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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
800 843 2473
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Ranked #5 of 18 Attractions in Ithaca
Type: Educational Sites
Most recent review
- Oct 17, 2014
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Perugia, Italy
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121 reviews 121 reviews
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 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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28 helpful votes 28 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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