bird lovers to do here! It's best to go early morning or later afternoon, but the birds and frogs outside are so interesting, and so is the interior of the building. Gift shop has books and bird recordings too! There are also lots of people to answer your questions about birds. And lots of... More 

Thank Gail M
Ithaca, New York
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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Whenever we have out of town guests, whether bird fanciers or not, the Lab is on the tour and has consistently been appreciated wholeheartedly.

Thank anavidpalate
Ithaca, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Wonderful place to take an easy stroll through the woods, see some beautiful wild life, and experience a world class research facility.

Thank Gordon W
Sarasota, Florida
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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Same as Sapsucker Woods. This is a must stop when in Ithaca. It's a world renowned birding facility! We enjoyed it so much we returned for a second day.

Thank OwenComora

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