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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
800 843 2473
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Ithaca
Type: Educational Sites
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- Sep 15, 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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302 reviews 302 reviews
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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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london
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46 helpful votes 46 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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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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Brownville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Since we love nature and especially "birds" this was a great place to visit. The lab has a lot of information and a wonderful gift shop. My painting was on exhibit and that was another reason for the visit. Will be visiting again soon!

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Malta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

While the Cornell Lab of Ornithology may just sound like a place for bird watchers to congregate, it's not. There's things there for people of all ages. When you walk in, there is a small bird sanctuary just outside that you can look through the window out, where there a few birds. There is also the pond to the right... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Sapsucker Woods is a wonderful place for birding, for walking, for hiking - for communing with nature. It was a drizzly day when we went so there weren't many other people there which suited us just fine. The trails were all ours! You should first pick up literature in the Lab building. There are trail maps, of course. But there... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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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Pittsburgh
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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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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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