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Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum

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Address: 443 Coleman Ave, Elmira, NY 14903-9311
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+1 607-732-6060
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Nine miles of scenic trails in the Finger Lakes area that begin at the...

Nine miles of scenic trails in the Finger Lakes area that begin at the Nature Center allow you to experience the natural beauty of the Chemung Valley first-hand. We offer hiking year-round and winter activities including snowshoe rentals and GPS rentals. Our 12,000 square foot building features a museum with 43 species of live animals. Our trails are open 365 days/year dawn to dusk. Our museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 (May-October) or 9-4 (November-April). Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

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Great walking trails

The walking trails are well maintained and offers varied levels from really easy to a moderate three-mile walk. Great in the late fall. I was not expecting it to be so nice, but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 8, 2016
Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

The walking trails are well maintained and offers varied levels from really easy to a moderate three-mile walk. Great in the late fall. I was not expecting it to be so nice, but there was a light snow cover on parts of the trail and underbrush. I did not do the museum.

Thank AlanBartlett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to go fora hike, especially in the fall! You are surrounded by the beautiful fall colors and the leaves are falling around you. We took the red trail, which is the most challenging, but there are other easier trails. When we were finished, the museum was closed. We will come back another day and go... More 

Thank Carol T
Pine City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Nice marked trails. Beautiful valley overlook. Some geocaching along the way. Longest trail 3 miles. Nicet indoor and outdoor animal exhibits.

Thank armand f
Canandaigua, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Took a day trip to area and stopped in to see the Hedgehog (daughter request). Self-Guided, the staff got the animal out so we could get a closer look which was awesome. Took family on Red Trail loop to Chemung River overlook - great hike! Great for families who enjoy hiking and education.

Thank Jim G
new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

We've visited here before but really enjoy going back because its a well done nature center; with a small museum and trails to hike if your in the mood. They have an outdoor aviary with injured birds which was really great to see. On the inside you can view reptiles, snakes, turtles, birds, insects....its small for an adult but great... More 

Thank geminigirlNewYork
Prattsburgh, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

Tanglewood has a great hands on museum for children, and a lot of outdoor space for the children to explore. They also have some animals outside for the children to look at.

Thank Nancy B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

The well maintained museun that can be rented out for baby showers or reception. With breathtaking veiws of nature and ponds with birds flying in the air. The constant bee hive that you can see from the inside, in the museum. The many different birds on display. It is a wonderful place to go with your young children and older... More 

Thank judiths668
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Great place place for hiking,cross country jogging or just enjoy the woods and the scenery.... Highly recommended for the locals or take friends and family that visit the area

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Waverly, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016

Bring the family and learn about nature and animals. Great place for a children's birthday party. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

1 Thank Donna L
Horseheads, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2015

We often go here to hike during the spring and fall periods as it's the most convenient place for us to visit reasonably close to our house. About half of the longer trails are sloped so may not be for the faint hearted but the views over Chemung river are great when you get the end of the red trail.... More 

1 Thank EnjoyTravelling13

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