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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315-568-5987
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Seneca Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the refuge contains 7,068 acres for the resting, feeding and nesting habitat of... more » Owner description: Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the refuge contains 7,068 acres for the resting, feeding and nesting habitat of waterfowl and other migratory birds. « less
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My other half and I could spend the whole day here. What an untouched place to enjoy a beautiful day and see nature and wildlife up close. This place has so my hidden gems. Do some mapping before ya set out and maximize your day.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

My boyfriend and I stopped here probably about 5 times this summer! In the late spring early summer months is when it seems the most active. Specially when all the babies are out and about!!

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

For me this was a little hard to find. It covers a huge are with a few different sections. From the visitors center there is a great driving tour skirting the edge of a wetland area where many types of water birds are just outside your window. The woman working the visitors center was incredibly helpful giving us directions to... More

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Rochester, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Birders paradise. I visit as often as I can! A variety of habitats and activities (drive the auto loop, walk the Esker Brook trails, scope things out from an overlook) and eagles, eagles everhwre make this a great place to visit if you like looking at creatures other than humans.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

After the kids explored the visitor center with different animals displayed and a touch table the kids loved, we took the drive through the refuge. We took it nice and slow, getting out of the car often and looking around. Saw some juvenile bald eagles plus lots of other birds that call the refuge around. Continued our exploring through the... More

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was our second visit to Montezuma NWR. Drive slowly along Wildlife Drive with the windows down and listen to the sounds of nature. Though we generally look for the birds, we spent most of this visit looking for the dragonflies, butterflies, moths, toads, snakes and all the many critters that live at Montezuma. The area was beautiful with the... More

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited the refuge 3 days in a row. So different each day. First day we saw so many different birds second and third time not so many. I suggest you go at different times and many times to fully see everything there. At the time we visited the pink mallow flowers were all along the marshes. So pretty amongst... More

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Liverpool, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

After having gone by the refuge hundreds of times, we decided to stop at the visitor's center and see what the had to offer. There were some interesting wildlife exhibits and a small gift store. The map showed us we could drive through the refuge to get from Route 5 to Route 89 (our destination), so we decided to do... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband and I went along the driving tour one afternoon. It took us nearly 3 hours! It takes that long to do it right. You have to stop and listen. You'll be amazed at what you hear .... and then see. Look closely at the water and you can see large fish wallowing in the mud! It's extraordinary. And... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The docent at the visitor center indicated that July was a relatively thin season for birding. Nevertheless, the ponds and wetlands of the refuge were home to numerous shorebirds, wading birds and passerines. I saw 35 species in a quick drive through. I saw a half dozen immature Bald Eagles and a pair of Trumpeter Swans.

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