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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Phone Number: 315-568-5987
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the...
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.
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Great for Birders

If you like bird watching, this is a must-visit place. It has been designated as an Audubon Important Bird Area If you are not a birder or nature lover, this place might be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Seaford
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127 reviews 127 reviews
38 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If you like bird watching, this is a must-visit place. It has been designated as an Audubon Important Bird Area If you are not a birder or nature lover, this place might be boring for you. The best time to visit for birding is during spring and fall migration. There is a visitors center with a bathroom and gift shop.... More 

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Morris County, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is a fairly large, well organized wildlife habitat reclamation project. There is a 3 story observation tower, hiking trails and a driving route. The cell phone tour was particularly helpful. Dial their number press the right keys and a professional description of the area you are walking or driving through is available.

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East Setauket NY
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is an excellent birding location. Drive through, hike through, stop at the visitor center. All areas are well maintained, and the setting is pristine. Both visitors and birds would give Montezuma a five-star rating.

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Burdett, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

One of the best upland and wetland birding spots in the Finger Lakes. We go here often and always find new surprises. The wildlife drive and upper wetland complex are musts. Drive slowly and you will be amazed at what you find. Please stay in your vehicle.

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Pembroke, Canada
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128 reviews 128 reviews
41 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited Montezuma late winter-early Spring 2014. We did not see another person throughout our day-long visit. We were "geeking out" seeing so many different types of birds, including witnessing countless Bald Eagles feeding on fish on top of the ice. We have talked about it many times since we have been there, and absolutely cannot wait to return!

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I know that December (late in the afternoon) is not the best time to visit this wildlife refuge, but we took advantage of our passing through anyway. It was a gray day in fading light, but still the enormity of this park showed anyway. All we saw were some Canadian geese, although we've seen a lot more just driving by... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you are not into bird watching, this will be boring. Wildlife car was a bit interesting - it's gravel and you know... fastest car is rental car. :)

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Iowa City, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We expected to find several walking paths and options to explore nature outside. Instead, the refuge expects the majority of viewing is from your car on a six mile loop. I understand the intent is to avoid spooking the many species of birds, but sitting in a car doesn't fit my picture of a experiencing nature. There was a short... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Virtually deserted (except by birds) with really knowledgeable and helpful volunteer rangers. Great way marked paths, drives and hides. Saw loads of birds, including juvenile bald eagles. What a privilege

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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