We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Phone Number: 315-568-5987
Improve this listing

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 106 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 57
  • 35
    Very good
  • 11
  • 2
  • 1
Bald eagles!

Though there is an information center, this is really a self guided tour opportunity. It's a relaxing and interesting ride through the refuge. Loads of birds, and at last count... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Syracuse, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Syracuse, New York
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Though there is an information center, this is really a self guided tour opportunity. It's a relaxing and interesting ride through the refuge. Loads of birds, and at last count, 77 bald eagles! I live locally, but to be fair I wouldn't drive 100 miles to see this. But the Finger Lakes region has lots to offer and this one... More 

Thank Ainne72
West Keansburg, NJ
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

When we got to Seneca Falls we had a bit of trouble finding the refuge. We called the visitors center, which all printed info and on line info stated they were open until 4 pm. It was just about 2:30 and they advised us that they were closing in a few minutes. So with no trail info we got to... More 

Thank Tink513pd
State College, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We drove through the dead of November and still enjoyed it. We had the opportunity to see a young Bald Eagle perched in a tree and many varieties of water fowl. If you do not like driving around looking at wildlife like my sister who was with us....the shopping outlets are about 7 miles away. I can imagine it is... More 

Thank Cruisingrace
Jamesville, New York
Level Contributor
41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Peaceful, wet lands sanctuary. A haven for the migrations of thousands of birds. Near charming & historic Seneca Falls.

Thank BurtSue H
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA
Level Contributor
29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I am a huge fan of our National Wildlife Refuge system and Montezuma did not disappoint. There are some excellent birding spots and an informative visitor's center, drive through the refuge, stop along the way and get out for hikes along well marked trails.

1 Thank Donald S
Level Contributor
55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Decided to drive through the refuge on a cold rainy afternoon but was worth it. Plenty of wild fowl on all the waters. They are doing some construction to improve the area but you could still see plenty. Nice way to see some wildlife on a rainy day.

1 Thank sconrad1961
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We took a walk on trail and the drive thru the refuge. It is great to see nature up close. Having the canal to walk by was a bonus. When the new area is finished on the driving tour, I'm sure it will be a bonus. The only thing that detracts from the peaceful setting is Rte 90. All in... More 

Thank Loisann21
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Ten of us biked through this on our trip on the Erie Canal Trail. Reclaimed wetlands. Alternatively provided wetlands. We saw swan, bald eagles, small birds, and many diverse plants.

Thank sab97206
Waterloo, New York
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Great way to spend time looking at wildlife habitat. Store is full of information and welcoming to the public. More sign-age to let the public know what they are looking at would be helpful. It's nice but definitely could easily get a 5 star rating if more information were available during the ride.

Thank LSKS57
cleveland ohio
Level Contributor
63 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

This is one of the few wildlife refuges that you can take your dogs with you. There are several short trails and a three mile drive that you can check out the area, which when we were there had a number of cranes, herons and other birds. There are several nesting pairs of eagles on the refuge although we were... More 

Thank kimcht

Travelers who viewed Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge also viewed


Been to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
New York City, New York

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?